When it comes to choosing the right scent, distributors need to consider gender. Earthy and aquatic scents, such as woods or the ocean, are geared toward males. Floral scents are typically found in women’s rooms.
Gender-neutral scents appeal to both males and females and are designed primarily for unisex or family restrooms. Though, theoretically, they could be placed in either the men’s or women’s restroom, as well. These scents include linen, citrus and spices. Gender-neutral scents can help minimize fragrance overload and lead to congruency throughout the building.

When choosing the scent, also keep in mind the other odor control products used in the restroom.

“As with many other cleaning functions, odor control is successful when all components work together to create a common scent,” says Smith. “It is important that scents do not compete against each other or it can result in an offensive restroom with an overwhelming odor. You need to work with the facility manager to stay consistent with what they are trying to achieve.”

With regard to coverage area and number of days between product change out, it’s best to check with the specific manufacturer’s information.

While fragrances should be part of a restroom package, it should be no substitute for daily cleaning. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality in the restrooms is a shared responsibility. It requires the cooperation of the janitorial staff and building management, as well as the individuals who use the facilities.

Angela Watkins is a freelancer based in Massillon, Ohio.

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