Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hotel Horrors

As my friends and I were discussing the possibility of a girls’ getaway weekend, I decided that it was time to disclose one of my greatest phobias. Hotel Rooms!!!! The very thought of a sleeping in a hotel makes me cringe. You never know what has happened in that room, who has been sick, or what little critters they have left behind.

Generally, hotel maids leave rooms looking presentable and clean. But research has proven that looks can be very deceiving. Of course, most people are aware that a hotel bathroom isn’t as clean as home, but are they aware of where else the germs are hiding? While the showers and toilets are scrub after each patron’s stay, other surfaces are not so lucky. The sinks, floors, and light switches are seldom disinfected and can easily be carrying the last person’s flu germs on them. Even the simple act of walking barefoot in the bathroom could have you taking home a new case of athlete’s foot.

The sleeping area is not any better. Although the sheets are laundered after each person’s visit, the bedspread and comforters are seldom cleaned. And the mattresses, of course, cannot be cleaned. Therefore they are the home to many critters that you may or may not be able to see. Although the common dust mites are too small for our eyes to see, bed bugs are just big enough. If you pull down the sheets in your hotel room and look closely, you may be able to make out some tiny red or brown spots. Those are your friendly neighborhood bed bugs. If you suspect you see them, but aren’t sure, grab a hair dryer and point it at the mattress. Bed bugs are attracted to heat and as they cluster together they will be easier to identify.

When planning a vacation, it would be smart to include some disinfectant wipes to your packing list. The wipes may save you from picking up a virus that is lurking on the doorknobs, remote control, ice bucket, telephone, or lamps. A simple wipe down of the hard surfaces may prevent your vacation from being spoiled.


Papa said...

So, when are you going?

Don't forget your wipes, lysol, bedsheets, and pillow, but leave your hair dryer at home.

p.s. Maybe you can have a sleep over instead :-)

Kel said...

I'm not 100% sure yet when we are going, but don't you worry, I won't be forgetting the lysol! :)

Natalie and Todd said...

I've heard the remote control is the "germiest" part of the room. Wipe that puppy down stat!

Emily said...

Totally agree with you Kel. I hate staying at hotels. And if I have to I bring my own pillow!

Sophia and Avah's Mommy and Daddy said...

Can't agree with you here Kelly. I love traveling and staying in NICE hotels. With that said...I remember a news report a few years back where under hidden cameras, housekeepers were caught cleaning glasses, mugs, coffeepots in the hotel room. They did not get new glasses. They would wash them in the dirty sink that the guest who just checked out used. Some used the dirty towels left by the previous guests to wipe them down and one lady, wiped the floor with a towel then (this is gross), wiped down the coffee pot. YUCK!!! So, if they have those disposable plastic cups that are prewrapped - USE THEM!!!

Bed bugs have become a big problem as of late. BB infestations have increased over 70% in the last 10 years. They give me the creeps too! Yuck!