So as Housekeeping Managers we need to start using disinfectant and antibacterial cleaners. Your guests safety and your hotels reputation is at stake.
I'm currently using a peroxide based disinfectant cleaner, and I would advise all Housekeeping Professionals to do what they can to ensure your guests are protected. Many General Managers and Owners of small hotels make the decisions on what to use based on their limited budget. If your hotel isn't willing to pay more for an extra chemical at least check out these protective covers for your remote controls. The remote is one of the most contaminated items in the room. Below is an article sent to me by a friend from Men's Health Magazine. Show this to your staff, your Room Attendants need to know how important it is to clean all surface areas in the room. I've also added a link to these low cost remote control covers below.
Michael Chandler aka
The Housekeeping Director
Article From Men's Health Magazine
Summer vacation coming up? That hotel room you're shacking in may not be as clean as you think, according to new research presented at the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
Researchers sampled 19 surfaces in the rooms of three different hotels—one in Indiana, one in Texas, and one in South Carolina—and found fecal bacteria on 81 percent of all surfaces. (Please refrain from barfing until you're finished reading the story.)
The filthiest spots: Remote controls, bedside lamp switches, bathroom sinks, and toilets.
So should you be worried? Although the data is disgusting, researchers say this doesn't necessarily mean you’re going to get sick from touching the surfaces.
But if you’re still feeling turned off by what may or may not be lurking in your vacation bungalow, here's how to battle bacteria and safeguard your immune system.
Sanitize the Hotspots The easiest way to eliminate gross debris crawling around your room is to wipe down the suspected area with an alcohol-based product, says John Brown, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Kansas who specializes in molecular biosciences. Bring along antibacterial wipes on your next trip and as soon as you get in the room, hit the phone, remote, faucet handles, and light switches.
Be Wary of Glassware Look out for any type of cup that's not sufficiently protected, Brown advises. Think of it this way: If the cup is wrapped in a plastic covering or thick paper, it’s safe. But if the cup is only topped off with a little cardboard lid, that’s a different story. “Since you’re never 100 percent certain that the cleaning staff swapped out everything in the room before your arrival, that cup very well may be contaminated,” says Brown. If the plastic wrap looks tampered with, get a new cup. Otherwise, wash it before you use it.
Stay Away from the Sink Sinks are a breeding ground for bacteria, so avoid placing personal items like your toothbrush directly on the counter. “Realistically, any item that’s making close contact with your eyes, nose, or mouth should be stored in a different place,” says Brown. Instead of leaving your belongings bare in the bathroom, keep them in travel containers.