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    Company debuts first hypoallergenic hotel rooms

    Months ahead of Hotel Designs putting accessibility under the spotlight in a panel discussion at Hotel Summit, Room To Breathe has given the industry a sigh of relief by unveiling a six-step hypoallergenic process of cleansing air in hotel rooms… 

    Regardless of size and status, all hotels with any sense will be putting in place harder measures around cleaning protocols in both the guestrooms and public areas.

    The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is putting a burden on hotel owners and exposing those who are falling below the increased standards that consumers expect. As the pressure grows, the industry is in demand for a reliable solutions to cleanse the air in hotel rooms.

    Cue the arrival of Glasgow business Room To Breathe, which Hotel Designs welcomed a Recommended Supplier last week as the company is transforming the hotel industry by launching the first hypoallergenic room.

    With more  than two in five British adults suffering from allergies – and children being at greatest risk  of developing them – Room to Breathe looks to combine new and innovative technologies to offer a cleaner, less toxic, safer alternative to regular hotel rooms.

    Man steam cleaning a curtain in a hotel

    Image credit: Room To Breathe

    “Room To Breathe have worked to create a new specialised six-step process of cleaning hotel rooms, including air purification, antimicrobial protective coatings to all surfaces and hypoallergenic bedding.”

    The idea was the brainchild of Gordon Bruce, director of Insite Specialist Services. “So many people think that just a microfiber mattress cover and a good old fashioned hoover make a room hypoallergenic,” he told Hotel Designs. “But that’s just not true. You can’t exactly take your hypoallergenic pillows and air purifiers with you whenever you travel, and it means allergy sufferers end up with a stuffy nose and red eyes on holiday or on a business trip – not ideal.

    “Working at construction services company Insite Group, I thought there must be a better way: and that’s how Room To Breathe came to be.”

    Room To Breathe have worked to create a new specialised six-step process of cleaning hotel rooms, including air purification, antimicrobial protective coatings to all surfaces and hypoallergenic bedding. Their allergy friendly solution uses only non-biological cleaning products and environmentally friendly processes, removing up to 99.99 per cent of allergens, mould, germs, influenza, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and odours.

    Technology originally developed by NASA is used to remove bacteria, mould and compounds from the room, before an innovative UV technology is applied to rid surfaces and textiles of micro-organisms. An environmentally and allergy friendly antimicrobial surface coating is then applied to all hard and soft surfaces in the room, alongside a dust mite and bed bug treatment. A technologically advanced Air Purification system and hypoallergenic bed protectors are the final touches to create a fully hypoallergenic room.

    Having perfected its innovative technique, the new company is now beginning the process of finding its first hotel partners, driving the next evolution in travel wellbeing.

    Main image credit: Room To Breathe

    Hamish Kilburn / 16.03.2020

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