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Tips for powerfully sanitizing your property

March 2, 2020

It doesn’t need to be cold and flu season to know the importance of keeping your property clean and free of harmful viruses. But that’s easier said than done, especially when you’re dealing with high occupancy and high turnover.

The first step is to train your staff on how best to clean rooms and common areas to ensure they’re germ free. This includes everything from making sure they clean often-missed items, like remote controls and shower curtains, to reminding them about the importance of washing their hands properly and using a mask if they have any cold symptoms.

Yet your staff can only do so much if they aren’t armed with products that work effectively. Traditional sanitization and disinfection products may clean and/or disinfect, but they don’t necessarily keep working after initial contact. This leaves surfaces vulnerable to re-contamination in a matter of seconds after the application is applied.

Powerful products that protect

Hotels that want to fight germs – and win – should choose products from P&G Professional. P&G Professional has partnered with Microban®– the global leader in antimicrobial, odor control, and surface modification technologies – to deliver new sanitization/disinfection products that address the re-contamination of surfaces.

The Microban® ready-to-use lineup consists of three items to clean, disinfect/sanitize, and deodorize:

Microban® technology works long beyond the initial contact – it protects the surface from organism growth for up to 24 hours. In fact, it is the ONLY professional-use product that can make this claim. After the product is initially sprayed, has needed contact time, and is wiped away, a residual semi-permanent polymer is left behind to protect the surface from 99.9% of organisms.

All three products have a light citrus scent and sanitize in as little as 10 seconds. With Microban® Professional products, you and your staff will feel confident you’re making your property safe for guests.

3 tips for cleaning guest rooms with ease

September 27, 2019
cleaning tips

Housekeeping staff have a challenging task – they need to clean guest rooms quickly and efficiently, while also ensuring rooms are left in pristine shape. With guests’ expectations high, any slip up could lead to a bad review, which can negatively impact your hotel brand.

So, how do housekeepers keep up with demand while keeping rooms clean and tidy? Here are some tips for going above and beyond when cleaning guest rooms.

1. Start with a clean slate

When working against the clock, it can be tempting for housekeepers to clean around guests’ items, instead of under them. But doing so can look sloppy and unprofessional. Instead, advise cleaning staff to remove all of the clutter from an area before cleaning it, so that way they are sure to cleanse the space thoroughly and not miss a spot.

2. Choose a versatile cart

The right housekeeping cart can make a huge difference in the preparedness and efficiency of your staff. That’s why it’s important to invest in quality carts such as the new Xduty Xpress Cart from Hospitality 1 Source. The Xpress Cart is compact in design, yet includes a bag with multiple storage options to meet the needs of any guest room. 

Additional features include:

  • A durable, hammertone powder-coated finish
  • A sturdy, multi-purpose bag with numerous pockets and storage areas
  • Easy assembly with no tools required
  • Four swivel wheels that easily attach to the bottom of the cart

3. Add a special touch

While it may seem trivial, adding a small touch to the room after cleaning – a note from the housekeeper, a uniquely folded towel, a small chocolate on the pillow – can make a big impression. It shows that your staff – and ultimately your property – go the extra mile to make your guests feel special.

Learn more about the Xduty Xpress Cart, and get ready for a better cleaning experience.  

Celebrate International Housekeeping Week

September 12, 2012

housekeeping week

If you’ve never been directly involved with hotel housekeeping staff, it may seem unnecessary to dedicate an entire week to thanking them. However, let us assure you that housekeeping is one of the most vital departments in all hotels. Not only do housekeepers make guests feel comfortable in a clean, organized room, they also perform extensive amounts of behind-the-scenes jobs such as flipping mattresses, doing hundreds of pounds of laundry per day, and dealing with harsh chemicals.

According to the Les Roches School of Hospitality Management, the hotel industry is expected to grow 4 percent per year through 2019. That’s over a 24 percent growth from right now! Competition and the number of housekeeping departments will expand as well, making the need to create and keep a quality housekeeping staff a top priority for hotels.

A typical housekeeper cleans up to 16 rooms per day at an estimated 20-30 minutes per room. And opening the door to each new room is a complete surprise – there’s no telling what shape guests have left it in. That’s over six hours of squatting, bending, kneeling, lifting, etc. The job requires training, dedication and loyalty – and your entire hotel’s reputation can lie with one staff member.

Through proper morale, education and training, fair pay and a little bit of understanding, hotel management can ensure they get the most from their housekeeping department. Rotate jobs that do not have to be performed every day accordingly, assign help when needed for heavy-duty jobs and provide quality supplies. Spend the few extra dollars to get lighter vacuum cleaners, greener chemicals, and easy-push housekeeping carts. Have monthly luncheons and recognize superior staff members. But most importantly – do not treat the staff as insignificant. They are the foundation of your business, ensuring that guests are satisfied, and are an imperative part of keeping rooms in lasting, tip-top shape.

So, how will YOU celebrate International Housekeeping Week this September 9-15?