My cousin Brenda and her husband Tom arrived in Falmouth this afternoon for their six week vacation here on Cape Cod. Upon arrival at their rental cottage, they discovered that the cottage was in need of a great deal of cleaning and that the owners were still in the process of cleaning up the home in preparation for their guests' stay.
That got me to thinking about the weekly business travels of my sister Linda, my brother Bob, neighbors and friends. It is well known that many hotel rooms are not especially clean ... in fact, a "dirtiest places in hotel rooms" Google search identified both expected and unexpected lack of cleanliness results.
Several investigative reports indicated that "one cloth is used to wash the sink, the floor, the toilet, the cups in the room, the bathtub and do all the dusting. And, it is the same cloth that is used in all the other rooms on that floor of the hotel." Cross contamination of viruses and germs is a real problem!
Real Simple Magazine has an interesting "How to Degerm a Hotel Room article at ...
When you arrive at your hotel room, consider using antiseptic wipes and "degerming" the following sites ... the alarm clock, bedside lamp and table, coffee machine, counters, desk, door knobs, dresser drawers and handles, light switches, mini refrigerator, phone, sinks and handles, toilet seat, toilet handle, t.v. remote...
Remember that drinking glasses don't aways get washed in between guests so look for sealed glasses. If they are not in your room, wash the glasses thoroughly with soap and hot water before using them.
Sleep only with the washed sheets and blankets. If practical, bring your own pillow cases and pillow as the pillows rarely get laundered and the pillow cases don't always get changed, just fluffed up!
Remove the bedspread (these get cleaned very infrequently!). Check for bedbugs on and under the sheets and mattress pad!
When you are packing, remember to include a "cleanliness bag" with antiseptic spray, antiseptic wipes, alcohol wipes and/or your own mini travel size preferred cleanliness supplies. When your packing is well organized, you will have just what you need to "degerm", settle in and enjoy your stay!
Remember, if you need assistance and support with your family life, home and/or office organization, you are cordially invited to contact ...
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