Best Western Housekeepers Will Be Zapping Rooms Cleans
This kind of seems like an April Fool's Day joke but according to USA Today, Best Western Hotels are seriously going to start using blacklights as housekeeping tools to ensure that their rooms get a deep clean.
In response to what it says is travelers' insistence on cleanliness, Best Western is equipping its housekeeping crews with equipment you'd most likely see on the forensic investigation TV series: black lights to detect biological matter otherwise unseen by the human eye, and ultraviolet light wands to zap it.
Ah, that last bit is key--the ultraviolet wand (like the one pictured above) to get rid of all those nasty, nasty germs like e-coli, H1N1, salmonella and norovirus.
Best Western plans to have these high-tech cleaning tools in all of its 2,200 hotels in North America by the end of the year. Already, about half of the hotels have them. Best Western is also combating germ-infested remote controls by offering disposal wraps to guests. (Or you could use a shower cap.)
We've long recommended Best Western if you're in need of a hotel with free WiFi but knowing that the rooms are methodically cleaned, could really change our travel plans.