Housekeepers play a vital role in your hospitality business, so it is important that their uniform not only reflects your brand but allows them to do their job effectively with no restrictions. We often encounter many uniform mistakes that make staff feel uncomfortable and embarrassed which reduces productivity. It is our job to discover these issues and design bespoke uniforms that will make staff feel both confident and comfortable, while being on-brand and ethical.
1. It’s all about the fabric
There is no doubt that uniforms in the hospitality industry are essential. Uniforms will support your brand image and professionalism, and be recognisable to customers.
We often see housekeepers’ uniforms that are heavy, tough and not fit for purpose. When looking for the perfect housekeeper’s uniform fabric we suggest something lightweight, durable and as sustainable as possible. Bamboo is a great option as it is high quality and self-cleaning thanks to its anti-bacterial qualities. Another brilliant reason to use bamboo, it is a sustainable plant that grows quickly. We would recommend blending this with a recycled polyester, so the fabric holds its colour; it is also great for staff members who don’t like to iron as it is easier to care for.
2. Getting the perfect fit
We all come in different shapes and sizes, so it is important that your uniform caters to each individual. When you look great, you feel great; and happy, confident and comfortable staff are more likely to deliver 5-star service and stay loyal to your brand. Remember, housekeeping is an active job, uniforms will need to fit well to achieve daily tasks without hassle.
For example, a shirt that is too tight in this profession will not only constantly ride up and restrict movement, but buttons may also pop open in inappropriate places. If a shirt is too baggy with heavy material you can leave staff feeling swamped and hot; these uniform issues are not only frustrating but can make staff feel self-conscious and uncomfortable.
3. Flexibility is key
One of the most important elements of a housekeeper’s uniform is having good stretch in the fabric. This can be done by adding the fibre Spandex, also known as Lycra. Lycra is great because it can be easily blended with most man-made and natural fibres. Having a stretch in your fabric is practical, comfortable and forgiving on all body shapes.
4. Choosing the perfect colour and details
The colour of your uniform will depend on your brand identity. At Bespoke Textiles we love colour, but it is important to think practically when choosing your uniform’s colour palette. Think about the job that your staff do; due to the work housekeepers undertake on a daily basis, we suggest darker colours.
Our personal favourites to work with are navy and charcoal. They are great because they don’t outdate and will also hide potential staining better than brighter shades. Where possible, we would advise adding a unique touch of colour to your housekeeping uniform in way of embroidery, trim detail or lapel pins that help it stand out as being on brand and unique to you honouring a sense of authority for the individual wearer.
5. Listen to your staff
Having professional housekeeping uniforms shows that a business cares about their brand and style, but most importantly their staff. It is important in any business to make your staff feel valued and that their opinions are heard; this is the same with uniform. Get staff involved and ask them questions, this feedback is critical so that you can fully understand what they do and don’t like.
Remember, your staff members will be the ones that are wearing the uniform and representing your business. If they are not sold on their own uniform and feel uncomfortable, this will be reflected in their work and attitude, in turn sending a bad message to your customers.
If you want to elevate your staff uniform to the next level, then Bespoke Textiles can help! Contact us today for a 15 minute free discovery call to see if we are a fit with your style or supply needs that need an update.