Just How Clean Is That Hotel Room?

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Hotel Room Cleanliness

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In recent years and as the population around the globe continues to rise, it is a known fact that as each year passes, more people are becoming inflicted with some sort of illness when traveling away from home. Have you ever wondered just How Clean Is That Hotel Room that you are staying in is?

I am sure you have all heard of the feared Norwalk virus that appears to be surfacing more often in Seniors Care Facilities and especially on Cruise Ships. This is but just one of the many viruses that continue to surface and make people ill during their vacation.

Below are a couple of things to be aware of and how you can help prevent becoming sick when entering your selected room away from home.

First, check out this very informative video on a few extra things to watch out for when checking out your room.


Hotel Room Bedspreads

Bedspreads are a major carrier of germs and bacteria and thankfully, most major hotel chains are slowly doing away with them. Try to avoid lying down on those bedspread covers whenever possible! If we happen to stay in a room with a bedspread, we will immediately remove it from the bed and if need be, ask housekeeping for an additional blanket.

These bed covers are not cleaned regularly, particularly in lower budget hotels or motels, because of their size and the cost involved with cleaning.

As each year passes, I have notices these heavy type spreads on beds are now becoming a thing of the past, especially in the more upscale hotel and motel properties. I am sure during your travels; you are finding that they are now being replaced them with an attraction cover sheet or ensemble, one that can be easily washed after each rental.

Hotel Room Bedbugs

Bed Bugs

Something becoming more and more frequent surfacing in hotel rooms throughout the world is those dreaded bed bugs. Knock on wood, during our years of traveling, we are yet to be invaded by these nasty spreadable bugs.

Recently, we had a family member return from a short holiday only to find their luggage contained bed bugs and in within a matter of days, invaded their home. Their entire house had to be fumigated to rid them of these pests. When you do arrive, always check the sheets for signs of these critters. Usually, noticing very tiny brown specs on the sheets is a good indicator. Should you become suspicious, immediately contact staff and change rooms!

Before travel, I always check out one of my favorite travel review and booking sites TripAdvisor and see what the latest reviews and comments are on my chosen accommodation for my intended destination. If there are bed bugs present, you are likely to hear it from another on a site such as this!

Hotel Room Glasses

Hotel Room Glasses

This came as a real surprise to me after reading about this in a travel health journal. Those real drinking glasses provided in your room can be another very severe hazard to your health! In many cases, these glasses are not taken from the room after each use, but simple run under the tap and quickly wiped by housekeepers. Yuk!

Should you find these real glass cups and they are the only ones provided at the establishment then it is recommended by health professionals to run the glasses under very piping hot water for several minutes and then wipe them dry with a clean cloth before using them. It is becoming more common these days, thankfully due to increased exposure and attention to health matters, you will find in many rooms today, paper cups are provided that are separately packaged ensuring that they have never been used before or in higher end hotels, you will find the real glasses also uniquely wrapped for your protection.

So the moral of this story is to check the drinking glasses before using them and if need be, disinfect them accordingly!

Hotel Room Remote Controls for Televisions

television remote control

According to health statistics, this is the number one culprit in most hotel and motel rooms today.

This is a device that most everyone will come in contact with at some point during their stay in that room. Can you imagine how many people will have touched that remote control in just one month? This little remote control, something we just can’t seem to live without today, is absolutely covered with filthy germs! In all my years of travel, I have never seen a housekeeper pick up a remote control and clean or disinfect it while cleaning the room.

A helpful tip I picked up recently from a reader is that if they plan on spending more than just an evening in the same room, they cover the remote with a clear sandwich bag type cover to avoid direct contact with the device. What a clever idea!

The most important thing to remember after using items as these is to make sure you keep your hands away from your mouth and eyes until you are able to wash them thoroughly.  

This goes for doorknobs, phones and any other place in the room that people do come into contact and touch regularly. As well, it was pointed out that surprisingly, things that were used most often by guests staying in rooms are usually not cleaned by hotel staff. The door handles, telephones, remote controls, hand control light switches and so on.

Small Bottle Hand SanitizerOur family have always carried small bottles of hand sanitizer in our carry on for last few years to help prevent illness, especially while away on holidays. The last thing anyone wants while traveling is to get sick!

Taking a few extra precautions along the way, can do wonders in preventing illnesses from surfacing as a result of coming into contact with bacteria and germs.

Simply washing your hands after coming to contact with a surface used by the public can reduce the chances of becoming ill tenfold!

Just a few things to keep in mind the next time you check into a room, to help keep you and your family healthy during your stay! Be sure to check out my recent article on Healthy Family Travel for more tips on staying healthy when away from home!

Hotel Room Update:

Just received this latest survey done on Hotel Room Cleanliness in my email box from one of my favorite travel information websites …  etalk travel news the other day.  I always knew to stay away from television remote controls and drinking glasses as I mentioned above, but was surprised to find out about bathroom counter tops as well!

Hotel Rooms Dirtier Than Airplanes!

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Hotel Room Update 2017:

I just received an email newsletter from one a leading travel expert mentioning that ABC News Investigation Team has revealed that;

“The dirtiest item in a hotel room the hotel hair dryer!”

According to a Microbiologist who conducted random tests of hotel hair dryers, apparently the results were less than desirable. Many hotel room hair dryers are filled with germs! Just another thing to think about when your staying in a hotel room the next time you’re traveling. 🙂



Remember to wash your hands often, especially before eating and keep them away from your mouth and eyes!

Safe travels!

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