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Odor control management plan

September 19, 2010
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Building service contractors (BSCs) and in-house service providers (ISPs) must deal with odor-related problems on a regular basis.

Usually malodor is most present in restrooms, but can also be a problem in other sections of a facility as well, including food areas, locker rooms, and garbage disposal locations.

Once a malodor problem is noticeable and continual, many facilities look for equipment and products that can help minimize or mask the situation.

However, the goal should be to clean effectively and incorporate odor control strategies that satisfy customer expectations.

Planning ahead
In addition to strategic cleaning, facilities can incorporate an odor control management plan that best fits their facility’s needs.

Included in today’s odor control plan is metered dispensing systems, which allow end users to adjust fragrance according to the facility’s particular needs.

Although adequate ventilation, square footage, and the number of toilets your restroom has seem to be leading factors when selecting the right program, there are other factors to consider as well.

Systems that are effective, cost-efficient, less susceptible to vandalism and require the least amount of maintenance are also leading customer needs.

Furthermore, experts say that end users should avoid using low-end fragrance products, which just cover up the odor.

When using these products, malodor will always return.

For ongoing problems, end users should find the source of the malodor and remove it immediately.

After identifying and removing the source, cleaners should be certain to add preventative measures to the area so the odor-causing problem doesn’t happen again.

Other vital factors for BSCs and ISPs to consider when devising an odor control management plan are how the facility is used and its hours of operation.

For example, the odor control needs of an office building differ from that of a hospital.

It is also wise to use your local supplier’s expertise when planning an odor control program.

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