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  • Writer's pictureJeremiah Heffron

How Do I Get Rid of That Smell?

Most Americans spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. In office buildings, health care facilities, commercial properties, and rental housing units, facility managers are responsible for ensuring optimal indoor air quality for the health, comfort, and productivity of the building’s occupants. They must choose a solution that is both effective at controlling odor and safe for those inside the building.

Be proactive

We notice odors when the structural characteristics of their molecules stimulate the body’s olfactory sensory cells, which are responsible for processing smells. No one likes unpleasant odors, and facility managers who fail to take a proactive approach to odor control run the risk of receiving complaints from their tenants, occupants, and guests. Persistent odor issues also can lead to negative customer reviews, loss of current and potential tenants, pest infestations, and even lawsuits or disputes.

Start at the source

Building odors may originate from multiple sources. Understanding where odors come from and what is causing them is an essential first step to treating them.

When identifying odor sources, facility managers can start out focusing on restrooms, kitchens and cafeterias, gyms and exercise rooms, and trash rooms. Odors can emanate from various surfaces such as hard floors, carpets, and upholstered furniture, as well as the air. If your building allows pets, animal-related odors may also be of concern.

Find your solution

After determining the cause of the odor, the next step is to identify the odor removal solution. Bringing an odor-control partner on-site will help you identify the right solution and confirm you’re actually treating the odor rather than masking it.

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