Odour is something that is almost impossible to measure, can be difficult to get rid of, and can be quite deceptive. Malodour, especially in factories and industrial areas, is caused by bacteria that is thought as being “bad” and can grow on surfaces and waste, which can break down and when released, malodourous compounds are emitted into the air.
Tackling malodour is far more complicated than one could imagine, as it can be harmful to animals and humans and can be detrimental to the environment
On a smaller scale, odour-masking products don’t make much of a difference as the perfumes hide bad smells at first, although bad smells ultimately return, and the original bacteria could probably grow at a far faster pace. Bad bacteria such as E. coli could thrive which could cause harm to the health of those within the environs.
Prevention, as the adage goes, is often better than cure, and is preferred over controlling odours, although if odours do occur, it is advisable to call on our expertise to assist with the problem.
Wherever possible, it is important to capture and destroy odours before they become problematic and are released into the environment. Where prevention is not at all possible, dispersion could assist to avoid bad odours. Many odour controls are merely physical ones, although some are legislative.
Here are some controls to put into place to avoid odours escaping into the atmosphere
- Limiting and restricting operating times during the day
- Keep odour diaries as complaints are usually made at specific times of the day
- By keeping an odour diary this could assist in pinpointing the problems that occur
- Try reducing production during these odour-producing periods
- Zoning restrictions are often put into place by local authorities where odours seem to be worse
- Authorities might suggest upgrades, new industries, etc through zoning restrictions
Mostert Odour Control
- Mostert applies Odour Control which is an industrial-strength odour neutralizer and consists of strong probiotics that eradicate the bacteria causing foul odours
- Bad odours indicate the presence of toxin-producing pathogens that grow on biological material
- The new generation of probiotics in Probio’s Odour Control is used to eliminate bad smells through the neutralisation of pathogens in odour compounds
- The Odour Control’s probiotic microorganisms remove the bacteria entirely which causes bad smells
- Applying Odour Control changes the fundamental microbial ecology by transforming it into a more balanced and natural smell
- Probiotics will remain on the surfaces where they were applied, thus continuing to control pathogens and odours for prolonged periods
Advantages of Mostert Odour Control
- The continuation of applications will take care of the source of foul odours on an ongoing basis
- Odour Control is beneficial for industries such as industrial composting
- Commercial entities
- Agricultural and animal husbandry operations
- Management of waste
- Leachate treatment and transfer stations
- Management of landfills
Benefits of Mostert Odour Control
- Neutralisation of odours is long-term and acts fast
- Reduces and prevents flies
- Minimises stress on animals
How do Biological Odour Neutralisers work?
Biological neutralisers differ from chemical and enzyme–based products in that they work at the start of the process but are unable to continue to do so in the long-term.
A probiotic–based biological odour neutraliser, on the other hand, consists of beneficial bacteria which is often in a spore format which supports the action of cleaning that the product would like to attain. Beneficial bacteria infiltrate into any tiny imperfections and pores where bacteria and dirt hide and thus continue to work in the long-term (long after the first application of the product). The advantages far outweigh any disadvantages – the beneficial bacteria will then thrive, thus vying with the bacteria that is harmful and can overtake any injurious bacteria, thus breaking down compounds that cause malodour.
Enzymes only provide an immediate solution but are not a long-term solution to malodours. Enzymes also have safety challenges as they can cause allergies.
Benefits of products that are biologically based over chemical-based products
Odour–masking products that are chemically based are only operative for short spurts and are easily overpowered because they do not tackle the source of the malodour. Biological odour neutralisers differ to chemical odour masking products, as they are designed to tackle malodour at its source. They contain specific strains of Bacillus which degrade precise malodorous compounds, thus competing with malodour-causing bacteria.
These strains of Bacillus are designed to target specific bacteria, unlike chemical products that are not custom-made for definite cleaning challenges. In addition to the cleaning benefits of biological odour neutralisers, the products are cost-effective as they can reduce labour costs in the long-term.
There are four general types of compounds for odour control – these include masking agents that are short-term and override bad smells upfront, counteractants that chemically block the odours, odour-absorption chemicals which react with compounds (such as that in manure to reduce odours) and biological compounds that include enzymes and bacterial products that alter and decompose the compounds so that odours are not emitted.
It is advisable to call on our expertise where we can advise and assist in eliminating odours professionally. Mostert Odour Control has all the answers to assist with odours in the long-term.