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5 Surprising Ultraviolet Uses for the Hospitality Industry
Hotel Housekeeping Products

The primary objective of the hospitality industry is to provide welcoming, convenient, and safe places to stay and eat. There’s no question that one of the biggest challenges those in the industry face is keeping ahead of the germs and bacteria guests leave behind.

Did you know that using ultraviolet light to disinfect guest rooms and other areas of your establishment can help ensure guests’ safety – and safeguard your reputation? It’s true. Here are five surprising ultraviolet light uses you may not know about.

#1: Television Remotes and Telephones

The television remotes and telephones in hotel rooms are notoriously germ-laden. Wiping them down with disinfectants may kill some of the bacteria and germs they hold, but it won’t get all of them.

If you’re seeking ultraviolet light uses as a way of justifying investing in new technology, consider that you can place your remotes, phones, and other small items that guests touch – such as alarm clocks – into the direct path of the ultraviolet light.  Germs will be killed anywhere the light touches. The next guest who checks in can be confident that switching on the TV or calling down for room service won’t expose them to harmful germs.

#2: Food Preparation Areas

Keeping kitchens, pantries, and food storage spaces free of bacteria is a battle that never ends. In fact, even the most rigorous cleaning with traditional methods such as soap, water, and bleach can leave harmful bacteria behind.

One of the most revolutionary ultraviolet light uses is cleaning kitchens and food prep areas. Knives, cutting boards, sinks, shelves, and cookware may all be disinfected using ultraviolet light technology. In fact, using ultraviolet light to clean your kitchen or restaurant means never having to worry about inadequate cleaning or sick guests because bacteria can’t build up a resistance to UV light like they can chemical cleaners.

#3: Pillows and Blankets

Guests expect their sheets, pillowcases, and towels to be washed in hot water regularly. However, it isn’t practical for hotels to launder pillows and quilts every time a guest leaves. For that reason, guests’ beds can often harbor dangerous bacteria even if the linens have been freshly washed.

Some businesses use ultraviolet light wands and portable devices, but there are risks associated with using them as well. A user who doesn’t put the wand close enough to a surface or use it for long enough may end up leaving harmful organisms in place. That’s why we’ve focused on creating UV technology that is designed to work autonomously and can reduce the risk of human error resulting in missed germs.

In the end, advising guests that your rooms have been cleaned with ultraviolet technology can give them peace of mind that they otherwise wouldn’t have.

#4: Fitness Centers

It might surprise you to learn that a study found that fitness equipment may have more than 1,000,000 germs per square inch.  Nearly every hotel has a fitness facility for their guests’ enjoyment, but your guests won’t thank you if they end up ill due to using your equipment.

Furthermore, the unpleasant smell that is present in many gyms is not due to sweat, it’s actually due to the bacteria that grows as a result. Using ultraviolet light to disinfect the room can halt the growth of harmful bacteria for good.

#5: Way to Leverage Higher Premiums

You might expect that switching to ultraviolet technology to disinfect your establishment might cost more than what you’re currently doing. However, the opposite may very well be true.

Companies in the hospitality industry spend a lot of money buying sanitary wipes and other sanitation products. Research studies, as well as real life programs with hotels such as Best Western and MGM Grand have shown that incorporating additional disinfection protocols and/or wellness features into your rooms can drive increased guest satisfaction, occupancy rates, and/or higher premiums.

The Bottom Line

Instead of worrying that your cleaning staff might have missed harmful bacteria, consider using ultraviolet technology to disinfect guest and employee areas of your business.

To learn more about how Violet Defense’s S.A.G.E. UV line can clean guest rooms– and keep your hospitality business free of germs– please click here.

Keeping Germs at Bay in Fitness Centers - A New Solution
Germs on Fitness Equipment

risk for bacterial infections in fitness centers

Each year over 55 million members stride into one of over 36,000 health clubs throughout the United States, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - people who are trying to commit to their own personal health and wellness.  The last thing any of them want is to risk that wellness by contracting a virus or bacterial infection.  

Look at any checklist for how to select a gym - once you get past the usual suspects - location, equipment, cost - you'll no doubt find cleanliness at the top of that list.  Shape Magazine recommends not only checking for means to wipe down equipment, but also to pay attention to to other areas, such as the bathrooms to ensure the facility is keeping up with good hygiene.

However, club owners cannot stop at the dirt that you can see.  That locker room smell is not sweat - it's actually bacteria.  One study published by FitRated.com found, on average, that treadmills, exercise bikes, and free weights all have more than 1 million colony-forming units of bacteria per square inch.  This included bacteria known to cause skin infections, pneumonia, and septicemia.  To put those numbers further in perspective - it's more bacteria than what you typically find on a public toilet seat.  

Another study found that viruses (generally rhinoviruses) were found on 63% of equipment in fitness centers.  This same study found that standard disinfection of the equipment was not actually effectively protecting against virus exposure.

germ killing light for fitness centers

While many fitness facilities offer alcohol wipes or other cleaning methods to keep germs at bay, and should continue to do so, they are not necessarily sufficient to effectively kill the bacteria and germs that place customers at risk.  Violet Defense has patented technology behind its germ-killing lights that have been independently proven to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria, including MRSA.      

Contact Violet Defense today to find out how we can help add another layer of protection to your fitness center.

Raising the Level of Cleanliness & Care in Assisted Living Facilities
Infections Assisted Living Facilities

Senior living has taken on a new meaning for many, with new communities centered on how to create a vibrant, active community for people to live and thrive in as they get older.  But for many, the choice to have to place a loved one into a long-term assisted living facility is difficult.  Depending on the level of care needed - from skilled nursing homes to assisted living facilities, it is important to find a facility that can meet the needs of the individual.

Families making the choice to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility often focus their research on available social activities, friendliness of staff, or the comfort of the space.  However, with the growing concern over hospital-acquired infections and community-acquired infections, the ability for a facility to effectively clean and disinfect on a regular basis to prevent and/or control infections is becoming a more critical factor in that decision.

infections in assisted living facilities

While there is no comprehensive system of collecting all data on outbreaks in long-term care facilities, the CDC indicates that up to 3 million serious infections occur in assisted living facilities each year.  A recent study by Columbia University School of Nursing, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, reported that between 11-59% of nursing home residents are "colonized" with certain types of "superbugs."  In other words, residents have germs on their skin, but have not yet become infected.  This is especially dangerous for a population that is already susceptible to illnesses due to their age and fragile immune systems. 

Efforts are underway to build a more comprehensive approach to addressing this public health issue in assisted living facilities.  Facilities are being educated on strategies, such as improved stewardship over the use of antibiotics, better infection prevention and other control mechanisms.   Prevention efforts include the establishment of policies and standard practices, including hand washing by all personnel and the use of appropriate disinfectants for cleaning. 

ultraviolet light for disinfection

While these methods are critical component of an overall strategy, facilities need additional tools to help protect those entrusted into their care.  Many cleaning methods rely on the diligence of staff to properly follow the instructions on disinfectants to ensure they are killing germs in a space.  Bacteria and viruses can often last for weeks or months on surfaces, if not handled properly.  However, there is now an option that provides an additional layer of defense against these germs. 

Violet Defense Technology has a proven, cutting-edge solution for facilities that is still cost-effective.  The new Surface & Air Germ Elimination (S.A.G.E.) UV line of products uses pulsed xenon technology to effectively kill bacteria, fungi, mold, and viruses in minutes.   The S.A.G.E. UV whole room units are perfect for common spaces and individual rooms. These units can be built in for on-demand cleanings or deployed as a mobile unit to enhance existing cleaning protocols.  For more information, contact Violet Defense to find out how we can help assisted living facilities do more to protect the health and well-being of loved ones entrusted in their care. 

Natural Cleaning Power of Sunlight
Sunshine - Alternate to Clorox Bleach

Spring Cleaning

When spring cleaning time hits, check out any home magazine and you'll see a cadre of the latest tips on how to clean your home faster, deeper, or with less chemicals.  We all want to find fast, inexpensive, but effective ways to clean our spaces, freshen up our linens that have been closed up all winter, or to get rid of the mildew on our gear that's been hidden away in our closet for too long.

You can spend a lot of time soaking and scrubbing those items, or you can take the advice of many sites and take them outside and hang them on a clothesline for a day.  Remember the days when we all put our clothes out to dry and they smelled a little fresher and our whites were a little whiter?

That's because we were using the power of sunlight which has provided us a natural, effective bleaching agent that is gentler than chemical bleaches.  Sunlight has the ability to kill bacteria, mildew, mold, and even viruses.  One of the great things about putting your clothes out on the line was you hung them in the morning, went about your day, and when you came back, they were fresh, clean, and dry.  

Ultraviolet Light for Disinfection

While the days of clothes dried in the sun are gone for most of us - left to the nostalgic memories of childhood - we can still get the germ-killing benefits that sunlight brought us.  Violet Defense Technology has created a technology that can bring the power of sunlight indoors into every day spaces and uses.  With our S.A.G.E. whole room units, leave the room and the germ-killing lights will activate.  When you come back later, you are returning to a room where bacteria, fungi, and mold have been killed.

Contact us for more information or to get a quote on how you can bring the power of sunlight to your indoor world.         

Appealing to the “Germ-Aware Generation”
Germophobe or Germ Aware

Summer is almost here.  Everyone is busy making their summer travel plans.  Let the hours of online research into finding that perfect hotel begin.  Travelers immediately eliminate options that don’t meet their standards – cleanliness being among the most important factors.

Meanwhile hotels are busy trying to find that special something that will set them apart from all of the other hotel chains – especially for the millennial population.  According to the United Nations, it’s estimated that more than $180 billion in annual tourism revenue comes from the 200 billion millennials.

Hotels have employed special online reviewers, developed special rewards programs, changed their core hotel experiences – all to better suit the desires of this population driving the tourism industry.  A recent study by Choice Hotels indicated that “61% of millennials surveyed said they carry hand sanitizer when traveling.”  This generation has more individuals that identify themselves as "germophobes" (42% of Millenials vs 27% of Generation X and 21% of Boomers) according to a study done by Purell Hand Sanitizer.  But what are hotels doing to tailor themselves to this unique characteristic of the current generation?

Hotel Cleanliness Matters

Cleanliness is one of the most important factors for individuals when making a decision about their hotel.  Now imagine a hotel protected by Violet Defense Technology.  Your bathroom would be cleaned using cutting-edge technology designed to begin killing bacteria as soon as the light is activated when you are done in the room.  Your entire room is disinfected from all those hidden germs left behind from the last guest or if a guest didn’t want housekeeping to disturb them and clean up their room today.  Violet Defense offers whole room versions and a bathroom fan version – both available in anti-bacterial and anti-microbial versions.  The anti-bacterial version uses the power of visible violet blue light to kill bacteria, while the anti-microbial version uses a pulsed xenon system to deploy powerful, broad spectrum of UV and violet blue light to kill bacteria and viruses. 

Want your hotel to have the latest in germ-fighting technology?  Contact us today for more information about our germ killing light to receive a custom quote to meet your hotel’s needs – and maybe more importantly – the needs of the millennial generation eager to spend their growing travel budgets.