Q. How can I permanently eliminate recurring odor in our school restrooms?
A. Foul-smelling restrooms consistently generate more complaints than any other part of the building, which is no surprise considering they’re a refuge for soils and odor-causing bacteria.
The problem begins with the fact that most traditional mop buckets contain dirty, contaminated water, which cotton mops simply spread around, leaving surfaces dirty and wet. Even the mop heads themselves are often saturated with potentially dangerous bio-pollution. Plus, the clumsy mop heads can’t penetrate tight spaces, like corners or behind commodes, allowing additional bacteria to accumulate. Ultimately, only a small portion of the soil and other contaminants is removed leaving an unhealthy breeding ground for disease- and odor-causing bacteria. If these invisible micro-organisms are not removed, they continue to build up, emitting ever-stronger smells.
No amount of “elbow grease” can alleviate the situation. The only way to eliminate the odors is to effectively remove the odor-causing bacteria and their food sources using one of several solutions available today. One fairly recent breakthrough, no-touch cleaning, combines indoor pressure washer, automated chemical metering and injection as well as a wet vacuum into a single, integrated system. They were specifically designed to remove the maximum amount of soil, bacteria and other bio-pollution. In fact, studies show that Kaivac’s No-Touch Cleaning systems are 60 times, that’s 6000%, more effective in reducing bacterial contamination on tile and grout surfaces than mops, which are more likely to spread contaminants than remove them.
The process begins by applying automatically proportioned cleaning solution to fixtures and floors in a low pressure fan spray. Next, the dirt is power rinsed with a spray of fresh water, which also flushes soils out of tight places that mops can’t reach. The operator then uses a wet vacuum equipped with a squeegee head to remove soils, moisture and bacteria from all surfaces and grout lines, leaving it virtually dry and soil free. This process not only removes odor-causing bacteria, but their food sources as well.
For small light-duty restrooms, microfiber mop systems can also be used. Microfiber pads lift and trap up to six times their weight in dirt and moisture. For best results, it’s important to use systems equipped with self-dispensing solution tanks or reservoirs so that custodians use only fresh solution. Since the pads never come in contact with the solution, it remains fresh. Simply changing to a clean microfiber pad removes the soil and eliminates any threat of cross-contamination.