If you ask someone about the cleanliness of your building as a whole, their opinion will likely be formed not by the entrance, but by the state of your bathrooms. It may be easy to make your bathroom visually acceptable, but in this critical room, the nose knows more than any other sense if it’s clean or not. Unfortunately, it is common for high-traffic restrooms to have chronic odor issues that coverup solutions like air fresheners can’t help, and the solution has to be an ongoing one. Your Irvine Janitorial Service needs to be up to the challenge of tackling the number of reasons, many obvious, and some not-so-obvious, as to why a restroom is on the stinky side. Let’s look closer:
Getting to the Bottom of Chronic Odors
Some bathrooms tend to smell bad, no matter what time of the day you use them. It may seem that nothing can be done to restore these bathrooms to their…prelapsarian state. But that’s not true. If your bathroom is stinky, even after cleaning, then the odds are, it has been cleaned poorly, or incompletely, to some degree.
Certain areas that get passed over in the cleaning cycle will eventually develop a continual scent presence in the room. Here are a few of the most common contributors to chronic bad odor:
- Grout: The textured surface of grouts can be especially receptive to odor-causing buildup. It doesn’t need to be cleaned every day, but once in a while, a detailed grout cleaning is necessary.
- Walls and floors around toilets and urinals will start smelling pretty quickly, and should be cleaned well every time the bathroom gets attention.
- Inside the toilets & urinals: these hidden surfaces, predictably, will collect odor-causing bacteria, and need to be cleaned regularly with an appropriate disinfecting product.
- Floor drain: An often-overlooked odor source is the floor drain, which can harbor bacteria if not given a regular disinfecting.
- Waste receptacles: even if the liner gets changed out, the bins throughout the bathroom can promote bacteria. Be sure that they aren’t overlooked for long!
- Finally, be sure that the fixtures are in top working order. A urinal that isn’t flushing properly, a toilet that has a crack, and other such issues can contribute to the stink. Replacing these items is part of the odor control efforts.
The methods and products used to clean these nasty areas might differ from place to place, but there is a right and a wrong way. Be effective, and be consistent. A degree of top-down knowledge and guidance of the area cleaning will be essential to making sure that the proper tools and cleaners are used, and that the proper regimen is begun and maintained. Make sure your Irvine Janitorial Service is up to the task of regularly battling these causes of chronic odor.