Bacteria-Ridden Remote Controls
Are the Likely
Pineapple Hospitality’s ZAPLEX™
disposable remote control protectors
SAINT CHARLES, MO. — FEBRUARY 27, 2007 — University of Arizona microbiology professor Chuck Gerba, aka “Dr. Germ,” recently conducted a study that found TV remote controls are the highest carrier of bacteria in hospital rooms — even more so than toilet bowl handles, bathroom doors and nurse call buttons.
“Remote controls have three times greater levels of bacteria than any other site in hospital rooms,” Gerba said. “While they are not hospitals, I suspect hotels also suffer a bit from bacteria transfer via remote controls. Remote control protectors sound like they might be a good idea — especially since common colds, flu’s and MRSAs (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus strains) can survive on surfaces such as remote controls for up to three days.”
“We’re taking back our hotel rooms and are making it safe to channel surf on the road,” said Ray Burger, president of St. Charles-based Pineapple Hospitality, exclusive distributor of ZAPLEX™ plastic disposable remote control protectors.
ZAPLEX™ remote control protectors are the sanitary solution to remote control-transferred germs in hotel rooms. The low-cost, disposable plastic covers also help properties prevent the loss of remote control battery compartment covers and batteries.
“With today’s increasingly germ-conscious and germ-prone guests, and the proliferation of new diseases almost every day, it just makes sense to offer added protection for customers … and for your property as well in the end,” Burger said. “The in-room remote control — usually the first, last and most touched item in any hotel room — no longer has to be a bridge to bacteria.”
Following are just a few of the features of Pineapple Hospitality’s ZAPLEX™ remote control protectors:
“Lack of awareness about where germs lurk is a real health problem because people touch these objects and 80 percent of infections are spread through hand contact,” said Gerba, who notes that while 95 percent of people say they wash their hands after using a public restroom, only 67 percent actually do — and only 33 percent use soap!
In the first half of 2006 alone, 273 new antibacterial products were introduced into the marketplace, according to Mintel, a Chicago-based market research organization.
“Almost everyone’s concerned about catching germs these days — and for good reason because we have so many MRSAs and vaccine-resistant flu strains,” Burger said. “Smart businesses are taking noticing and doing their small parts to help quell some of their customers’ health vulnerabilities.
“For example, many grocery stores now provide antibacterial wipes in their entryways so shoppers can wipe off grocery carts prior to hands on them,” Burger added. “Our ZAPLEX™ disposable remote control protectors are wanted and need. They’ll help keep your guests coming back — happily and healthily.”
About Pineapple Hospitality
Headquartered in Saint Charles, Mo., Pineapple Hospitality™ is an EPA Energy StarTM partner bringing fresh ideas to hospitality guests’ doors and owner/operators’ bottom lines — including FreshStay® (www.FreshStay.com), Environmentally Sensitive Amenities™, the greenSPA™ luxury amenity and dispenser system, energy-efficient lighting, Guestat™ programmable thermostats, Oxygenic™ water-efficient showerheads, the Nature’s Mist™ deodorization system, and dozens of other products/programs and ZAPLEXTM remote control protectors. To get a taste of Pineapple’s sweet solutions helping thousands of hotels bolster business and cut costs, visit www.pineapplehospitality.net or call Ray Burger at 636-922-2285.
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