How clean is your hotel room? You might want to start doing your due diligence after reading these 10 secrets that hotels don’t want you to know about.
While the price of staying at a hotel might be a bit expensive.
Most people don’t seem to mind paying a little extra knowing they have a clean room waiting for them and a housekeeping staff to keep it that way.
However, you might find that many hotels aren’t close to being as clean as you thought.
10 Things You Need To Know About Your Hotel Room.
#1 Maids Sometimes Takes A Nap In Your Bed
When you leave your room and let the maid know that you’re going out for the day you may think you’re just being a nice person.
But despite you returning to your hotel hours later, you may be left wondering ‘How can they possibly still be cleaning your room?’
Wonder no more because you might be surprised to find out that maids sometimes take naps in your bed.
If a housekeeper is really tired and knows you’ll be gone for at least a few hours they have time to take a little siesta.
After locking the deadbolt so you can’t walk in and catch them, they’ll lie down on your bed to take a little cat nap.
#2 You’re Not The Only One Using Your Bathroom
After the housekeepers are finished taking their siesta as you do, they’ll need to use the bathroom to freshen up…and yes, that includes using the toilet.
While the Hotel frowns on both, they’re far more accepting about their staff using a quest’s bathroom, because after all, when you have to go, you have to go.
But while they expect a housekeeper to do their business before they start cleaning the guest’s bathroom, that rarely ever happens.
The reason? Hypocrite maids claim that they only use your toilet only AFTER they’ve cleaned because they don’t know what germs you may be carrying.
3. You Might Want To Disinfect That Remote
The first thing many guests do is grab the TV remote to make sure the TV is working because who wants to find out you have no service at 10 p.m.?
However, before you do, you might just want to wipe down that remote with a disinfecting wipe.
Researchers have found that the dirtiest item in any hotel room is the television remote.
After testing over a dozen remote controls they found that nearly every remote control had sky-high levels of bacteria, and some even had traces of E.coli.
Let’s not get into what types of bodily fluids they found.
4. Don’t Drink Out Of Hotel Water Glasses
When you check into a hotel, the room always seems to have those two spotless water glasses sitting in the bathroom.
They might look sparkling, but there is more than meets the eye.
According to hotel insiders, housekeeping sometimes simply rinses them out, then uses the same towel they’re using to clean the rest of the bathroom to dry them.
In some cases, the cleaning staff will use furniture polish or Windex on the drinking glasses to make them look spotless.
5. The Bed Is Filthy
A hotel bed is a germaphobes worst nightmare, and with good reason.
Although sheets and pillowcases are washed regularly.
The same can’t be said for the bedspreads, blankets, and pillows which rarely get laundered.
If there are no visible stains, the bedspread might only get washed once a month.
If a maid does find a stain on a pillow, or on the mattress they’ll either wipe it down using a damp cloth or simply spray some diluted bleach on it to make the stain less visible.
6. Steer Clear Of The Hotel Kettle
Most hotel rooms include an electric kettle, so guests can boil water to make coffee, tea, or maybe a cup of instant soup.
But some housekeepers have said on some occasions they’ve found women’s underwear soaking inside of them after a guest had checked out.
Even more sickening, the maids confess the hotel rarely replaces the kettle or at the very least sends them out to be disinfected.
7. Hotel Room Coffee Makers Are Gross
If your hotel room doesn’t have a kettle, then odds are it has a coffee maker.
While you may think it’s cheaper to make a cup of coffee in your room instead of finding a Starbucks or going to the hotel restaurant.
Is saving a few bucks worth getting sick over?
Researchers tested numerous hotel room coffee makers, and the results were a bit shocking, to say the least.
Because they are simply never cleaned, in nearly every hotel coffee maker researchers found some type of bacteria, but even worse.
Many hotels place their coffee makers inside the bathrooms, where the steam from showers helps grow the same mold and mildew INSIDE the coffee maker, that you’ll typically find on nearly all shower walls.
9. The Tubs Are Never Scrubbed
If you have ever thought about taking a relaxing bath in your hotel room, then you better think again.
Housekeepers have limited time to get through all their rooms, which means they’ll cut corners every chance they get.
And there’s no other time saver for maids than when they’re supposed to clean the tub.
Instead of scrubbing the tub, they just run the shower to rinse it out. But even more egregious, is when they actually do clean the tub.
On the rare occasions they’re forced to give your tub a quick once over, they use the toilet brush to do it.
Therefore, the next time you check into your hotel room, make sure the tub smells like bleach before using it.
10. Bed Bugs Are More Common Than You Think
As we have already learned, hotels are full of germs, which means they aren’t safe from bug infestations.
A 2018 survey found that the number of bed bug infestations is on the rise in the US, and it is significantly higher than 15 years ago…gross.
Hotels and motels are among the top three places to find bed bugs, and then they come home with you.
It’s always good to be cautious, so check the corners of the mattress when you check in and hope for the best.
Better yet, while planning your get-a-way, plan to make a trip to Lowes, Home Depot, or any other type of store that sells cheap plastic mattress covers.
This way you can slip the cover over the mattress before going to bed so those nasty bed bugs, as well as other creepy crawlers, won’t come out and start crawling all over you after you turned off the lights.