From stereotypes to reality
We all have in mind the image of the traditional maid wearing a skirt and holding a feather-duster. Be aware that you have little chance of seeing her in a hotel… Her duster may be artistic but is absolutely inefficient against the dust, which it raises and deposits at the same spot. To get rid of it, the best remedy is a damp rag, ideally in micro-fiber. Another creation of the mind is the bed which is perfectly flat... impossible to get in reality, unless we use a steam iron, or better yet, a photo editing software.
A well-polished training
Professional cleaning does not come out of the blue ! In hotel schools, housekeeping members learn their job through a lot of training but also a few tips… They recommend starting with the baseboards - a frequent omission in early careers - before cleaning the room clockwise in order to miss nothing. As in cooking, some twenty failures are often required before making the perfect bed. The method taught is the same as in the army, the difference being in the ranks of fluffy pillows, held firmly in place with pretty corners.
Photo credit : Lucie Brémeault