I recently received a question from a Bed & Breakfast owner regarding how to handle guests who use their fresh, white wash towels to remove makeup. My response is below, but definitely something for us all to keep in mind as a B & B host or a travelling guest brushing up on hotel etiquette.
Q: My wife and I are the owners of a small hotel, and we repeatedly have guests use our clean white towels for makeup removal, which stains and ruins them for future guests. Is there a tasteful way to ask guests to use the colored towel we have supplied as their makeup removal towel?
A: I have enjoyed several B & B’s where there is a tasteful note addressing this issue. I suggest you have your own note, handwritten or typed in a beautiful font, with the following: “We request you kindly use the makeup towel we have provided in the basket for removing your makeup. Thank you and please enjoy your stay with us.” Consider displaying your request in a small, lovely frame, and place it in each bath, next to a basket with a few rolled washcloths and a pretty soap. If you are so inclined, you may want to add a small package of makeup remover cloths or a mini bottle of liquid makeup remover to the basket. You could also monogram “makeup” on the washcloths.
Most guests will be happy to oblige. People remember people who are negligent and you always want to be remembered in a positive light.