‘Disinfection Rooms’ Become Trending Luxury Amenity

October 2, 2020

A sanitizing butler and UV robots are helping to take cleanliness to a new level in the home. Mudrooms are being rebranded as “disinfection rooms,” Forbes.com reports. Homeowners and their guests are using these newly defined spaces to help remove the spread of germs inside their homes.

What does a “disinfection room” contain? Hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations, and some owners are also adding machines that cover your shoes with temporary shoe covers, along with gowns to wear over your clothes. Copper-based metals—including brass—are being used within the design for their self-sterilizing powers. Copper ions are natural antimicrobials that destroy viruses and bacteria. Read more: Why Copper May Become Your Favorite Metal in the Pandemic

Apartment buildings are jumping on the “disinfection” trend to keep residents safer during the pandemic and to help prevent the spread of germs among residents and guests. For example, they’re turning to COVID-19-killing robots—devices that use UV-C lights to kill germs in common areas, such as elevators and package rooms, and even in some personal residences (upon request). The robots can cost about $125,000 each. Also, the UV light must come into contact with the specific surface to kill viruses and bacteria.

The Continuum on South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla., has taken several actions to increase disinfection in its apartment building. For example, it's offering a sanitizing butler to disinfect beachfront furniture and table surfaces after each use. The butler can disinfect lounge chair cushions using a special sanitizing formula. The Continuum is also requiring residents to book appointments to use its workout facility. Between appointments, staff ensures the gym is disinfected before the next guest arrives. Also, all guests must have their temperature taken at an automated health kiosk before they can enter the building. The building also uses wands that can emit UV-C light for cleaning.

Multifamily buildings are now being built with disinfection in mind. For example, the Legacy Hotel & Residence at Miami Worldcenter—a 55-story, $500 million tower—will include “several touchless technologies, antimicrobial materials, hospital-grade air purification, and filtration systems throughout,” the developer told Forbes.com. It’ll also include a 100,000-square-foot medical center.