Tabletop Disinfection for COVID-19 in Hotels/Motels


Posted on Wednesday 6th January 2021
Tabletop Disinfection for COVID-19 in Hotels/Motels


Dining typically involves opening your mouth, unless you need to eat from a straw, which is an added problem beyond COVID-19. It’s hard to wear a mask and social distance for those who work at or are staying in a hotel/motel. Laughing, sneezing, or even breathing can spread COVID-19 to fellow guests or staff members at a table or adjacent tables. This is particularly the case with people that are asymptomatic.  This makes “dining” an activity that warrants ACUTE disinfection. 

Purge Virus’ disinfection device solution was initially developed for countertops and wall mounting, both of which are typically near wall outlets. This tabletop disinfection solution incorporates a rechargeable battery. 

Dining impact of COVID-19:

According to the CDC Report on September 11, 2020, “Adults with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than were those with negative SARS-CoV-2 test results.” Full Report

The New York Times reported on April 20, 2020, “In January, at a restaurant in Guangzhou, China, one diner infected with the novel coronavirus but not yet feeling sick appeared to have spread the disease to nine other people. One of the restaurant’s air-conditioners apparently blew the virus particles around the dining room.” Full Article

Areas of Focus:RestaurantsSchool CafeteriasMilitary and Prison Dining AreasEvents (Weddings, Banquets, Conferences)

SOLUTION: Portable tabletop disinfection that integrates ultraviolet (UVC) light with photoplasma to purge COVID-19 in seconds not minutes. It is less than 12” across and less than 9” tall, so it does not block conversations across tables.  To learn more, see the third-party Test Report information from December 2020, the Disinfection Device Video, and the Specification Sheet.

If you do not have a battery for the table, we have done the research and found that GOAL ZERO has a rechargeable one that works well.  Order the battery here.

If you would like to put a “top” across a pair of the devices for tables that seat more than 4 people, we have found that home improvement stores (e.g. Home Depot) and craft supply stores (e.g. Michael’s) have many great choices that range from 12″ x 12″ to larger sizes in wood, tile, stone, plexiglass, etc.

For facilities with an average air circulation of 4 air changes per hour (AHC), the PR30 devices cover up to 415 square feet. This is particularly relevant for hotels and motels that may have about 1,600 sq ft of dining areas. 4 devices will disinfect the air across the tables that are near the placement of the device.

Tabletop Disinfection PATENT: Our patent submission with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on October 15, 2020 is still pending and under development to integrate the battery with the most appropriate disinfection technology. This combination of existing technology and the battery is a bridge to future tabletop disinfection devices. As battery technology improves, we also hope to reduce the overall size of the combined solution. Given that COVID-19 persists, we recommend using the combination during the pandemic.

The cost of each disinfection device is $450 and the battery is $200 for a total of $650 per table. If you choose the dual disinfection, then the total technology cost increases to $1,100 per table. There are rechargeable batteries on the market other than the one referenced here, but be sure to check the wattage capacity and amperage to ensure adequate power and longevity between nightly charging.

For more information on COVID-19 in hotels/motels, see: Motels are having a moment. It’s a coronavirus thing

“After many years of being looked down on, motels are getting new respect in the era of social distancing.

Guests at open-corridor inns may come and go without passing through crowded lobbies, packed elevators or enclosed hallways where viruses may linger.

‘In outdoor corridors, people feel safe,’ said Mike Riverside of the Asian American Hotel Owners Assn. ‘People can go directly to their rooms’ and potentially reduce exposure to the coronavirus.

Outdoor-facing, low-rise motels and hotels also stand to benefit from being typically reached by car, unlike big resorts and urban hotels that rely on air travel to deliver most guests. With many still apprehensive about flying, drive-to destinations are widely expected to be the first beneficiaries of the gradual return of pleasure jaunts away from home.

‘There is pent-up demand for leisure travel and nobody is too excited to share an elevator,’ said Patrick Scholes, an analyst who follows the lodging and leisure industries for investment bank SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. ‘For the moment, it definitely does give you an advantage’ to have outdoor corridors in your hotel.”

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