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It doesn’t take much to distract us from our work. Some discomfort; our phone buzzing; a rumbling stomach — it takes a practiced mind to stay focused on the task at hand. Distractions aren’t only annoying but they also reduce productivity and, as a result, profits. One distraction that can affect us is a strong odor. And while foul smells certainly divert our attention, they can sometimes make employees sick and indicate an indoor air quality problem in your Tampa, Florida, office. Eliminate office odors, and you’ll be on your way to a more comfortable, productive, and focused office.

What’s That Smell?

Odors can originate from anything from the trash to the popcorn someone burned in the break room. Some smells, however, are more difficult to identify. For example, a musty smell could indicate mold or mildew in one of the warmer, wetter areas of the office. A plastic smell could point you to overheating electronics or overloaded wiring. Believe it or not, if your office chair is well-used, it could also be the source of the nasty smell in your corner of the office.

If coffee makers and mugs and coasters aren’t cleaned properly, they could be a source of foul odors too. Be sure to check coffee makers, mugs, and coasters to make sure they aren’t growing mold.

How to Eliminate Office Odors

The first step in eliminating office odors is to identify the source. Use that sniffer to pinpoint areas where mold could be growing or where there could be some rotting food that at one point fell under a cabinet, then act accordingly. Giving your office a thorough cleaning can go a long way toward eliminating odors. Certain plants will also purify the air, leaving it healthier and smelling fresher.

Even after an office cleaning, some particularly pesky smells can persist. For odors that won’t go away, call ServiceMaster Restore for help at 813-603-2001. We have the equipment and experience to accurately identify and treat sources of distracting and harmful odors.

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