Controlling odors in and around a facility is a common problem for most cleaning professionals. Odors can lurk in many places: carpets, restrooms, dumpsters, and more. The best way to eliminate odors is to understand the cause of the smell. Once you identify the problem, consult this list of solutions to control the offending odors.
- Carpet odor stemming from a food source, vomit, or urine should be approached with a carpet sanitizer.
- Using an extractor to kill the odor source is recommended. If you can still smell the odor after thoroughly rinsing the carpet, follow up with an enzyme product.
- After extracting the carpet, use a carpet fan, not a box fan. It dries carpet faster. Be sure your carpet is dry in 24 hours, or there is a risk of mold bloom.
- Pet odors can linger in carpets. Enzymatic digesters will get to the source, killing the odor and not just covering it up.
- In restrooms, urine is often the source of odor. Disinfectants will not impact urine that has dried. If urine odor is present, use an enzyme. If you are using an enzyme, do not use a disinfectant in the same area. Disinfectants destroy the enzymes before they are able to digest the bacteria.
- Check the floor drains, a common source of the odor. If the trap in a floor drain dries out, it will emit sewer gas. Use a drain cleaner, enzyme, or water to keep drains odor-free.
- Don’t forget to clean often missed spots. The base of toilets, under urinals, urinal throats, partitions, and walls are often overlooked. Ceilings should be cleaned once or twice a year.
- While it doesn’t replace a good cleaning program, adding an air care unit to help with transient odors will add to a pleasant restroom experience.
OTHER BUILDING LOCATIONS
- Janitor closets can omit odors. Keep a tidy closet! After use, rinse mops with clean water and hang to dry. Empty and rinse mop buckets. Clean, empty, and air out recovery tanks on equipment.
- Inadequate ventilation can be cause challenges. If possible, open windows or clean air vents to improve air quality
- Is the odor coming from the dumpster area or wastebaskets? There are several products made specifically for this application.
If you need more information on a specific odor or area, please contact your Imperial Dade Sales Consultant. A good daily cleaning routine will keep odor problems to a minimum! Visit https://imperialdade.com/Locations to find a location near you.
By Jameka Carter
The encapsulation cleaning method has been around for over two decades, but over the years it has gained a lot of attention in the carpet cleaning industry. In fact, nearly every cleaning company offers some variation of encapsulation solutions.
Some encapsulation methods involve sprinkling a dry powder over the carpet; however, today’s better-quality encapsulation detergents are built with a crystallizing polymer that immediately surrounds or “encapsulates” the soil particles. After the carpet dries, the encapsulated soil can be removed from the carpet during the post-vacuuming process.
The AirX RX82 Soil Resistant Carpet Cleaner brings the most advanced technology to encapsulation carpet care. It has a completely neutral pH yet cleans better than other carpet solutions. It dries faster, contains AIRICIDE Odor Counteractant, and leaves no sticky residue to cause resoiling.
The encapsulation method has many benefits that carpet cleaning techs and cleaning professionals should be aware of.
If you have not yet become acquainted, here are 10 benefits of using the encapsulation method:
- It improves the overall appearance of carpet on a day-to-day basis.
- It is considered a very low moisture (VLM) carpet cleaning method that allows carpet fibers to dry in an hour or less, meaning that facilities will experience less downtime and cleaning staff can work efficiently and quickly over large areas.
- The equipment costs considerably less than that used for extraction.
- When charging by the square foot, the encapsulation method can be very profitable because more carpet is cleaned in a shorter period.
- Unlike extractors, there is no risk of the carpet loosening from the floor when cleaning tiles or glued carpet.
- Carpet extraction uses about 20 gallons of water to clean 1,000 square feet; encapsulation uses about four or less.
- Encapsulation avoids the possibility of wicking or resoiling. This occurs when soils remaining at the bottom of the carpet fibers travel up to the visible surface and make the stain reappear.
- Minimal training is required compared to using a carpet extractor.
- Soil recovered using an encapsulation system typically is collected by a vacuum cleaner; using the extraction methods, gallons of soiled water are discharged into sewers.
- It keeps the carpet cleaner for longer periods of time, allowing facilities to prolong the time between deep cleanings.
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