Hotel toiletries and amenities

Nowadays when we stay at hotels, we’re very used to finding reception items upon our arrival; but it’s not always the case. The amount of money you pay for a room doesn’t necessarily equate to the service you’re going to get, as there are some very expensive hotels that don’t offer reception items, and on the other hand there are some very cheap ones that do offer them. Having said this, it is true that most luxurious hotels do offer these items, because they want to offer the best attention possible to their guests, because that’s what it’s all about: the attention that particular hotel wants to give to details and the kind of experience they want they’re guests to have.

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While both toiletries and amenities are considered important, there is a difference between them:

Toiletries are the products we usually find inside the bathroom, and they’re more commonly used than other amenities. They can include: shampoo, body gel, shower cap, toothbrush etc.

Amenities are the products that are given to provide each guest with a better experience at the hotel, and hopefully make them a loyal customer. These give added comfort and while not entirely necessary, they certainly make the guests’ stay a lot better. Depending on the quality of the hotel, are the possible items you could find in the room. Slippers, robes, pens… are amonst the most common, but nowadays in very luxurious hotels they even offer ipads, smartphones and other electronic devices.
14760410286_73bacc13cc_oThese items, were not always a usual thing to find in the rooms where you stay at, until the XX century they probably didn’t even cross the minds of most hotel owners, nevermind them being a priority.

Slowly and surely, as the amount of travelers increased so did the inns and acommadations were they had to stay in (although hygiene and privacy weren’t considered important at that moment) and things started progressing; most of this happening at the time of the Industrial Revolution. Amernities started being more popular when private bathrooms were incorporated into the rooms, which didn’t happen until the 1990’s in the United States.

As I previously stated, having these products in the room helps guests feel happy and makes it more likely for them to return in the future or even tell their friends and family about the wonderful hotel they stayed at. So while it may not seem like much or very important, amenities make a world of a difference.

 

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The importance of disposable linen in hospitals

The choice between using disposable rather than reusable linen could potentially be a major turning point in the cost and hygiene of hospitals.


Linens and textiles are absolutely everywhere in the medical/healthcare industry: bed sheets, blankets, gowns, lab coats, etc. When washing all these products, the industry creates a huge negative impact on the environment and on the hospitals’ finance, because of the massive volume of these textiles. Therefore healthcare administrators are on the lookout for ways of reducing the cost, causing a smaller impact on the environment, create less waste… This can be achieved by using disposable linen, which is completely recyclable and gives each patient the opportunity to use new products every time.

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Other negative aspects of using reusable linen are:
– If you’re using an on-site laundry service, the costs that are associated with this are very large and unnecessary, these include: water, electricity, laundry products such as detergent and the labor.
– You will need space to dry the linen if they aren’t able to be dried, as many are not because of the possibility of them shrinking. You’ll also need place to store them afterwords.

There are many reasons you should choose disposable rather than reusable linen. In Caractere we offer a great variety of products, and we’ve been working with hospitals all over Europe for many years. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via e-mail: info@caractere-paris.com or telephone: +44 (0) 20 3608 1542.

An essential item in every hotel room…

The Hotel industry is becoming more and more important every day, it’s expanding due to the large bloom in tourism and leisure.
With so many hotels, every little detail can be a deciding factor in whether the guest stays at one over the competition; this means the hotel has to offer the best quality products they can and also amenities for the guest to feel comfortable and at-home.
Depending on the class and type of hotel, the products they offer vary. 4/5 star hotels can offer bathing suits, luxury slippers or even electronical devices to their client. On the otherhand, hotels with 3 stars or less might not even offer an item as important and essential as slippers.

While it may seem like a trivial item, most hotel guests agree that it provides a very gratifying feeling to arrive to your new room and see a pair of slippers waiting for you to wear them.
Now, while there are still some (fewer and fewer as times passes, thankfully) hotels that continue using plastic slippers so that they don’t have to provide new ones for each customer, this has proven to be very unsanitary as it can provide a great deal of diseases.

WIth a disposable slipper you can avoid these problems, and provide the guest with a pair never worn before ones. Another great reason is because no matter how clean your hotel floor is, guests will never be comfortable to walk around barefoot, and to avoid them from slipping by just wearing socks, it’s great to be able to provide non-skid sole slippers. They’ll feel warm, soft and comfortable! And because they’re disposable you don’t have to worry about cleaning them afterwards, they can be offered to the guests as a gift (even though mosts guests take them anyway).

 

In Caractere we have many different types to offer, according to our clients needs.
From our STANDARD slippers, which is very affordable for any and every hotel, and while it’s our simplest slipper, it’s very high quality and will be liked by anyone who visits the hotel; to our PRESTIGE slippers which are the most high quality of the bunch, they have a velvet-like touch and a thicker sole than the others, they´re truly made for luxury hotels and have guests raving about them.The majority of our slippers are customizable; we give the client the chance to pick what colors they want (from the ones we carry, otherwise we can make slippers of a specific color if the client is willing to order our standard minimum quantity for special orders), the piping colors, the thickness of the sole, logo, etc.

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We offer samples and free quotations, so if you’re interested don’t hesitate to call (+44 (0) 20 3608 1542) and/or e-mail us (info@caractere-paris.com) and we’ll get back to you asap!

 

New dangers and effective solutions to address exposure to bacterial contamination that can occur when using VR headsets, headphones and / or microphones.

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The habits of modern life, the evolution of the industrial market and also areas such as, entertainment and medicine, increasingly require the use of new technologies like VR headsets, headphones and microphones. These work as extensions of our senses and our perception. They are now being used in psychology and medicine, they have begun to use virtual reality for therapeutic purposes: to treat anxiety, fear and even trauma for the rehabilitation of patients with strokes. One of the most popular uses of this technology is in the video game field, in which they are beginning to become aware of the risks of hygiene that it can cause.

In the work field, a large number of headphones and microphones are used in places such as call centers. Headphones are also popular in spas, hairdressers, beauty centers, tourism, etc.

Managers and directors of these establishments are cautious and careful with their employees and customers, for whom they want to ensure a good level of hygiene, choosing what the market offers to meet the new needs created by the use of technological devices that come in contract with the human body and is used by many people.

Caractére, has a large number of European customers in this area. In our experience, the list of places and purposes for which technological devices are used is very long and includes a wide variety of situations.

We made three precautions for this type of industry:

l_bonnette_blc_6_moyenne_ref-Headphone cover: With elastic boders, white or black, made of non-woven fabric. We offer different sizes that fit most audio devices. Before buying, it is advisable to measure the  headphones and get in touch with customer support if you are not sure; the reason behind this being that they are non-returnable and non-refundable.

– Disposable higiene masks for VR headsets: Soft, pleasant to the touch, easy to use and convenient,with an original design and individually packaged in sealed sachets. They do not contain latex. (Samples available upon request).

-Spray Microphone: Easy to use, no need to rinse after it’s use. No chlorine, aldehyde or phenol. Bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal action.

 

In cities where there is mass tourism, there is an increasing need for efficient solutions to avoid possible contagion amongst people. As this could lead to the spread of diseases,which can also occur in airplanes, trains, libraries, universities and all those places of transit, which are usually inhabited  by many people.
Directors, managers and anyone who runs such facilities should ensure a high level of hygiene, and in is this type of circumstance, Caractere can offer help.

We have clients all over Europe, therefore we offer fast quotes and support, available in 5 languages. Our warehouses in Paris are always well stocked and deliveries throughout Europe are carried out 3 to 5 days after the purchase of our products. We provide electronic invoices and we offer you the opportunity to receive free samples, depending on the product you want:

For assistance in English +44 (0) 20 3608 1542

For assistance in Italian: +39 0294756570

For assistance in German: 49 221828 29395

For assistance in French: +33 (0) 1 49 89 01 83

For assistance in Spanish: +34 518 888 561

Different types of bedding

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There are many different types of pillows, covers, protectors, sheets and other bedding items; and with these comes all the confusion of what exactly each product is, what it’s used for and whether it’s a necessity or not. Here we have a list of all the products you need to create a perfect and complete bed (not all are essential):

Mattress Protector: As the name implies, it’s a protector for your mattress, which means it’ll keep it from getting stained, wet or full of pesky hairs that we shed during our sleep. Some are waterproof/water resistant which can really come in handy.
Bed Skirt: Placed between mattress and box springs, this piece of fabric is only for decorative purposes and it can add color and elegance, all while hiding the box springs since it usually goes all the way to the floor.
Fitted sheet: This sheet goes either directly on over your mattress or over the mattress protector. They have an elastic edge that makes it adjust flawlessly to your mattress.
Flat sheet: This sheet is the next piece of fabric following the fitted sheet. It separates your body from the comforter, quilt and/or blanket. This item isn’t extremely popular in Europe, because of the existence of the duvet cover.
Duvet: A duvet is basically a soft flat bag filled with down, feathers, or another synthetic alternative.
Duvet cover: It’s a removable cover for the duvet. The reason because many people don’t use a flat sheet when they have a duvet cover, is because these can be washed and/or replaced easily, so it’s one less thing to worry about. It’s presented as a sort of envelope which, once you’ve placed the duvet inside, is closed with buttons or a zipper.

 

Bedspread: More commonly used in America, this is a thin covering, which goes over the flat sheet. It doesn’t provide much warmth or comfort at all, it’s just for decoration, it covers the entire bed and usually it’s long enough to reach the floor.
Quilt: Traditionally, it is composed of three layers of fabric: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting and a woven back, which is stitched together with different decorative patterns. Some aren’t even used a bedding, rather as throws, table cloths, runners…
Blanket: Serves to provide warmth, and while it’s sometimes used alone, it’s more often than not put under your duvet/bedspread/quilt.3198810449_b09258952b_o
Pillow protector: Soft and very durable material which helps prevents stains, lice, bed bugs, bacteria and dust mites on the pillow. This can go alone or with a pillow case on top.
Pillow case: It’s purpose is to cover the pillow (and/or pillow protector). Usually used more for decoration as there are many different patterns and designs available. It has one lateral opening through which the pillow is placed, and it is later closed with a zipper, buttons, drawstrings, etc. or it can have an overlap or envelope closure.
Pillow sham: Similar to a pillow case except instead of having a lateral opening, it’s all closed and has a margin of extra cloth. More than anything, it has a decorative purpose.
Throw blanket: It’s very similar to a normal blanket, except it’s more for added decoration or warth at the foot of the bed or to wrap around your shoulder.

“Oh no! I forgot to bring my bathing suit”…

When you go on vacation, the 2 of the most important things you have on your mind is relaxing and having a good time. For many people this translates into participating in a fun activity such as swimming.

Now, you may be thinking that most guests come with their own bathing suits, but the truth is that they seem to forget them more often than we would assume. Whether it’s because it just slipped their mind or because it’s been misplaced or broken, imagine the gratitude they’ll feel when they find out that the hotel they stay carries bathing suits. It adds to the services of the hotel.
Another very common reason behind the guests needing a bathing suit, is because if they choose to go on vacation during the winter season, they most likely weren’t thinking about going swimming. It’s a real shame when they can’t enjoy the pool (if your hotel has an indoor pool).

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At Caractere, we have produced our line of Disposable bathing suits, and no, you’re not supposed to throw them away (you can recycle them) after just one use, they can last months if they’re properly taken care of, but if they are washed too many times it can start to stretch too much.
We have 4 different styles: 2 for women (bikini and one-piece) and 2 for men (boxer-cut shorts and stretchy brief-style shorts). All in black, as we think it’s the most versatile and fashionable color. Lined with a comfortable, protective layer of soft white mesh fabric in the crotch area and inside the supported cups, the bust size generally corresponds to the size of the suit: A-B for Small, C-D for Medium, etc., but the cut is generous enough to allow a wide range of users to feel comfortable.
The padded bra section offers complete discretion even when wet, and the elastic waist area ensures that these swimsuits will flatter your guests with a lovely silhouette.
And the best thing? We have all sizes available from XS (extra small) to XXL (extra extra large).

It might not seem like the most imporant thing, but it’s surely a detail that your guests will really appreciate and rave about, as nowdays only the most expensive and luxurious hotels offer this option.

New slippers available in Caractere

In Caractere we have expanded our range of slippers not only for hotels, but also for small establishments such as motels, hostels and B & B.

Let’s look at the different models we have:

chausson_standard_hotel_slipper_pantoffeln — Standard slippers with an open or closed toe.

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LUXE slippers available in many colors and also available with an open or closed toe.

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Prestige slippers, a clean and velvety finish.

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Paris slippers, which have a smooth and silky feel.

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– And now we present our Chateau slippers. Soft, and like all our slippers, it is available in three different sizes.

In Caractere, all our slippers are presented in an individual sealed bag and are disposable to assure the best possible hygiene to the customer .

Upon request, we can customize the color of the slippers and add a logo to them. This option is available when a large quantity is ordered.

However, you can also find our products on our website, available in small quantities (usually 10 or 20 pieces).

Stating from 100 pieces significant discounts can be made, up to 20% of the price.

We also carry a line of children’s slippers.