5 items you must not touch in a hotel room when you travel and you arrive at your hotel, you expect everything to be clean and pretty much perfect. Or at the very least to look decent. But you can never know how truly clean a hotel room is unless you have cleaned it yourself.
The truth is that hotels rooms are not really clean. If you have high cleaning standards, then you will definitely be disappointed. Cleaning services cannot spend over a specific amount of time in each hotel room (30 minutes). Just know you have every right to ask for someone to clean your room again, in case you find hair in the bathroom or stained sheets.
No matter what, there will always be some things that are filthy and full of bacteria since they are probably never cleaned.
Remote Control: Imagine thousands of people before you going to the bathroom without washing their hands and then touching the remote control. Statistically, the TV control has one of the highest contamination percentages of bacteria and possible infections, such as E-coli, than anything else in the room.
Light Switches: Same as the remote, it is a room item that everybody will touch during their stay. It is the first thing you open you enter a room and the last thing before you leave, and that is the reason why it is considered to be one of the most contaminated items in a hotel room.
Door knobs: Bathroom door knob? That was your first thought, right? Nope. Actually, the bathroom doorknob is the safest and most clean one to touch. When people usually come out of the bathroom, they have either washed their hands or had a bath. All the other doorknobs, however, have NEVER been cleaned before. Although they may not look dirty, they really are filthy.
Glasses and coffee cups: It has been found that maids, only rinse the glasses and cups and put them back to their place. They might be washed once per week or month. Definitely making it the most disgusting item in a hotel room. There are always exceptions, such as five-star hotels. Let´s hope.
Floor: By far, the dirtiest part of your hotel room. What happens is that the maids have one cleaning mop for all the rooms. So basically, without knowing it, they transfer bacteria from one room to another. Your room floor will never be clean since it has all the dirt from all the other rooms in the hotel.
What to do:
1. Use antiseptic wipes for the door knobs and remote. Many say it is better to wrap the remote in a plastic bag and use it without touching it at all.
2. Do not use any glass, plate or cup in the room. Bring your own bottles of water and order your coffee from the hotel bar.
3. Always have slippers with you in order to walk on the floor or even better shower with them. The best choice would be an extremely cheap pair of slippers (1-2 euros) that you can use once and then throw them out.