Washington Post: When the pope sleeps over, you do more than change the sheets. You commission new ones, embroidered with the papal crest. You bring in a custom-made memory foam mattress that has never been slept on and may never be again. And you scrub.
“It was very clean, extremely clean,” said Ted Resnick, a carpet dealer who got a recent walk-through of the Philadelphia seminary where Pope Francis will spend one night during his coming visit to the United States. “It wasn’t ostentatious, really, but it was very clean.”
The pope, should he look, will find no dust bunnies beneath the beds he will occupy next week in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. For each hour of comfy pontifical slumber, workers have devoted sleepless hours of burnishing, painting and pillow plumping in three rooms that will soon be eligible for an exclusive plaque with these words: The Pope Slept Here.