There is nothing better than sliding into fresh, crisp, white sheets in a lovely hotel room at the end of the day. Have you ever wondered how hotels keep their linens and towels fresh and clean? What happens after these are used and get stains?

Hotels go through hundreds of sets of sheets and towels a day. These hotels, inns, and bed and breakfast locations use a combination of fast maintenance and gentle care to ensure the long life and cleanliness of linens.

Most hotels these days use only white bedsheets and towels for their hotel and try to ensure that they are kept in good condition by getting rid of any stains and marks. But of course, there comes a point when these textiles just aren’t in a good enough shape to offer to their paying customers.

Housekeeping staff are constantly on the lookout for hotel towels that are better for regular use in any hotel room. What happens after that really depends on the Hotels. Here are 8 points we collected from our customers that they do with their old hotel towels and sheets:

  • If the towels or sheets are still in reasonable condition, some hotels donate them to thrift stores, homeless shelters or similar charities

  • If the towels have big stains or holes, some places donate them to animal hospitals, the Humane Society, etc.

  • When hotel towels become unsuitable for guest rooms, some hotels dye them and use them as pool towels for guests to use. Or, if the hotel has its own private beach, the guests can use them there.

  • If a towel is too shabby, they’re sometimes cut into rag-sized pieces so housekeeping can use them for cleaning rooms.

  • 100% cotton sheets and towels can be composted, and there are companies that take fabric scraps for recycling.

  • If they are irreparably stained, then they can still be donated but this time to animal hospitals and humane societies.

  • Some hotels will use the towels to their fullest extent within the property before donating.

  • When these are threadbare, they can still be sent to recycling plants.

In 2018 Westin (part of the Marriott hotel group) announced that they were working to create kids pajamas using the fibres from their old towels and sheets that could then be converted into a new fabric.

It just so happens that hotels are thinking about the environment, charities and recycling and are doing their bit.

You can check out Pushkal Textiles range of Hotel Towels and Sheets where we provide cotton fabric towels. Contact us for more info.