New Delhi: A thoroughly clean room is essential for a good hotel experience. By stepping into Copenhagen’s newly-opened Hotel Ottilia, you would get yourself a room that disinfects itself fully every morning without even you making a call to housekeeping. The hotel has tied up with Danish company ACT Global to use its proprietary ACT CleanCoat technology, which is activated by sunlight.
The 155-room hotel is one of the first to adopt self-cleaning technology using ACT CleanCoat, an invisible odourless coating that disinfects surfaces and makes sure the bacterial level is low.
Titanium dioxide, also found in sunscreen, is the primary ingredient used in the system. The antibacterial spray used breaks down microbes ranging from mold spores and allergens to influenza and salmonella. The same has been ascertained during tests conducted by research organisations like the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Denmark.
Life of staff made easier
“We’ve been testing this system for two years,” says Karim Nielsen, chief executive officer of Brockner Hotels, the Ottilia’s parent company. “What really sold us on it was that it would make life so much easier for our staff.”
What’s more is that the spray removes contaminants like cigarette smoke, with the capability to purify the air in a hotel room for up to a year.
An expensive affair
Nielsen estimates that each room costs US$ 2,500 to cover with CleanCoat. “The technology is expensive,” he says, “but we’ve reduced the labour load by 50 percent. It’s giving our staff a much easier day and reducing our water consumption.”
However, the technology helps trim down maintenance expenses. “Since we no longer use chemicals to clean, we’re never spilling [bleach] on carpets.”