The Importance of Fragrance in the Cleaning Industry

A good song can invoke great memories, motivate us to do great things and provide us with a soundtrack to our lives.   Much like music, a fragrance can provide us with a similar effect.   What would a movie theater experience be without the smell of popcorn in the air?  When it comes to cleaning, a fragrance can make or break a user’s experience.   While cleaning may not be the most glamorous experience in the world, it is one of the most important jobs that help keep us healthy.  Having the right fragrance for the job makes cleaners pleasurable to use.

Fragrances help create the perception of “clean” in the environment.  Odor control is vital in the cleaning industry.  Many cleaning tasks often involve unpleasant odors due to the type of soils encountered on surfaces.   Having a good smelling product can help the user overcome these nasty odors by blocking the olfactory senses and preventing the rotten smells from being unbearable.   Odor neutralizing technology, like the tech we use in our Clear Air Airlift®and Xcelente®

Airlift®, can chemically bind to odors, thus creating a heavier molecule that can’t volatilize and reach our olfactory senses.

An often-overlooked point of having a fragrance in a cleaning product is for safety reasons.  Fragrance plays an important part in identifying a cleaning product from other things like sports drinks or other items often found in similar containers around a work site.  Much like color, fragrance can also be used to differentiate products to different tasks.  As an example, to avoid worker confusion, a glass cleaner can smell differently than a disinfectant or an industrial degreaser.

On the contrary, in some industrial applications such as food processing, the absence of a fragrance can be beneficial.   In those instances, fragrance can be harmful to food products.  Some food products could possibly absorb the fragrance and take on off flavors in the process.  Also, products that contain fragrances can overpower the smell of spoiled food products and increase the risk of using expired or foul food. While intentional fragrances are not welcome in that industry, sanitizers like bleach or peracetic acid have their own characteristic odors and have become a “clean” smell for that industry.

Using the right product with a good fragrance can ultimately be an enjoyable and a rewarding experience. The sense of accomplishment after a tough cleaning task can be felt as others will have peace of mind that the area has been cleaned by the scent that has been left behind.


About the Author:
Jason Welch is a microbiologist in his 20th year at Spartan Chemical. He is a product developer/formulator (and avid guitar player) who also likes to educate Spartan distributors on disease prevention so they can train their customers for a healthier America.

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