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Commonly Neglected Cleaning Areas in Hotel Guest Rooms

There are different inspection methods and checklists used for the thorough inspection of guestrooms so that certain areas and aspects that tend to be neglected while cleaning and inspection are particularly checked by the housekeeping floor supervisors.

Most of the hotels have separate checklists for such neglected areas and some incorporate these areas into their routine room inspection checklists. Such checklists have easy-to-remember names like Room Inspection or the Dirty Dozens Checklist.

Below is the list of most neglected areas in guestrooms while cleaning:

  1. The area between the bed and the nightstand, where food particles, dirt and debris may accumulate since this area is usually hidden by the bedspread.

  2. The interiors of drawers and wardrobes, where dust may accumulate in the crevices.

  3. The surface below all lamps and other accessories kept on the table, where dust accumulates because they tend to be overlooked.

  4. The tops of all picture frames hung on walls, which tend to gather dust as they are not easily visible to the eye.

  5. The top of all speakers fixed for the home theatre systems.

  6. Telephone mouthpiece and earpiece which accumulate a dirt if not cleaned regularly. 

  7. The top edges and backs of doors, which if not cleaned on a regular basis may collect a lot of dust.

  8. The diffuser grilles of radiators or air-conditioners which can collect stubborn dirt.

  9. Room Ceilings, which may have cobwebs if not attended or cleaned on a daily basis.

  10. The carpet area behind free-standing furniture that is near but not against the wall, such as a wooden TV stand, luggage rack or credenza standing to one side.

  11. Pillows and pillowcases, which should be free of wrinkles or stray hairs and should have a fresh smell.

  12. The general odour of the room, which is often overlooked as the room should always have a fresh smell.

  13. The tiled area next to the shower, which collects grime and shows water marks if not attended to daily.

  14. The area under the shower mat which often collects lots of dirt and fungus.

  15. The area behind the toilet bowl, including pipes, cisterns and the toilet-rolls receptacles, which all provide surfaces and nooks where dirt settles.

  16. The area under the toilet seats and also the rubber bush which fits to the toilet seat to the toilet bowl.

  17. The area under the vanity unit and towel racks, which are hard to reach and may accumulate a lot of dust and debris.

  18. The tiles behind the vanity unit also get water marks and soap marks easily.

  19. The faucet filters, which also stained to brown colour due to dirt collecting in them.

  20. The air vents in the toilet, which are hard to reach and which if neglected during routine cleaning, may collect stubborn grime and dust.

  21. The baseboards in the guest bedroom as well as the bathroom, which to accumulates dust.

  22. For rooms with glass sliding doors and windows, the railings will accumulate dirt and dust over time.

  23. The top side of floor skirtings can accumulate dirt and also cobwebs if left unattended.

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Authored and managed by Augustine, a hotelier with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He has a 3-year diploma with 'honors' from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and a Bachelor of Computer Application - BCA Degree.