What characterizes a good hospitality pillow? Is it fluffy or firm? Lightweight or heavy?
While these are the first things you might notice about a pillow in your hospital or hotel room, there are several other, more specific things you should notice if you're in the market to actually buy hotel or healthcare pillows.
Let's look at the best and most important pillow features for hospitality and healthcare facilities.
Fashioned to stay fresh
Freshness is an important characteristic for any pillow -- especially one that supports different sleepers from week to week. For example, a hospital room, retreat facility or homeless shelter will always have different guests cycling through the doors, and it's important that every guest has clean, fresh bedding when they lie down.
Since you can't possibly buy new pillows every time a new person occupies a bed, it's important to have pillows that maintain their freshness with use. Thanks to continual improvements in pillow technology, you can buy pillows with built-in features that protect against odor, mildew and more. When you're shopping, look for keywords like odorless, breathable and mildew resistant. With these properties on your side, your pillows will last a bit longer than they otherwise would.
The healthcare pillows from American Bedding are the over-achievers of fresh technology. These pillows are also anti-fungal, stain resistant, fluid resistant and self-deodorizing!
Easy to clean
As helpful as sophisticated features can be in fighting odor, stains and mildew, sometimes there's nothing that solves the problem quite like a good, thorough cleaning.
Anyone in the healthcare field or hospitality industry knows that cleanliness must continually be top priority for the sake of guests. Make sure that the pillows you purchase are either machine washable or wipeable so your bedding is not just crisp and fresh, but truly clean.
Soft, plush and still durable
The higher the fill weight of your hospitality pillows, the more plush they will feel and the longer they will last. However, as fill weight goes up, so does pricing. If you're on a tight budget, you may have to choose pillows with a lower fill weight, but if you have some wiggle room in your spending, remember that pillows with a higher fill weight are more durable and will outlast those with a lower weight. With that being said, you may be saving yourself money in the long run if you can afford to purchase pillows with a higher fill weight now.
Another factor that influences a pillow's softness and durability is the thread count. High-thread-count pillows like the Gold Choice Hospitality Pillow (50% Cotton, 50% Polyester, 180 thread count) are some of the softest and most durable pillows American Bedding offers.
But in all honesty, it doesn't make sense to prioritize thread count for a pillow because a pillow's softness goes unnoticed the moment you slip a pillow case over it. You're better off focusing on high thread count for sheets and pillow cases.
For safety reasons, make sure the hospitality, healthcare and hotel pillows you're buying advertise their flame resistance or fire retardant. To be sure that a company is not making unfounded claims about their pillows' fire protection, find out if they can guarantee that their pillows meet the CPIA-84 specifications like our Kare-Tex Health Care Pillows do.
Vendors you trust
The best way to ensure that you purchase quality bedding and pillows for hotels, hospitals and other overnight facilities is to work with a vendor you trust. American Bedding Manufacturers has earned a strong reputation of honesty and continued to maintain that reputation for 20 years.
From camp mattresses and metal beds to hospitality pillows and hotel sheets, we know bedding because we sell and manufacture it. To learn more about our business or our products, contact us online, or give us a call at (800) 203-2507!