Restroom Odor Control: The Most Effective Methods
Restrooms are among the toughest areas to keep fresh and odor free, and the reasons for this might surprise you. Scrubbing more frequently and using air fresheners aren't the answer and can even make the problem worse. Traditional mops and rags spread more germs around than they pick up, and restroom odor control depends on removing the bacteria that live on restroom floors and other surfaces. Your restroom may look clean, but if you don't clean it the correct way, the odor will continue to grow and offend customers.
Causes of Restroom Odor
Restroom odor needs three things to thrive: humidity, warmth, and a medium in which bacteria can grow. The first two variables are often out of your hands, so controlling the third is the key to restroom odor control.
In most restrooms, the most common source of odor is urine. Odor-causing bacteria use urine as a food source. The more the bacteria feed and grow, the worse the odor gets. There don't have to be large puddles on the floor for this to happen. Tiny droplets are released into the air every time a toilet is flushed, and backpacks and shoes can spread the droplets simply by sliding or dragging over surfaces. The urine builds up over time, especially in grout in the cracks between floor tiles. As long as small urine droplets remain between the tiles, you'll always have an odor problem in your restroom.
Another cause for restroom odor is the floor drain. The drain trap underneath the floor is designed to hold water at all times. If the water in the drain trap dries out, sewer gas can escape, causing foul bathroom odors. Luckily, this problem is simple to solve: set up a schedule to make sure your employees pour a cup of plain, cool water down the floor drain every two weeks. This will fill the trap and prevent sewer gas from escaping.
Cleaning Floor Grout
Traditional mops and buckets don't remove most of the urine between tiles on the floor. Once a mop is contaminated with bacteria, it simply spreads the problem around, making it worse rather than better. The best way to remove the largest amount of bacteria is by using a No-Touch Cleaning system. The Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning system is quick to use and simple for employees to learn. Cleaning solution is sprayed on walls, fixtures, and floors in low pressure. Then they are rinsed in high pressure mode with fresh water. Finally, a vacuum system removes all the liquid and contaminants from the floors. The vacuum system cleans the grout better than mops or squeegees, leaving the restroom cleaner and fresher smelling.
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