One of the toughest things to get rid of in a restroom is urine odor. Puddles of urine are commonly found under urinals and around toilets, which may sit on the floor for up to 24 hours before it is cleaned. This allows the urine to soak into the floor grout and to have bacteria set up shop and begin causing odors.

To combat this, cleaning personnel should wet mop the floor with a disinfectant cleaner. In severe cases, such as a boy’s restroom in an elementary school, an enzyme product is recommended where cleaning personnel can apply the product liberally under urinals and around toilets.

Urinal and commode mats also trap urine that splashes onto the floor, preventing it from seeping into the grout. Some manufacturers offer antibacterial mats that neutralize the smell of urine for up to six weeks.