Are you ever stumped on what to tip a waitress, bartender, or housekeeping staff? Thanks to a partnership between Forbes Travel Guide and American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) you don’t have to second-guess what the appropriate gratuity may be for a dinner or hotel stay. AH&LA and Forbes Travel Guide have launched their first-ever Gratuity Guide. Click the link to go to the website of AH&LA where you can download the guide to keep for...read more
Tis the season for giving! This holiday season Virginia Linen Service worked with the Petersburg Sheriff’s Office and their outreach program for youth with intellectual disabilities, the Star Force Academy. Star Force and the Sherriff’s Office hosted a Coat Drive to collect winter coats for the less fortunate and Virginia Linen washed and pressed all that were collected. Virginia Linen’s General Manager, David Leedy stated “we were very excited to participate in the coat drive this year. With the assistance of the local...read more
Avoiding cross-contamination of clean linens is an absolute must in the hospitality industry. It can be achieved through a few simple prevention methods. In the article below, the coauthor of Managing Housekeeping Operations, William D. Frye, offers 4 great key points that will be sure to keep clean linens fresh and away from unsanitary, soiled linens. Here are the prevention steps and how to implement them into your linen process: 1) Avoid cross contact. Common sense dictates that once any linen has been laundered, it should not come into...read more
City Linen and Towel Service is now part of Charleston Linen Service, Inc. & Sanitary Linen Service, Inc.
We are pleased to announce that on September 27th, 2013, City Linen and Towel Service customers will now be part of Charleston Linen Service, Sanitary Linen Service and their affiliated companies. This fall Charleston Linen Service and Sanitary Linen Service will celebrate 80 years in the textile industry. Now in its third generation, Charleston Linen Service and Sanitary Linen Service continue to be local, family-owned and operated businesses. Charleston Linen Service and Sanitary Linen Service’s unique textile rental systems offer a...read more
Did you know that implementing walkway safety provides a safer and healthier environment? The proper placement of floor mats and the number of slip/trip/fall accidents that occur can be directly linked to one another. According to research by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), 55% of all slip, trip and fall incidents are due to an unsafe walking surface. How to avoid injury? Simply placing entranceway floor mats and maintaining them on a regular basis can have a HUGE impact. NFSI is an agency that devotes their resources...read more
U.S. Consumers have a napkin preference when dining out. Restaurateurs make a lot of decisions when maintaining a dining establishment, even more when first starting up; name, menu, ambiance, décor, finances, etc. Another decision, that seems to impose a big impression upon U.S. consumers, is napkin choice. According to a recent study by Milliken & Company, consumers strongly prefer cloth napkins rather than paper napkins at a sit-down restaurant. 50% expect to pay more for their dining experience and 64% of consumers say they will pay...read more
Mat Service is the Key Keeping a restaurant clean is an important task for restaurateurs, however according to branding blogger Felicia Baratz-Savage one of the first things guests notice when they walk into a dining establishment is the entryway floor. 40% of guests base their first impression of a restaurant as a whole on how clean the entryway appears. In the article below, Baratz-Savage offers a few tips for a complete cleanliness program and references floor mats and mat service as a key component to addressing the cleanliness of a...read more
Did you know that reusable cloth shop towels are a cleaner, greener alternative to disposable towels?
Reusable cloth shop towels – a healthier, greener alternative. Recently, the international environmental engineering firm, ARCADIS, conducted an initial health risk assessment that indicated there is no health hazard in the utilization of reusable cloth shop towels. ARCADIS discovered in their research that metals possibly found on cloth shop towels after laundering are not readily transferred to the hands of workers who use them. Not only are reusable cloth shop towels marking less of a carbon footprint on the environment, but they...read more