Switching to a bio-enzymatic product could take some getting used to. BSCs’ jan/san distributors should be able to help by providing training.

“These products need to be used a little differently,” says Huizenga. “Janitors need to be taught that these products need time. There needs to be a food source, something protein-based, oil or grease. And the products need to remain in a wet or moist situation.”

For example, Huizenga says he once had a building service contractor ask him if he had a product that would remove a brown cola stain from carpet. The stain had been there for some time; attempts to remove it using other products were unsuccessful. Huizenga provided him with a bacterial enzyme product and instructed him to saturate the spot, wet down a towel and lay it on the spot overnight. In the morning, Huizenga recommended him to rinse the area really well. While the entire process took hours, the enzymes and bacteria did their job — the spot was gone. 

“The bugs (the enzymes and benevolent bacteria) take time, moisture and a food source to work,” says Huizenga.

The same is true in restrooms. BSCs need to mop the floor with bio-enzyme cleaning products daily for a week before they’ll notice a definite reduction in smell. But after about five moppings, janitors shouldn’t need to apply it every day. Once or twice a week should suffice to keep the food source (in this case, urine) in check.

“The big thing is it has to be part of a regular process,” says Craven. “You can’t just apply the product once and expect it to smell nice forever. If there is activity, you’ll need to reapply.”

People tend to judge the cleanliness of a room by its smell. If BSCs can remove odors with bio-enzymatic products — rather than masking them with fragrances — it will go a long way toward convincing building occupants that the restroom, kitchen or any other room, is clean.

Ronnie Garrett is a freelance writer based in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. She is a frequent contributor to Contracting Profits.

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