How do I Clean Rubbish Chutes to Prevent Odour Build-up?

16 September 2016
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If you are a real estate manager that handles a large amount of apartment, building, and home cleaning and flipping projects, then you know the importance of removing rubbish quickly. This usually means hiring a skip bin as well as a rubbish chute for larger building projects. Using the garbage chutes can be fairly easy, but keeping them clean may be the issue. Here are some ways to ensure your rubbish chute stays clean and there is little to no odour build-up.

Check Your Collection Area

If you are noticing an ongoing or lingering odour in your rubbish chutes, the problem may be in the collection area or room and not the chute. This means that your first step in cleaning the area and removing the odour is to clean the collection area first. Make sure that you clean the area out of all debris and use an industrial strength anti-bacterial cleaning agent. If this is something that you don't want to have to handle on an ongoing basis, then consider getting a cleaning unit for the collection area. These are available through many skip bin rental companies and rubbish chute companies.

Proper Circulation

One of the key reasons your rubbish chute may be having odour issues is due to poor air circulation in the area. Hot air can become trapped throughout the chute and can help create bacteria, mould and mildew. These things can grow and create odour, especially if there is little to no air in the space. Make sure you have proper air circulation through the use of air vents or a fan that can be purchased at the same time as your rubbish chute. This will also let you know if you have a clog in the chute or something blocking the chute from emptying properly since you won't be able to feel an air current at the end of the chute.

Cleaning the Cleaning Unit

Some chutes already come with a cleaning unit. If yours has this option, and you have it installed and operating, you may want to consider hiring a professional to come in and clean the cleaning unit itself. Much like air conditioners and heaters, the filters and mechanics of a cleaning unit need to be cleaned out as well. A professional cleaning service can do this for you and help reduce odours that are coming from the cleaning unit being improperly maintained rather than just improper circulation in the chute or the collection area themselves.

These are just a few of the ways you can clean and maintain odour control in your rubbish chutes. If you have just a simple rubbish chute set-up, consider speaking to your local skip bin and rubbish chute dealer, such as Qwik Chutes, to find out cleaning options and fan options that can help you maintain the chute even easier.