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Protect Your Guests from COVID-19 by Creating a Healthy Sleep Zone

Potential guests are looking to hoteliers to show them it’s safe to travel. Now more than ever it’s important for hoteliers to invest in a clean room. Hotel owners are adding plexi-glass partitions and social distancing stickers in the lobby, but the area of the hotel that guests spend more time in than any other is the hotel bed. Hotel guests sleep in bed, sometimes eat in bed, answer emails and watch tv all in their hotel bed. Protect-A-Bed® can help ensure that this sleep zone is clean and germ free.

Protect-A-Bed mattress protectors, pillow protectors, and mattress encasements feature Miracle Membrane® technology. Protect-A-Bed’s waterproof Miracle Membrane technology creates an air vapor porous barrier for mattresses and pillows that blocks viruses, allergens, dust mites, bed bugs, and moisture from penetrating the sleep surface. This allows the mattress to stay cool and clean while providing a comfortable sleep environment for your guests.

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets, so blocking any moisture, including bodily fluids, from entering the mattress and pillows will be key to ensuring that these surfaces are not contaminated. After all, you can’t put the mattress in a commercial washing machine. The Protect-A-Bed Miracle Membrane is so effective at blocking particles that it has passed independent lab tests to ensure it meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standard for viral penetration. This is the same test used on surgical gowns.

Providing your guests with the ultimate healthy sleep zone can be done in 3 easy steps:

  1. Waterproof Pillow Protectors

First, add Protect-A-Bed waterproof pillow protectors. The pillow is the area of the bed most likely to be exposed to respiratory droplets. Not only do these pillow protectors block viruses, but the moisture barrier prevents any liquid from passing through including sweat. Liquid build up in a pillow can lead to early deterioration of the fibers, so blocking that moisture extends the life of your pillow while keeping it sanitary for future guests.

  1. Waterproof Mattress Protectors

Second, cover your mattresses with a waterproof mattress protector. Protect-A-Bed offers fitted sheet style protectors that are easy to install and remove. These protectors are CDC certified to block viruses. Housekeeping can simply remove the mattress protector with the bedding after each guest checks out and wash. The viral barrier will ensure that the mattress underneath was never exposed to the virus.

  1. Mattress Encasements

Third, add a mattress encasement. Encasements should be installed once and then left on the mattress. Encasements provide the highest levels of hygiene as they completely envelope the mattress for unparalleled protection and prevention. Protect-A-Bed mattress encasements prevent bed bugs from entering your mattress, as well as dust mites, allergens, and bacteria. Protect-A-Bed’s most popular encasement, AllerZip Smooth is certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly® by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). According to AAFA Asthma affects more than 25 million Americans, so providing these guests with a healthy sleep zone free from irritants is a must.

Investing in your guests’ health and well-being will build loyalty with your guests, but it can also have a return for hoteliers too. On average one in three hotel guests eat and drink in bed. Maybe it’s their morning cup of coffee or a glass of red wine in the evening, but spills happen. Deep cleaning a mattress can be costly and labor intensive. With Protect-A-Bed housekeeping can simply remove the waterproof mattress protector and toss it in the wash. The moisture wicking fabric will absorb the spill and prevent it from staining the mattress. The protector has paid for itself in just one deep cleaning. Bed bug remediation can be extremely costly. According to Orkin, a leading pest control company, “bed bug remediation costs an average of $6,383 per incident.” If online reviews mention bed bugs after the incident, the damage to the properties reputation if can be long lasting.  A University of Kentucky survey of nearly 2,100 travelers in the United States found that a single recent review that mentions bed bugs lowers hotel room values by $38 for business travelers and $23 for leisure travelers.

Hotel guests are concerned about their health now more than ever before.  Hoteliers that are investing in their guests’ safety and well-being will win back business as consumers begin to travel again. Protect-A-Bed’s viral penetration and anti-bacterial certifications should provide hotel guests and staff with greater peace-of-mind. Protect-A-Bed can help properties provide a healthy sleep zone for their guests in just three simple steps, while saving properties money in cleanings and remediation in the long run.

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