Never Use This One Thing on Your Hotel Bed, Experts Warn — Best Life

If you’ve ever watched a black light show on an exciting news show, you might have a great fear of any filthy but potentially invisible beings lurking within hotel rooms. On the other hand, one positive aspect emerging from the COVID pandemic is the increased interest in cleaning and sanitizing protocols, which is particularly important for the hospitality industry as a way to instill confidence and reassure travelers. With that said, there’s one thing about a hotel room you might not always want to blindly trust its cleanliness – even amid so much extra focus on keeping things clean. Read on to find out which standard hotel room item is still making money for travel experts.

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Even if you’re not in a five-star hotel, you can safely assume that your bed sheets wash well between guests. But that’s not necessarily the case for a quilt, he says Brandon Berkson, hotel expert and founder of the curated boutique accommodation guide Hotels Above Par.

“Many hotels don’t change duvets regularly,” Brixson explains. “So, with that in mind, I often take the quilt off first, before anything. And that’s hard for me, because I’m obsessed with sleeping tangled up in a quilt at home.”

The travel experts behind One Mile at a Time also question the frequency of washing quilts. A microbiologist revealed to CNN that quilts on hotel beds are rarely, if ever, washed.

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Keep in mind that the comforter is usually covered with a duvet cover, which you can assume was thoroughly cleaned in an upscale hotel. Laundry protocols also vary from hotel chain to hotel chain. If you want to explicitly emphasize washing your duvet, look into chain hotels or ask the front desk about the policy. Some global brands advertise or promote their own bed hygiene policies, USA TODAY Notes, especially since COVID.

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Aside from bed sheets and quilts, which are usually white in hotel rooms, you may see a decorative strip at the foot of the bed known as a bedspread, along with an array of decorative pillows. These usually come in dark, colored or patterned colors – this is depending on the design, so they won’t stain as they can’t be washed off easily. Travel experts say you might want to dump these things out of the bed instead of snuggling with them.

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Other potentially germ-contaminated items in a hotel room include the TV remote control, a highly textured surface that many fingers handle before you handle it. Travelmath found that five-star hotels in particular had some very dirty remote controls, averaging 2,002,300 CFUs. Modern COVID era protocols should take care of this: You may find your remote control covered in plastic to indicate that it has been sanitized before you arrive. But if you’re not sure, simply wipe it down well with a disinfectant wipe before using it for peace of mind.

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