When do you do the endless piles of ironing?

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Just curious about this.  The best intentions...I can never get this done during the day.  I'm constantly turning the iron off to deal with something else.  So, I end up doing this late at night Sad

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Jason:

White rose petals, or silk rose petals (some here use those)

I have a handful of the florists beekers (for lack of a better term) to stick a single long stemmed rose into (altho I add them to a breakfast tray if it is a special ocassion have not placed them on pillows yet).  I was just wondering since you have high end sheets.

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I only iron the napkins and the runners for the table.  

The deciding factor, believe it or not,  on us opening a B&B was a laundry service.  If we were to open a B&B, I wanted the BEST.  

I knew the sheets would have to be ironed (I wanted to have 800-1000 tc sheets), and I was NOT going to iron 4 sets of sheets and pillowcases. How do you iron king size sheets anyway?

When I found a laundry service, we said okay, let's do this.

 

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 I have 4 king beds.  It takes me about 5 minutes to iron the sheets on the bed.  I have long arms so it works out well. I can even get down on the floor and crawl around the bed and iron it so I am not bending my back.   I iron the pillow cases while I am waiting for people to check-in.  We can't send the sheets out because they are 1000 thread count and one set of sheets  (1 flat, 1 fitted and two pillow cases) costs about 500 dollars per bed so we don't want anything happening to them. They are going on year three and still great.  I only use 7th generation laundry soap so since a lot of guests have problems with chemicals and perfumes.

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jason wrote:

 I have 4 king beds.  It takes me about 5 minutes to iron the sheets on the bed.  I have long arms so it works out well. I can even get down on the floor and crawl around the bed and iron it so I am not bending my back.   I iron the pillow cases while I am waiting for people to check-in.  We can't send the sheets out because they are 1000 thread count and one set of sheets  (1 flat, 1 fitted and two pillow cases) costs about 500 dollars per bed so we don't want anything happening to them. They are going on year three and still great.  I only use 7th generation laundry soap so since a lot of guests have problems with chemicals and perfumes.

Bless your heart! I hope the guests know the high thread count and the effort into making their bed!  Do you put a rose on the pillow or anything? 

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 Yes the guests do notice so it with worthwhile. They often talk about the sheets at breakfast.  I don't put any roses on the pillows.  I had a horrible experience with rose petals.  The guests stayed here for Valentines and put them on the sheets and rolled around on the petals  and ground and smeared them into the sheets.  The sheets were stained bad and it took me about three weeks of constant washing to get those stains out.  Rose petals are not allowed!

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OK, I USED to iron. Now I'm going to the laundromat and using a HUGE dryer for the sheets. Nothing is wrinkled coming out. Wow! Who knew. I DO have a pile of 'old' pillowcases to iron. And my clothes. Next week...

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 This is an interesting thread.  I do not iron the sheets, once in a while the top edge.  The friend that helps me once in awhile can make anything wrinkled smooth.  Her beds look like a million dollars.

All the pillowcases are ironed, using spray starch.  When I have lots of time I like to starch and iron, now that is perfection.  As to table clothes, a guy that owned and grew up in a laundry said fold, smooth,and pile. even put a weight of some sort on top, let sit for 24 hours. I love this system. Do this with napkins fresh out of the dryer too.  They may need a touch up, but no hard ironing.  After the table clothes are finished sitting, hang on hangers.  I fold my sheets the MARTHA WAY and pile. Lots of smoothing. They are piled in the closet.  Basically the pressing goes on. Yes there are folds, but that does not bother me. Life is too short to stand for hours behind the ironing board.

 

 

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You know the saying "It all comes out in the wash"

Well the sheets are the same way. Prompt attention as they are hot out of the dryer then the wrinkles come out when stretched across the bed.  Pillowcases I iron altho most of them do not require it. 

I cannot find super high thread count sheets that are crisp, I find them too warm, almost flannel-like.  Soft and warm. Not crisp and cool.

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i don't iron.

ever.

although i have a steamer for special things.

i send out the sheets and pillowcases ... they come back crisp. 

i have no idea how you all keep up with ironing!

 

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I only have 3 rooms, have multiple sets of pillowcases, and iron (usually) when I cannot make a bed because there are nopillowcases for the sheets available. I may actually iron today - even though it is only 2 pillowcases to do (just did a marathon of ironing) - but because I just bought some blouses that need touched up and I hate to plug it in for just for a couple blouses.

You have so many rooms with a heck of a lot more turn-over than I do AND you are doing it alone. If that were me, it would be "Get the rubber room ready, Elizabeth!" forget the "Big One".

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If I had as many rooms as you & was as busy as you, I would send all the linens out, if there was a good, reasonable service available  Smiling  There's no way that I could stay on top of it.  I have 6 sets waiting to be ironed right now (1 set is a new King set that I just bought & actually may be OK in the future without ironing. yay!)  I have a friend with 6 rooms and she sends her sheets & towels out & found a great price for it.  She's mostly a weekend biz & it costs her $60/week.  Not bad, if you are running full & your rates are $200/night on average.  I will get help with this when I can justify the expense since it's my least favorite thing!

I did try using a steamer with the fitted sheets when I was making up the rooms.  It just took too long.  With these larger rooms & baths, I just can't spend the time doing it that way & still get the rooms done in time Sad

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We don't have EIGHT rooms!!!!

I don't know how you keep up with anything!

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 I actually really enjoy ironing.  I just bought the Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer which holds 4 cups of water for a long ironing session.  I use that to iron all the napkins and pillowcases.   We have 1000 thread count sheets.  I iron all my flat and fitted sheets but not until I go to make up the beds.  I carry a portable iron with me to the room and put the fitted sheet on the bed first and then iron it until it is smooth and then i lay the flat sheet over that and iron it till it is smooth.  Then make the bed like normal.  I am a guy but I do pay attention to ironed sheets when I go stay at another establishment.  I prefer sheets to be crisp and ironed.  

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Are your beds "smooth"?  At least one of my mattresses is pretty puffy, and the mattress pad doesn't help much.  How many beds do you do this way?  Are any of them king sized?  I have two king-sized beds and it's hard enough for me to get them made since I can only reach about half way across.  You must have a strong back.

I do put sheets on the bed damp sometimes.  If I do, I let it dry while I do something else (dust, clean the bathroom), then put on the top sheet and repeat the let-it-dry process.

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Ok, this may sound amateur or silly, or there may be some health department thing I don't know about that makes this not a good idea (because I do not own my own B&B yet)...  But I'm one of those weird people who irons her own sheets and that of her family because I like it and it is so darn easy... and how I do it?

On the bed.

Make the bed, plug in the iron and iron the sheets right on the bed.

-Jen

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aquarijen wrote:

Ok, this may sound amateur or silly, or there may be some health department thing I don't know about that makes this not a good idea (because I do not own my own B&B yet)...  But I'm one of those weird people who irons her own sheets and that of her family because I like it and it is so darn easy... and how I do it?

On the bed.

Make the bed, plug in the iron and iron the sheets right on the bed.

-Jen

That's ok if you're limiting yourself to one or two beds/day. And once/week at that. 11 beds every day? Not for this old back!

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I have read somewhere that one should always let sheets "rest" between usage. I always rotate sheet sets on beds. I could never wait until the washing was done to re-make the beds anyway.

I also could not have damp sheets on the beds. We are too humid here.

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ginocat wrote:

I have read somewhere that one should always let sheets "rest" between usage. I always rotate sheet sets on beds.

Sometimes the resting thing works, sometimes I figure if I pull the sheets out of the dryer and put them on the bed, I've saved myself the folding up part.

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I've had no issues with damp beds or mildew whatsoever.  I learned this from a fellow yachtie and learned that that is standard practice in the charteryacht world.  Perhaps, we are avoiding the dampness issue by the AC running all the time which further reduces humidity.  And the sheets are not real wet coming out of the washer either, and then they hit the hot dryer for 4-5 minutes.  The sheets don't get tucked in until completely dry.   All I can say is that it works like a charm for us.

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Must be the A/C. Good point. We don't run the A/C here the way you would there!

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I do alot of ironing while I am waiting for someone to check in or waiting for something else.  Tend to do it in spurts. I only iron pillow cases and napkins.

Have some table cloths I have to iron and they are hanging on hangers waiting.  Will probably iron them when I want to use them.

Edited to add: I think I will try to iron the table cloths by tossing on a bed that has clean sheets and see if I can iron them better that way.  They are a real pain.

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Best tablecloths that I have for ease of care are these Martha Stewart tablecloths from KMart that my dh picked up on sale after the holidays in January.  They were marked down to $7 each for burgundy damask!  They come out of the dryer ready to go on the table.  I hang them up.  He bought the only 2 that they had that were large enough for our table.  I've been looking for other colors to go on sale

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I pull my 100% cotton sheets from the washer, and to the dryer for just 4-5 minutes.  Then, I put them on the beds, damp.  I don't tuck in the flat sheet, but do make sure it's all smooth and not bunched up anywhere.  I drape my pillow cases over the pillow flat.  In about 30 minutes or so, they are dry and look as though they have been ironed.  Then, I finish making the bed.  I ususally have time to do a sheet change like this, too, since my guests are usually gone during the day.  I only need a couple of hours of their absence to wash and dry what I remove from the bed.  I do have back up sets that are dried in this same fashion, and then put away.  The wrinkles are minimal for those.

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You don't find this makes the mattress damp? When I was ironing the all cotton sheets, they were never quite dry when they went back on the beds and they didn't dry out all the way before the guests checked in. I had to stop doing that because the beds felt damp to the guests.

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We have 60/40 cotton/poly blend, 350 to 400 tc, and the guests love them.  We iron pillow cases only, just to make them look really nice.  They really don't need it.   I would be ironing until 6am if I did the sheets!  It is usually 3 or 4 pm before I'm through just cleaning the rooms.

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Thanks KonaGirl and welcome to INNspiring.com.   Do you have a brand you recommend on those sheets?

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My solution was to have a Grand Opening open house and to open our basement area to the public.  (Our bedrooms on the second floor, however, are still trashed a week later!)  I managed to iron every piece of linen laying around and reorganized my napkin and placemat storage.  (Sheet storage still needs organized!)

My long term plan is to have a designated piling area that laundry can come out and lie flat until I am able to iron it.  We also kicked around the idea of making a custom ironing board that would be as deep as a large napkin (so I could do it in one "swipe") and long enough for at least a queen sheet.  But although the laundry room is cleaned out (amazing!  wonderful!  so worth having it on the tour!  I can move around in there without having to climb over construction detritus and auction leftovers!  Of course, the furnace room is now impassable...), we still haven't really finished that room yet.  But at least I can get at my three ironing boards, iron, and steam press, and there's no longer drywall dust over everything.

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Well, the only ironing time I have usually is at night when the house is quiet.  I guess it's really my least favorite thing to do but it's one of the things that the guests always comment on, ALWAYS.  So, maybe it's worth it Eye-wink

I now have 3 sets for all the beds in our cottage and 2 sets for the beds here, plus one extra set.  Actually, having the extras can make you complacent about ironing right away.  haha!

This is definitely something that will be hired out to someone, somehow, somewhere when we get busy enough to justify it.  Unfortunately, there's just no place for a Mangle Sad

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... but it's one of the things that the guests always comment on, ALWAYS.  ...

Seriously?  (I believe you, I'm just surprised. Eye-wink )  Maybe it is that I am a guy, but there are 1000 other things I would comment on or even notice in a B&B than whether the sheets were ironed.   I notice antiques, art work, fine craftsmanship,   I even notice flowers and plants.  I definitely notice clean, and comfortable (as opposed to scratchy) sheets but the flatness of the sheets, I can't imaging a world where that would be something I would comment on  Eye-wink If I am ever at any of your places and a comment about ironed sheets ever escapes my lips, just shoot me or hit me with a 2x4 because life as  I know it must be over.  

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I can attest...he never mentioned sheets, ironed or otherwise, while he was here! Altho, we had a power outage to talk about so that may be why.

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We talk of that trip often. The power outage makes it a fun story to tell. ...that and DW and I acting out what it was like hiking the various trails in Barr Harbor  with me hobbling around after my ladder accident and DW waiting for me  to catch up and calling me like a dog....that always has people laughing by the end of it.

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Maybe it depends on clientelle and setting.  We don't iron anything for the B&B.   Napkins get tucked into napkin rings in ways that look the same regardless of their state of flatness.  I don't know what the material is but it is the same as the tableclothes and they don't really wrinkle anyway.  Occaisonally if the table cloth is in need (sat too long before getting folded...) it gets tossed in the dryer for a couple of minutes just before putting on the table.

Sheets no, pillowcases no.   We will clean until things are spotless, but we will not lose sleep (or anything else) over a wrinkle in a pillowcase.   (Keep in mind though that ultra prim and proper clashes with our cabin theme). 

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Do dishes and clean kitchen. Get laundry started. Clean/fluff rooms. Have lunch. Set table for breakfast and do breakfast prep for next day if possible. IRON!! (This usually get's started around 2:30 or 3:00 p.m.) I keep on top of it every day or at the worst every other day. Not a problem. I also only iron the top of the top sheets and the pillow cases.

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I only iron pillowcases, dresser scarves, and some napkins. Ironed sheets are found at the Greenbrier. You asked when I keep the appointment with the dreaded ironing board. The answer is when the pillowcase stock gets low - I have at least 2 sets of pillowcases for each set of sheets - and there is no one in-house, I set it up in the dining room in the evening. It is cooler and less distractions. I can iron a dozen or more pillowcases pretty quickly.

 

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When I loved in Australia I had to iron everything i owned since I hung everything out to line dry.  That was ironing.  There was a continual basket of ironing 24 hours a day, even levi's had to be pressed.  I don't know how you do it with your sheets, mine used to wrinkle out really bad.

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My DH almost fell off his chair when the middle son asked me to press a pair of Levis for him and I said sure, go set up the iron and ironing board. It proved he knew where they were. I said Watch! then showed him how to iron a shirt. Was the last time I ever ironed a pair of Levis. When I was a kid, all the mothers had pants stretchers for the jeans and slacks. they fit into the legs so the crease went in as the jeans hung on the clothesline.

As for my sheets, I hang them as soon as the washer quits (or try to) and I use Egyptian cotton sheets. They seem to wrinkle less than other cottons do. I just smooth everything out on the beds when I make it. I smooth the top hem especially. It really does not look wrinkled. If anything, there are some fold marks but I try to smooth them out also. Fitted sheets are wonderful!

 

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As things stand right now with you (and me 3 years ago) you have cotton sheets that you think require ironing (and quite possibly they really do). Don't iron the whole sheet, just the top edge. Don't iron the fitted sheet, just tug really hard when making the bed. Give your best effort to the pillowcases, they show the most.

This is not what you want to hear, but...even with help I was ironing sheets long after hubs was sound asleep. I was ironing until midnight in the summer. Everyday. I hated it, hated that hubs 'got' to go to bed while I was still working, hated that I was still pulling sheets out of the dryer long after he was done with the towels, hated the whole idea of not stepping foot outside the house for weeks on end (and I'm not joking about NOT stepping foot outside the house, not even to let the dog out, I did NOT open the door to the outside world for weeks on end).

Whew! Anyway, I gave up on all cotton sheets and went to poly cotton. I am much happier.

I have a basket that has the pillowcases in it. I try to iron for an hour a day during the summer, an hour a month in the winter...

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I have a tall covered laundry basket in my laundry room that has nothing in it, the top is used.  From the dryer I fold the pillowcases and stack them there.  It is the waitign area to be ironed.  Then like I did an hour ago, I cart out the ironing board and iron em up.  I hang them on a dry cleaner type hanger.  All the pillowcases are hung together and all the sheets elsewhere.

Sheets get hung up straight from the dryer and they hang until they are placed on the beds.

When I go to make up a room I grab the sheets and pillowcases on hangers and carry them all up.  I used to keep the extras in the guest closets, where guests would use JUST the pillowcases when they wanted and that bad idea was put away fast! 

The reason I did that was I could have these "little legs" carry up sheets to each room for me and save me tons of stair time and effort.  But not anymore.

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I used to lay everything that needed ironing over the back of the second comfy chair in my bedroom. I decided that after 3 years I have had enough of laundry strewn everywhere. So, I have a laundry basket that got freed up when we redid our bathroom (we had to get a much smaller laundry basket to fit the new space-yikes!) and I am using that. Makes the room look so much neater.

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I got rid of all sheets that require ironing.  Period. Full Stop. I do iron pillowcases and don't mind that, it is actually therapeutic at times, esp if i have music on.

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Have you looked for a mangle yet?  Miele makes the new ones but they're expensive.  Good excuse to come here if you want to take one home for you - we have several spare of the old Ironrites.

I used to do it during the day between checkout and checkin, and sometimes in the morning after breakfast was in the oven but before service began.  But - I have housekeepers who take care of the housework for the most part, and both of them can iron the linens if I need them to.  Now we send the sheets out, so it's only the napkins and tablecloths.

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We only ironed pillow cases and the top of the flat sheet to fold over the blanket..AND...that was my husband's job.   I know you are pretty much doing everything yourself and I caution..this is going to burn you out quickly. Maybe sometime soon you can afford to pay someone to assist you with these kinds of thing.  I hope so.

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Hi Cat Lady,   Our home is a brand new home built my DH in 2004.  We hve a very big Irish Family and would love for all of them  to come and put them up here, and have a grand old time.    I think  having our whole family out here is what it's all about. 

If they ALL caould agree on a weekd, or duing the week, we intend to close all room or my fmaily  I mena how often wot we get to see them?.

With approx. 28 B*B's  on The Northfork,of Long Isnnd,  we  figured  why not give it a B&B  a try.  

All the B&b's out here iron their fittled and flat seehts, and iron their pillowcases. 

I WsS NOT GOING TO SPEND MY SUMMER IRONING FLAT AND FITTED SHEETS AND PILLOWCASES.

The deciding  factor was that I found a laundry serviec -- $4.00 for sheets and $1.00 for pillocases.  They pick up on Modays and drop of on the followng Monday. 

Hope this helps.

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