Key terms used in the hotel Housekeeping department
Preventive maintenance: A systematic approach to maintenance in which situations are identified and corrected on a regular basis. This will help to control costs and keep larger problems from occurring.
Routine maintenance: Activities related to the general upkeep of the property that occur on a regular basis, This also requires minimal training or skills to perform.
Schedule maintenance: Activities related to the general upkeep of the property that are initiated through a formal work-order.
Turn down Service: A Special service provided by the housekeeping department in which a room attendant enters the guest room in the early evening to restock supplies, tidy the room and turn down the covers of the bed.
Area inventory List: A list of all items within a particular area that need cleaning by or attention of housekeeping personal.
Frequency Schedule: A schedule that indicate how often each item on an area to be cleaned or maintained.
Non - Recycled inventories : Those items in stock that are consumed or used up during the course of routine housekeeping operations. Non-recycled inventories including cleaning supplies, small equipment items, guest supplies etc.
Recycled inventories: Those items in stock that have relatively limited useful lives but are sued over and over in housekeeping operations. Eg: Linen, uniforms, major machines etc and guest rentable objects.
Floor Par: The quantity of each type of linen that is required to outfit all rooms serviced on that floor.
Master Key: A Key which opens all guest room doors which are not double locked.
Grand Master / Emergency Key: A Key which opens all guest rooms and doors even when they are double locked.
Guest room key: A Key which opens on one guest room when it is not double locked.
Room inspection: A detailed process in which guest rooms are systematically checked for cleanliness and maintenance needs.
Amenity: A service or item offered to guests or placed in guestrooms for convenience and comfort, at no extra cost.
Back of the house: The functional areas of the hotel in which employees have little or no guest contact, such as the engineering and maintenance department, laundry room and so on.
Make up: Servicing of the room while a guest is registered in the room.
On-change: The guest has departed, but the room has not yet been cleaned and readied for re-sale.
Buffing: To smooth the floor with a low speed floor polishing.
Burnishing: Polishing the floor with a high speed floor machine to achieve an extremely high gloss.
Cleaning supplies: Cleaning agents and small cleaning equipment used in the cleaning of guestrooms and public areas in the hotel.
Luggage rack: A furniture item provided in guestrooms for placing the guest’s luggage on.
Linen chute: A passage in the form of a tunnel for sending soiled linen from the floor pantries of all floors to a central place near the laundry, from where it can be collected by the laundry staff.
Mitering: A method for contouring a sheet or blanket to fit the corner of a mattress in a smooth and neat manner.
Vacant and ready: The room has been cleaned and inspected and is ready for an arriving guest.
Out-of-order: The room cannot be assigned to a guest. A room may be out-of-order for a variety of reasons including the need for maintenance, refurbishing, and extensive cleaning. (Out Of Order Vs Out Of Service )
Lockout: The room has been locked so that the guest cannot re-enter until a hotel official clears him or her.
Hand Caddy: A portable container for storing and transporting cleaning supplies and equipment.
Due out: A room which the guest is due to checkout that day.
Stayover: The guest is not expected to check out today and will remain at least one more night.
Occupied: A guest is currently registered to the room.
Sleep-out: A guest is registered to the room, but the bed has not been used.
Skipper: The guest has left the hotel without making arrangements to settle his or her account.
Sleeper: The guest has settled his or her account and left the hotel, but the front office staff has failed to properly update the room’s status.