The hotel mattress, it feels… different, right? There’s a reason for the good night’s sleep.
Whether it be for a business trip or vacation, you’ve likely come in from a long day of sightseeing or business calls and plopped right onto a soft high-quality hotel mattress. Hotels take care to provide furniture to ensure guests have the most comfortable stay.
In order to keep up the level of comfort, hotels replace these mattresses typically once every 3-5 years, which is much shorter than how long mattresses last, which is usually 7-10 years. Hotels also replace pillows anywhere from 18 to 36 months based on the type.
Yet, when you consider there are only a few options to dispose of a mattress, such as recycling, donation, selling it back into the market, or hiring a junk removal service.
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Since hotels are responsible for a large amount of the mattress disposal industry, understanding the entire mattress recycling process is important.
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What mattresses do hotels use?
The most common types of mattresses used by hotels usually fall under a few different categories, starting with firmness and size, as well as the hotel’s budget. Types include hybrids, memory foam and innerspring mattresses.
Mattress brands will vary based on the quality of the hotel. However, all hotels typically take the same approach and preventive measures with regular inspections to combat bed bugs, making sure you’re not only safe, but also comfortable
Major hotel chains like Hampton Inn, Hilton and the Holiday Inn typicually use similar mattresses and brands. But other high-end hotels like the Ritz Carlton use specific manufacturers, like Stearns & Foster, which has hotel beds with special foam mattresses with pocketed coils that are temperature regulated for maximum comfort and support.
As far as sheets, hotels use linens and bedding that have a 300 thread count or higher.
Common characteristics of a hotel mattress
While most mattresses sold for homes these days are one-sided, hotels are still using double-sided mattresses so they can be flipped for comfort.
- Edge support
Hotels often look to find the mattress that have durable edges for maximum comfort.
- Medium comfort
In order to please as many guests as possible, hotels opt for the middle, medium comfort over too firm or too soft.
What do hotels do with the old mattresses?
Most mattresses that are replaced at your local hotels are typically sent to mattress recycling facilities. For example, Hilton and other luxury hotels have their own mattress programs, while others rely on local recycling donation centers.
Other old mattresses are either donated, sold or sent to a landfill. While there’s no true way to know what mattresses are recycled vs. sold, donated or sent to a landfill, hotels say they try to do their part to make sure the mattresses are disposed in an eco-friendly way.
Hilton’s Recycling Initiative ♻️ Hilton Hotels launched a recycling initiative in 2013, focused on recycling 85% of mattresses to turn them into other household products.
How do hotels recycle mattresses?
Hotels are able to recycle mattresses by using each of the materials in an eco-friendly way. While each company has different approaches, ultimately, a wide range of hotels make sure materials are reused if possible.
Useful items from recycled mattresses
- Scrap metal and box springs
Hotels, like Hilton, send scrap metal and box springs to scrap recycling, which then are often sold to steel and mill factories.
- Foam fiber, other soft materials
These soft materials are compressed to turn them into household items like padding for carpets, pillows, mats and more.
- Wood products
Wood from bed frames and other furniture and are eventually used for flooring, mulch for gardening and other common wood items.
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While some larger hotel chains have their own recycling measures already in place, smaller hotels will need to find a reliable way to keep pace with local mattress recycling.
Rather than having hotel employees be responsible for mattress recycling and donation, why not rely on a specialized service, like the junk removal experts at LoadUp.
LoadUp’s trusted experts can safely remove and dispose of mattresses in an eco-friendly way, but you also get a full service team to help plan the logistics of the recycling process.
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At the end of the day, the hotel industry is about making as many hotel rooms available as possible. In order to do that successfully and also protect the environment with the proper recycling, sometimes you just need a little help.
With LoadUp’s affordable junk removal services online, Loaders can efficiently help your business’ hotel mattress replacement service.
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