Superyacht Stewardess

The Laundry.... Loads & Loads of FUN!!!


As a Superyacht stewardess, there is just no way of getting around NOT doing the laundry! This is probably not the most glamorous subject to talk about, but it's a subject that has caused me a lot of grief over the years.

The laundry is an essential DAILY activity on board and like at home those sneaky clothing items (like socks), seem to effortlessly find their way into the "ABYSS" that every laundry seems to have.

In addition to the laundry ABYSS, this article won't be complete without acknowledging that laundry accidents DO happen and  even though the stewardess didn't mean for it to happen... 

Accidents occur due to due to high concentrates of washing powder, high temperatures and poor judgment or machine operator error! Accidents like:

  • Colors runs/bleed
  • Shrinkage
  • Complete destruction of clothing (holes, stitching coming apart)

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Laundry Instructions

To achieve a harmonious laundry just follow these simple steps:

  1. Organise your laundry so that it works! This includes crew and guest sheet days, to use a pining system or a laundry journal system.... Make sure the system is clear, well organised and communication is flowing well with your team.
  2. For guest laundry, use one system and stick to that system! For example, if you are using colored pins or a laundry journal... Do not mix and match systems. This is how clothes go missing or get returned to the wrong cabin.
  3. Sort into colours, and items... Such as sort the towels from the delicate's etc.
  4. Sort clothing into 3 categories... Lights, darks and colours
  5. Dry cleaning ONLY items should NEVER go into the wash (No matter how experienced you think you are)
  6. Empty pockets
  7. Turn darker colors inside out before washing
  8. Items that should always be washed separately are: Engineers overalls, galley towels, and cleaning rags
  9. Treat stains, with proper strain treatment product
  10. Soak galley rags
  11. Soak crew polos and t-shirts
  12. Check the care label
  13. Load the machine with the right items. DO NOT OVER LOAD THE MACHINE
  14. Do use a gentle or trusted laundry detergent. DO NOT use too much detergent
  15. Do use a low heat: Unless it's for the galley towels, even then there is no need to go above 60 (Celsius)
  16. Do not use fabric softer on any towels or cleaning rags
  17. Dry on a low to medium temperature. There is no need to cook your clothes...
  18. Towels may be dried at a hotter temperature
  19. DO NOT put wool or delicate items in the dryer
  20. DO maintain all your laundry equipment on a regular basis: That means cleaning filter and wiping down equipment at the end of every day
  21. Work with the engineer for filters which are harder to get to.


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Kylie O'Brien

Author, Writer & Founder at The Stewardess Bible
Kylie is an Ex - Superyacht Chief Stewardess, and Hotel Manager from Sydney, Australia. Passionate about sharing information, you can find her typing up a storm in her small home office, or breathing in the cool wind off the North Sea, in Zeeland, Netherlands.
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