Hotel Hazards and Germaphobes

Germaphobes will not like this interspection of hotel quality, but the reality is that many hotels are more interested in marketing and efficiency than best practice for health concerns.  There are services that provide a choice of fragrance sprays intended to impress the guests, which says nothing about the cleaning program.  The demands on manpower and staffing forces an agenda that is necessity-driven leaving some real concerns for travelers.

Hotels cleaning is a hectic, demanding job.  They must get in, quickly clean, and move on to the next room in order to maintain the number of rooms they have been assigned.  Quality will vary from hotel to hotel, but the efficiency factor is always pressing as managers stretch manpower on limited budgets.  Then, there are the nightmare rooms that no cleaning person hopes to encounter.

Many of the cleaning staff are not trained cleaning people.  Usually, new workers follow experienced workers for a day or two, then are push into a full cleaning schedule.  And, the primary goal is that the room "Presents Well", not the level of clean and sanitizing.

Then, there is the "worker shortcuts" that you don't want to know about.  Vacuums that aren't emptied regularly.  Cleaning clothes and mops carried from room to room.  And, more ...

Now, multiply the issue across a huge number of travelers...

According to U.S. Travel Association, here is the number of United States travelers in 2016:

  • More than 2.2 billion person-trips in 2016.

  • International inbound travelers, including visitors from overseas have made 75.6 million visits to the United States in 2016.

Vacation spots like Orlando, New York, and Los Vegas already know about the illness brought in by foreign travel.  It is a subject they try to ignore.

So, how is the issue of germs, microbes, and parasites dealt with in a hotel? On average, hotel housekeepers spend about 30 minutes cleaning each room, a range of 14 to 16 rooms in an eight eight-hour day. Thirty minutes is not enough time to do a thorough job, but enough to make it look like they did.

The Dirt on Germs in a Hotel Room

You can expect high levels of bacteria in hotel bathroom sinks and floors.  The dirtiest areas are light switches and TV remotes, with light switches having the highest levels of fecal matter bacteria. Food areas are also problems, so don't trust countertops.  Remember that inanimate objects like door knobs, table tops, light switches, TV remote controls are able to transmit infectious agents when they become contaminated.

Avoid a close smell of the carpet because what in in there can be stunning.  But, a good room fragrance is believed to cover a lot of other odor issues.

It is enough to give you mysophobia (fear of germs), so what can be done?

No Touch Decontamination

Decon Five is the best solution that does not slow down the cleaning program.  Prior to cleaning, fog/mist the room thoroughly with Decon Five.  It is non-toxic, biodegradable, and EPA registered.  This product is easy to apply and brings a broad spectrum treatment for odors, germs, cleaning, smoke, and chemical residue  (... aka "drugs") that really works.  Treat rooms ahead of cleaning operation and the hotel will raise the level of customer satisfaction and safety to a new level.

If you want to leave the nice fragrance after cleaning, it is not masking odors.  

If the issue is bed bugs as well, use Decon Arthro to get all the benefits of Decon Five and safely kill all bed bugs, roaches, spiders, ants, and fleas at the same time.