Ahead of her highly awaited keynote discussion on the topic at Sleep & Eat Virtual, Founder of Rottet Studio, Lauren Rottet, shares her exclusive 5 top tips on designing a ‘clean’ hotel room. Explore the rest of the Sleep & Eat Conference agenda.
1. Be Clean and Look Clean
The room of the future needs to not only be clean, it needs to “look clean” – gone are the days of a dark moody room with tufted lounge chairs and all sorts of other places for dirt and germs to hide. Welcome a room where the guest can turn up the lights to truly see. Use lighter colors and add more light!
Just think of all the things the guest touches and try to eliminate them! Remote controls, alarm clocks, landline phone, room key, door handles, light switches, door locks, room service menu, amenities menu, etc. etc. Truthfully in 2020, it is possible to go mostly touchless, so let’s do it. Smart TV’s Lighting controls, voice command - Know your technology so you can integrate it into a simple user friendly system!
3. Document the Clean
Date stamped cleaning with notes on how and with what the various parts of the room were cleaned- We have all seen the tape on the door noting that the room has been cleaned and not entered, but does it say what date and time is was cleaned and with what product?
4. Remember the Olden Days
Glasses were wrapped in paper or plastic so you knew they were clean. The toilet had a paper strip around it showing it had been cleaned and not used and you hoped that the little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, bath wash and lotion were right out of the box. Create a “Brand Moment” in the clean wrappers and notes that insure the guest the room is clean. My grandmother had little “booties” made for her nickel silver faucets to keep the silver from tarnishing and to show the bathroom was cleaned just for you.
5. The Finishes
Bacteria resistant finishes, self-cleaning surfaces with antimicrobial properties and germ eating glass. New strategies are being designed to limit microorganisms ability to survive on a surface. There is much research to be done, but products are already available such as glass that can easily be places over surfaces. Research the possibilities of ALL your surfaces and as much as possible, specify those that repel or destroy microbes.