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Why Hygiene is an Important Factor to Drive Business Performance in Hotels and Resorts (Part 2)

21/02/2014

Part 2/2: The internal audits cycle for deep cleaning

Continuing from our previous article, we will be sharing areas/ items that are least hygienic in most hotel rooms and what travellers can do to protect themselves from getting sick.

Germ ridden hotspots in the hotel room

According to a recent study, hotel guests actually stand a higher chance of picking up harmful bacteria by switching on the TV or lights than opening the bathroom door. While you’re looking for something good to watch on TV, you may be exposing yourself to something less desirable on the TV remote control. 

Experts conducted tests with a hygiene monitoring device that uses Relative Light Units (RLU) to measure microbe counts on surfaces. Results showed that TV remote controls recorded a microbe count of 128 RLU, followed by telephones at an average of 207 RLU, light switches with 127 RLU and door handles at an average of 63 RLU. *The higher the RLU, the higher the possible amount of bad bacteria.

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While housekeepers often work hard to clean the hotel rooms, the equipment and tools used for cleaning may be assisting in spreading of the germs. The bathroom sink, faucet and counter may look clean, but they can easily be contaminated with bacteria or viruses picked up from elsewhere in the room, if cleaning tools are not sanitised.

A survey also found that the majority of people opt to eat their food in bed which is often the dirtiest part of the hotel room where bacteria is left to thrive. Identifying high-risk spots within the hotel room allow housekeeping managers to strategically run cleaning practices and allocate time to efficiently reduce the potential health risks posed by microbial contamination.

Prevention measures for travellers:

  • Wash hands thoroughly with hand soap on regular basis to prevent cross contamination.

  • Dry hands with paper towel after hand washing to prevent the spread of germs.

  • Sanitise hands with hand sanitisers that contain 60% alcohol to kill harmful bacteria and most germs effectively.

Proper hotel hygiene practices is key to the operation of your business. Clean, inviting room and environment will lead guests into giving positive reviews and recommendations.

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Source: Dailymail UK

*ATP Assay Validation set by FDA that <200 Relative Light Unit ensures entire channel meets industries' benchmark.

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