Houston Westin uses robots to sanitize guestrooms, common areas

The Westin Houston Medical Center is using two disinfecting robots to clean its guestrooms and common spaces. Photo credit: The Westin Houston Medical Center

With the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States climbing, The Westin Houston Medical Center is using LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots to sanitize and disinfect guestrooms and common areas.

The technology, provided by San Antonio-based Xenex Disinfection Services, was developed by two epidemiologists. Today, hundreds of healthcare facilities use LightStrike robots as part of their infection-prevention programs. The Westin Houston Medical Center has purchased two of the robots.

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The LightStrike robots use intense germicidal ultraviolet light to disinfect rooms by killing bacteria and viruses that may be missed during the manual cleaning process. Hotel staff operate the machines.

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"We are taking significant proactive measures, along with following [Centers of Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines to minimize risk while also keeping day-to-day business momentum," Archit Sanghvi, VP of operations for Pearl Hospitality, the hotel's owner and operator, said in a statement. "Wellness is at the core of our business and with the LightStrike technology, we saw a distinct and innovative opportunity to create a well-prepared environment for travelers within our hotel."

In addition to using the disinfecting robots, the 273-room Westin Houston Medical Center implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols including:

  • Disinfecting all public areas and guestrooms using hospital-grade cleaner (Ecolab's TB Disinfectant Cleaner).
  • Disinfecting all guestroom consumable amenities (bath amenities, coffee and tea) and items such as the remote control and placing them in sealed bags for guests.
  • Removing all nonessential items in guestrooms, including magazines, collateral and decorative pillows
  • Dedicating a team member to use enhanced sanitization methods on all guest-facing public areas for 24-hour coverage.

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