Take simple steps to ensure your workplace is odor-free. A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive revealed that retail consumers rank unpleasant odor as a top annoyance over poor customer service. It may seem like an inconsequential issue, but the fact is, unpleasant odor directly impacts customers’ perceptions of a business and prevents them from ever returning or recommending the business to others. To help combat unappealing scents in your workplace, consider the following tips:
Clear the air. Implement air fresheners to counteract odors and provide a clean scent. Select air fresheners that operate on a 24-hour basis and neutralize odor-causing bacteria rather than masking it. Choose a fragrance that complements the application and limits volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to meet environmental safety standards.
Attack odor at the source. In restrooms, use automatic flushes, automatic drips and urinal screens to eliminate odor. Automatic flushes keep toilets free of debris and work on-demand. Automatic drips neutralize odor that comes from urinals and cleans them. While some urinal screens have a scent, they also help eliminate odor caused by urine on the floor. Also, don’t forget to perform obvious odor-control tasks by taking out the trash frequently and cleaning the facility daily.
Deep clean. Beyond a daily clean, routinely deep clean floors and restrooms to extract and eliminate odor-causing contaminants. Use a high-pressure steam system to remove dirt, break down buildup, and extract all contaminants from grout lines, tile and carpets. For a restroom deep clean, scrub walls, floors, toilets, urinals, sinks, mirrors and fixtures using chemicals, agitation and extraction.
Address indoor air quality (IAQ). IAQ significantly helps provide a clean scent throughout a facility. Clean coils and change air filters in ventilation systems on a routine basis for proper circulation. Also, place mats strategically around the facility to capture contaminants and prevent them from settling into carpets or the air filtration system. Properly maintain any floor mats on a regular basis to prevent them from becoming saturated.
Partner with the right facility services provider to develop a customized odor maintenance program. Your provider should visit your facility on a regular basis to refill odor management products and ensure all units are working properly. It should also provide staff members with the tools and chemicals needed to clean and sanitize the facility every day. Trained technicians will also deep clean floors and restrooms, which is valuable for businesses that don’t have the equipment or staff required for such maintenance.
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