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Hotel Owners, Here Are 3 Effective Ways to Control Your Housekeeping Costs

Man scared with home expensesHousekeeping expenses take a significant portion of the hotel’s total operational costs. Surprisingly, many hotel owners and managers don’t give it much thought as it deserves.

Here are some of the tips you can follow to bring your housekeeping costs down without compromising the quality of the service.

Be a shrewd buyer

When it comes to buying the cleaning supplies and other appliances needed in the guest rooms, you need a proper plan. For example, when you are buying toiletries, you can consider buying toiletries, such as tissue paper, in bulk.

This way, you stand to enjoy the economies of scale, and any additional discounts that come with a bulk order. You also need to take time when looking for a supplier and make sure that they give you the best prices possible.

Plan your laundry

Doing the laundry can be costly if not well planned. Avoid doing laundry in small batches. You could also do your laundry at night and take advantage of the cheap power during the off-peak hours. Move with technology and replace the old equipment with the more modern and energy-efficient types.

Consider having your dryer and washer well calibrated to cut the energy costs. Still, on equipment, have them serviced and checked to boost their efficiency and achieve a cleaner wash.

Check your staffing needs

One of the effective ways of cutting on the housekeeping costs is by monitoring and streamlining your staffing needs. Have a staffing schedule whereby you record the time it takes to clean the rooms, and the number of employees working at a given time.

Consider the peak and off-peak hours to know how many employees you need to avoid overstaffing. This will help you calculate your labour costs and how much you spend on staff. Remember to factor in other benefits and insurance for a more accurate figure.

The housekeeping department is vital to the overall success of your hotel business. It’s therefore prudent to give it the attention it deserves. The above tips will be instrumental in bringing the cost of operating a housekeeping department down hence boosting your profits.