After hours of defensive driving on the interstate, it might seem like a weary traveler should be able just open up the motel room door with the plastic keycard... and relax.
But don't let down your guard just yet, as the sanitary enjoyment of your motel room requires a few steps that will ensure that your time - in a space that literally thousands of other humans have used - is well spent.
First of all, look around you at the four walls, the carpet, and the ceiling.
It's hard to believe - or even imagine - all the different people that have called that space - and all the surfaces in it - a home away from home for hours or days, isn't it?
Two simple procedures will help you to eliminate some unexpected hazards for modern explorers.
Remove the comforter from the bed and throw it on the floor
Why? Naked people sit on it and it is never washed.
Think- what object has every other user of the motel room touched, but has never once been cleaned?
That's right- the remote control to the TV.
Locate the remote control on top of the TV set or bedside table, but for gods sake do not touch it.
Go over to the wastebasket and remove the (clean) plastic trash sack liner that you will find there.
Use a coat hanger or your elbow to knock the remote control inside the plastic trash sack.
Now you have a means of safe and sanitary handling of the remote control with no direct contact of its germ-infested surface.
Feel free to relax and watch television in your very own (at least for now) roadside sanctuary.
But in the name of all things holy, DO NOT EVEN THINK of taking a bath.