Does anyone have experience setting beds vs. handing out linens?
As we're planning a small hostel, I'm wondering if there is any sense in setting and resetting the beds ourselves. Granted, it's a larger time commitment, I can see a few (related) positives:
1) It could lift the aesthetics of the room by giving the rooms a more unified presentation and keeping them cleaner - plus, a long-stay guest in bunk four who hasn't showered in an eon can't hold the room hostage with rank sheets.
2) It could help with the housekeeping schedule - instead of being dependent on guests to return their sheets at some uncertain time, we would have more control over when things happened.
Also, for those who distribute linens from the front desk - are there ways to encourage longer-stay guests to turn in rank sheets? Is this even much of a problem?
We give new sheets to longer term stays on a weekly basis or as needed. In our small hostel with longer stays we make the beds prior to arrival. In our larger hostel, shorter stays, we let the guests do it. However we do show them to the rooms in both hostels and informally discuss the basics of hostel room etiquette (among other things of course) in both hostels. This pertains to dorms only as we always make up our private rooms, of course which are of a high standard.