The one thing hotel maids wish you’d stop doing before checking out

The more considerate travellers among us generally want to leave our hotel rooms in a decent condition before finishing our stays and checking out. In fact, a lot of us think we’re being helpful by doing things such as tidying up, cleaning the surfaces in the bathroom and even attempting to make the beds.

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However, an experienced hotel maid has revealed that this is the last thing she and her colleagues want guests to do before they come in to do their jobs. Why? Because there simply is no point – they will have to change the sheets on the bed anyway. If anything, we’ve been creating even more work for them by making the beds just for them to unmake them once again.

There’s also the risk that the staff may think you haven’t slept in your bed (depending on how strong your bed-making skills are, of course), in which case the sheets won’t be changed at all.

Speaking to Business Insider, a former housekeeper at an Australian hotel explained the inconvenience, saying: ‘If you’ve slept in your bed, you don’t need to make it when you leave. If we think you haven’t used the bed at all, we may not change the sheet. So it’s better if it looks slept in.’

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So, what can you do instead if you’d still like to be helpful? Another housekeeper told the publication: ‘It’s not necessary or expected, but it’s really sweet when a guest takes apart their bed before they leave because you have to clean so many rooms in a certain amount of time. It helps a lot. Also, put all your used towels in a pile together on the floor.

So there you have it. When you’re away on holiday this summer making the most of the best value destination deals on offer,  don’t forget to leave the bed unmade after a nights sleep. And if you fancy being helpful, strip it.