Cleaning - Gloves Required?

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We've always provided our housekeepers with gloves and required them to use them.  Our new housekeeper said she never has even at two major hotels here in the area but my husband insisted that she wear them.  We just found that she's hasn't been using them and actually hid the box in our pump room.  Do you require your housekeepers to wear gloves.  I can't imagine anyone not wanting to wear them to clean toilets, etc. but apparently she just doesn't like them.  I think it's necessary to keep germs from spreading from one guest room to another.  Thoughts?

 

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We've never used them, wash hands a lot.

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Highlands John wrote:

We've never used them, wash hands a lot.

Biggest mistake I made...well, one of several...is not putting a handwashing sink in the laundry/supply room. We're constantly washing our hands in the guest bathrooms, then having to dry the sink again so there are no water spots left.

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Don't use gloves. I wash my hands often. And the housekeeper washes their hands often. Some have worn them, but it is their choice.

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We provide gloves and leave it to the housekeepers to decide if they want to use them. 

Me? When I'm stripping rooms I almost always wear them. 

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My dishwasher wore gloves - damn! I miss my dishwasher - to protect hands from the water & bleach (third rinse id bleach water).

My housekeeper does not like gloves - hot and cannot "feel" things. I am smart enough to wash hands often and have liners in all the trash baskets.

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First, let me say that we're talking about needing "kitchen-clean" sanitation, not surgical suite sterility.

I have 4 part-time housekeepers. I leave it up to them to decide. Two use gloves, two don't. 

If you're wearing the thick, tough gloves dishwashers use, those would offer decent protection, but at the cost of wearing hot, uncomfortable gloves that steal some of your dexterity.

If you're wearing thin "examination gloves" like they use at the doctor's office, skin is better than those as far as protection. Skin is tougher, less likely to tear. Anything that would cut your hand is going to cut through an exam glove first anyway. 

Of course, if there's a cut on the skin that could let germs in, exam gloves would offer some protection.

As mentioned above, as far as transferring germs room-to-room, hand washing is as important as changing gloves. So, since you have to do both anyway, I think it's cheaper to forget the gloves and just scrub those hands well. But I leave that decision up to the worker.

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Our health department approach is about washing hands properly between handling clean and dirty items, gloves or hand sanitizer don't replace a good hand washing in their view. Seems like if you are providing gloves for use then you are at least tyying to protect your housekeeper, looking out for her interest even if she doesn't use the gloves.

My housekeeper for the last 57 years doesn't like gloves either Smiling

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We don't use glove here unless something is particularly unpleasant.

 

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