How To Check If Your Hotel Is Clean During The Pandemic

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Major hotel chains have announced new cleaning standards in light of the current health pandemic.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) recently announced new protocols across major hotel chains would include hand sanitizer dispensers in guest entrances and contact spots and using “superior cleaning products” that focus on bacteria-killing ingredients, in accordance with The Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

“It’s difficult to distinguish between legitimate cleaning efforts and public relations,” Sheryl Kline, a professor at the University of Delaware who has researched hotel hygiene told USA Today. “Anyone can do a visual inspection, and it can look clean. Just because it looks clean does not necessarily mean that it is clean.”

Here’s how to check your room for cleanliness

Travel experts say you can start by visually inspecting the room.

“Are water glasses sealed? Toilet seats strapped? Is the toilet paper folded to a “V” shape?” said Chip Bell. “I also look for accountability. Is the housekeeper’s name obvious and in multiple places in the guest room?”

Another good staring place for checking cleanliness is the bathroom.

“Check around the toilet seat for noticeable grime and lift the seat to check for stains. Check the shower, paying close attention to the corners where gunk and mildew tend to accumulate,” said Diana Rodriguez-Zaba, president of ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba, “Can you spot any hair on the bathroom floor? That’s usually a telltale sign the hotel isn’t being kept in the cleanest condition.”

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