“Metered air dispensers should be placed five to 10 feet from the entrance of the restroom, approximately 10 feet from the floor, and directly across from the sink and vanity area,” says Tony Chiefari, vice president business development, Claire Manufacturing Co., Addison, Illinois. “As a general rule, this location will be central to the most common area.”
For safety reasons, aerosols should never be placed in areas where they could potentially spray into someone’s face or create a slip-and-fall hazard, says Sauser.
Another reason aerosol dispensers should be placed high on the wall is to prolong the time that the fragrance remains in the air.
Additionally, passive systems, unlike active systems, rely solely on natural airflow to disperse the product, making air movement a priority when considering placement.
“They need to be mounted reasonably high for security reasons,” says Wonnacott, “but they would be well-suited for areas where you have an opening or closing door, or where you have people passing regularly, creating a natural draft.”
Active odor-control systems are beneficial for large restrooms or restrooms with serious malodor issues, while passive systems work well in smaller restrooms or stalls, says Ward. Some restrooms benefit from a combination of both systems, depending on the type and size of facility, and its individual needs.
Strategically placing odor control dispensers in restrooms can maximize their effectiveness, but if the systems are not well maintained all bets are off. Units need to be easily accessible so that custodians can change batteries and/or cartridges when needed.
As with fragrances, figuring out the best place to install odor control dispensers is part science, part personal preference.
Odor Control Outside The Restroom
Odor-control products are no longer being confined to the restroom. Customers are installing dispensers in other areas of their facilities, including hallways, stairwells and lobbies, to address odors and impart signature scents.
Inside or outside the restroom, the same rules apply regarding placement — dispensers should be placed 10 feet from the floor and centered within common areas.