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The Dirty Little Secrets in Your Hotel Room…and What You Can Do About It

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I’ve always enjoyed going to a hotel because everything is in its place, the bed is freshly made, clean towels in the bathroom, and the maid recently cleaned the room. However, even in the cleanest looking hotels, germs could be hiding in plain sight.

A study published in Food And Environmental Virology tracked a sample virus planted in a hotel room to see what would happen.  Researchers watched as hotel cleaning staff spread that virus to three other rooms nearby.  According to Kelly Reynolds, Associate Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Arizona, “Sometimes the act of cleaning does more harm than good because you’re just spreading the germs to new areas.”  Therefore, it’s important to know the difference between disinfecting and cleaning, and how to truly achieve disinfection.

So, what areas might need some extra attention in your hotel room?

Handles, Remote Controls, and Light Switches, Oh My!

Recent studies have shown that 81% of surfaces in hotels have some fecal bacteria.  Places like light switches, TV remotes, toilets (of course), and bathroom sinks may be contaminated with bacteria.  Light switches showed an average of 112.7 colony-forming units (CFU) of bacteria per cubic centimeter squared.  By comparison, hospital cleanliness recommends 5 CFU as the upper limit.

Bathrooms & Toilets – No Surprises Here, Right?

As we would expect, toilets and bathroom sinks also show up on the list of areas contaminated with bacteria, but germs may not stop at the toilet.  In a study in the American Journal of Infection Control, Reynolds reported how bacteria may make its way throughout the bathroom.  After flushing the toilet, it sends contaminates flying to the floor and the back of the toilet (more than 80% of the time), the wall behind the toilet (around 40%), on to the handle (22%), and on the toilet paper dispenser (17%).  You may want to keep that in mind next time you reach for toilet tissue to blow your nose!

Before You Lie Down…

Protect from Germs While Traveling

Soft surfaces like the carpeting and bedspread are just two areas to be aware of.  Depending on the bedding of choice at your hotel, bedspreads are not washed as often as the rest of the bedding.  And, even if you are carrying around your disinfectant wipes, they aren’t going to help with your bedding. 

Oh my, so what can we do?

One common characteristic of all the surfaces and areas of your hotel room is that they can be disinfected with the power of light.  Sunshine has long been known to be a great disinfectant.  In fact, this is evident if we think about where we see mold grow; it’s always in the shady areas where the sun doesn’t shine.

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Violet Defense’s patented UV technology brings the germ-killing power of sunlight indoors in a small, portable unit called S.A.G.E. Micro.  S.A.G.E. stands for Surface & Air Germ Elimination – meaning it can kill germs in the air and on surrounding surfaces simultaneously.  The S.A.G.E. UV products have been proven to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including MRSA, Norovirus, E. Coli, and Salmonella. So, S.A.G.E. can help you disinfect your room quickly and easily.

Get your S.A.G.E. Micro on Amazon so you can truly rest easy on your next vacation or business trip knowing you and your loved ones are better protected against harmful germs.

Jessica Jones