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Battling Restroom Odors: Debunking Ice in Urinals

Ever since the invention of the urinal back in 1886, facilities have been battling the unwanted odors that come with them. To combat the odors, businesses have tried many different treatments… some more beneficial than others.  

One of the most used techniques for businesses is to fill the urinal with ice. However, this may add to the odor in restrooms. In this post we discuss why utilizing the power of Bacillus over loading ice into urinals will be your best bet to reducing those odors.  

The Unintended Consequence of Using Ice in Urinals 

The rationale behind the ice method is logical but unknowingly, not directed at the true cause of the odors. The belief is that the odor from restrooms is due, in part, to lack of flushing, so businesses will load in ice. The ice slowly melts, providing a constant flow of water through the urinal. 

While having a consistent water flow can help keep drains running smoothly, the unintended consequence is that ice can often lead to splashing which only intensifies odors. When urine splashes onto porous surfaces, such as tile and grout, it leads to the accumulation of urine and urea. This results in strong ammonia odors. 

The more splashing, the more odors…this is a cycle that can be detrimental to the restroom environment. Luckily, there is a solution to end this cycle.  

Using Bacillus to Treat Restroom Odors 

For facility owners, they must adopt solutions that address the root cause of restroom odors. Chemistry-based cleaners can be good to use but they do not have the ability to get rid of strong odors lurking in porous surfaces.  

Bacillus-based cleaners offer a strategic approach by penetrating deep into surface pores, effectively reducing the presence of odor-causing compounds.   

But how can these microscopic organisms accomplish such a major task? Bacillus cleaners assimilate ammonia in order to obtain nitrogen which they need to support further bacterial growth. This bacterial growth allows Bacillus to persist on tile and grout and continue to work longer than chemistry-based cleaners. The result is odor reduction. 

Empowering Customers with Innovative Hygiene Solutions 

By offering Bacillus-based solutions to your customers, not only are you addressing the surface-level issues, but also providing a solution that targets the core of restroom odors. Together, let’s elevate restroom hygiene standards and provide lasting benefits to the facilities you serve. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to explore our resources and Connect with us to continue this journey of transformative cleaning solutions. 

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