Whether you're on vacation or traveling for work, this is the last thing you want to ask yourself: Does this hotel room need a good cleaning? Well, it turns out it just might. According to , many places in a hotel room, even after the daily maid service, may not pass the white-glove test.
For their investigation, Local 6's producers went undercover to two local hotels and found some gross things. Key dirty spots to look out for? The remote control, door, and light switches.
While maids may scrub bathrooms, vacuum carpets, and swap sheets, they often ignore the clicker, one of the room's most-handled items. "[Remotes] can even contain E.coli, which means fecal matter [and] means someone might have gone to the bathroom, didn't wash their hands, came out and used the remote control," Jim Inglis, program director for Hotel Restaurant Management Program at Valencia College, told Local 6's news team.
At one hotel, they put honey on a room's remote and bathroom faucet handle. Two times, the honey was still on the remote after housekeeping came through.Yikes.
That's not all, though. While housekeepers refresh bed sheets daily, your bedspread may not be washed that regularly, Inglis warns, because their bulky size makes them trickier to clean. (Think about that the next time you decide to sprawl out on top of the bed after a long journey.)
"If you were to eat in your hotel room, the cleanest place to eat might be the bathroom," Inglis told Local 6. "Most people will plunk right on the bed and eat right there, but that may actually not be the most sanitized place."
And while you may not need to do a deep clean as soon as you arrive, you can be smart about a few key things: Bring sanitary wipes and clean off the remote, wash any glassware before you use it and, most importantly, be wary of bed bugs — a five-star hotel could be just as likely to have them as a roadside motel. Before booking, look up any complaints about a hotel on .