Confessions of Hotel Housekeepers

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  1. Newscience

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    Confessions of Hotel Housekeepers
    Top cleaners share insights about their job

    by Laura Daily,AARP The Magazine, February 12, 2013

    Most hotels have a step-by-step sequence for cleaning rooms. In well-kept lodgings, light switches, door handles and remote controls are disinfected daily. Open toiletries are tossed, though used soap often gets donated to charity, says Hazel Davis, executive director of housekeeping at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. For that "fresh room" smell, Waldorf housekeepers sprinkle baking soda onto carpets monthly, she reveals.

    Here are more insider secrets (plus a few little-known housekeeping perks) from hotel cleaners that will help you get the most out of your stay....

    Included in this article are:
    Be a proper guest
    - Tip $1-2 per guest per night
    - Don't be a slob
    - Hands off the cart!
    - Be careful with the "Do not disturb" sign
    Housekeeping's hidden benefits
    - Cleaning hotel rooms is a real workout
    - Hotels could open a store with all the forgotten chargers for electronics that housekeepers discover

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  2. blackjack-21

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    We find that a smile, good morning and a thank you when we see them in the hall or while cleaning our room also works wonders along with the tip left daily. Recently we befriended a housekeeper at a HGI we visit often, even having a long chat with her after her shift was over, and now whenever we return for a stay there we often find extra amenities or coffee/tea supplies left for us, even without our asking in advance.

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