Restrooms can produce many odors, and being overwhelmed by even ones that are meant to be pleasing is an unpleasant experience for visitors. unfortunately, in their quests to keep restrooms smelling fresh, many janitorial workers take it too far and overwhelm the spaces with fragrance mixtures that make visitors turn up their noses.
Careless mixing and matching can create a clashing scent that takes away from a restroom’s overall clean appearance and leaves visitors wondering what it is they are smelling. Combining too many different odor control and cleaning products can also destroy your cleaning budget and even make visitors question what the scents are hiding.
Heavily-perfumed spaces are a dead giveaway that your staff is trying to either cover up an unpleasant odor or a serious lack of proper cleaning.
To avoid this problem, take inventory of your odor control products. Count the number of different scents, and think about how those smells will be perceived by visitors. Like all cleaning supplies, fragrances have evolved in the last few decades, and most older scents are too heavy. Customers and facility visitors today want fresh scents that don’t seem like they are covering something else.
In the past, floral and fruity scents were king, but they were replaced later by pine, lemon and cherry. In the last decade, spicy and musky fragrances became more popular, but today’s consumers are more drawn to moderate, more neutral scents like fresh linen, rainforest, melon and cucumber.
Scents that are too strong or sweet can quickly aggravate allergies, and the current trends are leaning more towards fresh natural scents that aren’t as obvious.
As you go through your inventory of odor control products, toss anything that smells too overpowering in favor of light fragrances, and if you aren’t sure what your visitors and employees would prefer, ask them! Do a simple smell test to choose the best scents for your facility.