What are the results of excess bacteria in hospitality settings?

Hospitality settings have a large number of workers. However, they often see a large number of guests too. Whether they are of a hotel nature, a restaurant or a retail store, these hospitality settings often occupy a high capacity of guests day in and day out. For this reason, if they are unable to control the number of harmful bacteria on their premises, it can lead to serious repercussions for staff, owners and guests. 


But first, how do excess bacteria become harmful? 

All areas of life contain bacteria. However, not all bacteria are good. While most bacteria aim to help promote good health, bad, virus-spreading bacteria can do the inverse. They do this by attacking the cells and stopping the body’s ability to naturally heal. In most hospitality settings, there will always be some presence of bad bacteria, due to the high traffic. Though, a business owner’s ability to manage excess bacteria can prevent it from becoming widespread and making guests and workers sick.

Excess bacteria create the potential risk of food poisoning 

Bacteria can be found in all areas of a business. Foodborne bacteria are some of the easiest spread as bacteria grow best on other organisms. Though bacteria can grow rapidly on substances, like raw chicken, they can also spread from food item to food item. For example, if a specific vegetable had become infectious due to poor food storage and it is then cooked with other ingredients, it can infect the entire meal. In the same way, if that infected ingredient was cut by a knife and that same knife went on to cut other items, the results are the same, even if the ingredients are part of separate dishes. 

Food poisoning can spread speedily throughout the kitchen or canteen, which can cause widespread illness. The long-term repercussions of this could be a decrease in business reputation, loss of customers and loss of profit. 

For this reason, businesses must always take precautions to ensure they clean all surfaces with Rubbermaid HYGEN to remove bacteria from infected food. To prevent bacteria as much as possible, staff must be wary to store food at the appropriate temperature and in Rubbermaid food storage containers.


Excess bacteria can deplete the guest experience 

Bacteria act fast. The repercussions of the most severe bacteria can sometimes be noticed within a few hours to a few days. For guests staying at an infectious hotel for a prolonged period, this may impact their holiday plans and leave them with a negative experience of the venue they have chosen, even if the services and staff are faultless. 

Some ways that bacteria can spread in hotel hospitality settings include on linen, on surfaces, between infected guests and through shared facilities, such as pools. As always, bacteria is fast-spreading, so completely eradicating it can be difficult. But, to remove as much of it as possible and promote a positive guest experience, staff must: 

  • Ensure all linen is changed between guests. Clean and dirty linen must remain separate on commercial cleaning carts to prevent cross-contamination. 
  • Wipe all surfaces with Rubbermaid HYGEN Microfibre. Staff must pay specific attention to high touch points, such as door handles and stair rails. 
  • Mop all floors at a minimum of once every two hours to prevent bacteria from spreading onto shoes and clothing. This can be done with Rubbermaid HYGEN Microfibre and disposable mop heads.
  • Promote social distancing at all times to guarantee that guests do not infect one another where possible. 
  • Clean all shared facilities once daily or when soiled to prevent bacteria from spreading. Facilities, such as gyms, must be cleaned more frequently as sweat can increase the rate at which bacteria spreads. 

Rubbermaid Commercial Products will prevent excess bacteria build-ups 

At Rubbermaid Commercial Products, the team is passionate about educating hospitality business owners on how they can prevent excess bacteria on their premises. We have a range of products to support those looking to improve their bacteria and infection control. As well, the team is always happy to point you in the right direction, so you can ensure you have the right resources to resolve your infection control needs. 

Contact them today to find out more.