When the TV network, ABC, did an undercover investigation on hotel rooms, they found out that — hold tight! — 73% of the glasses in the rooms were not cleaned or sanitized properly. Sure, it’s ok to look for all available plugs to charge your computer and phone as soon as you enter your hotel room, but there are a couple of other things that are way more important to check out.
We made a list of important steps that every traveler should follow as soon as they set foot in their hotel room, in order to ensure a safe and comfortable stay during their trip.
1. Check the mattress or mattresses for bedbugs.
You might think that bed bugs only happen in low-cost hotels, but it’s not always a matter of luxury since bed bugs can even be transferred to 5-star hotels via a guest’s clothes and personal items. When you arrive at your room, check the bed first. Look for stains or small brown and black dots on the covers, then pull back the bedspread and sheets, and inspect the mattress too. If you do find something, go straight to reception.
2. Take off the comforter.
The hotel maids might change and clean the sheets regularly, but that doesn’t apply to the comforter or duvet. It’s risky to assume that these things are even clean, so if you travel often, it would be a good idea to carry your own blanket with you. Otherwise, you can just use the sheet under the hotel comforter and take off the comforter completely.
3. Use sanitizing wipes to clean up things that were most definitely touched a lot (like door knobs or the TV remote).
Another important step is to quickly sanitize the most common things everybody touches in the room, like the door knobs, the wardrobe handles, and the TV remote. A study showed that TV remotes are on the list of the dirtiest items found in hotel rooms. Try to use anti-bacterial wipes to clean up those surfaces or use some alcohol on a tissue.