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From the housekeeping department to engineering, hotel operators have implemented innovative products and processes to save energy and minimize the impact on the environment. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Home Cleaning & Maintenance
From the housekeeping department to engineering, hotel operators have implemented innovative products and processes to save energy and minimize the impact on the environment. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

HCN to Unveil ‘Guest Choice’ Green Initiative at HITEC

OTTAWA, ONT.—This week at HITEC Minneapolis, the Hotel Communication Network (HCN) will unveil a new green initiative. Called “Guest Choice,” the patent-pending technology enables guests to use HCN’s in-room Navigator Tablets to opt out of room cleaning, potentially saving owners up to $50 per room per month in labor costs. In addition to determining “if” and “when” they want their rooms cleaned, guests are also given the option to request late checkout for a fee. Upselling this opportunity is an easy way to capture potentially lost revenues. “Giving guests a choice in how they prefer to interact with the hotel...

Hotel Housekeeper Uncovers Human Trafficking Scheme in New Book

ATLANTA—Human trafficking is a growing epidemic in the United States and across the world. As a response to this problem, neuroscience researcher and seasoned author Laura Otis has released her novel, “Clean”, a gripping story of an abused housekeeper who must overcome her inner fears to help women held at a cheap motel by human traffickers. Abused as a child, Ginny lives an isolated life as a housekeeper at the Run-Rite Inn in a small Texas town. The inn’s manager, Jake, who knows every hinge on every door and the personality of every room, encourages Ginny to think beyond dusting,...

Choice Hotels Designates Delta Five as Qualified Vendor

RALEIGH, N.C.—Delta Five Systems, LLC, a supplier of innovative solutions to stop bed bugs using computer vision, biological science, and cloud technology, has been selected for the Qualified Vendor Program of Choice Hotels International, Inc. The agreement supports Choice-branded properties’ access to the Delta Five Automated Bed Bug Detection System, helping Choice franchisees to safeguard their guests’ experience, protect the reputations of their hotels, and receive significant cost savings over traditional pest management methods. One of the world’s largest hotel companies, Choice Hotels franchises approximately 7,000 hotels representing more than 570,000 rooms worldwide across a myriad of brands, including the...

Scandic’s New Standard Further Muddies ‘Allergy-Friendly’ Definition

The definition of an allergy-friendly room has often been in flux in our industry. More than a decade ago, PURE Allergy Friendly Rooms were introduced. At that time, the PURE process included steps ranging from ozone shock treatment to an air purification system to a showerhead with a chlorine filter. PURE Allergy Friendly Rooms have since evolved and are now called Pure Rooms as part of a Pure Wellness experience. The current seven steps include: ozone shock treatment, sanitize air handling unit, deep clean soft and hard surfaces, apply Pure Shield Barrier, install air purification system, install antimicrobial tea...

Sweden’s Scandic Hotels Introduces Standard for Allergy-Friendly Rooms

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Scandic is the world’s first hotel company to introduce a standard for allergy-friendly rooms. This means that guests booking allergy-friendly rooms can expect considerations including wooden floors and fragrance-free, hypoallergenic toiletries approved by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Assn. The rooms are also prepared according to strict cleaning procedures and are not located on floors where pets can stay. The new standard will be part of Scandic’s unique 159-point accessibility standard. More than 150 million people in Europe have some type of allergy. Most of them probably do not need specific allergy-friendly hotel rooms. But the fact is that more...

Green Lodging News Welcomes TQ Industries Hotel Carts to Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News welcomes TQ Industries Hotel Carts Manufacturing and Sales to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Carts/Housekeeping/Laundry/Luggage” category. There is no plastic involved with TQ Hotel carts. All models are manufactured from 30 percent post-consumer aluminum. Manufacturing from aluminum enables TQ to create an extremely durable product, lightweight to push, capable of being customized and 100 percent recyclable. Models for: room make-up, small “roll into the room” carts, houseman baskets, luggage and custom carts. Thousands of dollars are wasted repairing scratched walls each year. TQ models are equipped with lowered “durable” rolling bumpers that...

CARTS/HOUSEKEEPING/LAUNDRY/LUGGAGE

TQ Industries Hotel Carts Manufacturing and Sales Customizable & 100% Recyclable No plastic involved with TQ Hotel carts. All models are manufactured from 30% post-consumer aluminum. Manufacturing from aluminum enables TQ to create an extremely durable product, lightweight to push, capable of being customized and 100% recyclable. Models for: room make-up, small “roll into the room” carts, houseman baskets, luggage and custom carts. Thousands of dollars are wasted repairing scratched walls each year. TQ models are equipped with lowered “durable” rolling bumpers that prevent damage 100%. Carts are manufactured to your purchase order allowing easy modification in size, interior, or color....

Radon Maps Don’t show Radon Levels in a Specific Building

NATIONAL REPORT—“Radon maps” is a term that frequently crops up when talking about the risk of radon. A radon map provides a general picture of the areas where there is a risk of high radon levels. These maps are available at both national and regional levels. However, the problem with a radon map is the false sense of security it can give regarding a specific building. Despite this, Radonova is seeing a growing number of cases where private individuals and workplaces are using radon maps to try to determine the radon level in their specific indoor environment. “Radon maps are designed...

Pure Wellness Adds Two Luxury Hotels to Portfolio

ATLANTA—Pure Wellness, a pioneer and leader in hotel guestroom wellness solutions, announces two luxury property additions to their portfolio of certified Pure Rooms. The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta and The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota now offer certified Pure Rooms to their guests. “Ritz-Carlton, where ‘Ladies and Gentleman serve Ladies and Gentlemen,’ has long represented the gold standard in service and luxury,” notes Larry Hall, CEO of Pure Wellness. “With the addition of certified Pure Rooms to The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, discriminating travelers can now enjoy the benefits of a certified Pure Room in the warm, relaxed, and refined ambiance of a...

Miami Mold Specialist Adds New Line of IAQ, Anti-Mold Products

MIAMI—Miami Mold Specialist, a South Florida-based indoor environmental and mold removal services company, has recently unveiled their new complete branded line of full-spectrum indoor air quality (IAQ) and anti-mold products. This all-new proprietary product line of mold cleaners, mold prevention inhibitors and specialized IAQ cleaning and maintenance products are VOC-free, eco-friendly and contain no harsh chemicals. Miami Mold Specialist’s new line of IAQ, mold removal, HVAC and AC cleaning, and mold prevention products offer the latest biotechnological advancements to safely and effectively eliminate toxic mold, prevent mold growth, inhibit future potential mold and mildew outbreaks, while mitigating the musty odor smell typically associated with poor ventilation,...