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How clean is your hotel room?

When you've collapsed in a hotel bed at the end of a day of vacationing, the last thing you want to worry about is whether a previous guest left germs behind. But germs are invisible to the naked eye, so how do hotel housekeepers — who have an average of 30 minutes to clean a room — make sure their job is well done?

In Texas, Indiana and South Carolina, researchers tested levels of bacteria on 162 surfaces in nine hotel rooms after they had been cleaned. While door handles, showers and carpets had been mostly scoured of germs, such objects as light switches, remotes, bathroom sinks and telephone keypads still had high levels of bacteria.














 
 

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