Restroom odors are a big problem for any home or business. Air fresheners will only mask the odor and could make it worse. Odors need to be cleaned at their source, not hidden, in order to make your restroom smell fresh and clean. Many times the problem isn’t the toilet or urinal it’s the area surrounding that fixture.
When you clean the restroom, it’s important to make sure you find the source of the odor and get it clean. Sometimes mopping the floor and disinfecting walls, ceilings and baseboards will work. Other times, that’s not enough, especially when you have tile on the floor or the walls. If you can’t figure out why your restroom smells, take a close look at your grout. If it’s dirty, darkened or yellow, you might have found the source.
Grout has a rough texture, making it harder to just mop up the dirt. Urine and other soils get absorbed into the grout so you need to take the time to scrub the floor in order to get rid of the stains and the smell. Bleach is one way to get rid of the odor. If you work in a restaurant, make sure you’re using an approved floor cleaning solution. Pour your bleach or cleaning solution onto the floor and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
After your solution has had time to sit and do its job, you need to scrub the floor. The best tool to use is a grout brush. A grout brush is a narrow brush with a scraper designed to get into those otherwise hard-to-reach grout lines whereas other tools might be too large or wide. The brush can be used hand-held for smaller areas or with a handle to clean larger areas. You might need to repeat the solution and scrubbing process for really tough stains. You might also want to use a scrub brush to get the areas along baseboards and under countertops.
Once you’re done scrubbing, it’s time to mop. Use your approved floor cleaning solution and mop in a figure-eight pattern to ensure full floor coverage.
Remember: always mark wet floors with brightly colored warning signs to avoid slips and falls. Once everything is dry, your odor should be gone, leaving you a clean and fresh restroom.