When you check into a hotel, it seems fair to expect freshly-laundered sheets on the bed. But new evidence suggests those fluffy puffs of heaven may not be as clean as you believe.
In the above video, reporters from “Inside Edition” checked into a Residence Inn in New York City. They spray the bed sheets with invisible paint before checking out, then check in again the next day under a new name. When they scan the bed, the paint is still there. The sheets haven’t been washed.
The hotel’s manager characterizes the incident as an unusual error, since this shouldn’t be the norm at any hotel, as one housekeeping honcho told us.
“With all the different viruses and diseases society is faced with, we’d absolutely never [leave sheets unwashed between visitors],” Madeline Chang, director of housekeeping at Hawaii’s Aston Waikiki Sunset, told HuffPost. “But maybe this hotel was trying to cut costs.”
Chang’s staff washes a guest’s sheets every other day during their stay to conserve water, and that’s a fairly common practice. It’s also well-known that some hotels will leave the same duvet cover on a bed for months without washing it. But neglecting to clean sheets between guests is a whole new ― and very icky ― prospect.
Inside Edition also tested other hotels: Out of the nine properties they checked, three left dirty sheets on the bed between guests. Yikes.