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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 431. Sanitary Regulations for Hotels

12VAC5-431-340. Box springs, mattresses, bedding and linen requirements.

A. Box springs and mattresses shall be clean and in good repair.

B. Conventional mattress covers or pads shall be used for the protection of mattresses and shall be kept clean and in good repair.

C. All sheets, pillowcases, towels, washcloths, and bathmats shall be kept clean and in good repair, freshly laundered and sanitized between occupants and changed at least once every 7 days if used by the same occupant.

D. When a blanket is placed on the bed, the upper sheet shall be of sufficient length to fold and overlap the top section of the blanket.

E. All clean bedding and linen shall be stored in a clean and dry place.

F. All soiled bedding and linen shall be handled and stored so as not to contaminate clean bedding and laundry.

G. Containers for transporting or storing bedding and linen shall be constructed of impervious materials and shall be smooth and easily cleanable.

H. Laundry storage rooms shall be separated from staff living quarters and be kept in a clean and organized fashion. EXEMPTION: This subsection shall not apply to bed and breakfast facilities.

I. All blankets, quilts, bedspreads, and comforters shall be maintained in a sanitary and good condition.

Statutory Authority

§§ 35.1-11 and 35.1-13 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 10, eff. March 1, 2002.

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