Tips for Choosing Hotel Soaps

Tips for Choosing Hotel Soaps

The leisure and hospitality industry is fierce, but it is also growing. Winning in such a market requires great attention to detail in order to score rave reviews, and a major part of pleasing and retaining guests is catering to their toiletry needs. One of many challenges you’ll face in this industry is choosing hotel soaps. They come in more shapes, sizes, colors and scents than you can imagine, and getting it right is vital to business. While no quick guide can make these decisions for you, these quick tips will get you started.

 Bars vs Liquids

 While many packages will include both bar and liquid soap, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of each. Bar soap tends to be more economical, in that it costs less money per wash. This also produces less waste for the environmentally conscientious. Bar soap is less fragrant, often with no scent at all, which can be seen as a pro and con in itself. The trade-off for the cost efficiency of bar soap is that it is much messier. It can increase bathroom cleaning costs when it leaves residues, and many bar soaps are prone to growing bacteria when left out for too long.

 In all, guest preferences vary so widely that most soap packages accommodate by supplying liquid and bar soap, but the pros and cons can help inform your size selection.

 Picking a Size

 That brings us to the next major point. A package of hotel soaps usually comes in a few available sizes. A single serving supply is usually measured between zero and two ounces. Increasing to three to four ounce servings will handle more guests in a room or make the supply last for a few nights. At the high end, you can get five to six ounce bottles and bars that last surprisingly long. These are better suited for long stays or very large groups in a room.

 When shopping for sizes, most suppliers will list things in their actual sizes, but the amenities industry has a long history with soap. The older, more traditional method of sizing soaps involves nominal sizing. This is an old standard that relates soaps as fractions of the standard. Here’s an example: a common nominal soap size would be No. 3/4. In real sizes, this equates to three to four ounces.

 Those are the major points. From there, you want to choose colors and scents that match your theme. You can also look into variety packs that let you experiment with different scents and get feedback. The only other choice from there is what bulk sizes are best for your volume of guests. Fortunately, you are already the best expert on those numbers.

 

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