With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on the traveling public's confidence — and expected to do so for at least another year — hotels' top priority is to mitigate losses by assuring guests that they will be safe during their stay. To that end, visible evidence of compliance with virus prevention guidelines is necessary in every area of the hotel. And because guests spend more time in bed than in any other area, the bed should be a focal point of protective measures.
PROTECTING FILLED PRODUCTS
Items such as pillows and duvets pose the biggest challenge in maintaining a sanitary bed. Not only do they absorb bodily fluids such as sweat, saliva and mucous, they also can't be heavily laundered in the same way that sheets and towels can. (Heat and water cause fill materials to clump and break down, rendering the item unfit for use on the hotel bed.)
The most practical solution is to enclose such items in a protective cover. Guests appreciate that it creates a barrier between their body and possible contamination. Hotels are happy that they can wash the cover along with the sheets — a cost-saving alternative to frequent replacement of pillow and duvets.
Hotels can take this concept to the next level of safety by choosing bedding protectors with antimicrobial properties. By eliminating pathogens on contact, these textiles help protect the health of everyone who has to touch them, both guests and housekeeping staff.
PILLOW & DUVET PROTECTORS
an·ti·mi·cro·bi·al (adjective): Capable of destroying or suppressing the growth of microorganisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms
We have responded to the demand for protective bedding with a new line of antimicrobial pillow and duvet/blanket covers. In addition to their proven effectiveness in destroying bacteria, viruses and funguses, they are odor-resistant and durable.
We are offering a choice of substrate fabrication: waterproof 100% polyester or 55% cotton/45% polyester blend. Samples are available now, they will be ready to ship in November.
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BAC-PUR® FINISH: SAFE,
EFFECTIVE & ECO-FRIENDLY
The active ingredient in our pillow/duvet protectors' finish coating is benzalkonium chloride, an organic salt which has been used for decades in personal care products (shampoo, hand sanitizers, etc.), pharmaceutical products and surgical/medical disinfection. Extensive testing has demonstrated its efficacy in eliminating the most common types of pathogens:
- Bacteria (gram-positive, gram-negative and multi-resistant) such as staphylococcus, klebsiella pneumoniae and e. coli
- Viruses including coronaviruses, hepatitis and gastroenteritis
- Funguses/molds including trichophytons
Benzalkonium chloride is non-toxic and has no environmental impact. Bac-Pur is US EPA approved, REACH compliant and does not contain SVHC (substances of very high concern). To protect guests' sensitive skin, it is also Oeko-Tex Standard 100 compliant and dermatologically tested.
COST-EFFICIENT & DURABLE
FOR 100+ WASHES
Bac-Pur finish is not affected by temperature, friction, UV exposure and other degrading agents. This durability is achieved with patented silica particle matrix technology which outperforms the more common microcapsule application in adherence and washing resistance.
Antimicrobial textiles don't need to be washed in hot water, or with so much detergent, in order to kill germs — they're already doing that for you. The immediate result is savings on energy and laundry supplies. There's also a long-term benefit in the fact that a lower water temperature in the wash extends the lifespan of the textile, thus reducing replacement costs.
THE NEW BUSINESS AS USUAL
Public health experts say the coronavirus will never completely go away; and even if it did, other disease pandemics in the future are inevitable. This is the new normal that every hospitality business must adapt to if it is to survive and thrive.
Antimicrobial protectors are just one way that T-Y Group and Harbor Linen can help you make the changes that will give guests peace of mind and bring occupancy rates back to profitable levels. We're your one-stop shop for every guest need — in the time of coronavirus and beyond
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