Odor Control is a significant issue in long-term care facilities because it can be a deal maker or breaker in your client’s mind. Too much odor control gives the impression that you are trying to cover something up; on the other hand, not enough odor control can potentially let those bad odors creep in and turn your potential customers off. So, how do you find the right balance? First, you need to understand where the odors are coming from and then attack those lingering odors.
Where are the odors coming from?
Your custodial staff has cleaned all the hard and soft surfaces and you still smell some residual malodors. One place the malodors can be coming from, which is sometimes overlooked, is the HVAC system. Make sure that light vent cleaning is part of the daily cleaning. Another best practice is to complete a biannual deep cleaning of ductwork and the HVAC system.
Attack those lingering odors
It is important to understand that if you still smell some residual odors then this might be the time to add an odor counteractant to your daily cleaning. Odor counteractants pair up with malodors to prevent the human olfactory sense from perceiving those lingering odors. Similar to when you use lemon juice on fish, the fish smell is still there but the lemon scent changes how it is perceived.
Today, odor control options vary as widely as the option of fragrances. It is important to understand that with any cleaning product odor control should always be used according to the safety information supplied with them. Entry/Reception areas and front restrooms are great places for adding a continuous air care system that keeps emanating even after they’ve been cleaned. Spray soft surfaces like couches and chairs with fragrances to help give a lasting impression. Resident rooms are ideal for adding some enhanced fragrance. Note: if the fragrance being used creates discomfort with the resident, stop using it immediately. For hallways, look for a fragrance-enhanced floor cleaner to boost perception of cleanliness.
Wherever odor control is being used, the issue of quality of life for residents and first impressions are important, so why not enhance your facility’s image with odor control.
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Ken Sensel is the Product Manager for General Cleaning, Chemical Management Systems and Healthcare at the Betco Corporation. He is passionate about creating a cleaner more sustainable future through products, and programs that you inspire and we innovate. In his personal time Ken enjoys competing in ½ marathons, Toastmasters and spending time with his family. Click here to contact Ken directly.