Toilet air care technology is evolving to meet higher standards

Contributed by Steve Atman, CEO of Acme Paper & Supply Co. Inc

Think about how you feel when you use a public restroom. When you walk into a clean toilet, what makes it feel clean? While the absence of trash and an overall well-maintained environment certainly makes a restroom look clean, how fresh the room smells is what people equate with overall cleanliness.

There’s nothing worse than walking into a public bathroom only to be slapped in the face with foul odors. Let’s face it, bad smells are bad for business. Consider this: the human brain can process approximately 10,000 different odors in an area the size of a postage stamp. Because the human sense of smell is often associated with memory and the way a person feels, many high-traffic public businesses such as restaurants, schools, hotels, recreation facilities, hospitals, and others prioritize odor control and creating better air care environment, especially in toilets. A toilet that smells bad is usually perceived as dirty and unsanitary by the user, leaving a bad impression on your business. Along with hygiene and disinfection practices, proper toilet air care and odor elimination have become paramount for public facilities. In fact, 79 percent of cleaning professionals say removing odor from the air is their hardest job, according to Clorox Global Insights Odor Defense Research.

Air care technology has been redesigned

Over the years, air care technology has undergone a significant transformation. Toilet air care in the past has focused solely on emitting fragrances to mask odor. Such air care options include fans and/or air fresheners placed in locations that either do not completely hit the source of the odor, exhaust their scent after a short period of time, or stop working altogether.

End users have traditionally used a variety of products to cover unpleasant odors, including cleaning solutions, sprays and toilet clips. Although these tools are somewhat effective at removing odors from a small area, they are not successful at removing odors from an entire space, especially since odors originate from multiple sources such as trash cans, floor drains, urinals, and toilet stalls.

As technology continues to advance, there is a clear progression from single-device air sprays and fresheners to whole-room air care systems that include a more proactive approach to not only masking odors, but also eliminating them at the source.

A more holistic approach to toilet air care

Newer, targeted monitoring systems have been trending in the world of toilet air solutions for the past few years. Replacing the outdated one-piece air freshener dispensers are automatic systems that are activated by light or motion, offering facilities a more holistic and efficient approach to restroom service.

The new systems offer a whole-room air care approach that includes multiple strategically placed products that work in tandem to control odors. Motion-activated fans and fresheners provide long-lasting and persistent scents without using overly strong or aggressive sprays and liquids. Combined with smaller automatic units placed in toilet cubicles and deodorizing partitions for urinals that work to neutralize odors, these products provide subtle but effective room freshening. In addition, most of the newer air care systems send alerts when the fragrances need to be changed in the units to avoid missing out on room freshening.

While metered aerosol scents have taken over the toilet air freshener market, these newer technologies that incorporate scents into motion or light sensor systems help ensure a balanced release of scents over time. These fragrances provide targeted odor control only when the toilet is in use as determined by light and motion sensors. Some technologies also use smart chip technology that operates these aroma modules from a battery. The device’s fan runs moderately for the first week and gradually turns on more frequently over four weeks. These units release the same amount of air freshener daily for 30 days, compared to other metered aerosol air fresheners, which typically do not provide the same amount of fragrance release over a month.

Flavor Options Get sophisticated

As restroom air systems become more sophisticated, so do the fragrances used to provide a more pleasant user experience. Not only has the variety of flavors increased, but the way these flavors are extracted has also evolved. Fragrances used in air care technology are now composed of a blend of natural oils, essential oils and synthetic fragrance chemicals that increase effectiveness and optimize safety.

Importantly, the majority of fragrances used in these systems are manufactured in accordance with safety guidelines established by RIFM and IFRA, two international associations that oversee the raw materials and manufacturing processes in the perfumery industry.

Odor removal, not just masking bad odors

Commercial deodorizers are newer alternatives in toilet air care, working to capture and release odors from the air rather than simply masking them with fragrance. Specially formulated to identify, capture and eliminate unpleasant odors, these timed aerosol dispensers are designed to tackle the worst odors and leave the air smelling fresh for up to six hours. Similarly, companies are beginning to explore the use of ozone technology to eliminate odors at the source. How this new technology plays into toilet air care on a larger scale is something to watch in the future, as are products that remove odors while disinfecting the air.

Air care is only as good as the disinfection and cleaning techniques used on a daily basis. Commercial cleaning solutions and products have also evolved with customer needs to include effective urine, biological stain and odor removers. Since foul odor is a major customer complaint, urine removers break down odors at their source by oxidizing and removing uric acid crystals, eliminating, not just masking, odors. The organic stain and odor remover uses a unique formula specially formulated to clean, disinfect and deodorize in one step using the power of hydrogen peroxide and stain-lifting surfactants. Other products include drip systems for toilets and urinals that provide a constant drip of detergent and deodorant and disposable antimicrobial floor mats under urinals to absorb moisture and keep urine off the floor.

At ACME Paper and Supply Company, we have heard from several customers that those customers who have implemented odor programs using air care monitoring systems and other solutions feel that their restrooms are cleaner than before these technologies were implemented . As part of ACME’s Hygiene and Facility Solutions division, being able to offer a greater variety of restroom air care products combined with commercial cleaning solutions has been a game changer in providing a better overall restroom experience for customers .

Steve Atman is the co-CEO of Acme Paper and Supply Company, one of the nation’s largest providers of sanitary solutions, disposable foodservice packaging, restaurant equipment and supplies, retail and industrial packaging, and engineered packaging. order. You can contact Steve directly at [email protected]


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