Why our old-hat approach to hygiene could make us crash and burn

Airport runway
Now arriving, a more effective way to be safe from germs

Living is a lot like flying.

Everything’s fine as long as it’s in balance.

Looks easy, feels easy – until it goes wrong. And sooner or later, something always does.

Off-course or off-colour – the tiniest thing could bring you down.  And they don’t come any tinier than bacteria and viruses.

So what makes you so sure that washing and scrubbing will keep you safe?

Just like flying, up in the air is where all germs live. And at less than 2 microns across, they’re so light they may never stop floating around – ready to grab hold as you walk through, billions and billions of them.

Which means clean hands are not enough. Not nearly enough. And such old-hat thinking could be the death of us.

Planes use radar to get through storms and other hazards.

But we just walk into room – blind to the norovirus or e.coli hovering in clouds – or the c. difficile and MRSA eddying by the doorway, just waiting to hijack us.

Most of the time, they just swirl off us. Another day in jeopardy, safely overcome.

But often they find a way into our bodies. A gasp of air laughing at a joke. A bite of a cheese-burger. The paper-cut on your finger from your letter of promotion. A common cold or something life-threatening in hospital? Whichever germ gets you first.

And we have no idea they’re there, those germs. Like how about a hotel room with 67.6 colony-forming units of bacteria per square centimetre? And that’s just on the TV remote.

We have no radar and germs are all over us.

Unless we get them first.

Because it IS possible to sterilise every room completely free of germs before we walk in.

No germs, no risk. Safe.

A completely different approach to hygiene altogether. On top of the usual.

It’s done with hydrogen peroxide – misted up super-fine so it permeates everywhere – electrostatically charged so it actively grabs viruses and bacteria and oxidises them to death.

Fact: and you can ask any doctor – no germ comes back from having extra oxygen atoms shoved at it.

So we might be blind to germs, but we can take them out totally in just 45 minutes a room. Utterly gone. No hazards at all.

Pilots still have clear air turbulence and wind shear to face, invisible perils that could kill.

In a sterile room we face nothing, no hazard, no threat of infection – unless before we enter some pathogen has already found a way inside our body’s defence system.

Yes, you should wash your hands.

But against increasing antibiotic resistant mutations, a new approach is vital if we’re all going to survive.

Hydrogen peroxide is your boarding pass.

Have a pleasant flight.

Relax your room is sterilised. No colds, no flu, no nasty tummy bugs – just luxury feelgood

Opening hotel room
The next dimension in luxury – no germs, no viruses, no bacteria, no nothing

Ah, bliss. The feelgood of knowing you’ve arrived and are safe.

Shoes off, door closed against the world. Time for your over-booked, jet-lagged body to relax with some serious chilling.

Wait a minute, shoes off?

Sure, and for the first time in a hotel.

All kinds of bugs are usually down there, however hard they vacuum. That’s why you never kick off, or bring your own slippers.

Not a care, not a germ

Not this time, though.

The bugs aren’t there or anywhere else. The place is safe and secure.

Sterilised on top of the regular five star polishing and cleaning. Checked and waiting for you when you arrive.

No germs. No odours. No worries about catching bugs.

No running round with your usual anti-germ stunts first thing either. Feelgood luxury.

Which is why the shoes – you’ve read about “nice” hotels, and you’re being careful.

And the plastic bag for the TV remote. Not necessary this time, it really is safe.

Luxury.

Same thing with the bedside phone, though you make most calls with your mobile. You don’t want that thing next to your face while you sleep, all those microbes waiting to get at you. So yes, there’s a plastic bag for that too, even though you don’t use it.

Except this time you can. Because you’re going to call room service (you need a daquiri). And your voice sounds all weird through a plastic bag. Like a kidnapper or a stalker. The bag’s not necessary though, because the phone’s sterilised too. You could get used to this.

And the cover for the bed, so you don’t need gloves to take it off and dump it in the corner.

Forget the usual hotel drill

OK, you’ll wash your hands like normal – a proper freshen up after the muck and sweat of traveling.

But you don’t need the disinfectant spray or hand-wipes this time either. The bathroom counter is safe and germ-free. So are the door handles and light switches you might have used on your way in.

Because everybody and his dog might have touched them – with none-too-clean hands after servicing the toilet, adjusting the air-con, or simply changing bed linen. So a seasoned traveller like you never misses giving them a wipe, just in case.

Again, not necessary this time. You can forget your usual drill. Feelgood and chill.

The entire place has been misted up with ionised hydrogen peroxide (iHP). Any germs that might have been around are now gone to oblivion.

Waking the tiger

Remarkable stuff this iHP. Only a mild 6% solution – but ionising awakens its sleeping tiger. Light as air in a dry mist spray, an electrostatic charge makes its particles shove each other to get away from themselves, dispersing in all directions.

The same charge makes them thrust out of their way to grab at oppositely-charged bacteria and viruses, clamping to them in a death grip. Oxygen atoms rip at the germs, tearing their cell structure to pieces.

It gets better. Because ionising produces even MORE antimicrobials – hydroxyl radicals, reactive oxygen species, reactive nitrogen species, ozone and ultraviolet. A hungry tiger on steroids and a hot tin roof.

Remember that electrostatic charge? It forces the tiger to move up and out – filling the air and pressing hard up against all surfaces. Pushing underneath things and behind. Lunging deep into cracks, crevices and inaccessible tight spaces. Those germs can’t outrun him, they can’t hide either.

Which takes care of everywhere – including places that never normally get looked at. Behind the bedside unit, under the bed, on top of the wardrobe, between all the cables to the TV.

In the shower cubicle too. Down the plug. Under the basin, behind the taps. Anywhere germs can lurk, the tiger’s going to find them.

Let luxury kick in

So yes, kick off your shoes (no germs on the carpet). Throw back the curtains (no germs on them either). Dive on the bed (free of germs and bed bugs) and chill with your welcoming house daiquiri of rum and lime juice (no flies on you).

Yes it’s luxury, but you’ve earned it.

And one day, all hotels will be germ-free this way.

Until then, you’re in the elite.

No way you’re pulling a sickie – even after the redeye from New York and five full presentations a day to fill your week.

The feelgood is real – and you’re going for it.

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Five-star all the way – germ control included

Hotel receptionist offers room card
Five-star means five-star – with never a worry about germs

Just as it should be from a five-star hotel.

Health protection to the ultimate level. The latest technology – the utmost attention to detail.

At least, that’s the expectation.

And sure, the place might look amazing. Feel amazing too, with service that makes you feel like royalty.

Thing is though, you can’t see germs.

So it’s reassuring to know that with five-star service, your room is treated to be germ-free.

99.9999% sterile from the moment you walk in.

The way five-star should be – even though germs are invisible.

The difference between the five-star confidence you feel – and all other quality standards.

Between your complete safety – and other places that might LOOK clean, but you can’t be sure.

Only one standard – the very best

Because clean does not necessarily mean germ-free.

As many, many hotel guests are concerned about whenever they check in.

They carry disposable slippers to walk on the carpet. Disinfectant sprays for the loo. Gloves to remove the bedspread.  Wipes to clean the TV remote, light switches and other high-touch surfaces.

Because they know that’s where germs lurk.

And quite rightly suspect that most of them never get attention between one guest and another.

Sure, there’s clean linen. The towels are replaced and fresh. The whole place is vacuumed. Neat and tidy. With all the welcome touches – chilled wine waiting, fresh flowers, a chocolate on your pillow.

Could anything be more perfect?

Indeed yes – especially as you’re paying for it.

You don’t book a hotel room to catch norovirus, or flu, or contract a staph infection.

But that’s the risk with any hotel – even those with the strictest house-keeping protocols.

Second-best is not OK

The alternative is heavy-handed bleach treatment. Rooms out of action for hours at a stretch to provide enough contact time. And a headache-inducing after-stench.

So the usual procedure is to use an all-purpose spray. Light and odour-neutral, more a cleaner than a disinfectant. Lysol or Dettol – like nervous guests carry.

Except it shouldn’t be necessary for guests to go through their own safety procedure as well as the hotel’s.

That’s not five-star service, or anything close.

They shouldn’t have to lift a finger. Or exert themselves in any way, except to relax.

They should know they’re safe, no matter what.

Not even think about taking precautions, avoiding high-touch surfaces, or worrying about germs in the air – the invisible space that’s 80% of any room..

And they don’t have to, if the room is sterile.

Nor does management or staff.

Rolls-Royce or not at all

Because sterilising the place is quick and easy after cleaning is complete. Press button simple with a dry mist of ionised hydrogen peroxide that permeates everywhere.

Electrostatically charged to reach out and grab viruses, bacteria and fungi like a magnet. Oxidising them to nothing. Eliminating them from the air and all surfaces, even deep in cracks and crevices. Safely reverting to oxygen and water afterwards – quickly evaporating to nothing.

Effective and efficient – like five-star is supposed to be. Germ-free to a 6-log Sterility Assurance Level. Utterly reliable, as all five-star facilities are expected to be.

If you haven’t experienced it in your hotel room yet, you haven’t stayed five-star.

Though once managements start realising the cost-savings, don’t be surprised if some one and two-star establishments start offering five-star germ control too.

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