What Is Linen Par?
Defining Linen Par
Linen par is the standard, total amount of linen that is available for beds in your hotel at any given time. This can also be referred to as your facility’s linen par level, par level, par stock, etc. The minimum linen par that a hotel should have can be calculated by multiplying the number of sheets per bed that are commonly used for your facility times the number of beds available on your property.
Minimum linen par = Number of sheets used per bed x Total number of beds available
While there are general rules of linen par that every hotel should follow, much of what goes into determining your location’s linen par is situational. Linen Par is an important concept in Hotel Laundry Operations.
What Is The General Rule of Linen Par?
For reference, it is recommended that a hotel’s linen par level should never drop below 3. There should always be at least 3 sheets readily available for every bed in a hotel, regardless of the circumstances. For example, if there are 100 beds available in a facility, there should be at least 300 sheets available, regardless of the circumstances. Housekeeping is unable to function smoothly otherwise; if there are no clean or available sheets for a single bed at any time, the linen par of the entire facility must be addressed.
Factors Considered When Determining Ideal Linen Par
Besides the general rule of 3, much more goes into determining your own ideal linen par level. Three is the absolute minimum that your hotel should sit at, with this par of linen already on an available bed, but consider the following possible circumstances that might require more linen available:
- Par(s) of linen in a storage room area.
- Par(s) of dirty linen in the facility’s laundry room.
- Par(s) of linen for emergencies (damages, theft, etc.).
Undoubtedly, while the minimum linen par level should always be met by a hotel, there should also be par available for more than just what is on any given bed, if possible. This should be the goal of any hospitality managers who feel that their housekeeping is too often running out of sheets for hotel beds.