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Tips for Selecting perfect Hotel Uniform

Tips for Selecting perfect Hotel Uniform

  1. The number one point is the functionality of the position. It is important to ensure the garment is made to fit for the purpose of the garment, this is a big priority.

  2. Number two is the durability of the fabric and the construction of the garment. Good manufacturing processes without shortcuts taken are essential for the perfect uniform. Shortcuts could include using poor quality facing fabric in suit lapels for example.

  3. The third point is the correct choice of fabric; a fabric can withstand the industrial laundry process. Usually, a combination of 60% polyester and 40% viscose for pants and suiting is the most successful. She also recommended micro-fibre and 100% polyester for pants and suiting though this does not breathe so well.

  4. For white shirting, the recommendation is for 65% polyester 35% cotton, this is the best mix for the durability and longevity of the garment. It is important to always choose the blue-toned version of a white shirt rather than the yellow-toned version. As the garment wears, it becomes grey as the cotton fibres disintegrate and the shirt is left with 100% polyester fibres at the end of its life. For white shirts with best, the look chooses 60% cotton and 40% polyester.

  5. In terms of design, it is hard to go past the classic 2 button suit, it never dates and this is the suit design any housekeeping veteran would recommend.

  6. For pants, always use adjustable buttons on the trousers, these are better than the adjustable sliders that tend to break during the commercial laundry process.

  7. Other tips include considering ordering uniform standard sizing rather than made-to-measure, even for suits. Seasoned housekeepers usually order 50% unhemmed garments and 50% with regular and long legs at the time of installation.

  8. Look at longer arms and shorter arms versions of jackets and shirts for ease of multi-fit.

  9. In terms of fabric, it is essential to ask the manufacturer to include in their contract 30% spare fabric to keep on hand and to be utilized within 12 months. You need to be able to give a guarantee to the manufacturer that you will use the fabric up within 12 months.

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Authored and managed by Augustine, a hotelier with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He has a 3-year diploma with 'honors' from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and a Bachelor of Computer Application - BCA Degree.