3 Products To Prevent Foul Public Restroom Odors

Dirty public restrooms can leave a lasting negative impression on the people that enter your building.

In fact, about 47% of people are led to believe a business doesn’t care about its customers when they see an unclean restroom. 

If your guests encounter restrooms that have a foul odor, there’s a high chance that they’ll immediately turn around and leave. 

While some of your customers may make a complaint with your staff, others may go so far as to leave a poor review of your facilities, which can affect the way your building is viewed.

To avoid this, you and your cleaning staff should make sure that your restroom remains clean and maintains a fresh smell.

In this article, we’ll cover some of the different types of restroom odor control solutions that can help keep your commercial restrooms smelling fresh.

How Do You Keep Your Public Restroom From Smelling?

The first, and probably most obvious thing to do is to clean your commercial restroom regularly. A regular cleaning schedule will help reduce the risk of the people in your building encountering a dirty restroom.

The second thing your business can do is make sure that your public restroom consistently smells good. There are a variety of odor-control solutions available to use, like:

  • Urinal Screens
  • Active Odor Control Systems
  • Fragranced Cleaner And Deodorizer
  • And More

Urinal Screens

Grout and any cracks in your floors are moist, dark, and hard to clean, making it the perfect breeding ground for bacteria from urine and other soils. 

When occupants and guests use the restroom urine splashes from the toilets and urinals, seeping into the grout and other cracks. 

If removing the bacteria from these areas wasn’t tough enough already, the trapped bacteria from urine and other contaminants is the main cause of restroom odors.  

It can also lead to floor damage, dirty appearance, and an overall unsanitary environment.

Urinal screens are designed to reduce the chance of splashback when your urinals are used by your guests, protecting your floors and reducing odors. Uric acid can also seep into the grout and through any cracks in your floors. 

A fragrant urinal screen, like the Wave 3D, can be used to minimize the risk of urine splashing to floors, reducing the risk of odors, bacteria growth, and other related issues. 

Active Odor Control Systems

An odor control system that constantly releases fragrance in your restroom is an essential part of preventing foul odors.

Active odor control systems are designed to deliver scents into the air at regular intervals in order to combat any foul odors in your restroom. 

These systems can be used to treat all of the air in an area, as opposed to passive odor control systems which use air passing to release the scent. 

In most cases, you should use a combination of active and passive systems to combat and control the odors in your restroom. 

Systems, like the Fresh Products™ ourfresh, come with different fragrance options that can be matched to the different types of odor control products you have in your restroom. 

The variety of scents will allow you to choose the best fragrance option that best meets the needs of your commercial restroom. Depending on the odors you are combatting, you may want to choose a stronger or more neutral fragrance for your restroom.

The ourfresh active air freshener is a dry fragrance system that provides consistent public restroom odor control for up to 30 days. 

The Fresh Products™ ourfresh uses a fan to release the right amount of product during use.

These odor control systems can be placed near the sink or mounted on a wall to provide a pleasant experience for your guests as they enter the stalls.

Multi-Purpose Cleaner Concentrate

The products you use to clean your commercial restroom can also play a role in how it smells. Not only will the right cleaning chemical be successful in removing odor-causing bacteria, but it can also leave behind a pleasant scent.

Janitorial products that clean without removing the source of odors will lead to lingering odors in your restroom.

The lingering smell is usually urine that has seeped into the floor and cannot be reached by regular restroom cleaners. 

Bio-active concentrates are a cleaning chemical filled with bacteria that will break down the bacteria that cause restroom odors and penetrate the surface to remove stubborn urine residue.

The Fresh Products™ BioConqueror 105 is a bio-active concentrate that consumes urine and waste that has settled on the floor and other surfaces.

The Bio-Conqueror 105 can be diluted for use on your floors with a mop or auto scrubber, in your toilets, and on various surfaces to provide a deep clean of your restroom.

This product is available in a variety of fragrances that can be matched with the existing scents in your public restroom to leave a desirable smell in your restroom after cleaning.

You will want to make sure to use the same scent throughout your entire restroom because having too many different scents can be overwhelming for your guests. 

Final Thoughts

Controlling the presence of odors in your restroom is an important part of making sure that your guests are satisfied with their experience in your facility.

Using a combination of urinal screens, active odor control systems, and fragranced cleaning chemicals can help eliminate odors in your restroom and even keep them from returning.

These products target and treat the cause of odors that can affect how your guess perceives your facility’s cleanliness.

For more information on how these products can help create a clean, good-smelling commercial restroom for your business, contact an Imperial Dade sales consultant today!

We service businesses located in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Canada. Our specialists can set up a restroom consultation to help match your business with the right products for your unique needs.

Hand Hygiene – An Important Way to Beat COVID-19, the Flu, and Other Illnesses

If we have learned anything from our experience with COVID-19, we know that we are supposed to wash our hands.  Study after study shows that proper hand hygiene is the most critical thing we can do to prevent the spread of infection in education, healthcare, or any other field serving the public.  This is mainly in viral diseases, such as COVID-19, influenza, and other respiratory maladies. Even gastrointestinal viruses like norovirus can be controlled through proper hand hygiene.  Beyond COVID-19, the stakes remain high as colds, the flu, and norovirus outbreaks result in millions of lost school and work days and costs the economy tens of billions of dollars.

Unfortunately, even during the pandemic, research shows that poor compliance to proper hand hygiene continues to be a significant obstacle to controlling these illnesses, even in the highly regulated healthcare field where healthcare-associated infections are a constant threat. For example, while over 50% of students wash their hands in schools, less than 20% use soap.  Men are also less likely to wash their hands properly – come on, guys, we need to get into the game.

Poor compliance can be attributed to several different factors we can control.  The condition of the restroom and the supplies provided throughout the facility can and does encourage people to help keep their hands in a more hygienic condition.  The following four considerations can summarize these key actions.

1.            Hand Care Products that Encourage Use

Get rid of the bulk soap dispensers.  There has been significant development in hand soap formulations that improve performance and reduce skin irritation. In addition, hand soaps from many manufacturers come in hygienically sealed cartridges, eliminating contamination.  These are the types of products people are looking for when washing their hands away from home.  Remember, the idea is to encourage hand hygiene and not look at the expenditure only as a cost.

2.            Convenient Dispenser Locations

There should be sufficient dispensers in the restroom to facilitate the hand washing process.  In addition, hand sanitizer dispensers should also be available throughout the building.  As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol hand sanitizer is effective against the SARS_CoV-2 coronavirus, as well as those pesky colds and flu viruses. It is a viable option for hand hygiene when hand washing isn’t an option.  However, as with hand soap in the restroom, empty hand sanitizer dispensers are a common complaint.  Dispensers need to be routinely checked and filled. 

3.            Access to Paper Towels and Facial Tissue

Simply put, most people like to dry their hands with paper towels, and most people don’t actually like hand dryers.  Paper towels provide for higher compliance, and the mere wiping of wet hands can remove bacteria and viruses through mechanical action.  But, just as with soap and sanitizer, empty dispensers discourage compliance.  Lastly, where practical, providing facial tissues is a great way to control cross-contamination from sneezes and runny noses. 

4.            Established Educational Programs

As with any behavior change, education is key. Every primary hand care and paper company can provide educational programs and materials appropriate for a wide range of audiences.  Whether it be elementary students, college campuses, or the workplace, tools are available to help promote effective hand hygiene.  Talk to your Imperial Dade sales consultant and find out if there is more that you can be doing to encourage this vital health and wellness behavior.

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Best Odor Control Practices for Carpets, Restrooms, Dumpsters, and More

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.

CARPETS

  • 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.

RESTROOMS

  • 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 our website to find a location near you.

Can’t Touch This: The Benefits of a Touch-Free Restroom for Your Business

As the world continues adapting to the ever-changing COVID-19 environment, the importance of maintaining clean and sanitized facilities has become paramount to offices, schools, restaurants, and all other commercial buildings. Customers are more likely to be loyal to businesses that have enacted additional precautions for the safety of their clientele. One way companies have adapted to this new environment is through the utilization of touch-free restrooms.

The popularity of touch-free or contact-free lavatories was already on the rise prior to the pandemic. Yet, as scientists continue to discover how transmissible the disease is, the importance of touch-free restrooms has become abundantly clear to large and small businesses alike.

The Victoria Bay Restroom Collection is a complete dispenser and refill solution.

Here we will discuss some of the advantages of having a touch-free restroom for your business:

Increased Cleanliness and Improved Sanitation

The first and most obvious benefit to having a touch-free restroom is the reduction in the number of germs that customers are exposed to. Touch-free toilets, sinks, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers reduce the likelihood of customer contamination due to physical contact.

High-touch areas often spread germs more easily between employees and customers. By removing the need to physically touch these appliances, you will mitigate the potential for employee illnesses due to viral and bacterial exposure and increase client confidence in your business’s sanitation policies. In fact, three in five Americans agree that utilizing automatic paper towel dispensers in public restrooms would improve their perception of the business’s cleanliness, according to a survey conducted by Sofidel.

Streamlined Amenities for Customer Convenience

Touching various surfaces like faucets, paper towel dispensers, and soap dispensers can be cumbersome to some of your customers. If someone is using their smartphone or carrying a handbag or briefcase, the added convenience of simply putting your hand in front of a sensor saves time and effort. In addition, touch-free restroom fixtures increase accessibility for customers suffering from mobility issues and have difficulty manipulating handles and knobs.

Reduction in Water Usage and Waste

Touch-free restrooms also reduce water consumption and waste products. By utilizing sensor-controlled faucets, water is only being used while a customer or employee is actively washing their hands. Over time, the elimination of unnecessary water use can add up to significant savings on water usage, which is both good for the environment and your bottom line.

Touch-free soap and paper towel dispensers can also save you money by reducing product usage from customers and employees. With the ability to individualize soap and paper allotments, you can minimize soap and towel waste. As every business owner knows, resource management, even on a small scale, is critical to the company’s long-term success.

Enhanced Reliability and Long-Term Viability

Both customers and employees can be demanding when it comes to bathroom amenities. From kicking toilet handles to pushing against faucets and soap dispensers, your restroom can sustain a lot of damage during use. Incorporating touch-free features can help reduce the likelihood of a client or employee being too rough with your restroom fixtures. This will improve the reliability and lifespan of all elements in your restrooms.

Imperial Dade: Your Source for High-Quality Touchless Restroom Solutions

Imperial Dade is a leading supplier of facility maintenance supplies and equipment for large and small businesses. We offer a wide range of products, including the Victoria Bay restroom dispenser collection, to help upgrade your existing conventional restroom into a touch-free environment. From touch-free soap dispensers to automated in-stall air freshener dispensers for your existing toilets, Imperial Dade is your only source for high-quality touch-free products at an affordable price.

For more information about Imperial Dade and how we can transform your business, contact a location near you today!

The Hygienic Benefits of Paper Towels Over Hand Dryers in Commercial Restrooms

The secret war between paper towels and hand dryers needs to end in the COVID-19 era. The “health and wellness first” mindset that so many people have developed in the last year has everyone wondering: which product promotes superior hand drying that is both healthy and effective?

The answer may not surprise you if you have followed the news over the years.

You may recall a breakout news story that went viral in the early months of 2018, exhibiting the effects of a Petri dish left to incubate inside of a hand dryer for 48 hours. The student who performed the science experiment shared the photo of the unsightly bacterial colonies that had grown inside the Petri dish on her Facebook page, and the rest is history. The post was shared by 500,000+ people in just a matter of days and covered by local and national news channels and newspapers. This sparked a debate in the scientific community about whether hand dryers were as hygienic as their manufacturers claimed.

Although the news story received national coverage a few years ago, the implications of the experiment’s results have an even bigger impact now that we’re living through a pandemic.

Now more than ever, people everywhere are trying to limit their interaction with harmful germs and bacteria by wearing masks, constantly washing and sanitizing their hands, maintaining social distance guidelines, etc. So, let’s put an end to this debate once and for all. Are hand dryers unhygienic?

The simple answer is yes.

Numerous studies have shown that hand dryers contaminate the surrounding environment by dispersing harmful bacteria and pathogens in the air. The Journal of Applied Microbiology released a study that compared paper towels to warm air dryers and jet air dryers. The results showed that jet air dryers released 1,300 times more bacteria than hand towels. Another study conducted by Tork, an Essity brand, echoed similar results — jet air dryers spread 10 times more germs. A GP Pro infographic found here states that 70 percent of germs released by jet air dryers have a radius of at least four feet. Kimberly-Clark Professional also released an in-depth resource that compares jet air dryers and paper towels on quite a few different factors.

Let’s not forget that in today’s world, it’s better to be safe than sorry. The same study from Tork found that 80 percent of consumers don’t feel safe using unhygienic bathrooms in a COVID-19 world.

The best way to build trust with your customers is to make the switch to paper towels and touch-free towel dispensers. Take a look at these benefits that paper towels offer over hand dryers.

Imperial Dade carries a wide variety of paper towels and dispensers from the leading brands including Victoria Bay. Contact a location near you and request a consultation.

The Internet of Things (IoT): How Does this Relate to the Cleaning Industry?

By Vickie Holland

Do you use a Fitbit or Apple Watch to track your fitness activity? Do you use a Nest thermometer or other Smart Home devices? How about a remote car starter to warm up your car when temperatures dip below freezing? If you answered yes, you are one of many people already using the Internet of Things (IoT).

IoT is made up of devices, vehicles and appliances embedded with sensors or software that can connect and exchange data. IoT devices send and receive information from devices such as your computer or smartphone. This communication enhances the performance of the object and/or provides valuable information (“Did I meet my step goal?”, “Did I turn off the lights in the living room?”, “Has the package I am expecting been delivered?”). Soon almost everything we touch will be connected.

In addition to changing our personal lives, IoT devices are already making inroads in our industry. Several manufacturers have already developed dispensers and equipment with this technology.

Here are some exciting things you can already see in the market:

  • Restrooms
    • Restrooms that are low or out of products are the number one complaint of clients and users.
    • Dashboards with real time information provide product levels in your IoT connected dispensers. Knowing when, what and where products are needed helps to take a more proactive and efficient approach to cleaning, saving labor hours.
    • Information on the traffic flow of each restroom will minimize complaints and increase user satisfaction. Higher volume can dictate a more rigorous cleaning schedule. Patterns can be analyzed to dispatch staff at peak times. Alerts can tell you about situations that need immediate attention.
    • IoT devices can support compliance monitoring by employees in health care environments (e.g., use of hand sanitizer).
    • Better real time information can provide procurement and budgeting efficiencies based on actual usage.
  • Equipment
    • Cleaning equipment is often moved around a large building or campus and is sometimes “lost.” Equipment with built in sensors allow managers and supervisors to view where each machine is on their property. This is great for large campuses with multiple buildings and large buildings or office complexes.
    • Equipment breakdowns can disrupt your cleaning program and reduce productivity. Alerts can be set to notify a manager when there is an issue in your fleet.
    • Do you know which machines are most often used in your fleet? Are they being used as much as they should? Comparing equipment usage by site and machine can identify any underutilized equipment. This information can be used in developing your cleaning plans and your capital budget.

We have just begun to scratch the surface with IoT in the cleaning industry. As this technology continues to expand, more customers will be participating in programs that will increase efficiency and save money.

If you would like more information, please contact your Imperial Dade Sales Consultant today! Visit www.ImperialDade.com for a location near you. 

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