4 Common Causes of Washroom Odour Problems and How to Eliminate Them

April 11, 2023

Rakhee Makhija

OB Care

“Almost three-fourths (73 per cent) of consumers believe a bad restroom indicates poor management.”

Washrooms are essential in our daily lives, but unpleasant odours are not. These foul odours can be caused by many factors, from poor ventilation to dirty toilets and urinals. If left untreated, these odours can create an unpleasant and unhygienic environment for users, declining the overall purpose of the facility or the business in the long run.

“50% of restaurant patrons who had a negative experience with a bathroom — from dirty toilets or disgusting soap dispenses to bad odours — will tell it to friends and family with a negative review.”

4 Common Washroom Odour Problems and How to Solve Them?

  1. Poor Ventilation

One of the most common causes of washroom odour problems is poor ventilation. When there is insufficient airflow in a washroom, odours can become trapped and linger for an extended period. It is essential to ensure that a washroom whether commercial or public has adequate ventilation. Installing a ventilation system or opening windows and doors to increase airflow can initiate a resolution.

How to fix it?

  • Install an exhaust fan or ventilation system to improve air circulation.
  • Keep windows and doors open, if possible, to increase airflow.
  • Consider using natural air purifiers such as plants, which can help to remove unpleasant odours and toxins from the air.
  1. Dirty Toilets and Urinals

Dirty toilets and urinals can also contribute to washroom odour problems. Over time, urine and faecal matter can build up in these fixtures, creating a foul smell. Notably, cleaning toilets and urinals regularly, using an effective cleaning solution and scrubbing the fixtures thoroughly removes urine buildup. Additionally, consider using the OB Care FlushFree Urinal Spray that contains enzymes to break down waste and reduce odours.

Benefits of OB Care FlushFree® Urinal Spray:

  • It effectively controls washroom odours by degrading urine and urine deposits at the source and it is used as part of the OB Care FlushFree® Urinal Care Programme.
  • This non-corrosive formulation gives off a pleasant fragrance. Also, it is compatible with all types of urinals.
  1. Clogged Drains and Pipes

Clogged drains and pipes contribute to washroom odour problems. When water and waste cannot flow freely in the drain pipes, they get trapped and start to smell. To eliminate this problem, regularly clean and clear clogged drains and pipes. Use a plunger or drain snake to remove any blockages, and consider using the OB Care Urinal Drain Cleaner to keep the passage flowing smoothly.

Benefits of OB Care Urinal Drain Cleaner

  • The specially formulated consortium of enzymes helps to degrade uric acid and organic waste deposits in drain lines and keeps them clear, odour free and unclogged.
  • The non-acidic and non-corrosive action gently cleans and also prevents reverse gases that emanate from urinal drains and nahani traps.
  1. Improper Waste Disposal

Improper waste disposal redirects to washroom odour problems. When users do not dispose of waste properly, it creates a foul smell that lingers in the air. To eliminate this problem, ensure the washroom has adequate waste disposal options. Provide users with trash cans and encourage them to use them properly. Additionally, consider installing a diaper pail for parents with young children.

How to fix it?

  • Provide clear signage and instructions on proper waste disposal methods, such as using trash cans for paper towels and feminine hygiene products.
  • Provide separate waste bins for different types of waste, such as recycling and composting.
  • Regularly empty waste bins and ensure there is a seal to prevent odours from escaping.

In conclusion, washroom odour problems are present because of many factors, from poor ventilation to improper waste disposal. Our range of OB Care products including OB Care FlushFree® Urinal Spray, OB Care Urinal Drain Cleaner, OB Care Washroom Cleaner & Odour Eliminator and OB Care Toilet Bowl Cleaner helps eliminate odour at the source and keep your washroom smelling fresh and clean thus offering a pleasant and  hygienic environment for both employees and visitors.

Post by Rakhee Makhija