Hilton Sets New Standard for Hotel Cleanliness with New Partnership

Hilton has announced a new program to help develop a better standard of cleanliness in Hilton properties. The hotel brand will partner with RB, the maker of Lysol and Dettel, as well as consult with Mayo Clinic to develop better processes and team member training to help guests enjoy a cleaner hotel area.
This program will be called Hotel CleanStay with Lysol protection in the United States and will incorporate RB’s industry experience and scientific approach to cleanliness. It will also listen to experts from Mayo Clinic’s Infection Prevention and Control team about the Hilton’s cleaning and disinfection protocols.
“Our first priority has always been the safety of our guests and Team Members,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, Hilton President and CEO, in a press release. “Hilton CleanStay builds on the best practices and protocols we’ve developed over the last several months, allowing our guests to rest easy with us and focus on enjoying the unforgettable experiences we have to offer – while protecting our Team Members who are on the front lines of hospitality.”
The goal of this new program is to reassure guests Hilton is fully embracing health and safety while providing peace of mind when they stay at any of the brand’s locations.
“At RB we are committed to the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. It is imperative that we protect all consumers, today and in the days ahead as we all look forward to new ways of returning to work and leisure activities,” said Rahul Kadyan, EVP, North America, Hygiene/Home, RB, in the same press release above. “We are excited to be working with Hilton and Mayo Clinic to bring this expertise and our unique product solutions to the Hilton CleanStay with Lysol protection program.”
While full details of this program are still in development, some of the new potential standards being considered are:  

  • “Hilton CleanStay Room Seal: Add an extra measure of assurance by placing a room seal on doors to indicate to guests that their room has not been accessed since being thoroughly cleaned.
  • 10 High-Touch, Deep Clean Areas: Extra disinfection of the most frequently touched guest room areas – light switches, door handles, TV remotes, thermostats, and more.
  • De-clutter Paper Amenities: Remove pen, paper, and guest directory; supplement with digital or available upon request.
  • Focus on Fitness Centers: Improved guidelines for disinfecting the hotel fitness center, possibly closing for cleaning multiple times daily and limiting the number of guests allowed in at one time.
  • Clean and Clean Again: Increase the frequency of cleaning public areas.
  • Guest-Accessible Disinfecting Wipes: Provide stations at primary entrances and critical high traffic areas, for instance, a station to allow guests to wipe the elevator button before pressing.
  • Contactless Check-In: Hilton will double-down on its award-winning Digital Key technology for guests who desire to have a contactless arrival experience. Guests can check-in, choose their room, access their room with a digital room key, and check-out using their mobile devices through the Hilton Honors mobile app at participating hotels. Hilton will continue to expand its Digital Key capabilities to common doors and access points throughout the hotels.
  • Innovative Disinfection Technologies: Hilton is exploring the addition of new technologies, like electrostatic sprayers – which use an electrostatically charged disinfecting mist – and ultraviolet light to sanitize surfaces and objects.”
“Personal safety is extremely critical as we re-open business and recreational activities around the globe,” said Stacey Rizza, M.D., a Mayo Clinic infectious disease specialist, also in that press release. “We are proud to bring Mayo Clinic’s expertise and knowledge to the COVID-19 response on a national and global scale. Mayo is looking forward to working with Hilton staff and advising them on the program protocol and training.”

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