Smelly Offices: Ewww, What’s That Stench

August 18, 2017

How does your office smell? It may sound like a silly question, but a Smelly Office can offend a potential customer and annoy your employees.

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Using fragrances in your office is not a bad thing. It can be helpful in odor control especially in kitchen and bathroom spaces. One favorite scent that many facilities use is lavender. People simply like nice smells “fragrances.” Combining a bad smell with a good smell doesn’t make things better, it just masks and complicates the problem.

What is the key to offending odors? It could be several factors. But the root of most offending odor problems is lack of cleaning. When it comes to odor management using scented products to control the odor is not the correct answer.

Odor control starts with regular cleaning. The first step is developing a routine where everything in your building especially the kitchen and bathrooms are cleaned on a regular basis. Depending on the volume of traffic you may need to clean your bathrooms 2-3 times per day to keep odors in check.

Don’t wait for problems to arise in your facility. It takes a team to make sure problems are handled quickly and efficiently. The question arises then, how often should I clean my bathrooms?

Every business is complex and has its own unique set of needs. The first step is determining the volume of traffic you in certain areas of your office. The appearance of your office will affect your employees and your customers. Here are some aspects to consider when developing a cleaning schedule:

  1. How big is the building?
  2. How many employees do you have?
  3. Which bathrooms, doors get used most often?
  4. How many bathrooms are there?
  5. How many kitchens do you have?
  6. Which kitchen gets used the most?
  7. Does your business operate 24/7 or just 9am-5pm?

Some of the daily tasks can be taken care of immediately by the employees that are present each day. Basic cleaning up after themselves will help to reduce offending odors before they start. Here are some tips:

  1. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink. Wash them after they use them. It takes 2 minutes!
  2. If the trash stinks, empty it and put a new liner in the trash Don’t wait until the end of the day.
  3. If you make a mess in the bathroom, clean it up and don’t leave it for the next person.

When you go to hire a professional cleaning company, point out to them the areas of your office that are smelly and need extra attention each day. Work with the cleaning company to develop a consistent schedule in cleaning your facility. Cleaning is the best approach to combatting smelly offices. Remember: Don’t mask the smell with excessive fragarances.

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