Is it possible there has been a dairy spill like milk, cheese (non-preserved), yogurt or butter? These will yield a similar aroma. Another possibility is a short chain fatty acid called butyric acid, if spilled, it has a malodorous aroma of very stinky feet!
A decon with strong sodium bicarbonate solution may help remove the odor, I hope that this helps!
Oliver J (Jay) Toigo, CHMM, MPH
320 Cherry Blossom Drive
Churchville, Pennsylvania, 18966
“You can't solve you're problems with the same level of thinking that created the problems”. Albert Einstein
We have a strong “dirty socks” odor present in one of our micro labs. It’s a pretty typical lab using media and cultures, etc. and we are systematically removing everything and deconning but this odor is persisting. I know I have smelt this chemical before, maybe back in my undergraduate days, but it is really a sickening odor. Any ideas? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Rachel E. Harrington, MPH, CHMM
Director- Office of Environmental, Health and Safety
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
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