Have you ever taken a minute to consider the potential health dangers that loom within the rooms of a hotel? Hotel rooms are constantly occupied and turned over within days and sometimes a matter of hours as new occupants will come to occupy this space. However, just because these hotel rooms undergo regular maintenance and cleanings doesn’t mean that all the germs, viruses, bacteria, and other potentially hazardous pollutants have been stripped from the surfaces and the air of this small, confined space. Therefore, the passing and collecting of airborne germs can happen in a hotel room more commonly than we wish to think about prior to your stay in this environment.

Hotel rooms are regularly cleaned each and every time an occupant leaves the space to help maintain cleanliness and upkeep within this space, but when it comes down to cleaning all the surfaces that a person who was sick might have come into contact with the job of cleaning all of these areas will be nearly impossible. From TV remotes, curtains, door handles, linens, and even germs that are still lingering in the air will all become an issue when the next Customer comes in to occupy this space. How can you protect yourself from dirty hotel rooms that contain lingering germs within the environment prior to your stay, and is there more that the hotels can be doing to help contain this germ issue?

In this article we are going to learn more about the industry practices of hotels when it comes to cleaning both the surfaces and the air of a hotel room, and how utilizing commercial grade air quality products can help potentially reduce the risks of Customers obtaining airborne illnesses from inside a hotel room.  

Hotel Cleaning & Indoor Air Quality

Hotel Cleaning & Indoor Air QualityThe experience that a Customer has the moment they step into a hotel from the moment they leave is the most crucial component to the hospitality industry, as the Customer experience can make or break a business like the hotel industry. That is part of the reason that many hotels have created cleaning procedures for every hotel room after the room has been turned over and is awaiting a new Customer to occupy the space. Sometimes these hotel rooms, however, can undergo inadequate cleanings that will leave the next occupants of the room smelling foul odors, finding dirt on surfaces, or even in some unfortunate cases the Customer may find themselves acquiring certain illnesses from airborne germs in the hotels air space.

The overall cleanliness of a hotel room is generally thought to be on a surface level such as disinfecting counters, showers, sinks, and linens. However, another important component of cleanliness in a hotel room is the air quality in this confined space. Air quality is often times an overlooked aspect of indoor spaces that can have a tremendous effect on the health of occupants that reside in these confined environments. The inside of a hotel room is no different, and it may even be one of the biggest environments of concern due to its small space and heavy traffic – as they constantly switch out Customers in this space. Airborne pollutants such as viruses, bacteria, and even mold will all have an adverse impact on human health if the proper air cleaning isn’t occurring in this indoor space (Which -Spoiler Alert- Isn’t Usually Happening!).

Airborne Germs and Bacteria in Hotel Rooms

A recent article that was published by the New York Post brought light to the issues that hotels and their small rooms can cause to occupant’s health, especially when it comes to bacteria and germs that are present within this space even after its routine cleanings. The article found that the average hotel room contains more harmful bacteria than what is typically found in a home, school, or even airplane. One of the biggest issues that was found in their studies was the presence of bacteria like yeast, staphylococcus, fecal bacteria, and other bacteria that is spread from one person to another on surfaces like soft furniture, carpeting, and bedding.

According to other media outlets like Medicine Net, they also examined housekeeping maintenance and cleaning of hotel rooms to find that the cleaning procedures were not always followed which can lead to some major health concerns for Customers. These improper cleaning practices included not cleaning glass cups, using same gloves to clean bathroom and other areas of the room, and even using used guest towels to clean down areas in the room. And although not all viruses and bacteria will live in an environment for a long period of time it can still be a risk to humans that are exposed to these airborne germs. Some of the most common infections that can be spread in indoor spaces like a hotel include cold viruses, flu, rotavirus, norovirus, staph infection, and e. coli.

Why Did You Get Sick in a Hotel Room?

Why Did You Get Sick in a Hotel Room?If you have recently had a stay in a hotel that has led you to having some health issues such as a cold or even getting the flu than you may be wondering why did I get sick inside of my hotel room? Even when a room is given a thorough cleaning, germs such as bacteria and viruses can still stick inside the room within nooks and crannies and become a potential issue for those individual’s health that are staying inside this indoor space. Air quality in these indoor spaces is what is crucial in the exposure to these airborne germs that people may come into contact within this room.

The indoor air quality in hotels room can be influenced by the regular maintenance and changing of air filters, the temperature and humidity in the space, and even pollutants in the environment like mold growth, chemical use, and even the spreading of viruses and bacteria from occupants of this space.

How Long Do Germs Last in the Air

Germs can very easily become airborne through a simple sneeze, cough, or even from just breathing within a confined space. However, what happens after these actions take place, will the germs still remain airborne and if so for how long will they stay in the air? According to reports from PBS, it found that the cold and flu viruses, in particular, remained contagious for up to 48 hours on hard plastic or stainless steel surfaces, while other viruses were found to stay infectious for up to 3 days. The duration of time that these viruses and bacteria can last will ultimately depend on the amount of pollutants that it released into the environment, the air flow and ventilation, and the space of the environment.

Does Cold Air Kill Germs

Have you ever walked into a hotel room and felt the cool chill of the air conditioner unit running the minute you enter the confined space of the room? This is a common misconception that people are under the notion will occur when the temperature of the home is set to frigid temperatures. However, to really accomplish this destruction of germs in the air, the air would need to be set to below freezing temperatures to kill the germs. Therefore, the use of cold air to flush out and kill germs inside of a hotel room will be an unsuccessful attempt. If you are wanting to provide the commercial environment with the ability to mitigate and remove airborne germs from the air, then there are other options that can be utilized in these industries to accomplish this removal.

How to Get Rid of Germs in the Air of Hotel Room

How to Get Rid of Germs in the Air of Hotel RoomWhen it comes to getting rid of germs in the air within an industrial space like a hotel and its numerous hotel rooms that are found in this environment it can become a complex process that will require a lot of resources to eradicate these germs – such as bacteria and viruses from the air space. Air quality products are some of the most effective when it comes to remediating and restoring a large indoor air space back to safe, normal conditions. Inside of a hotel, each hotel room will contain its own AC unit that will control that rooms temperature and air quality within the space.

The air quality products that may be a necessary addition to commercial environments like a hotel and its rooms. HVAC air filters are key components to filtering out the indoor air of a hotel room and helping to remove those pollutants like bacteria and viruses from the air of this space. Finding the right commercial grade air quality products is not an easy task as there are many filtration products to select from that will all work differently within a large space like a hotel and its individual rooms. Certain filtration technologies like carbon, ozone, and ionizers are some of the most notable types of technology used to filter the indoor air of both personal and/or commercial spaces, however, when it comes to the hospitality industry and upholding a safe indoor space for occupants, these technologies may fall short in pollutant removal.

HVAC and Air Purifier for Hotel Room Pollutant Removal

The integration of both commercial grade HVAC filters and air purifiers have become a more prominently used air quality products within hotel rooms, as these hotels try to create and maintain a safe, clean, and pollutant-free indoor space for their guests. The hospitality industry has begun to increase their use of these specific air quality products within their commercial environment to provide their Customers with the highest quality experience and environment when they enter into their specific room’s. Thus, enter the OdorKlenz air quality products for commercial air quality control and restoration.

OdorKlenz Air Purifier for Hotel Room Germ RemovalThe OdorKlenz® engineered solution was designed with a proprietary earth mineral technology that works by safely capturing, containing, and neutralizing a broad spectrum of noxious and toxic chemicals and odors from the indoor space of an environment. These proven and tested OdorKlenz® materials are highly efficient “adsorptive neutralizers” for chemicals making them not only competitively advantageous, but very commercially attractive. The OdorKlenz-Air for HVAC Filter and the OdorKlenz Air Purifier can both be simply utilized in the small confined space of a hotel room either in the air handling system or freely standing within the floor of this room.

The OdorKlenz-Air for HVAC Filter can simply be utilized in the central air system(s) for broad spectrum odor and chemical neutralization in the air, including particulate removal as well. These filters will last in the air handling system for up to 4 to 6 months, providing this industry a cost-effective air quality solution. In addition, the OdorKlenz Mobile Air Systems may also be utilized in these industries to work as stand-alone air filtration for smaller environments 1,000 sq. ft or smaller to rapidly filter the indoor air using the same OdorKlenz® materials in the system along with HEPA filtration for fine particulate removal.

Article Sources:

  1. New York Post: These are the Grossest Spots in Your Hotel Room (link)
  2. MedicineNet: Hotel Hygiene: Is Your Hotel Making You Sick? (link)
  3. PBS: How Long Do Cold and Flu Viruses Stay Contagious on Public Surfaces? (link)

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