Here’s an aspect of workplace cleaning you probably don’t give much thought to: smell!
With many people often inhabiting the same enclosed space for hours each day, offices and other workplaces can develop a less-than-lovely odour only too easily. From stuffiness over the autumn and winter, to aromatic sandwiches and microwave smells after the daily lunch break, there are all sorts of aromas which can make our workplaces smell unpleasant.
But scent plays a huge role in our happiness and mood. Whether it’s your staff or your clients wrinkling their nose, the impact of an “unlovely” aroma can be very negative. From making staff feel less productive, to making visitors view your business as unprofessional, there are some major drawbacks to a workplace which doesn’t smell like good.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a variety of tips and tricks which will help you make your workplace smell wonderful!
1. Make your own air freshener
If you hate the smell of synthetic, store-bought air fresheners (which can even trigger asthma in extreme cases), there are plenty of recipes for lovely homemade alternatives to be found online – like this Rosemary & Lemon Spray from Blah Blah Magazine. Cheap and easy to make, these fresheners offer a fast way to mask nastier odours with something a bit more pleasant – ideal for those moments when an important client is just about to drop by.
2. Make a bowl of potpourri
It may sound a little old-fashioned and something you’d have at home (not necessarily the office), but a bowl of potpourri is cheap and easy to make (or buy) and will both brighten up and freshen up musty smelling rooms. This “how to” from Free People is a good example.
3. Try a gel air freshener or reed diffuser
If you don’t like the look or smell of potpourri, but don’t like the power of a room spray, a gel air freshener or reed diffuser could be the right solution for you. You can buy these cheaply in supermarkets or online, or make your own if you’re feeling crafty and prefer natural products.
4. Open the windows
This is easier said than done in the depths of wet and chilly autumn and winter (although we’re getting past all that now!), but whenever the opportunity presents itself, open your blinds and windows and get rid of any stale smells with a good burst of fresh air.
5. Use an air purifier
Not only will these contraptions help you reduce the nasty pollutants (like chemical gases and toxins) present in indoor air, they will also help you to reduce and remove and nasty smells which might be lingering indoors, cleansing the air for a much fresher smell.
Of course, the very best way to keep your workplace fresh is to ensure it’s clean! To arrange a regular cleaning schedule or request a one off deep clean in Cardiff or the South Wales area then contact our friendly team of office cleaning experts today on 029 2067 9323!