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by | Sep 4, 2020


Trying to keep clean on the road? Beware these surfaces.

Whether for business, pleasure or quarantine, people are starting to check back into hotels. And while you might be diligent with hand washing, mask-wearing and social distancing, your temporary room could use a little extra caution.

The team at Upgraded Points recently did a survey analyzing bacteria present on features at hotels from two to five star. Here’s some of what they found.

The average hotel elevator button has 1400 times more germs than the average household bathroom door handle. The average hotel door handle has 900 times more germs than the toilet seat at your house. Consider using your sleeve or knuckle to get to your floor and get inside.

Here are some other places germs could linger. The chair in your room or the curtains–don’t assume either of these items are cleaned and both can harbor long-term germs. Also avoid the ice bucket–according to the company, a lot of guests use these when they are throwing up.

Maybe just pack some extra wipes–heavy on the bleach.

Brian Banmiller

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