Summary on Chapter 6 Housekeeping Inventories - E

Summary on Chapter 6 Housekeeping Inventories - E
Summary on Chapter 6
Housekeeping Inventories
The objective of this chapter is to know about the procedures used in cleaning the
guest room, the various cleaning equipments used in hotels and pest control
methods. Efficient cleaning and maintenance are dependent upon high-quality
equipment, correctly using. Equipment used in the cleaning of surface, furniture
and fittings in a hotel building include both manual and mechanical equipment.
Manual equipment can include: Brushes which may be of different types such as:
Hard brushes, Soft brushes and Scrubbing brushes. These brushes are further
classified on the basis of their functions as: Toilet brushes, Bottle brushes, Cloth
scrubbers, Deck scrubbers, carpet brushes, Upholstery brushes, Feather brushes
and Flue brush. Brushes should be gently tapped on a hard surface to loosen dust
and debris after the cleaning process. Frequent wash with water is avoidable
since the brushes may lose some of their stiffness in this way. Brushes should be
washed by beating the head up and down, with the bristles facing downwards.
Sweeping brooms consist of long bristles gathered and inserted into a handle. The
bristles of a broom may be made of grass, corn or coconut fiber. Depending on
the type, brooms may be used for removing dust or dirt in large areas.
Box Sweepers: These are also called carpet sweepers and are used for sweeping
up dust and litter from soft floor coverings as well as rugs and carpets. Dry Mops
are also called control mops; these are designed to remove soil and debris from
floors, walls and ceilings without raising and dissipating dust. There are 4 principle
types of dry mops: Mops with impregnated fringes, Impregnated mop sweepers,
Static mops and disposable mops. Wet/damp mops: These mops are used in
conjunction with buckets for the removal of dirt adhering to a surface. The mop
heads can be made of cotton, sponge or any other fiber capable of absorbing
moisture well. Damp mops are available as: Do-all mops, Kentucky mops, Foss
mops and Sponge mops. Squeegee: it consists of a long metallic handle and a
wooden or rubber blade to remove excess water from a surface being cleaned. It
is effective when followed by mopping with a damp mop.
Various cloths are used extensively in wet and dry cleaning by housekeeping staff.
For efficient and correct usage, cloths may be color-coded and the staff well
trained. Types of cloths are: Dusters and cloth mittens, Swab and wipes, Floor
cloths, Scrim, Glass cloths, Rags and polishing cloths, Wet cloths, Chamois leather,
Dust sheets, Druggets, Hearth and bucket cloths. Durggets are usually made of
wool, or half wool and half silk or linen the term is now applied to a coarse fabric
having a cotton warp and a wool filling, used for rugs, table cloths etc. hearth and
bucket cloths are made up of thick fabrics and used to protect the carpet and
flooring when a fireplace is being cleaned.
There are various types of containers which are used in housekeeping activities
such as: Buckets, Dustpans, dustbins, sani-bins, spray bottles, polish applicator
trays, hand caddies and various types of carts and trolleys.
The various pieces of mechanical equipment used in the housekeeping
department are usually powered by electricity or gas. Vacuum cleaners remove
debris and soil and/or water from a surface by suction. All vacuum cleaners work
on the same operating principles.
Guest supply includes all items that are conductive to the guest’s material
comfort and convenience. They are sub divided into guest amenities, essentials,
expendables and loan items.
Providing uniforms for hotel staff is one way of ensuring proper grooming,
thereby reflecting the standard of the hotel and creating a good impression on
the guest. To the employees, it is a status symbol, creating a sense of belonging
and thereby boosting employee morale. Apart from the aesthetic appeal,
uniforms are frequently designed to suit the task that is carried out
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