Dirt on Hotel Rooms - Claire Newell - Travel Tips

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Article | Thu November 17, 2016, 06:27 PM EST

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November 17, 2016 -- Dirt on Hotel Rooms

In this entry, I am going to give you some “dirt” on hotel rooms. Not too long ago I read an article from a health magazine and here are some of the main points that I got from it…and let me tell you, some of them aren’t pretty.

First, “Eco-friendly” may actually mean “dirty sheets”. Most of us are aware that bedspreads are often cleaned just once a month. But sheets can dodge detergent too. Some hotels take a unique approach to the water-conservation trend and unless the sheets looked soiled, they may not be changed. So if the sheets in your room look a bit suspicious ask that fresh one to be brought to the room.

The next piece of dirt on hotels has to do with the hotel bill. Did you know that the average traveler is overcharged $11.35 a night? That’s according to an audit of hotel bills done by a firm called Corporate Lodging Consultants. So you really need to review your bill carefully before you leave the hotel and question every charge.

Next, and this one’s creepy, is the dreaded bed bug. Pest-control companies say hotels account for more than 37% of their bedbug business, according to Pest Control Technology magazine. Here’s what to do to protect yourself…before you book search for the hotel on bedbugregistry.com. Once you get to the hotel, scan the mattress and couch creases for the reddish brown bloodsuckers and their black droppings. If you did bring bugs home, dry your clothes on high for 45 minutes to kill stowaways.

Last but certainly not the least, the worst germ incubators in hotels are the frequently touched surfaces. The thermostat, light switches, phone and TV remote. A professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, actually found more traces of fecal matter on these surfaces than in the bathroom! Give these surfaces a quick wipe down with some hand sanitizer or a disposable cleaning wipe.

So next time you travel, definitely add hand sanitizer and disposable cleaning wipes to your packing list.



Article | Thu November 17, 2016, 06:27 PM EST

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