Hotels & Resorts Minimize Common Issues for Hotel Operators Improving Guest Experiences and Employee Health Liabilities

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There’s a common misconception that mold and mildew only effect homes and commercial buildings in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and other high humidity states, says Chris Schultheis, M.S. of Midwest Pathogend Services.  While certain states and hot-spot destinations are particularly susceptible, repeated incidents have proven that all properties are open to mold and mildew damage and related guest and employee health issues — from the West Coast to the East Coast.  Honestly, any property with a bathroom, vinyl-covered walls, any moisture accumulation can cause issues with uncontrolled environments, if not already a victim of mold and mildew and odor control issues.

In the past 18 to 24 months, hotels from Florida to California have reported mold problems, with many losing room nights and loyal guests as well as spending tens of thousands of dollars in necessary mold remediation and related demolition and renovation.

Many hotel operators have systems in place to help control mold, mildew, and odors.   However, in some cases some hotels and resorts may elect to just paint over interior drywall which traps moisture, creating a perfect growth environment for mold. Vinyl-covered walls, required by most brand standards, are even worse. The cellulose backing of the drywall, along with the mucilage (organic) glues of wallpaper, are favorite nutrients of fungus. When the AC is on, the vinyl wall covering gets cold and blocks condensation on its underside allowing moisture to accumulate and mold spores to germinate with their food supply right on site.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Molds can be found almost anywhere. They can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present.  There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth often will occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.

Additionally, It’s no secret that bad smells can damage the reputation and negatively impact a resorts bottom line. Especially in the highly competitive hospitality industry, providing outstanding service has never been more important.

This is why hotel operators like General Manager Melanie Chase Heskett of Indigo Sky Casino choose an experienced service company and the solutions provided by Midwest Pathogend Services.

The Solution

Considering these factors, the best way to begin implementing odor control at your facility is by bringing your odor control partner on-site to help determine the best solution.   Midwest Pathogend Services offers a routine service that helps augment your remediation plans.  Regardless of the source of the odor, your odor control partner will help you ensure you’re treating the odor itself versus masking it. One way to accomplish this is to use the CURIS® System.  The CURIS® Decontamination System is a portable, hydrogen peroxide-based pulsed fogging system capable of disinfecting a room or enclosed area via patented pulse technology with a measurable kill of 99.9999% on a range of pathogens. While most systems rely on dispensing chemicals and turning off once the desired time is achieved or depend on manual spraying, CURIS® goes a step further by focusing on a ‘maintained pathogen-kill zone.’ Its system is designed to reduce human error with a hands-free system for remote operation that allows the operator to monitor, manage, measure, track, and report, including the ability to quickly prove, and continuously improve, decontamination efforts.  Midwest Pathogend Services is a service provider and provides education and training on this unique technology being used by hospitality, healthcare facilities, military, transportation and more.