Housekeepers Use Forensic Technology to Clean Rooms

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

Hotel guests staying at the Best Western Atrea can sleep easy knowing their rooms are spotless.

As part of Best Western’s “I Care Clean” campaign, the company provided housekeepers with UV ray technology to sanitize dirty surfaces and black light wands to inspect rooms. The program also gave some hotels spray bottles engineered to convert water into cleaning solution.

The Best Western in Bryan is one of the first locations in the country to benefit from the company’s new clean initiative.

Ella Jefferson, executive housekeeper at the Best Western Atrea, feels like a crime scene investigator when she uses the high-tech cleaning equipment. The other housekeepers call Jefferson "Inspector Gadget".

“The little sparkles show you there's a little dust on there, and that’s a stain,” said Jefferson. “When I go through, I take my towel with spick and span and wipe it clean.”

Jefferson calls the UV lamp her magic wand.

“It sanitizes everything. All you have to do is run it over like this and it sanitizes everything,” said Jefferson.

Best Western hopes the new high tech, high-priced equipment boosts customer confidence in the brand.

“You're slipping into someone else's bed and you want to make sure you have clean facilities, and clean mattresses, and sheets and bathrooms. I mean, most germs are in the bathrooms,” said Raelyn Skelton, assistant general manager of the Best Western Atrea. “You want to make sure they’re spick and span. We take a lot of pride in that.”

Best Western plans to distribute this advanced cleaning technology to more than 2,100 hotels this year.

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