How to Solve Common Uric Acid Problems

Did You Know?

Cleaners consider urine odors and stains to be some of the toughest problems to eliminate in restrooms. The uric acid crystals within urine are the main source of these issues. Once they seep into the floor and tile grout or pipes become blocked, removing the sights and smells can seem impossible.

Stains are caused by urine that settles into porous surfaces and creates unsightly, off-colored blemishes.  Some stains can be so severe that the tile grout actually becomes burned and permanently damaged. Once urine has had time to settle into the floors and grout, it will also cause unpleasant odors that are reactivated each time the surface becomes wet.When customers see these stains or smell odors, 75% of them believe the facility is unsanitary and dirty, despite it being cleaned regularly.

It Affects Everyone…

While stains are a common occurrence in men’s rooms due to splashback and urinal usage, it happens in women’s bathrooms too. A survey found that 88.9% of women preferred to squat or hover over public toilet seats. To make female users more comfortable and decrease the chances of messes, provide toilet seat liners and toilet mats. A barrier between individuals and the seat will increase the chances of sitting instead of squatting and absorbent, nonslip polypropylene toilet mats will catch any spills.   In men’s rooms, urinal screens and mats work together to protect floors from the ill effects of uric acid. The screens will decrease the amount of splashback that ends up on floors and users, and the mats will protect floors from the urine that does escape. In addition to the urinal screens and mats stopping spills before they cause problem, both products can eliminate odor as well.

…Everywhere

Uric acid is not just a problem outside of the toilet or urinal. When pipes are not treated properly and become blocked, waste has nowhere to go and causes odor to emanate from fixtures. When debris and/or scale are blocking pipes, urine waste has nowhere to go and causes odor. Blockages can be a result of debris being flushed down pipes that should not be in urinals, such as gum or pieces of trash, or could be a result of organic buildup. Urinal screens will shield drains from unwanted debris, while auto flush systems paired with inline sanitizers will take care of pipes and breakdown organic matter before it can it can become pipe-clogging. As auto flush systems operate without touch, they also reduce cross-contamination and are a more hygienic option for everyone using the restroom.

Contrary to popular belief, waterless urinals can be more odor-free than their water-using counterparts; however, they can still experience the same problems. Their oil sealants can break down and allow odor to spread instead of shielding against it. Models that use Aqua Trap technology and gel sanitizer are more effective at preventing unappealing redolence, as the water sealant does not degrade like an oil-based one. The enzymes in the gel sanitizer diminish organic matter and inhibit buildup from developing, and along with urinal screens blocking out debris, keep pipes clear.

However, Prevention is Possible!

Uric acid is problematic and requires smart planning and preventative measures to avoid any of its consequences. Urinal screens, inline sanitizers, and toilet and urinal mats all work together to keep spills off of floors, pipes clear, and odor from occurring. Regularly maintaining these fixtures and products is just as significant as providing them, so be sure to have services scheduled to keep everything in top shape!

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