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Survey Reveals The ‘Dirtiest Places’ In A Hotel

You might think when staying in a hotel that it’s sparkling clean. And while most hotels do prioritise strict cleaning (more so now than ever), it turns out that even a fancy hotel might not be much cleaner than your own home. In fact, it’s probably dirtier. UpgradedPoints recently did a survey that shows where the dirtiest places in a hotel are.

The ‘Dirtiest Places’ In A Hotel? Think of Common Touchpoints…

The survey found that elevator buttons and door handles were germ hotspots. The average hotel elevator button has 1,477 times more germs than a household bathroom door handle and 737 times more germs than a household toilet seat. The average hotel door handle has 918 times more germs than a household toilet seat.

The next question they explored was how hotel star rating might affect the number of bacteria a person comes into contact with just by riding the elevator or taking the stairs. If you pay more to stay in a fancier hotel, is it more hygienic? Turns out nope, not really.

The average 5-star hotel elevator button had nearly 7 times more germs than the average 4-star hotel elevator button and 1,000 times the amount of germs as a 3-star hotel elevator button.

So keep in mind that if you do touch off these surfaces when staying in a hotel, don’t touch your face and wash your hands as soon as you can.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea
Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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