Odour Control

You may not give much thought to Odour Control, but whether it's your home, a factory, restaurant, school or shop, it's important to make sure that unpleasant and potentially harmful smells are controlled and kept to a minimum.

Types of Odours

Just about anything we use gives off an odour. If it's in the home, cleaning products and scents and deodorants give off a smell, and of course the smell of burnt food can linger for hours, even for days. Opening a window isn't always a practical solution to get rid of an odour. Most restaurants have a small and somewhat cramped kitchen area, meaning that smells are especially noticeable. And of course, a restaurant kitchen must be kept spotlessly clean and sanitized all the time, making odour control an essential part of the operation.

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Many industrial strength cleaning products give off an even stronger odour; if you have ever used too much bleach you will understand just how important it is to control smells and reduce spills or leaks. Petrol and glue both have extremely strong odors, and many of the chemicals used daily in factories, plants and warehouses give off a strong or unpleasant smell. Most of us aren't aware of a strong smell until we are subjected to it; at that point it can be potentially harmful as well as simply unpleasant.

Why Odour Control Is Important

Odours aren't just unpleasant, they can be harmful too, making odour control essential. Some chemicals and cleaning products give out toxic fumes, and the side effects from smelling or inhaling some chemicals can include headaches, feeling sick, tiredness, or watery eyes. These symptoms can be a lot worse of course, for the very young, the elderly or anyone who has respiratory issues or who has a cold or the flu. Unpleasant odours can also deter potential customers, causing a company to lose money and have its reputation damaged. An unpleasant or strong odor in a public building, shopping centre or school can affect hundreds, sometimes thousands of people and become a costly problem to fix. And employees who routinely have to work with an unpleasant odour present are probably going to take more frequent breaks, more days off work and in general, both productivity and quality can be adversely affected.

Environmental Factors

Higher temperatures nearly always cause an odour to be stronger and more noticeable, making odour control even more important in those areas that routinely experience extremes of temperature. And even though a factory, warehouse or industrial plant may be located several miles from the nearest homes, the odour can still be carried a long distance, or spread in different directions, depending on the wind speed and direction. This is becoming more of a problem in built up areas, as new homes are built close to factories, chemical plants and sewage works. Eventually, a strong odour present on an almost permanent level can lower property values, drive people out of the area and lead to complicated, lengthy and costly legal action to remove the odour.