When Is It Okay For A Guest To Ask You To Wash Their Clothes? (Guest Stained Their Clothing)

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Never.
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As A Favour.
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I will for extended stay groups/couples (5 days or more). Had a family here for 3 days and they brought 2 weeks of dirty clothes with them .They look it all home with them also(dirty +).  I said "are you kidding !#*!#. The baby that was" 9 mo old that sleeps all the time" turned out  to be a 3yr old .He carried it to & from the car in a small blanket with these loooong legs hanging out. Some people just want to present themselves to the world as stupid . Not sure why ??

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Mary at Bridgewater Inn and Cottage wrote:

Some people just want to present themselves to the world as stupid .

 

I love this saying!

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Three words.... Honey Boo Boo

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It is never OK. We have not been asked yet (I am sure it will happen one day) to do it for them. We have been asked if there was a washer and dryer they could use-no, we are in a large city -there are 2 laundromats within 2-5min walk. Nobody is touching my machines.

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We have never had a guest ask us to do laundry for them. We have, however, had guests check in after "roughing it" in one way or another, and noticing their condition, we have offered them the use of our laundry facilities.

Generally, their eyes get wide in surprise that we offer them access. About the only inconvenience to us is having to fish forgotten Lodge laundry out of the washers or dryer.

It's an easy charity for us to offer, one that invariably surprises our guests. Every once in a while, we have had guests tentatively ask us if they could use our laundry, and our response has always been, "Sure!"

And, truth be told, if a guest asked us if we could do some laundry for them (which has never happened), we'd probably do it--for a price--depending on how busy we were. At the very least, we'd probably offer them access to our laundry.

Our philosophy is always to say "yes" to our guests--no matter how much they annoy us. And truth be told, we have so very few PITAs that the urge to school guests in manners very rarely raises its ugly parenting head.

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Id always do it for them - as our washer and dryer are deep in the owners quarters and Im not having them putter about (so think location of equipment is important) just bought a new washer yesterday (due to old one deciding every program takes 3 hours!) so wouldn't want guests messing with my new toy

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 i might do it as an extreme situation help but would want to charge a fee to do it

 there was no laundromat in town and not one for miles where i was ... out at the end of the road we were ... 40 minute drive to a place to launder clothes.

but, like maddie, i would find they'd washed their clothes in the tub or sink and hung them from the light fixtures, the fan, the mirrors, etc.  ugh ... if i'd had the budget and stayed longer, i'd have installed a coin operated washer and dryer for guest use (hopefully that wouldn't have been against any law!) 

 

 

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We offer a wash and dry service for £10 a load. Probably get a dozen or so a year. It's by no means an expected thing, just a little extra service we offer. 

Don't know how much the local launderette charges for this, but since its in town 10 miles away, there's no parking and guests would have to sit in the launderette watching their clothes go round when they should be out enjoying their holiday, I think it's pretty good value. 

It's mostly American and Australian tourists who ask for this, away for a long break and just need a few smalls washed through. Was asked this morning. 

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we did this last week (very nice guests who then gave us 10/10 on bo ok in .g.com) on the way to us she had split coffee on her shirt and they were staying 4 days didn't want to leave it drying on in the car for 4 days - asked if there was any chance that I could do it as a huge favour - the site I mentioned ranks you strongly on your reviews so a top score like that will probably bring us $1000 extra business - was worth making the effort

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The only time I can recall doing a load for a guest was a basketball tournament and it was the kids stinky, sweaty uniform. Better I wash it than have it stink up my room. The man with the shirt with spinach, egg, and cheese casserole all over the arm (courtesy of the innkeeper) would not let me wash the shirt even and I had to drag him to the sink to get cold running water on his arm.

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Unless it were an absolute emergency, no guest laundry is done here. I tell them it's against our health department regulations (yeah, right!) and send them off to the laundromat.

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For me, it would depend on their attitude...and mine Smiling  If I'm in a good mood and they're nice about it, sure. 

 

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I guess I would say if the innkeeper stained the guest's clothing. Or, if you're in the boonies and the guest has nothing else to wear. If the guest precedes the request with 'please, for $20, can you wash this for me?' It's right before the guest's wedding/big speech/job interview and they are a hot mess.

Otherwise? In a town? With laundry facilities? It's an imposition to ask.

I know guests do not realize we do 10 loads of laundry/day and there really is no time except MY downtime to do a guest's laundry.

Friends had guests go into their laundry room with their son's dirty camp clothes, empty the washer and dryer (sheets & towels), dump it all on the folding table, do their own laundry and then leave all the wet inn laundry laying around. (See, it's not just me, it's this town...)

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We do guest loads for $10 including fluff and fold. But no, we were assembling the dirty laundry and this was a sneaky one, asking to put their stained clothing in with our wash. Though, they offered to slip housekeeping a little extra for it. But it wasn't me, because I would have offered a load for $10, in this case, MoH just said yes and I steamed out of sight. MoH doens't see the problem with it and all I can see are the problems with it and the precedent.

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I did as a favor.  The one and only time  (I wanted to wash them), because the gentleman was going over seas,(leaving the next morning) and told him to throw down his clothes (uniform) and I will take care of it and for him to spend time with his wife.  What an awesome couple.  He was gone a year but came back home about a year and a half ago home and just a month ago they had a baby girl.

 

 

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You offered... that's one thing. What would you do if they asked you to do it as a favour?

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We offer wash and fold $10 per load. Only one guest ever has asked.

we're in the boonies. 30 min drive to a laundromat. Much better I do it than to possibly find wet laundry hanging from all the wrong places. Fortunately, that has never happened.

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Don't exactly know what you mean - the clothes stained themselves, or the guests stained themselves.

Anyway, under specific circumstances where the guests have stayed for several days I do recall doing a load of wash.

You may remember that Arkie has laundry facilities in each of his "apartments"

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In the case of where you aren't responsible. The guest dropped something on themselves and stained their own clothing. When is it acceptable for them to ask you to wash their clothes for them, free?

Applies even if you have laundry facilities, because they are asking you to do it for them. So they come to you and ask you to throw it in with your laundry and return it.

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not accecptabe for a guest to expect me to clean clothes they dirtied! let them go to laundromat! 

now if they were really nice to me and told me they would pay, then i might do it. If a PITA...NO Way

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