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Helping end-user customers get rid of bad odors can be difficult because, as noted, foul odors can come from many different sources, says Sims.

“In order to mitigate or eliminate them, there must be an appropriate solution that is applied consistently,” he explains. “What often gets in the way is a lack of understanding of the products or methods to use. For example, degreasers are effective in removing dirt, but are not optimal odor neutralizers, so it is important to know There is also confusion between the use of air fresheners and odor neutralizers.Perfuming is effective if that is the strategy, but making a hotel lobby smell good is very different from trying to scent a hotel lobby. smelly locker room.

Sims says they take a multifaceted approach with customers, using a variety of products and technologies. Some of the tools in their arsenal include water-soluble surface sprays that, on contact, work to neutralize and encapsulate foul odors; diffusion technology that will spread across multi-sized environments, battling smelly vaporous molecules; enzyme concentrates or foams that consume odor-causing bacteria that can linger on various surfaces; and ozonation, suitable for environments where odors have not been treated long enough to be absorbed by surfaces and materials/fabrics.

For drains, Nolan advises using bio-augmenting products. These contain various forms of “good” bacteria that release enzymes to naturally break down organic matter, turning it into water and carbon dioxide (CO2).

“These are called bioenzymatic microbes; they basically break down and digest the soil in the drains, completely eliminating the source and the odor,” he explains. “The best part is that they keep working as long as there is a food source. Persistent use eliminates the potential for periodic odor encounters.

Other odor-busting tools he recommends to clients include applying alkaline cleaners which also have sanitizing/disinfecting properties. These products can be used to clean and kill odor-causing microbes. They will also emulsify fats, oils and greases that can add “fuel to odor sources,” adds Nolan.

Also assess the practical tools cleaning staff use, suggests Pawlak. If they only have dirty mops and smelly buckets at their disposal, it will be difficult to effectively treat or prevent foul odors no matter how hard they try.

She favors using a dual-bucket system because it helps minimize cross-contamination and reduces soil load more than a single bucket, she explains. The mop must be microfiber, flat on the floor and reusable/washable.

It’s essential to establish a daily schedule and a restoration schedule for deep cleaning, such as tackling grout or cleaning vents, etc., says Pawlak. How often this is needed depends on the installation and soil load, she adds. There should also be checklists, tasks should be specifically assigned, and someone should be designated to oversee the work for each shift where cleaning takes place.

Each facility has its own “unique challenges,” making it imperative that jan/san distributors tailor programs, processes and products to the specific needs of end users and staff, says Nolan, who also advises establishing an SSOP. (Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure) and a schedule to help direct daily cleaning applications and treatments.

Taking a deliberate approach can avoid a situation where haphazard cleaning practices or ineffective products are used — a problem Sims says he often encounters.

“In my 25 years in the industry, nothing fights odors more than proper cleaning and sanitizing of environments, coupled with the constant removal of the physical source of any odor-causing material,” he said.

“Our experience is that many cleaning crew members are good at cleaning and not as educated on odor control,” Sims continues. “We have seen that providing products, equipment and education on odor neutralization strategies has a big impact. Jan/san suppliers who do not specialize in odor control should seek external consultation for the best, most effective, and most environmentally friendly offerings available.

Pamela Mills-Senn is a freelance writer from Long Beach, California. She frequently contributes to Sanitary maintenance.

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