What visitors and residents smell can leave a lasting first impression of your facility. Indoor air quality is a top priority for the Environmental Services department. Odor control is a quality of life issue for long-term care residents and a compliance issue covered under several CMS citations.
Bathrooms are the biggest concern when dealing with odor. Odor neutralizers & air fresheners help alleviate some of the stubborn bathroom smell. However, the moist environment is a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew causing stench along with urine stains and spills.
Urine stains & smells:
On tile floors, grout will absorb urine, creating a bacterial colony and unpleasant odors. When used properly, floor cleaners and urine cleaners with enzymes will combat the bacteria and ultimately clear the smell. Use grout sealer or floor sealers on VTC flooring to prevent urine absorption.
Mold and mildew:
Mold and mildew not only cause malodor, but they also create health concerns and property damage. Check and clean moist areas—behind faucets and sinks, around toilets and urinals, showerheads and curtains, or any place where moisture can collect. Use mildew stain removers and cleaners to combat odor and staining. Also, be sure bathrooms are ventilated and dry with proper HVAC systems or bathroom exhaust fans.
Resident Room & Common Areas
Environmental Services professionals face daily challenges in keeping resident rooms and common areas clean and smelling fresh.
Cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces like flooring, tables, and walls is achieved with mops, buckets and powerful cleaning solutions.
Softer surfaces like carpet and upholstery may need extra care. Carpet extractors and carpet cleaners along with the right cleaning chemicals are essential tools for fighting odors.
High quality air purifiers can reduce odors and help eliminate mold and fungus spores, as well as chemical fumes in common areas.