Time to replace Towels etc etc

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I have been buying white sheets sets from Sams and they seem to be OK, but I really need to replace everything this winter and hopefully next year I will have another 4 rooms to fit out. Any recommendations for suppliers?

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I use National Hospitality out of Wisconsin. They seem to specialize in smaller inns, motels as well.  I have seen half dozens offered.  Most items you only have to buy one dozen. (Still too many for the shower curtains I lust for.)  They will set up a commercial credit account, send catalogs way too often but are great taking orders over the phone.  They will even send samples. Oh and by the way, their microfiber sheets are the bomb!  Softer and silkier than much more expensive ones, dry very fast and resist stains.  Wide selection of towels.  I buy a dozen of any new types I want to try, try them out until I need to reorder and then stock up,

 

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Old thread.

I think people prefer not dredging up old threads.  At least mention that it is.

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undersea wrote:

Old thread.

I think people prefer not dredging up old threads.  At least mention that it is.

A spammer brought up the thread, was booted post haste, but no way to make the thread go back where it was.

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For some reason, this thread seems to be spammer heaven. If you see a spammer posting random links, please 'flag as offensive' so Swirt can make the spammer go away!

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Ok, this is what we've done-(8 yrs of innkeeping) if you have found the sheets that meets your quality standards ( we like sams sheets and our guests did too) and you know that they are easily replaceable so that you can ensure that they are the same as one that needs replacing instead of having different types...replace as they frey, or rip or stain- this way you don't have to spend lots of $$ replacing an entire Inn. Suppliers generally require large quantities unless you have the room to store, its just not worth it to do.

We buy the towels from Khols, or BJ's-they are plush and nice and last, and don't cost an arm and a leg, I would never buy a towel for 14-15 $ for a b&B unless of course you have an Inn that has $300.00/night room. We found that when we try out towels its good to buy one and wash them at least 10 times before you make a decision which one to buy. Wash in hot water....

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Hi, I'm a new innkeeper (2 months tomorrow!).  When do you know it is time to replace sheets and towels? We use all white, but do you replace anything frayed, anything dull, and anything stained?  Some of the older sheets are pretty soft.

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Towels are usually easy to tell, look for fraying, holes.

Sheets basically you don't want any holes or stains. Frays that can be seen by the guests are a no-no as well. But I have sheets that are still great after 5 years. I've had some that haven't lasted that long. 

With sheets thread count has a great influence over longevity. The higher a thread count (real, but faked... yes, they fake thread counts!) the shorter the life of the sheets because high thread counts mean thinner threads, which wear through easier.

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jts-only time we replace is if they are stained ripped or otherwise really worn out. Most sheets get softer as you wash them. Why replace if you don't have to? I say its wasted money.

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Soft is ok, see thru is not. Raggedy edges not ok. Stains definitely not ok.

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I hesitate to buy from anyplace that I can't actually feel the towels! Weight and other 'numbers' don't really mean anything concrete to me. 

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I hesitate to buy from anyplace that I can't actually feel the towels! Weight and other 'numbers' don't really mean anything concrete to me. 

Absolutely! I do know the Turkish towels come in 2 different lines. The more expensive line is really plush. Absolutely love that one. BUT, guests are harsh on the towels with all their potions and lotions so we buy less expensive towels that can be recycled without feeling like, 'There's another $15-$20 out the window.'

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Madeleine wrote:

Aussie Innkeeper wrote:

I hesitate to buy from anyplace that I can't actually feel the towels! Weight and other 'numbers' don't really mean anything concrete to me. 

Absolutely! I do know the Turkish towels come in 2 different lines. The more expensive line is really plush. Absolutely love that one. BUT, guests are harsh on the towels with all their potions and lotions so we buy less expensive towels that can be recycled without feeling like, 'There's another $15-$20 out the window.'

We do the same at Mattie. I actually like the feel better of the less expensive towel.

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yup feels better on your peace of mind!

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found this place.  looks like good prices.  have you used them?

http://www.cottonage.com/Wholesale-Towels/

 

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Never heard of them.

Comphy Towels or Turkish Towel Company are inn supporters. You might also want to look at American Hotel Register

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We get towels from Costco. Like them very much and they're very inexpensive, too. I've also purchased sheets from there, which I have also liked, but they do NOT hold up as well as those from Comphy. Yes, I pay a little more for the Comphy sheets, but that elastic around the fitted sheet has yet to wear out and they release the stains very well. 

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My sheets come from Comphy Co, and I also participate in their retail program.  Makes me a little extra money, and it's so nice to hear how much the guests enjoyed them.  They are treated with a stain release, and dry in 10 minutes with virtually no wrinkling.  They're guaranteed for 300 washings, and the staff is a pleasure to work with.

My towels come from Sam's Club = about $7/towel, $4/hand towel, $2/washcloth.  I buy white only, and bleach them every wash, whether they need it or not.  I've been very happy with them.

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me too banana- we buy the sheets from Sam's too-they hold up pretty good and are quite soft.

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I buy the white towels in bulk at Costco.  They are very, very inexpensive, yet large, fluffy and soft.  If guests ruin them, they end up as rag towels for the engine room.  Once, when red wine was spilled on the flybridge, I thought nothing of throwing one of those towels down to soak up the wine before it spilled all down the side of the boat.  I got most of it, but it still looked like blood had run down the side when we got back and my neighbors were asking me what happened.  That towel went to the rag bag and I didn't mind, given the price I paid for it.  

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Lately, we've been dealing with BostonTextile and CottonCraftInc  (I think through BostonTextile...) -- but their minimum order, for example for sheets, would be a case of 2 dozen..... (yes, we buy that many sheets at a time)

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Harborfields wrote:

Lately, we've been dealing with BostonTextile and CottonCraftInc  (I think through BostonTextile...) -- but their minimum order, for example for sheets, would be a case of 2 dozen..... (yes, we buy that many sheets at a time)

How do they hold up and wash? My JCP sheets are losing the elastic.

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Ours are ready to be replaced as well.  They've lost that lovin' feeling and are getting to the scratchy stage.

 

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Proud Texan wrote:

Ours are ready to be replaced as well.  They've lost that lovin' feeling and are getting to the scratchy stage.

 

Same here, and 10 mins in the dryer when they're damp isn't helping much either.

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We need to replace our towels this year too.

I know in another thread someone recommended Turkish cotton towels, anyone else tried them. 

I see OutO fEd en stock them, anyone bought from there (probably only camberley is likely to have, I think).

 

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sorry with our size we use a full laundry service - provides sheets, towels etc we just have to bag them up and everything comes back ironed - don't know anyone who has bought the out of eden ones but they look nice, I like Yorkshire Linen and they deliver anywhere from their web site 

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I might just go for it anyway. Normally I buy JohnLewis, but I think edens might stay softer longer.

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We buy from Turkish Towel Company  They are great to deal with, are supporters of the b&b industry and have wholesale prices (not the ones on the website). Contact them for their pricelist.

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Breakfast Nemo wrote:

We buy from Turkish Towel Company  They are great to deal with, are supporters of the b&b industry and have wholesale prices (not the ones on the website). Contact them for their pricelist.

I have Turkish Towels, but not theirs, have contacted them. Need to replace the Robes as well.

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My last go round found me highly disappointed with my usual local purveyor so I stopped at JCP on my way home and dropped $400 on towels. They have worked out very well! And they are easily replaced in the event they get damaged. Lots of colors, too!

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Cost Club must be regional.  I've never heard of it. Is it like Sam's or Costco?

 

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I was trying to avoid writing the name of the last one on that list Smiling They used to be Price Club..... so I just merged their names. Sam's Club failed up here. They opened a few stores, found out that they couldn't complete and closed them all and went home with their tail between their legs.

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I use the Martex from the Cost Club. They last longer than the guests ruining them Smiling

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