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Reasons Your Commercial Bathroom Smells Bad



Commercial bathrooms are supposed to be bright, open, mirrored spaces that invite guests of the establishment to use the bathroom in peace and sometimes tranquillity, depending on the skill of your interior designer. However, having issues with your bathroom as a commercial enterprise can pose a serious risk to your business and to your customers. You may need to do extensive bathroom renovation and spend money on a commercial bathroom remodel. 

But why does your commercial bathroom smell so bad, and what can you do about it?

Poor Ventilation 

One of the main reasons for smelly bathrooms is poor ventilation. Suppose your commercial space doesn’t have any windows in your bathrooms. In that case, you’ll likely have to resort to some sort of internal HVAC system to allow for the flow of air into and out of the bathroom. At the same time, this will help to maintain a flow of air to dissolve smelly ablutions in the space. These exhaust fans can sometimes not work at maximum capacity and therefore not ventilate your bathroom space as well as they should. If you suspect there’s an issue with your ventilation, you should call in an HVAC specialist.

Leaky Plumbing 

This could be why your smelly commercial bathroom space is particularly true of older buildings. Some new owners of older spaces experience plumbing leaks that they never thought possible. It’s important to have your plumber or other staff regularly check your bathroom fixtures for leaks, as this can cause moisture and toxin build up, which can cause a funky odour.

Clogged Floor Drains 

This is particularly the case in a hotel setting, particularly those with walk-in showers that rely on floor drains to drain away the water from the shower usage. These drains can become a hotbed of bacteria and toxic waste from human skin cell build up and sometimes hair build up, along with the accumulation of other dirt and grime. Make sure that your floor drains are routinely cleaned. This may require the use of a vinegar and baking soda cleaning solution.

Humidity Problems 

Another often overlooked issue in commercial bathroom spaces, and particularly during bathroom renovations, is the humidity level. Now, generally, this is regulated by a heat pump or the internal ventilation system, so that the bathroom humidity levels are maintained. However, if there is an issue with these systems, this can cause the humidity levels in your bathrooms to rise, particularly in the summer months leading to the eventual growth of mould spores and the foul smell that often follows. It’s worth paying extra attention to the thermostat during the summer months and ensuring that your bathroom humidity levels are at acceptable levels.

General Lack of Quality Cleaning 

One of the main reasons for poor smells in your commercial bathroom space is a general lack of quality cleaning. If you notice a poor smell persistently in your bathroom, it might be worth checking in with whatever company cleans your bathrooms to ensure they’re getting into every nook and cranny. The simplest oversight in a bathroom space can be a huge problem for your customers and business. 

How Crystal Bathrooms Can Help

If you suspect that you have a plumbing issue that is causing the poor smell in your commercial bathroom, be sure to contact Crystal Bathrooms. We service commercial operations and can come to your place of business and do a thorough inspection of your bathrooms to locate the source of your odour issue. Give us a call today to book your consultation.

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