How to Get Rid of Guest Room Odor

Ridding hotel rooms of odor

What’s as disgusting as walking into a dirty guestroom? Walking into a stinky guest room! Not only is a smelly hotel room gross, but it can majorly affect your guest’s satisfaction and perception of the entire property.

Guest rooms are vulnerable to many different smells, including perfume, pets, smoke, mold, mildew, and food. These odors can cost you repeat customers and room revenue, so it’s important to take action quickly, and make these steps part of your preventative maintenance routine.

Take these three steps and keep guest room odors under control: 

1. Detect the source

Fill in gaps with caulking to prevent mold and mildew.

The first step to eliminating bad smells is to train guest room attendants to detect and identify odors. Guest room odors can be caused by a number of sources, including trash cans, carpeting, bedding, drapes, upholstered furniture, closets, microwaves, and PTACs.

Bathroom odors often stem from mold and mildew, which live in cracks, small holes, or gaps in grout and caulking in and around the shower, tub, vanity, and commode. Anywhere water can reach, mold and mildew can grow. Ensure moisture can’t get behind walls or under flooring where treating mold and mildew becomes a much larger job. Keeping shower and sink drains clean and free from hair and debris will keep those areas odor free.


2. Treat the odor

Depending on the odors and/or sources found, there are a number of solutions including:

  • Keep guest rooms clean and dry. Regularly airing out guest rooms is a great way to combat odors.
  • Combine bleach and water to keep mold and mildew away or use a mold and mildew remover.
  • Use carpet/upholstery cleaning chemicals and cleaning machines with high power extraction systems for the smelliest carpets (thanks, Fido!). 
  • Regularly launder blankets, bedspreads, pillows, and drapes, even if they do not appear used or visibly dirty.
  • Consider using an ozone deodorizer or air abatement system. 
  • For PTAC-related odors, use condensation tablets to manage the bacteria/algae growth and reduce odor. 
  • In the bathroom, use caulk and grout for any cracks or where cleaning products aren’t working on your mildew problem.
  • Zip-It and other drain cleaning tools are great to clean drains of hair and other debris.  

3. Be proactive

hote room odor control productsOdor control should be part of your housekeeping and maintenance staffs daily routines. Set up quarterly deep cleaning and preventative maintenance programs for guest rooms to attack odors. Keeping the rooms and bathrooms dry and well ventilated is a key to maintaining a mold- and mildew-free space. Regularly deep cleaning trash cans, carpeting, bedding, drapes, upholstered furniture, closets, microwaves, and PTACs gives your rooms a fresh odor-free start. With these simple steps, your guests will appreciate their fresh-smelling rooms, rather than wondering “what’s that awful smell?”



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