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Apr23

Nobody wakes up in the morning hoping to greet a day full of grumps.  Obviously, that’s true for travelers looking for some much deserved R&R.  It is surprising, though, how many “happy” travelers forget that everyone, including hotel staff, deserve to experience happiness in their days, too.  Unfortunately, many travelers treat hotel staff with an inordinate level of rudeness.  (This is also true for others in the hospitality and travel industry, including and especially airlines).

Of course you expect hotel staff to be courteous, kind, and professional.  From Marriott to Motel 6, it’s part of the lodging experience.  However, if you want them to be extra nice, a little reciprocated courtesy can go a long way toward that end.  Want a free upgrade to your room?  Trust me, your chances will improve if you ask politely.  It really is elementary.

With that said, here are three simple things guests can do to make hotel staff happy

  • Acknowledge their presence with a polite greeting

The maintenance staff pushing those cleaning carts down the hallway are real people, not robots.  It’s okay to say hi. Walking past them, pretending like they’re not there, makes you look uncaring and sometimes snobbish.  Your encountered silence would be expected on a bustling New York sidewalk, but when it’s just the two of you in a long hotel hallway, at least give a nod and pleasant “Good Morning!”

  • Tip them

I’m always amazed at how willing society is to tip the folks who bring us food and gather our dishes, but that same society is unwilling to tip the folks who make our beds and clean our toilets.  Part of this tipping-inequality conundrum can be explained through the issue of anonymity.  We usually don’t see the people who clean and tidy our hotel rooms, and therefore feel less guilty as sans-tipping hotel guests.  Whereas, we interact quite a bit with servers at restaurants.

It is entirely appropriate to tip your cleaning staff.  According to a CNN article written on this topic, a good rule-of-thumb is to tip $1 to $2 per person, per night.  So, if there are two people in your room, leave a tip $2 to $4 per night.  Not only is it polite to tip, it’s quite affordable, and . . . also quite fashionable!

  • Tidy-up after yourself

Tips are appreciated, but so is not being a slob.  Just because you know the cleaning staff will make your bed, doesn’t mean you have to suddenly turn into a 3-year-old and throw the covers on the floor in a bundle.  Just because you know the staff will pick up the pillows, doesn’t mean you can’t help a little.  Show a little grown-up decorum by doing 90% of the bed-making and let them tighten things up.

Your hotel’s cleaning staff aren’t supposed to be hazmat specialists.  Don’t expect them to make everything germ-free.  As a frequent traveler, I’ve learned that people are pretty gross.  That’s why I always keep a handful of Melaleuca products formulated to help combat against the seen (and unseen!) nastiness of hotel rooms.  Just because the cleaning staff wipes down toilet seats doesn’t mean you can’t add an extra level of disinfectant by giving another wipe to the seat.  The same is true for handles on doors and sinks.  Don’t forget the remote control.

Apr11

When it comes to shower and bathroom solutions, hot mopping represents one of the most effective and most feasible solution for waterproofing your shower and consequently preventing damages and foul odour that can arise from leakages.

If you only recently came across the term “hot mopping” today, fear not, you’re definitely not alone. And if the consultant that came over today didn’t explain it well enough, we will!

What is Hot mopping?

Have you ever wondered what’s beneath the tile in your shower? The several features and solutions that have been put in place to ensure that your shower doesn’t leak? Well, hot mopping is one of the most effective means applied by professionals to keep your shower waterproof.

In the simplest way possible, hot mopping involves the use of four layers of asphalt to bed three layers of 15-lbs felt together in order to make the pan of your shower waterproof.

The corners of your waterproof pan are also strengthened with fiberglass that has bedded into the asphalt to provide multi-layered protection for your shower system

Why should you Hot mop your shower pans in Los Angeles?

The primary advantage of hot mopping your shower is the significantly lowered or otherwise eliminated chances of leakage and damages that can arise from such leakages. The hop mopping technique is also almost instant and can be used around 120 minutes from the completion of the project. Other significant reasons to use hot mop include but is not limited to:

  • Hot mopping provides multiple layers of protection
  • Offers better waterproofing and protection compared to single ply systems
  • Minimal delay and no waiting between coats as is the case with some cold applied solutions
  • Conformity with any shape and size without compromising on its integrity
  • What do you need to do before hot mopping shower pans in Los Angeles
 Now that we have detailed the plethora of benefits of hot mopping, and established some of the advantage that is has over popular alternatives, you will need to understand some pre-requisites such as proper frame blocking or backing and drain installation. To satisfy these needs, you might need to secure effective materials for tile backing that would overlap the hot-mop.