Going to the washroom may be a necessity when we are out in public places and the workplace however that doesn’t mean that the experience has to be a poor one. We’ve all been in washrooms that smell less than pleasant and there’s usually a number of reasons for those bad odors. From inefficient cleaning to poor hygiene routines, one such factor for bad smells is spoken about less often. The issue – uric acid.
What is Uric Acid?
Also known as uric build up or uric scale, uric acid is a hard scale build up that is created when urine and flush water combines. Over time, urine that builds up inside of urinals and underneath the toilet bowl can form uric acid crystals which for many washrooms is the cause of bad smells.
What is the Problem with Uric Acid?
Cleaners consider urine odors and stains to be some of the toughest problems to eliminate in washrooms. The uric acid crystals within urine are the main source of these issues. Once they seep into the floor and tile grout or pipes become blocked, removing the sights and smells can seem impossible.
Stains are caused by urine that settles into porous surfaces and creates unsightly, off-colored blemishes. Some stains can be so severe that the tile grout actually becomes burned and permanently damaged. Once urine has had time to settle into the floors and grout, it will also cause unpleasant odors that are reactivated each time the surface becomes wet. When customers see these stains or smell odors, 75% of them believe the facility is unsanitary and dirty, despite it being cleaned regularly.
Uric Scale Can Be a Problem in All Washrooms
While stains are a common occurrence in men’s rooms due to splashback and urinal usage, it happens in women’s bathrooms too. A survey found that 88.9% of women preferred to squat or hover over public toilet seats. To make female users more comfortable and decrease the chances of messes, provide toilet seat liners and toilet mats. A barrier between individuals and the seat will increase the chances of sitting instead of squatting and absorbent, nonslip polypropylene toilet mats will catch any spills. In men’s rooms, urinal screens and mats work together to protect floors from the ill effects of uric acid. The screens will decrease the amount of splashback that ends up on floors and users, and the mats will protect floors from the urine that does escape. In addition to the urinal screens and mats stopping spills before they cause problem, both products can eliminate odor as well.
Uric acid is not just a problem outside of the toilet or urinal. When pipes are not treated properly and become blocked, waste has nowhere to go and causes odor to emanate from fixtures. When debris and/or scale are blocking pipes, urine waste has nowhere to go and causes odor.
Often, many businesses will end up flushing money down the drain by continuously flushing the toilet to try and get rid of bad smells. This can actually do more harm than good, leading to blockages and damage to pipes due to the build-up of uric salts. The good news is that there are solutions that can help prevent uric acid build up in your business’ washroom.
How to Prevent Uric Acid Build Up
Uric acid is problematic and requires smart planning and preventative measures to avoid any of its consequences. A range of urinal and toilet care solutions including urinal screens, inline sanitizers, and toilet and urinal mats all work together to keep spills off of floors, pipes clear, and odor from occurring. Regularly maintaining these fixtures and products is just as significant as providing them, so be sure to have services scheduled to keep everything in top shape!
Use Urinal Screens & AutoFlush Systems
Blockages can be a result of debris being flushed down pipes that should not be in urinals, such as gum or pieces of trash, or could be a result of organic buildup. Urinal screens will shield drains from unwanted debris, while auto flush systems paired with inline sanitizers will take care of pipes and breakdown organic matter before it can it can become pipe-clogging. As auto flush systems operate without touch, they also reduce cross-contamination and are a more hygienic option for everyone using the restroom.
Contrary to popular belief, waterless urinals can be more odor-free than their water-using counterparts; however, they can still experience the same problems. Their oil sealants can break down and allow odor to spread instead of shielding against it. Models that use Aqua Trap technology and gel sanitizer are more effective at preventing unappealing redolence, as the water sealant does not degrade like an oil-based one. The enzymes in the gel sanitizer diminish organic matter and inhibit buildup from developing, and along with urinal screens blocking out debris, keep pipes clear.
Install EcoClean & Combat Bad Smells in Your Commercial Washrooms
If your business is worried about bad smells, Citron Hygiene have a range of solutions to help combat any issues and prevent them from happening in the first place.
Our clever solution that is designed to control the growth of hard water and uric scales that can cause bad smells is the EcoClean. Featuring a subtle, fresh scent, this fixture can be installed above any of your toilets and/or urinals and prevents the build-up of bacteria and uric scale.
Find out more about the EcoClean and how it can help your business or get in touch with our friendly team to request a quote.