It's not unreasonable to expect a freshly washed set of sheets on your hotel room's bed — but according to a , some hotel room sheets might not be as clean as you'd hope they'd be.
On a visit to a Residence Inn by Marriott in New York City, Inside Edition reporters used a harmless spray paint, which can only be seen under ultraviolet light, to mark the sheets and pillowcases of a hotel room bed. The next day, they checked into the room under a different name ... and found that the previous day's sheets — and the spray paint messages — were still there.
Upon learning that the bedding hadn't been washed, investigators confronted the manager of the hotel, who told them that it's a custom to "change every checked-out room's sheet." She wasn't sure, however, about exactly what had happened in this situation. The Marriott Corporation apologized for the incident and told Inside Edition that an inspection would be conducted.
Needless to say, the investigators' findings at this hotel were pretty alarming. But the Residence Inn wasn't the only hotel in which Inside Edition investigators found evidence of unwashed bedding: Of the nine hotels that the reporters visited, a shocking three of them were found to have left dirty sheets on the bed for the next guest. Gross.
Once you arrive at a hotel, determining the cleanliness of your bed sheets can be a little bit tricky. Bringing your own black light is an option (which, as , would help you check the room for spots and stains), but it's hardly a practical one.
To give yourself greater peace of mind (even without the help of a black light), remember this piece of advice from a : Bring your own pillows and toss the hotel comforter to the side when you settle in for the night, because pillowcases and comforters are are the pieces of hotel bedding that often go unwashed the longest.
Here's to happy (and clean) travels!