The Art Of Controlling Odors

Urine, mold and spoiled foods aren't the only things that can create unpleasant odors. For many, the scents left behind by various odor control products can leave just as bad an impression on building occupants. The need for balanced odor control is important for maintaining a fresh indoor environment.

The following offers some best practices for keeping odors — even the ones that are supposed to benefit the building itself — under control.

Heavy Scents Can Overwhelm

Some janitorial companies have a tendency to overuse odor control products or use those that leave behind very heavy scents. The end result is often a strong, heavy odor that overwhelms people. In many cases, strong scents can even trigger nasal allergies or cause headaches.

Going overboard on odor control also has another unwanted effect — it can also drain your cleaning budget in short order. Heavy scents can also cause office-dwellers to get suspicious about maintenance and cleaning records, under the assumption that there's a problem being covered up by nice smells.

According to CleanLink, the key to olfactory harmony lies with light, neutral scents that neither overwhelm nor disappoint. Cucumber, fresh linen, melon and rainforest are just a few scents that are not only naturally pleasing to most noses, but they also have a much lower chance of irritating sinuses or triggering allergies.  Also, following the directions on odor control products can also avoid the above situations.

Getting Feedback

When it comes to managing odors, the importance of getting feedback from building occupants can't be overstated. It's often the best way of getting a fresh perspective on odor control, since it's easy for janitorial staff to become accustomed to particular scents. This feedback can come from building managers, as well as from the building occupants themselves.

Keep in mind that preferences for odors can vary among genders, age brackets, etc. Even regional differences can play an important role in determining preferred scents.

Crucial Odor Control Tips

  • Keep a good eye on your current stock of odor control products. Aged product, as well as product that uses particularly noxious or upsetting smells, should be switched out with different fragrances.
  • Small is good when it comes to buying new fragrances for the first time. Keeping the quantities to an initially small number gives you the ability to switch scents if the one you've bought doesn't work out.
  • Don't be afraid to keep up with the latest in odor trends. What was popular several years ago might not be as welcome today. For instance, heavy cinnamon scents aren't as popular as light tropical scents are today.

These tips can come in handy for finding odor control fragrances with wide appeal and approval.

A service like Alexandra Facility Services Inc. offers office cleaning and should be able to accommodate at least some of your cleaning preferences.