Why your toilets may smell and how to prevent it


The smell of your company washrooms says a lot about your organisation, to staff, visitors and customers alike. A fresh, pleasant toilet environment and good air quality not only enhances the user experience but also reflects positively on your company and brand. And the good news is that, thanks to the latest odour control technology, eliminating nasty odours and creating clean and healthy air is possible for businesses and washrooms of all sizes. But before we look at how to achieve this, let’s look at what actually causes these unpleasant aromas in the first place and how technology has moved on.

The causes of a smelly washroom

There are two types of malodours in washrooms, resident and transient.  The transient ones are fairly obvious and unfortunately unavoidable, however, they can be dispersed quickly with the help of the right products.  Resident malodours however are more complicated; to successfully combat a malodour you need to understand the source of it.

Thankfully, there is now a plethora of technology and processes that are available to neutralise and eliminate these nasty malodours.

Eliminating nasty aromas in your toilets

In most cases the cause of a malodour in urine and bacteria. The first step towards a pleasant-smelling washroom is to undertake a  deep clean of all sanitary ware and, if necessary, the drains also. This ensures that all bacteria  lurking in the facilities are eradicated. The cleaning teams need to concentrate not only on the toilets and urinals but also on the flooring. Grout, both wall and floor, is where bacteria can thrive.

A thorough cleaning regime should be implemented daily and you should also implement an odour control programme to support the cleaning. Odour neutraliser work to eliminate malodours  - both resident and transient - and help maintain better air quality in rooms which are often humid, warm and lack good ventilation (such as washrooms).

Odour eliminators use the latest technology to not only create a pleasant environment but also help destroy airborne germs.  Current technology focuses on UV light sterilisation, ozone production and negative ion technology.

As illustrated in the diagram, the process of Photo-Catalytic Oxidation (PCO) begins with the exposure of UV light to Titanium Dioxide to produce hydroxyl radicals. These radicals then attack the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) in the air and break these down into harmless by-products such as carbon dioxide and water, which can then be released.

The use of Photoplasma is another means of odour-elimination and is created through the energising of air into a plasma state, releasing oxygen and hydroxyl radicals. These radicals neutralise malodours in the air by destroying airborne germs, bacteria and viruses.

Another element of odour elimination is the use of Ozone which, thanks to being highly reactive, is a proven means of breaking down malodourous airborne particles through a process of oxidisation. When released into the air, Ozone attaches itself to the offending bacteria, viruses and micro-organisms and breaks them down into harmless by-products.

Finally, negative ions released by the neutraliser help to freshen and purify the air by attaching themselves to positive ions such as dust, pollen and mould spores. These harmful particles then become too heavy to suspend in the air and simply fall to the ground where they are removed through normal cleaning activities.

To find out more about odour elimination and how to improve air quality in your company washroom, see our full air care section or contact our team