Even with shiny floors, sparkling glass exteriors, and gleaming furnishings, all these would not matter if the odors remain to be disagreeable or strong. If this is the case, clients would think that you do not perform your job well. What the building’s tenants expect from you are more than shiny floors and streak- free furnishing, they also expect a cleaning service that smells “spotless”. Your cleaning program for structures should not just focus on daily cleaning of structures. It must also get rid of foul odor and must ensure fresh smell.
Before investing on various air fresheners from your janitorial supplier’s shelves, ensure a meticulous cleaning of your building, which is the main step as it kills the bacteria causing odors. There are lots of corners where microorganisms can infest. To take away these bacteria, one must start with properly cleaning countertops and appliances.
Stopping odor growth in your restrooms can be challenging. By using a product containing an antiseptic used in hospitals, you effectively start limiting the growth of the bacteria causing unpleasant odors. Through these cleaning products, you get to enclose offensive fragrance. Stick with cleaning products which do not have a smell or those which just have a slight scent.
What you always have to remember is how to use your cleaning products. If you use rags for wiping, this can lessen the odor problem. But after many uses and you still haven’t cleaned your cleaning cloths, they can breed more microorganisms that cause foul odor from one area to another. Avoiding cross- contamination can be done by using microfiber cloths that are color- coded or paper towels that are not reusable. Then make sure that you clean the microfiber cloths every day.
Before setting up a ventilation system for your building, make sure that you heed these tips:
*Ensure that you are equipped with the right products appropriate for the job at hand. Also, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use these products. For instance, do you properly clean the grout in your kitchens? Soil ground and other contaminants are potential breeding grounds for bacteria that cause odors.
*Does your building have enough ventilation? If the building areas, especially the kitchen and restrooms, do not have enough ventilation, then you would have to keep the doors open while cleaning as stale air gives out foul odors.
*Does your building implement an intense cleaning program? If you clean the spills and debris faster, then you lessen the chances for odor-causing bacteria to multiply.
*Do your cleaning products and procedures worsen your building’s odor problem? Since each cleaning products has its own scent, ensure that the fragrance of all your products complement each other. You can do this by just using a single product line which you can get from a specific manufacturer.
*After thoroughly cleaning the building, talk to the building’s owner about setting up an efficient system for air freshening. There are aerosol fresheners commonly used which just cover up odors instead of removing them. Consider using an odor- neutralization system which emits a light mist after a long time.
Instead of products which just spray fragrance by masking the odors, use products which contain properties that hold together and remove the odor molecules after. Correct usage of these products will effectively remove foul odors.
Part of the holistic cleaning of the building is keeping the building clean- and fresh- smelling. There are no shortcuts to this goal and it all starts with an intense cleaning program. To maintain the fresh and “clean” smell of the building, you might want to include buying an efficient air freshener or keeping a system that neutralizes the air after the cleaning process.
Fritz Andre author of How to start a cleaning service – http://www.startcleaningservice.com