The art of a clean smelling toilet starts with the clean. Identifying the source of a bad smell can sometimes be very obvious, but when deciding on how you want your toilets to smell there are a lot of factors you have to consider.
I will cover some of them here but please, post specific questions if you have them.
Customer profile – male, female, adult, child or all?
Knowing the profile of the people that use your toilets will go a long way towards helping plan on how to keep the toilets smelling fresh. The profile can impact on how often the toilets are cleaned, but the composition of the toilet surfaces will have as much impact.
Age of the toilets
The older the facilities the more likely they are to smell. Pipes leak, tiles crack, etc and these little things can create the opportunity for damp or algae and these can make toilets smell.
The fabric of the building
Tiles are great, but grout is not and then add in all the other surfaces in the washroom. Most of these will require a different cleaning product – a toilet uses a more abrasive cleaning agent than a mirror does for example. Add into this the organic matters that will be present in the washroom and that makes a lot of components that can combine to make a toilet ‘smell’.
The cleaning regime
Most commercial toilets are cleaned once a day. Admittedly, many businesses now ‘check’ the toilets and have a dandy little signature sheet on the back of the door. There is no guidance here on how often your toilets need cleaned but common sense should prevail. I would recommend Delphis Eco cleaning products (www.delphiseco.com). Personally, the smell of pine disinfectant or bleach fills me with dread and I find these mask smells and perhaps are hiding the issue.. By using a non or light fragranced smelling product you know when you have a problem.
Bacteria needs wet, dark and warm. Many washrooms are wet and dark so by restricting the heat in a toilet you can reduce bacterial growth. Turn radiators down and keep your toilet temperature a degree or two below your office temperature where possible.
Dripping taps not only waste water but help increase the humidity in a washroom which encourages algae growth. A broken toilet seat is more difficult to clean. If your office printer was broken you’d get it fixed very quickly – the same should apply to a broken toilet seat.
These ideas are somewhere to start if your toilet is smelly, but if you need more advice just give us a call at Caledonian Washroooms – after all our motto is “If your Toilets Smell, give us a Bell”