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Study Reveals Most Contaminated Surfaces In Hotel Rooms
While certain obvious items made the list, like the bathroom sink and toilet, less apparent surfaces were also indicated, like the bedside lamp switch. The TV remote was the biggest culprit, while the bed's headboard, the bathroom door handle and curtain rods were found to have the least amount of bacteria.
"Hoteliers have an obligation to provide their guests with a safe and secure environment," explains Katie Kirsch, an undergraduate student at the University of Houston who presented the study. "Currently, housekeeping practices vary across brands and properties with little or no standardization industry wide."
Apparently, the current method used to validate hotel room cleanliness is a simple visual assessment; however, this has been shown to be ineffective. Hopefully, this study will begin pushing hotels to up their sanitation efforts.
[image via counselman collection]