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Next time housekeeping stops by your hotel room, tell them to take extra care with the TV remote and light switch. According to research from the University of Houston (via/ScienceMag), that’s where you’ll find the most germs in a hotel, next to the maid’s cleaning cart (especially mops and sponges), bathroom sinks, and telephone keypads.
Hotels “don’t have (the rooms) ready for surgery,” said study researcher Jay Neal, a microbiologist at the university, which is troubling considering the germs come from strangers and are being passed from room-to-room via the maid’s cart.
At a microbiology conference last Friday, the researchers argued it’s time for a rethink of the 30-minute room cleaning. Checking rooms at random and sanitizing cleaning equipment would be a good place to start, especially since consumers are the ones footing the bill.