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07/26/2012

Facility Tips: 8 Summer Scent Offenders

 
Avoid summer scents that could turn guests, visitors, and occupants away from your facility.

Is your facility beating the heat? Record temperatures have sent guests and visitors scurrying to buildings and facilities for refuge.  Higher temperatures can mean more than just oppressive heat and humidity – they can also create less than pleasant odors. To help facility managers combat odors before they become a problem, the Cintas Corporation has announced the major sources of offensive summer scents.

Ranked from most to least offensive, he’s the list of worst summer scents:

1. Trash. Dumpsters are a haven for odors, but this can be a particular issue in the summer months. Keep doors closed to prevent the smell of garbage from creeping into the facility and ensure dumpsters are regularly cleaned to limit odors.

2. Restrooms. As the summer months bring many families to parks, pools and recreation facilities, restroom odors can be heightened due to increased traffic. Limit odors by implementing a restroom maintenance program to ensure surfaces are regularly deep cleaned, protected and maintained. Time release air fresheners can also help neutralize odors with pleasant fragrances.

3. Dirty towels. Towels used to clean up spills, restroom surfaces and counters absorb a variety of liquids and solid substances that can generate odors over time. Avoid letting dirty towels sit for an extended period of time by implementing a regular pick-up rental laundry program.

4. Grout lines. In facilities with tiled surfaces, debris and contaminants can collect quickly causing a build-up in grout lines—and subsequent scents. Deep clean grout lines regularly to remove build-up and prevent bad odors.

5. Mops. Dirty mops can not only breed harmful bacteria, they are also a source of rancid odors that can spread beyond the supply closet. Regularly launder mops to keep them smelling fresh-- and floors clean and safe.

6. Air conditioning units. Over time, coils and filters in air conditioning units can become dirty and circulate bad odors throughout a building. Using a regular deep cleaning service that keeps pans, coils and unit parts free of dirt and bacteria can eliminate the air conditioner as a potential odor source.

7. Mold. Summer thunderstorms and hurricanes can often result in flooding and leaking in various areas of a facility. To remove water and the potential for mold growth following a flood, work with an emergency cleanup service provider that uses ozone generators to quickly remove water and potential odor contributors.

8. Carpet. Carpeting in entryways or other high traffic areas can provide an optimal environment for the development of mildew in humid environments if not regularly deep cleaned. Mildew can also develop when carpets are deep cleaned but not thoroughly dried. Reduce the potential for odors and downtime with an ongoing deep cleaning system that uses fast-drying techniques.

 

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04/21/2014

Lighting fixes target the bottom line.

04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
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