Duticall Office Cleaning Tips, Cleaning Up Smelly Drains
Trying to eliminate unpleasant smells from floor wastes can be difficult
A very common problem we regularly come across when providing the commercial cleaning service to our clients is unpleasant odours in wet areas within their premises. Cleaning up smelly drains is a problem in many commercial facilities. The problem generally occurs in washrooms, kitchens and laundry areas. These odours are often blamed on the fixtures in those wet areas, specifically the toilet pedestals and urinals but more often than not, it is the floor wastes that are the problem.
Floor wastes are mandatory in these areas to ensure that if there is a major water leak, there is an outlet for that water to run to and drain away. Next time you are in your bathroom or laundry at home, take a look, as the floor waste will be located most likely in the middle of the floor. You probably haven’t even noticed it of late. There is a solution to cleaning up smelly drains
Floor Waste Importance
These floor wastes are important but because we rarely have major plumbing failures, unless someone leaves the taps running with the plug in the sink, they are essentially dormant. The odour problem is generally stagnant water sitting in the trap that becomes contaminated. This provides a great breeding ground for bacteria to go to work and the odour is a by-product of their activity.
Sure, you can tip a bucket of water down the drain every couple of days to get things moving on a regular basis or add expensive bacteria munching enzyme products to the smelly drain but who wants to do that and are you diligent enough to do that regularly? There is a solution.
The Green Drain is a product that we came across that we believe has some benefits where smelly floor wastes are a problem. Essentially, it is an oversized plug that fits into your existing floor waste (most are 100mm). It’s got a soft rubber gasket around its perimeter which ensures a snug fit. The magic is in the very soft and pliable membrane on the base of the plug that will allow liquid to still flow down the drain but will prevent unpleasant odours coming back up the drain.
Installation is really simple and only requires a tool to remove the round grill from the top of the drain. It’s just a matter of then pushing the plug down into position in the drain where it will stay without any need to permanently fix it in position. It can also be easily removed if required by reversing the process.
Your Cleaner Can Help
It will still allow you or your cleaner to pour the occasional bucket of fresh water down the drain and also accommodate any major water leak catastrophe but it will stop those nasty odours from arising and tantalising the senses of staff and visitors to your site. Yes, there may be some who would say that this is not fixing the problem and eliminating the bacterial source should be carried out but due to the nature of the drain that isn’t going to always be practical and the Green Drain is a good alternative for floor wastes.
Another potential problem that this device provides a solution for, is preventing mosquitos from breeding in these dark wet areas. As we know, ‘mozzies’ love stagnant water for their larvae to grow and in places like Far North Qld, this is a big problem. Ross River Fever is a particularly nasty virus that can have long term effects on anyone who contracts it.
The Green drain will stop the mosquito in its tracks by preventing it from entering the floor waste to lay. So, the Green Drain is a product that we think could solve a common problem across a range of commercial applications in office and industrial facilities. Check out this video for lots of info about this product.
An inexpensive way to eliminate an unpleasant problem from your workplace.