“…a hotel isÂ not an operating room, and bugs may lurk, despite tip-top cleaning efforts.” TheÂ amount of guests who check in at hotels from different parts of the world mayÂ increase the exposure of germs…Cleaning items used by housekeepers suchÂ as sponges and mops were also found to have high levels of bacteria whichÂ increases the risk of infection as they go from room to room using the sameÂ sanitizing equipment…”
On average, hotel housekeepers spend 30 minutesÂ cleaning each room â€” about 14Â to 16 rooms in an eight hour shift. In a studyÂ conducted at theÂ UniversityÂ of Houston,Â researchers took 19 bacteria samples from items found in three hotel rooms inÂ three states: Texas, Indiana and South Carolina. While high levels of bacteriaÂ were discovered in bathroom sinks and floors, the dirtiest areas were lightÂ switches and TV remotes, which contained 112.7 colony-forming unites of bacteria (CFUs)Â and 67.6 CFUs, respectively. Moreover, light switches had the highest levels ofÂ fecal matter bacteria with 111.1 CFUs.
“GuestsÂ should not assume that their hotel room, not to mention all common surfacesÂ around the hotel such as doorknobs, front-desk pens … while (hopefully) clean,Â are not sterile,” Matilde Parente, MD,Â a California-basedÂ physician, biomedical safety consultant, and author board certified in pathologyÂ and integrative holistic medicine, told Medical Daily.