Hotel investigation: Flushing the bathroom toilet could cause this disgusting problem
Hotels are often a luxurious experience for holidaymakers wanting a break away from home.
With rooms being cleaned and free buffet breakfasts, it can be the perfect way to relax.
Yet behind the scenes, the uncleanliness of the hospitality industry has shocked guests after they have been recently revealed through undercover investigations.
Flushing the toilet has also been found to spread more germs than previously realised.
It found that the germs within the toilet can flush onto the floor and the back of the toilet
A study in the American Journal of Infection Control found that if flushing the toilet in a hotel bathroom without putting the lid down, germs could be spread around the area which may not get cleaned.
It found that the germs within the toilet can flush onto the floor and the back of the toilet more than 80 per cent of the time.
The wall behind the toilet would be hit 40 per cent of the time, and the flush handle wouldn’t even avoid it with 22 per cent of the time it being contaminated.
Even the toilet paper dispenser was hit 17 per cent of the time, which isn’t good news for the cleanliness of the bathroom.
Hotel investigation: Flushing a toilet could spread bacteria across the room
Associate Professor of Environmental Health at University of Arizona Kelly Reynolds explained to Time what it could mean for the cleanliness of the bathroom.
She stated: “When you flush the toilet, the viruses and the faeces do get spread throughout the walls of the toilet, the flush handle, and the walls of the bathroom.”
Therefore next time guests choose to use the bathroom toilet, shutting the lid can prevent the contents spreading to the rest of the room.
Guests should also perhaps avoid touching the rest of the toilet seat and most definitely wash their hands afterwards.
Hotel investigation: The contaminated areas rarely get cleaned
It isn’t the only shocking secret about bathroom sanitation in a hotel.
The hotel room glasses used for drinking are rarely cleaned, despite them appearing so.
Housekeeping often cleans them by wiping them as opposed to replacing them or washing them fully.
An investigation revealed how sometimes they aren’t even changed between guests.