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Dirty weekend? Over a third of Britons clean a hotel room before using it

Britonss rank remote controls as the dirtiest item in a hotel room. 79% of people check hotel bed linens on arrival, followed by bathtub/shower (68%) and glasses and mugs (63%); 56% of travellers bring their own wet wipes, 44% bring bleach and 33% bring fragrance spray.

Hotel rooms are filth incubators, or so numerous online articles say. To find out if the general public agree, End of Tenancy Cleaning Company conducted a survey .The survey was completed by 3,446 participants and comprised questions on the dirtiest items in hotel rooms, items Brits check before using and what is deemed a good sign of cleanliness while staying away. 

Britons rank the 10 dirtiest items in a hotel room

  • Remote controls
  • Light switches
  • Decorative cushions /blankets
  • Telephones
  • Upholstered chairs /sofas
  • Curtains
  • Carpets
  • Windows and windowsills 
  • Bed linens
  • Glasses and mugs

On arrival, the general public check the following 5 items are clean first:

  1. Bed linens (79%)
  2. Bathtub /shower (68%)
  3. Glasses and mugs (63%)
  4. Remote controls (58%)
  5. Decorative cushions /blankets (37%)

More key findings from the survey:

  • 32% of Brits do a sweep or dust test of a hotel room before using it
  • 37% of Brits CLEAN a hotel room before using it
  • 37% of Brits bring cleaning supplies or accessories to a hotel room 

Of those that said yes todo you bring cleaning supplies or accessories to a hotel room”, the following 5 items are most common:

  1. Wet wipes (56%)
  2. Bleach or sanitiser (44%)
  3. Fragrance spray or candles (33%)
  4. Own glass or mug (33%)
  5. Own fresh sheets and towels (11%)

Top 5 signs of cleanliness Britons look for in a hotel room

  • Freshly laundered sheets and towels – no stains
  • No dust or cobwebs
  • No mould in the bathroom
  • A clean mattress with mattress protector
  • Nice smells

Finally, when asked “do you think the cleanliness of a hotel room is solely the cleaner’s responsibility”: 

  • 44% said yes
  • 56% said no 
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