A Hotel Room That Cleans Itself?
From Conde Nast Traveler
If you happen to be visiting Copenhagen, Denmark anytime soon, you should investigate the newly opened Hotel Otillia, which has rooms that clean themselves. Housed in the former Carlsberg brewing buildings, the Hotel Otillia brings self-disinfecting technology into its rooms and suites. A Teflon-like coating is sprayed onto surfaces and breaks down harmful microbes, purifies, and deodorizes the air up to one year. The main ingredient is titanium dioxide, used in sunscreens and as a food additive. You can’t see it or smell it, and it is activated by sunlight.
Not only does it eliminate odors and allergens, but the Clean Coat technology also eases the burden on the hotel cleaning staff, which doesn’t have to use and breathe in fumes from irritating cleaning chemicals. Since a lot of the cleaning is left up to the coating, the cleaning staff has time to concentrate on dusting and vacuuming. The cost of the coating comes to about $2500 per room, but cleaning labor is reduced by 50 percent and water consumption is also reduced.
This new spray coating may make cleaning times faster and possibly boost early check-ins or late check-outs, but is something that is odorless, transparent and activated by sunlight too good to be true?