A Spring 2022 report by Hotel Effectiveness®, a primary supplier of labor optimization technology, reports steadily rising labor costs in the hospitality sector. Housekeepers and room attendants have seen wage increases of as much as 11% over pre-COVID levels. At the same time, the turnover rate for room attendants is at an annual rate of 103%, slightly more than the already-high, pre-pandemic levels. Additional room preparation processes result in steadily increasing labor hours per occupied room.
These, among other causes, result in a net rise in the cost of labor per occupied room of more than 25% – 30%, making it imperative to increase room turnaround efficiency, while also mitigating the workload placed on your housekeeping team.
Manchester Mills, a leading textile supplier for hotels worldwide, has developed the DUO Mock Duvet Cover Top of Bed system as a cost-effective means to streamline room turnaround times that also contribute to a reduction in your facility’s carbon footprint.
Innovations that save time and labor
The new DUO Mock Duvet Cover Top of Bed System provides an efficient, time and effort-saving solution to changing bed linens. The system consists of two components: an Advantiva® blanket and DUO Mock Duvet Cover, each incorporating an innovative solution that saves time and effort for your staff. The system offers the elegance and comfort of a traditional duvet cover, with the ease of a top sheet.
The blanket utilizes a split-corner design that fits over the mattress with minimal effort. The blanket nests inside the DUO Mock Duvet Cover, with tucks necessary at only the foot of the bed, an ergonomic improvement that saves your staff time and effort.
The innovative design permits quick installation of the blanket. Labor-intensive tucks are eliminated. The DUO Mock Duvet Cover requires only two tucks at each of the outside corners. Your housekeeping staff can tuck the mock duvet cover and Advantiva blanket together at just the foot of the bed.
Taken together, the Advantiva blanket and DUO Mock Duvet Cover offer significant savings in time and effort for your housekeeping team. The system results in average time savings of approximately 60% when making each bed. Based on a 100-room property with 70% occupancy, this works out to an approximate savings of two hours of labor time per day.
The blanket features eco-friendly recycled down alternative fiber fill encased in a 100% microfiber shell. The microfiber shell is soft to the touch, and connotes a sensation of comfort and luxury, while the quality construction makes the product durable and long-lasting. All fabric and fill are hypoallergenic and soft to the touch for a pleasant guest experience. The 7″ sewn-through box quilt design minimizes fill shift and clumping. Double-needle sewn corded edges ensure durability through many uses.
Taken together, the Advantiva blanket and DUO Mock Duvet Cover offer significant savings in time and effort for your housekeeping team. The system results in average time savings of approximately 60% when making each bed. Based on a 100-room property with 70% occupancy, this works out to an approximate savings of two hours of labor time per day. The efficient design pays ergonomic dividends to your team, eliminating tucks on the two long sides of the bed, and saving physical wear and tear.
A thoughtfully designed alignment system results in a foolproof makeup every time. Housekeepers need only to line up a series of labels on the back end of the blanket and mock duvet cover. It is possible to use it with a matching top sheet for added efficiency.
A contemporary design that is both beautiful and environmentally friendly
Manchester Mills offers the DUO Mock Duvet Cover in two designs that are sure to fit with whatever look your facility communicates. You can choose Interlock for a contemporary look, or Ocean Wave, which conjures a maritime ambiance. The Ocean line is a 60-40 cotton and polyester mix that feels delightful to the touch, while the Interlock design is 100% polyester for durability.
Each DUO Mock Duvet Cover is Guest Ready®, which makes it possible for items to be used right out of the box to further reduce resource usage, labor time, and energy consumption costs. The net result is a significant reduction in the carbon footprint of your facility and reduced time and effort by your staff. Manchester’s innovative production methods for DUO permit a turnaround approximately twice as fast as conventional blankets and duvet covers. The product also uses 44% less fabric than older blanket and duvet combinations to reduce overall textile waste.
Their compact profile enables more products to be shipped in standard twenty-foot containers, resulting in significant savings in emissions as well as shipping costs. The forward-thinking DUO Mock Duvet Cover Top of Bed System combines elegance and simplicity in one package. Their patent-pending design is a winning combination of utility and conscientious environmental design.
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Written by Ron Sering. Images provided by Manchester Mills