Are Allergens Ruining Your Guest Experience?

NATIONAL REPORT—More than 50 million Americans experience allergies, and allergy season is getting longer and getting worse each year. In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental dangers. Pollen, pet dander, and dust mites could be causing allergic reactions in guestrooms.

As hoteliers, the focus is on delivering the best guest experience possible and one of the most effective ways to help ensure that positive result is to protect guests from allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, better air quality can reduce allergy and asthma triggers.

Here are three tips to protect guests from common allergens:

Use HEPA Filter Vacuums

Are vacuums helping or hurting? Vacuums do a great job at pulling dirt and debris from floors & carpets, but they also kick a lot of dust and smaller particles back into the air. Simply upgrading your vacuum filters to HEPA filters can remove up to 99.7% of small particles from the air, helping to reduce allergic reactions and improve your guest experience.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

How can your air conditioner help to reduce allergens? EPA studies have shown that indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outside air. Running an air conditioner with a HEPA filter can help reduce airborne particles in guestrooms. They also reduce humidity, which helps inhibit the growth of dust mites and mold. To further improve air quality, keep windows and exterior doors closed to help keep pollen from outside at bay.

Add Mattress & Pillow Protectors

What about the places where guests spend the most time? Mattresses and pillows collect lots of dust mite debris, allergens, and other dirt particles over their lifetime. Removing this debris isn’t easy, but preventing the accumulation is simple. Protect hotel mattresses, pillows, and guests, with AllerEase® mattress and pillow protectors from Standard Textile. Guests will sleep easily and comfortably, when they’re protected from bedbugs, dust mites, and other allergens. These barriers are anti-microbial, waterproof, and easy to install and remove for cleaning.

Follow these three tips to reduce the number of allergens that exist in guestrooms, providing a happier, healthier stay and improving the air quality for hotel guests and staff. Learn more at