Do you use hotel towels and bathrobes?? is it totally clean?

towels - towels...
@simonelee (2718)
China
September 16, 2009 10:04am CST
Hello, fellow mylotters. Have you ever wonder how hotel and resort owners washed their towels and bathrobes? is it totally clean and free from germs? do they autoclave their towels,robes and bedings? like what hospitals usually do? hmmm... I'm just curious because sometimes I'm too lazy to bring my own towel and robe.
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33 responses
• United States
14 Dec 09
i've worked in several hotels- they normally throw them in industrial grade washers with high bleach content soap. the water temp is high enough to not have to worry. bathrobes on the other hand-i would recommend you bring your own.unless they're damp or dirty to the eye,sometimes they will be reused,just like blankets. gross,but they do do it. the best way to make sure you have a fresh blanket is to call down on arrival and ask for an "extra" blanket.
@bulastika (5967)
• Philippines
9 Dec 09
Me I always bring my own towel but I also use hotel towel. As long I have good impression with that hotel I use their towel.. We have a laundry business so..The way the towel smell sometimes is enough to judge if its good to use or not.. Also don't use towel that is already in your room..Call room server and ask for a new one..
@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
Hi simonelee! I don't really know if they autoclave their towels/beddings but I guess they do clean it well. Besides, cleanliness shouldn't only end in those towels/beddings, it should also extend to the hotel's surroundings. So even if they do autoclave them, it won't do any good if the hotel floors/ceilings/walls/beds aren't sanitized. This being said, I guess it also usually follows that expensive hotels have good, if not the highest, quality of cleanliness.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
we dont bring our towels for it gets heavy when you bring it home wet. so far i can say that it is clean and germ free. i have relatives that works on hotels and they can say that they also iron the towels before folding. so i dont think there is something to worry about. maybe not as disinfected like the hospital beddings but i can say it is clean
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
17 Sep 09
I don't bring my own towels when I stay in a hotel. Sometimes I use the robes but usually I don't. Here where I live there is "The day of the open doors" once a years when places that are usually closed whow what is going on in their establishments. I want to the open doors of a hotel in town. We were shown the laundry and how the sheets, towels and robes were washed and sanitized. I was satisfied they are clean and germ free. However, when staying in a hotel I immediately take off the bedspread and put it in the closet and don't touch it again, since it is not changed with each guest and test have shown it contains the grossest things. Also I cover each chair with a clean towel since people sit naked on these chairs. When I carry a box of wet wipes with me I wipe down the telephone and remote control since I cannot be sure the maids did that since they only get so many minutes to clean each room. I also wash out the drinking glasses even though they might be wrapped in a paper wrapper, giving them appearane of being sterile, which they might not be.
17 Sep 09
dear, There is no harm in usinsa hotel towel but you should take care about the standard of the hotel.In a five star hotel otimum care is taken to maintain the hygine and service. But as you might have seen in the c grade or other general hoel which provide cheap services and to maintain their cheapness they compromise with the other qulities. They have to do so to survive in this cut throat competetive market.
@ktynnz (75)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
Yes. I assume that the towels are clean because the hotel is also clean. =)
@Tantrums (949)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
I only use the towels, I feel uneasy using the bathrobes, it's like using another person's underwear... hehehe!
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
Well it depends on what type of hotel. For expensive hotels they really make sure that they clean the towels. But in small hotels that usually don't have star ratings and unknown, I am dubious if they clean the towels.
@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
Yes I use the towels provided by hotels. One time we had the chance to tour the laundry area of a Five Star Hotel as part of our training in one of the Caregiving classes. I must say that they really clean the beddings and the towels of the guests really well. They have huge machines and pressing machines which do the work.
@Mac6999 (706)
• India
17 Sep 09
Yeh I use hotel towels when ever I stay at a hotel. They are washed before you get it so I guess they should be pretty clean. I have always found my towels to be fresh, and have never thought about germs etc. I dont think the cleaning process is as good as it is in hospitals, but I think its good enough. Hospitals need to clean more throughly because theres all types of things falling on them.
• Singapore
17 Sep 09
Well we wouldn't have a clue if they were not clean. I should think *most* respectable hotels would put adequate emphasis on the treatment of used towels. As travelers, I think assuming otherwise would put a damper on your days. The best we can do is to inspect the towels and bathrobes with our senses. If they pass the eye and nose check, I would just use them. After all, bring your own towels will just add to your luggage. As for bathrobes, you can do without since you can change into your clothes straight. Unless of course you are using them as your pajamas... then you can bring along your own pajamas if you are so inclined or sleep in the buff - but then, we would start thinking if the bedsheets are clean and so on lol... Traveling is not without its risks.
@janebeth (2034)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
hi simon, i think they are clean, and i am using them everytime we have our out of town adventures with my friends and my family.. we are talking about the reputation of the hotel in here.. so i think they know that, and having a clean things specially towels, pillows and blankets should be there number one standards to have a better serving to the customers... janebeth.
@hiniptl (16)
• United States
17 Sep 09
i too have the same questions when using the towels and bathrobes in hotels... they do wash them but then i still wonder who might have used it last!! gives me creeps enough...i prefer using my own towels and bathrobe. Makes me feel safe.
• China
17 Sep 09
when we think up the HIV,it cause us scared,and HIV is the famous virus which spread from hotel,so it is better to bring our own towels to hotel if we are not sure and it is convenient to you take along our own towel.I have a customer from Taipei,everytime she come to inspect goods,she will take all her daily necessities here,including her reading lamp,coffee cup,all the towels,bedsheet and bathobers.... she is the strictest woman who I met in my lifetime.
@buping (954)
• China
17 Sep 09
i do not used to bring my own towels and robes with me when i go out for a trip. although i know that the towels in hotel is not that clean, so there is one way to solve this problem, you can live in a better hotel, i think it is more sanitary.
@daliaj (5689)
• India
17 Sep 09
This is a good topic. I am a person who takes many trips and stays in hotels. Till now, I have used all the towels given in various hotels. But, now only I am thinking about the hygienic factor of it. I think all the hotels give only clean towels for their customers to use, but we can't blidly judge on it. It is better to keep a towel with us and use it in order to avoid unnecessary infection.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
17 Sep 09
I don’t usually bring my own robe and towels because they take up so much room in my suitcase. I have never come across a dirty towel or robe; I can tell that they are clean, they look and smell fresh. I check the bed sheets as well and only once we happened to get a room that had not yet being cleaned from the previous client. We complained and received and apology and a clean new room immediately (I should think so!). I haven’t had any other bad experiences as everything is usually very clean; the only thing that concerns me is the bed spread; I wonder how often they change those...
@ced_cap (207)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
No. I don't use any other towel but only my own towel. Maybe because I always have the feeling that the towels that hotels provide for their customers are not that clean. It maybe looks clean but I don't know...I just don't feel like using them.
@jen14ed (868)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
hi simonnelee Yes Of course I use that When I'm on the hotel Because is clean.. and is not dirty Is okey to me to use that towel is totally free and very clean towel.