Dirty, Filthy Things In Your Hotel Room

    Man jumping on his hotel bedWant to stay away from germs during your next hotel stay? Then don’t turn on the TV or lights without first wiping them down with a sanitizing wipe. Why? New research shows that TV remotes and light switches are among the most contaminated items in hotel rooms.

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    Researchers from the University of Houston took bacteria samples from several items in hotel rooms in three regions of the United States. While the toilet and the sink were expected to have high levels of bacteria, researchers also found more surprising items with high contamination levels, such as the remote and the switch on the bedside lamp.

    Hotel rooms “don’t have to have it ready for surgery,” said study researcher Jay Neal, a microbiologist at the University of Houston, but there certainly is room for improvement in their cleanliness.

    The amount of bacteria on the remote may not mean that it’s “any dirtier than at home, but there’s a stranger factor” in a hotel room, said Neal, who oversaw the research performed primarily by student Katie Kirsh.

    Housekeepers clean spend about 30 minutes cleaning each room, Kirsh said. If the researchers could pinpoint the most contaminated parts of the room, the cleaning process could be made more effective.

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