After cleaning all the surfaces in a room, refreshing the air can add that “last finishing touch” to the space. And the way a room smells is critical because smell is the first sense that we use when we enter a space to make a judgment on whether or not it is “clean.” A room can be sparkling and beautiful, but if it smells funny, then no one will want to use it. And they’ll feel that way within 10 seconds.
One quick caveat: there’s a difference between “purifying” and “freshening” the air. This article will focus on freshening. Purifying typically refers to particulate and volatile organic compound (VOC) removal via high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) devices like air purifiers.
Ironically, air freshening begins with surfaces. It may seem like a paradox, but most odors in the air start out as odors on surfaces, especially fabric surfaces. Odors can stick to fabrics, and then, over time, are rereleased back into the air. Smoke and cooking odors are a great example of this.
The best way to get at these odors is to remove them from surfaces with a fabric refresher that is able to capture the odors and keep them out of the air.
Then you can move on to address odors lingering in the air. Some products simply cover up odors with a giant blast of perfume. That will work temporarily, but you’ll end up with a room that now smells like perfume and fish, instead of just fish.
At P&G Professional, we believe a better approach is to use aerosols with light, fresh scents and ingredients that can capture or remove odors from the air. These products deal with the odors and keep the smell fresh and clean, rather than overpowering. Ambi Pur Air Effects is an excellent example of an air freshener that can clean away and truly eliminate odors (remove double spacing) rather than simply mask them, leaving behind a light, pleasant scent. Ambi Pur also comes in a form called Set & Refresh, which helps you maintain a good light smell for longer and doesn’t need plugging in meaning it can be placed in many areas such as the toilet or the kitchen.
The nose quickly gets used to the smell of a room, so you may also want to consider alternating scents if available but make sure the scents are light. If they’re too heavy, it may be considered overpowering.
Follow these principles and you can make your “invisible surface” as fresh and inviting as all of the other surfaces you work so hard on!
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