THERE’S no sleeping on the job when Sheffield hotel housekeeper Louise Waller is around.
The 30-year-old from the Premier Inn hotel on St Mary’s Gate has set a new world record for fastest bed-making - turning a king-size around in just 95 seconds.
Louise took on other housekeepers at an event held on the bank of the Thames in the shadow of Tower Bridge.
Previous record holders have been Sister Sharon Stringer and Nurse Michelle Benkel of the Royal Masonic Hospital, London, who broke the team record for bed-making in 1993 at 14 seconds.
Wendy Wall from Australia broke the record in 1978 for making a single bed in 28.2 seconds.
To set the new world record for making a king-size bed, Louise had to tackle two pillows with pillow cases, a mattress cover, a king-size bed sheet, a king-size duvet and duvet cover and a bed runner, all presented to a high professional standard.
Louise said: “I am so happy to have set a brand new record for the fastest bed-maker!
“As a housekeeper I have to make beds perfectly every day, so I knew with a bit of practice I’d make it.”
The mum-of-three added: “I had to pretend nobody was watching because we were in the middle of a big field and it was quite windy.
“But it was good and I really enjoyed it.
“I can’t believe I won it, I didn’t expect it at all.
“But I know my kids are really proud, even though they don’t believe that I’ve actually made it into the real book of Guinness World Records.”
Louise has worked at the St Mary’s Gate hotel for 15 months.
Company spokesman Steve Conway said: “We pride ourselves on having the most efficient team around so it’s only right one of our esteemed housekeepers has been recognised as a world record holder.”