Your Hotel Bed in California Might Feel Different if This Proposed Bill Passes
The Palihouse Holloway in West Hollywood
Everyone knows a hotel bed can make or break your stay. No one wants a rough, hard bed after a long day of travel and we certainly don't want a bed that looks as if it's been slept in before we got there. But we have to remember that the reason a hotel bed looks so pristine is all thanks to the hotel housekeepers who tirelessly make and remake these beds all day long.
So it's no surprise that housekeepers are coming down with injuries from all this bed-making. And in California, they want to do something about it.
State Bill 432 wants all hotels in California to swap out their flat bottom bed sheets and replace them with fitted ones. This will save the housekeepers from having to lift the heavy mattresses when making the beds and thus cut down on injuries.
This sounds fair and good and we actually think fitted bottom sheets stay on better than the flat ones, but if the bill passes, hotels are going to be the ones paying for it. The California Hotel and Lodging Association estimates that it could cost as much $30 million and $50 million.
Hotel operators argue they will need to purchase new equipment in order to launder the fitted sheets. They also say fitted sheets will have to be replaced more often, that the elastic in fitted sheets breaks down faster than fabric, and that fitted sheets cost more to iron, fold and store.
We're a little torn on this issue. We want to keep the housekeepers happy (don't want them cleaning the toilets with our toothbrushes in anger or anything) but California definitely has way more important issues to worry about right now like balancing the budget. Flat or fitted bed sheets seems practically trivial at this point.
The bill is set to be heard on the Senate floor at the end of the month so we'll see how it fares then.