Purifying air could be the next big thing for hotels looking to further enhance their cleaning routines in both rooms and communal areas.
Since the pandemic broke hotels have already introduced extra cleaning measures such as regularly disinfecting high-touch points around properties – brands such as Hilton, Travelodge, Premier Inn and InterContinental (IHG) are just some of the big names which introduced enhanced cleaning routines.
But a number of hotels are also looking to air purification as a possible way of making a hotel stay that little bit safer during the Covid-19 pandemic, as scientists continue to research airborne transmission of the virus.
The manager of Hotel Paso del Norte in Texas told the New York Times : “The best amenity that any hotel could provide under those circumstances is safety, especially in the air.”
In fact, Hotel Paso del Norte has re-opened after renovations which included installing Plasma Air, an air purification system which emits charged ions to neutralise viruses and filter out particles.
Some of the world’s biggest hotel chains look like they’re onboard with the idea too. Marriott’s cleaning policy explains that the brand uses “air purifying systems that are effective against viruses in the air and on surfaces”, while the Four Seasons’ Covid-19 advisory board said last year that it would explore an array of options including “ozone technology for air purification and/or UV technology for HVAC system”.
The concept of purifying air as part of a cleanliness regime isn’t a new one.
The majority of commercial airlines around the world already have similar systems in place in the cabins to keep the air refreshed and to filter out virus particles. A number of airlines use HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters for this – including the likes of easyJet, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic.
Of course even with purified air there will still need to be other measures in place such as cleaning of surfaces, wearing masks and social distancing measures.
Companies have been coming up with other innovative ways to clean surfaces and the air during the pandemic. For example, an airport in Texas deployed a robot to deep clean its most commonly used areas, while United Airlines also turned to high-tech cleaning robots for its plane cabins.