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    Hello , 

    In our Hotel we use "laundry roller ironing machine" its perfect and doesn't take long time to iron them. Keep in mind that we have to choose professional one. Something important is that sheets must be a little bit wet to iron them fast but in a professional way and then you can hang in a dry place for short time then fold them.


    Hope this will be helpful for you .


    All the best, Esma Peca Manager

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    Thank you for the kind reply, Esma!

    I will definitely look into this.



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    Is something like this 

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    Yes, I took a look on Google, thank you.

    Not being a hotel, it would be pretty hard to fit a machine like that somewhere but it is worth looking into.

    Thank you again!

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    Chris Gregg

    Hi Sergiu,

    I don't know where you are based but for me ironing is a pain. I take it to a laundry service and for abit less than £25 i get bedding for 2 singe bed and 2 doubles washed dried and Ironed.


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    Patricia Crane


    I am with a bed and breakfast and understand your predicament with the large press irons but we have invested i an Elna Press and boy does this work well,

    Hope this helps 


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    I fold the sheets well.  Put them in a laundry basket until I have enough and am ready for pressing.  Then I sit down and open the sheets only slightly and press. (Have the presser good and hot) .  Put the pressed sheets into another basket. And off to the hotpress for use.  Susanna 

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    Thank you for your answers!

    @Patricia - I have exactly the same but a different brand. It works well, but you still lose a lot of time by pressing. Especially if you have multiple sheets to do. I'm interested in knowing how to minimise that time as much as I can.

    @Chris - indeed, giving the sheets to a laundry service can be expensive. For us it's not good business because the market in Romania has pretty low prices compared to other countries.

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    Rosette D'Souza-Rogers

    We have a Bed and Breakfast, albeit very small only two rooms.  We have sheets that are the iron-free ones  and wash almost every day as the guests are mostly one-nighters.  Once washed, place in the dryer with "Perm-Free" cycle, remove dust thoroughly and allow to dry on rack especially in summer months.  The sheets not only look ironed but they are fresh, which guests seem to like very much.

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    Allan Withers

    Yes, what a pain. We don't iron our sheets just wash them and hang to dry. Folded up correctly and they come out reasonable well. We have never had a bad compliant on our linen. 

    Our reviews of 260 with a rating of 9.5 speaks for it self!

    Regards, Allan, Millicent Hillview Caravan Park, Australia

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    la hempleman

    Hi we have lots of laundry and we invested in a miele press a folded sheet take 2.5 minutes and its perfect. just like it has come back from the laundry, so now the housekeepers in each property have their own press and our our linen is done in house and has saved a lot of money!

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    I am buying flat sheets now but still a lot of time required. Non irons are good idea and like Alan's routine too. I used commercial laundry for few months but big chunk of my profit is gone to pay its bill.

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    @la hempleman - thank you a million! So far this is the best option I've seen that's due to save a lot of time. Comes with a price but does seem to get the job done fast!

    @Allan - I know what you're saying but ironed sheets will always look better than the non ironed ones. And when you're struggling to stand out and give the max quality, this is an important aspect from our point of view. 9.5 is awesome but we're striving to maintain 9.9 and maybe even boost it to a perfect 10 :)

    Thanks for the great feedback, everybody!

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    Well im a small establishment. I agree with the above with one twist. I last went to  use non iron bedding, and gave up.  They can crease more than tesco s,  iron bedding, and costing 3 times the price.! So i dont pay too much attention now about iron or non iron, as i find they all need ironing. aND MY SON SON DID BUY ME THAT ELNA PRESS, for my birthday, but seldom gets used now.  WHAT I DO pay attention to is the PRINT.. A plain undecorated room, with bedding of multi colors and large prints. Ie not the nice square designs or striped designs or plain which all show the creases.

    My prints now show a large tiger face and hair,, with blues, browns, black, greys, reds, yellow, and every other color. I have 6 of these duvets now if you look on tescos for my review.. ..worth the money as the creases blend in with the multi colors. ie they give depth and definition is what my daughter would say. I would send a picture but dont know how to. viv

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    David Wendt

    For what its worth.

    I buy my sheets from a retail source that has a mixture of cotton and Bamboo fibre. The brand is Pure Zone.

    The sheets have a bit of stretch in them. I never Iron them, even though they make have some creates, I just fold them before use.

    Because they have a bit of stretch in the fabric, I can make the beds and then tuck them tight under the mattress. Perfect Finish with no creases and looks like I have spent hours ironing them.

    Look for sheets that have some stretch in the fabric. Pure cotton does not stretch and shows creases.


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    Geoff Calvert

    We just iron the top of the sheet that is visible when folded back over the duvet as i dont see the point to iron the whole sheet when it is all covered anyway.



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    I hang the sheets on the line and fold them carefully when bringing them in. Like the previous person I also only just iron the top of the sheet that shows and tuck it in really tight to remove any creases. The bottom sheet is fitted so stretches tight and isn't wrinkled.

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    I try to avoid using the dryer as the dryer makes the sheets really crumpled.   When I bring them off the clothes line I fold them width ways then iron them.  If they have been lying folded they are easy to iron.   I have a good quality steam iron and a  ironing board that is a good height.

    Another tip is to dampen the sheets a little roll tightly put into a plastic bag then the freezer for 30 minutes and that makes ironing easier   It may seem allot of fiddling but it pays off..I got that tip from my house boy when i lived in the middle east.

    Good luck!

    Kind regards.


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    Graham Fisher

    I think there are only the two options Sergiu - iron them yourself by whatever method and accept that the time taken is just part of the pleasure of being an accommodation provider, or send them out to a laundry.  We chose a middle path and do towels and pillow cases in house, but send sheets and duvet covers out to the laundry (who do a much better job than we ever could).

    Whilst it is never mentioned, I think everything having the right creases from ironing helps the overall quality "feel" of the accommodation.

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    @Graham Fisher - Thank you for the message. So far, the recommendation from La Hempleton still stands as the best one. I suggest you take a look at it. It's the Miele Press. It's more expensive than a standard press but worth the investment. Takes a lot of time out.

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    Mix a tablespoon of fabric softener (like Sta soft with half a liter of water in a spray bottle. Spray all the bedding and fold it neatly (ironing with your hands kind of thing) eg. the pillow cases on one flat heap etc.

    The bedding is softer and because it is a little damp, you iron in half the time.By the time you get to the bottom lot most of the wrinkles are out.



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    I try to buy fitted sheets that I know fit snugly, then I put on the bed and

    then iron whilst fitted, so much easier ! 

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    Graham Fisher

    Interesting David - the power cord on your iron must be extraordinarily long??

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    Lesley Lusty

    I run 4 apartments but used to run larger hotels so the laundry and ironing issues had to be resolved!

    The key to easier & faster ironing is all about how you fold your linen! If folded correctly, the ironing takes only a little time and it looks great. I now use fitted sheets and have learned to fold them that makes the ironing straightforward - here is a link to show how to fold them:

    I do not fold my sheets in half but into thirds: once you have folded the edges in an have a long rectangular shape, fold one side into the centre then the other side over that. It makes a neat rectangle and you can then place that into your steam press. 

    It takes a little practice but it doesn't take long to get skilled at it. I currently iron all mine by hand and it doesn't take too long. Also I have found that ironing the folds of the sheet gives reassurance to guests as to the care taken of the linen - they like to see that it is all clean & ironed.


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    We iron our sheet, and then fold neatly, length ways - hang on hangers in the laundry cupboard until needed,  This minimises the fold lines.

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    Lyndale Guesthouse

    Roller iron definately.
    Go on ebay get a second hand one.
    We did.
    Almost makes ironing a pleasure.
    Had ours 9 years all we do is buy a new roller cover every 2 years for £40

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    We have 5 rooms. I bought a Miele roller about 2 years ago and my crisp cotton sheets are always complimented. They are good quality mind.
    My rules are.
    Never use dryer
    Hang sheets folded once and iron that same direction - take a bit of extra time smoothing when wet.
    Always spray with water before ironing for best results,
    The laundry is not very good here - stains are the worst problem but quality of the ironing job is not as good as the Miele.
    It has saved me the price I paid for it in time alone. But even better - you get to sit down while you iron.
    My tip would be to zip up and down keeping the sheet folded in half longways then fold it at the end and press your folds for a neat finish and tidy storage (or not if they are going straight on the beds!)
    Unironed sheets when someone is paying is just not acceptable - sorry (and if I am going to have a rant it would have to be pure white cotton for me every time!) Amanda

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    This is all so interesting, we wait until there is a boxed set to watch - or a great netflix film and tell the teenagers that they can watch so long as the ironing is done.  Husband will do it watching Rugby - we have a steam generator iron and are delighted with it - only draw back is limescale buildup.

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    Graham Fisher

    Gina - just in case you were not aware, if you have a condenser tumble drier - the water taken from the reservoir produces far less limescale than standard tap water in any steam iron system ;>))

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