Current and former staffers were asked for examples on Reddit - just in time for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Some of the obvious no-no's: Don't get anywhere near the bed spread, duvet or anything that doesn't have a fresh sheet on it (bedding is seldom washed - 'nuf said). Also, never drink out of those water glasses. One ex housekeeper admits to just rinsing them in the bathroom sink, and only if they looked dirty. Other bits from the Daily Beast:
--Humans are hairy! Weirdeyebrows If walking into a freshly cleaned hotel room seems scary, imagine a hairy one. One hotel maid says guests can leave behind an almost unimaginable amount of hair. Dirt is one thing, but locks are another and when they "just keep coming," it becomes nearly impossible to leave the room hair-free. Finding a hair in the tub isn't fun; imagining how many were there before is even worse.
--For hotel cleaning staff, time is the enemy: cyphered
There are only so many hours in the day, and for a hotel housekeeper, this means a certain number of rooms. One user says the hotel where they worked allotted only 15 minutes per room. Things don't look as if they'd been cleaned? It's likely, then, that they weren't.
--Postpone, then cancel: Druumer89
Need to cancel a reservation at the last minute but scared of the fee? No fear, Reddit is here. Behold a clever solution from behind the hotel receptionist desk. Step one: call the hotel and push your reservation forward a few weeks. Step two: call back later that day and cancel. Voilà! Room canceled, fee bypassed, integrity (virtually) unharmed.