Managing your inventory should not be overlooked. Inefficiently operating your sheets and towel inventory can waste your profit and your time. Here is some advice from an Airbnb sheets and towel service.
As an Airbnb laundry service, we recommend three to five sets of inventory. You want back-ups! If the goal is to have guests checking in and out frequently, you’ll want some extra inventory to prevent yourself from rushing the laundry service at a higher price.
Without the extra inventory of sheets and towels, your house cleaner will be forced to either a) wait around for 2-3 hours at their hourly rate for the in-house laundry to finish or 2) be subject to a rush order with your local Airbnb linen service.
We always recommend a minimum of three sets to start. When you have recovered your investment, you can buy a fourth, fifth, or even sixth set. The peace of mind will be well worth it! And, with this approach, you’ll grow to have plenty in no time!
Yes, you do! Think about it. You spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase a beautiful rental property. Now is not the time to cheap out on inventory. Good, durable accessory inventory to support your sheets & towels is critical to good Airbnb management.
Mattress and Pillows: This is an Airbnb hack! Good mattresses and good pillows work wonders for positive guest experiences. Pillows will make or break a picky guest’s night’s sleep. A few extra dollars could be the difference in your Airbnb reviews.
Mattress Covers: Look at it as insurance. You don’t need it until you need it! GhostProtector is great watertight mattress insurance.
Makeup Towels: Fitted sheets and hand towels are the two inventory items you will replace most frequently. This is because they are the most likely to be stained. Makeup towels help save your hand towels. These black towels are designated “makeup” for your guests so your white linens don’t end up being used for black mascara. We recommend these simple Airbnb makeup towels from Amazon.
Other items to consider from a purely cosmetic point of view are duvet covers, bed skirts, and shower mats. Consult your local Airbnb sheets and towel service for more suggestions specific to your location.
A set of sheets will usually run you between $120-$175. For those looking to invest in higher quality linens, this may creep into the $200-$250 range. There are cheap options available.
Please, for the sake of your laundry service, do not buy Amazon Essentials sheets. Thin, cheap sheets will need to be replaced so frequently that it will be a negative return on investment. You are looking for inventory that is tough enough to handle multiple turnovers and the high-frequency cleaning that an Airbnb requires.
One more time, in case we were not clear. Do not buy cheap sheets if you are trying to maximize return on inventory investment or if you are trying to minimize inventory headaches.
The same can be said for towels. We recommend a GSM between 400-600 and a price range of $30-$40 per set of four. Just like the sheets, there are many options for towels. Airbnb guests want to get dry but don’t necessarily want the thickest towel on the market. Remember – hotel-style? We recommend medium-thickness towels in either cotton or microfiber.
Consider working with your Airbnb sheets and towel service to see if they offer any discounts at preferred vendors. But, do not be shocked at the upfront costs required to get 3-5 sets of good inventory.
With an Airbnb sheets and towel service, things get difficult and expensive if you’re operating your Airbnb rental property with just enough linens for one turn. You’re complicating the cleaning process by putting a strict timeline on yourself, your house cleaners, and your Airbnb sheets and towel service.
Buying enough linens to keep your Airbnb rental properly stocked will help you save money with your cleaning service, allow your house cleaners some flexibility on timing, and make sure your guests never show up to a bed without sheets on it.
Trying to stay ahead of guests and cleaners with a limited inventory can be incredibly stressful. And, having extra inventory on hand is an easy solution.