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Is daily housekeeping headed for the trash?

Many hotels have done away with the practice of daily housekeeping, but there are consequences for housekeeping staff.

Is daily housekeeping headed for the trash? Some consider it one of the joys of staying in a hotel: crisply made beds, clear floors and clean towels; others deem it an unnecessary, and increasingly unsustainable exercise. And then there’s the pandemic factor, which has made many believe that it’s just a simple necessity.



According to Associated Press, many hotels across one of the biggest overseas destinations for Australians, the United States, have done away with daily housekeeping altogether.   


But what happens when you stay in a room for days at a time without a daily service? For many housekeepers, it makes what was already one of the toughest jobs in the hospitality industry even more gruelling.


One housekeeper filled seven large garbage bags, scrubbed layers off grime on the bathtub and toilet and even had to crawl on the floor to pick up confetti that her vacuum could not pick up after guests checked out of the Waikiki beach resort. 


“We are so busy at work now. We cannot finish cleaning our rooms.”


According to many housekeepers, they are being asked to work more in less hours (and subsequently less pay). 


Many hoteliers claim the move to end daily housekeeping has come at the behest of guests who simply do not want people coming into their room in the middle of a pandemic. 


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 2 June 2022

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