The interest in ozone as an environmentally-superior cleaning/sanitizing concept is encouraging. More and more, ozone has proven itself to be a great, natural solution. After all, ozone is just another form of oxygen. (O2 now formed as O3) This enriched form of oxygen must be used properly since it is a respiratory irritant when applied at higher levels. But, what cleaning chemical out there does not have warning labels for it's use?
In fact, ozone is now a well-known process in food processing and industrial applications. It is used in municipal water supply systems and aquariums of all sizes. And finally, the public is more accepting of ozone although it has been unkindly criticized by those who have another agenda. Notably, chemical manufacturers do not want to get an opportunity for a free concept to displace their billion dollar grip on the cleaning products we all buy.
So, anyone can buy an ozone machine anymore. Most of imported from China or built in garage-type operations but publicly boasted as the latest and best. However, lest we get off base on the subject, let me once again point out that the bst use of an ozone generator is not a singular, all-encompassing concept. Ozone is a tool that is best used strategically. This is where so many people and quasi-professionals miss the boat.
The best results often involve a combination of tools to do the job well. For example, a dirt carpet with a bad pet smell needs to be cleaned first. If not, odors may persist. Why? Well, ozone is topical meaning it works from the outside, in. Deeply embedded odors have developed over years and they are more than superficial. So, the first step to a successful job is often cleaning. Odors and sanitizing is a combination of a good cleaning and a good sanitizing. Do not confuse the two idea, because they are two sides of the same coin.
Secondly, ozone is an immediate solution. Here is where the professional knowledge kicks in. Immediate means, "Right Now, but not necessarily Later." So, ozone does the job NOW, but what about embedded odors that leach out over time? In case you didn't know it, most odors have a bacterial source. Pet urine, spill, or built-up debris are a food source for bacteria. Most of the odor you presently smell if the output of bacteria. Ozone will kill the bacteria now, but if the debris remains, bacteria will return and bring the bad odor with them.
So, how can we do our job better? Well, make sure the area is well cleaned for a start. Secondly, follow the ozone treatment with a process that will address the bacteria long after the job is done. I like our BioShield DP applied with a ULV fogger. DP is a bacteria, virus, and mold killer that also leaves behind an antimicorobial coating that inhibit bacterial growth for months after application.
If you are in the ozone business, do us all a favor and learn the basics of cleaning and odor remediation! Buying an ozone machine from some self-appointed guru is not how you become a professional service. The National Ozone Association offers the Certified Ozone Technician course as a great starting point. Second, buy professional ozone equipment. Not the loudest YouTube promoter. Third, learn your craft.
The ozone service is not just dropping off an ozone machine and returning later. I assure you that some jobs will not resolve with just an ozone treatment. If you do not understand bacterial odor issues, you are going to ruin your own success.
At the least, understand three things: Cleaning, Sanitizing (ozone fits here), and Prevention. The best results come from jobs that hit all three areas. You can't clean the floor when there is trash all over. You can't keep a clean floor if trash is constantly added. What you do BEFORE and AFTER your ozone treatment makes a huge difference in the final results.
I like probiotics, enzymes, essential oil, and even chlorine dioxide. But, if I had one choice of a post-ozone treatment, it is BioShield DP. It can be applied nearly anywhere, it is very effective at killing bacteria and mold, and it leave the microbial coating that fights against bacterial rebound. I frankly think that any ozone job needs a DP treatment that will allow the odor or sanitizing process to endure long after the job is done.
Ozone is an Immediate Solution, and DP is an Enduring Solution to the primary culprit of odors. You see a pile of trash does not stink. At least it didn't when you threw it away. But, it was a wonderful food source for bacteria that are everywhere. Just a few bacteria in the trash quickly grow into billions of ravenous bacteria colonies. And, bacteria do three things well. They constantly eat, they reproduce in hours, and they produce gas (nasty gas). Seal the trash in a vcuum (where bacteria cannot survive), and the trash will not stink badly. Let the trash enjoy warmth and air, and bacteria will about ... follow by the stink.
So, my advice to anyone thinking about the ozone business is to understand why things smell, spread disease, or promote mold growth. Know that ozone is very effective for these problems in the NOW. Cleaning improves results by partially removing the food source. Ozone will kill off the offending (and offensive) bacteria gas-makers. And, DP will kill the bacteria as well as leave the bacteria inhibiting coating.
If you plan to use an ozone generator for your situation, or as a business service. Learn the three basics: Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Prevention. The same principle works for infection control, mold remediation, allergy abatement, and odor mitigation. This may add $4-5 to the cost of the job, but the success rate should be significant.