PETERBOROUGH, ON — In the past few years, scores of hotels around the world have transferred to more environmentally friendly cleaning products because of guest concerns and allergen sensitivities, according to a press release
Now, many hotels are taking things a step further, using green cleaning products, while also using fragrance-free detergents to wash linens and installing mattress and pillow protectors, the release noted.
The trend was noted in a 2010 survey conducted by the American Hotel and Lodging Association
: According to the report, 38 percent of the hotels surveyed offer some type of allergy or "sneeze-free" room, up from 14 percent two years ago, the release stated.
According to Jim Strong, co-owner of Strong Travel Services
of Dallas, many hotels have offered some type of allergy-free room in the past, "but there has been a noticeable increase in requests in recent years."
"It was 30-plus years ago that indoor air quality first became a major issue in hotels and other facilities," said Mike Sawchuk, vice president of Enviro-Solutions
"Today, as much as half the population is sensitive to at least one common allergen, many of which are airborne," Sawchuk added.
Sawchuk believes allergy-free, sneeze-free hotel guest rooms are part of a movement that started with nonsmoking rooms.