WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Dr. Barbara Almanza with Purdue University's School of Hospitality Management and her colleagues surveyed several hotels in different regions of the U.S. to determine the areas cleaning staffs might be missing during their regular duties, according to WTHR-TV.
Common areas where bacteria lingered after housekeepers made their rounds were the restroom floor, sink faucet and toilet, the telephone, the light switch and, consistent with previous studies of this nature, the television remote, the story stated.
Almanza cautioned, "If you order room service, you may want to wash your hands after you've been using the remote control. Those surfaces may be hard to clean and staffs may not want to spray down sensitive devices with liquid disinfectants."
According to the article, researchers were surprised to discover that, despite their hypothesized assumptions, the carpets were relatively free of bacteria.
While hotel patrons are able to supplement housekeepers' cleaning and disinfecting efforts with disinfectant wipes, the best course of action is to simply practice proper hand hygiene, the story noted.
Almanza's efforts are not meant as a criticism of hotels; rather, the goal is to clean more effectively and better disinfect, something she says hotels are "excited" about, the story added.
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