According to a recent study, the higher the hotel star rating, the higher the microbial count. The study looked at microbe counts by measuring colony-forming units, which are better known as CFU. The results showed the germ count varied significantly between 3 to 5-star hotels and the types of objects tested. Overall the results were higher for 4 and 5-star offerings.
Interestingly, the study’s authors speculated some of the CFU variances were due to those added amenities and extra luxuries we all enjoy so much. It seems those decorative features such as pillows and extra seating create more work for the cleaning staff, which can easily result in other cleaning being neglected. Unfortunately, just because you spend more does not mean that any extra effort is going into housekeeping. Also, hidden cameras used in the study showed that cleaning frequency and practices varied widely between the various hotels. For example, some hazardous cleaning techniques included hotel staff wiping countertops with the same towel used to clean the toilet.
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