According to a recent study from Cornell University’s Center for Hospitality Research (CHR), a hotel’s online reputation directly affects its occupancy levels and RevPAR (revenue per available room). To help hotels achieve higher customer satisfaction levels and a more positive online reputation, hotel guru Anthony Melchiorri and Cintas Corporation teamed up to announce four best practices regarding hotel image, cleanliness, guest safety and security.

“The best practices I’ve developed with Cintas serve as a framework for any hotel, ranging from a small, family-owned property to a five-star luxury resort,” explained Melchiorri. “By following the four pillars of image, cleanliness, safety and security, hoteliers can improve the guest experience, earn more positive reviews and increase profitability.”

Four recommended best practices are:

1. Promote image
One of the most effective ways hoteliers can enhance the atmosphere and customer service is through employee uniforms. This includes providing employees with uniforms that are functional, stylish and comfortable, and also teaching them how to properly care for the garments to maintain a professional look at all times. When employees look their best, they will feel their best and are able to more confidently and efficiently deliver outstanding guest experiences.

2. Increase cleanliness
A clean, odor-free hotel is a basic, yet critical way to provide an exceptional stay for guests. Ensure that guest rooms and common areas are clean by practicing proper tile and carpet deep cleaning. For the best results, confirm that equipment is Platinum-certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and incorporates a combination of steam, agitation and extraction to ensure the highest level of cleaning efficacy. In addition, it’s important to routinely deep clean air conditioning (A/C) coil units to improve indoor air quality and remove unpleasant odors from guest rooms.

3. Encourage safety
One misstep from hotel management to ensure guest safety during an emergency can cause a whirlwind of negative reviews and a damaged reputation. Ensure that guest safety is top of mind by equipping the hotel with up-to-date fire extinguishers, fire and smoke alarm systems, emergency lights and illuminated exit signs. For additional peace of mind, hold fire safety training sessions for employees and make sure detailed emergency evacuation procedures are outlined and displayed throughout the property.

4. Maintain security
Each day, a hotel collects an extensive amount of sensitive and confidential guest information through bookings, loyalty programs and on-site purchases. Ensure that guests’ personal information remains secure by properly shredding sensitive documents. That way hotels can prevent guest information from ending up in the wrong hands.

“Although these are simple practices, when overlooked, they can prove detrimental to the hotel’s quality of service and reputation,” said Melchiorri. “Hotels that are dedicated to these four pillars can improve their operations and brand and drive more repeat business.”

Melchiorri, also known as the “hotel fixer,” has more than 20 years of industry experience and has transformed several properties across the U.S. As the host of his own show, Melchiorri now applies his expertise and knowledge to turn struggling hotels into profitable establishments.