Unpleasant odours at the office can affect the mood, behaviour and work performance of employees. Bad smells are caused by mould, unhygienic work surfaces or unsanitary bathrooms. Bad odours will affect your organisation’s ability to deliver the best possible service to your clients. So it’s very important to get rid of it.
There’s nothing less inviting than walking into an office with a bad smell. There are many things contributing to an office’s less than rosy scent. Smoke, mould and dust can create odours that spread throughout the air and linger around. These odours will penetrate the walls, carpeting and furniture. Getting to the bottom of a bad smell is important as it may reveal a larger problem inside the office.
Keep everyone healthy and performing optimally with these five tips to removing bad odours.
Find the source of the smell
If you know the smell is somewhere in the office, then you should be able to find the source of it with enough sniffing around. Move around the desks, chairs and cupboards. Sometimes it’s as simple as a damp cloth which has fallen behind the kitchen cupboard and developed mould. It could even be something under the floorboards. Look at all the possible places where the smell could come from. Remove the source of the odour if you can. And if it’s something more complex like black damp or a leak, ask a specialist or professional to assist.
You shouldn’t go to the trouble to remove an odour from an area if its cause is still present the smell will just return. Take out the rubbish bin and clean out the fridge regularly. Do whatever it takes to stop any more odour from being created.
Bad odours in the office sometimes don’t have one specific source but are rather caused by a random assortment of smelly things that build up over time. If you want to, you can follow the myth of lighting a match for a couple of seconds and putting it out in water or letting a bowl of vinegar sit for the night. That might be all you need to clear the air. After doing that you can get a light, non-impactful odour eliminator, like the Airoma Essence Range, to maintain the freshness and keep any other smells from encroaching in.
Opening your windows also goes with starting fresh. The best gift you can give your office is the gift of fresh air. Many offices these days make use of aircons instead of opening the windows. Whenever you get the chance, open the windows and let the air flow through. Even if it’s just for a few minutes. Fresh air quickly and naturally removes airborne odours like those from cigarette smoke. So unless you think the odour comes from the outside, let in fresh air and sunlight.
Surfaces, desks, glossy paint, hard flooring, countertops and sinks should be washed with soap and water or a mild cleaner that’s appropriate for the surface being cleaned. You can use a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and water to create your own cleaner. It’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and effective for all surfaces.
In areas such as the bathroom and kitchen where odours can accumulate, a cleaning solution may be more effective. Make use of bleach to whiten something plus it’s also effective in killing and removing mould spores.
Vacuum the entire office
Make it a habit of vacuuming the office at least once a week. Don’t just vacuum the carpets but also the upholstery and curtains. If you want to, you can either sprinkle baking soda or a carpet deodoriser into the carpets before vacuuming. Leave it for a few minutes to absorb oils and smells then vacuum it out. Some carpet deodorisers often come with their own scent, so choose one with a scent you like. This scent stays around for a while. The dust and debris in carpets will also be pulled out by vacuuming.
Shampoo the carpet
If you think the bad odour is coming from the carpet why not shampoo it? After vacuuming, give it a good wash. Do it yourself or allow a professional to assist you. If you know the odour was a specific spot on the carpet, you could also spot treat that area. You might have to remove the carpet or at least replace it to cut the odour.
Unpleasant odours can cost a business customer loyalty, money and its reputation. To ensure an improved, more pleasant business environment for everyone you should eliminate the source of odours and put in place a customised odour maintenance program. Don’t just clean the area where the odour is coming from. Instead, clean the entire office to get rid of any potential odours.
There’s nothing better than the feeling you have after you’ve spring cleaned out your home. So, the next time you have uninvited guests over you won’t have to worry and feel embarrassed about bad odours. For a long-term solution to having a nice smelling home environment, you really do have to keep the odours from starting in the first place. And remember to air out your house on a regular (preferably daily) basis. It’s good for you, your house and guests.