How Does Ozone Work on Odors?
Everyone wants to know, "Does it really work?" The answer is "Yes, it does." Ozone is a very effective odor elimination tool. The process employed is called oxidation. The most rapid form of oxidation is fire. Another form is rust. Odors like urine give off ammonia-type odors as bacteria feed on the dried urine. It is a slow process that can take a long time. What would happen if we could speed that process up a hundred fold? We do not need to introduce more bacteria to speed things up. Introduce the proper amount of of ozone into the area, and ozone will attack the source of odor. Ozone will cause thing to oxidize at it most rapid rate. This all happens at the molecular level.
The secondary benefit is that the ozone will kill the bacteria feeding on the urine salts. This is a two-fold punch needed for a true odor removal process. Yet. few realize just how effective ozone is for odor and sanitizing programs. Ozone ranks as on the the most effective sterilant in the world. But, you cannot buy it. It comes from nature, and must be produce at the site.
Smoke is another type of odor that comes from tar, aromatics, and other ingredients that are not located in one area like urine. Smoke will coat surfaces, embed into fabric, and has no nature process to erode its impact. So, this can be a stubborn odor problem to eliminate.
When ozone is properly applied to an enclosed area, it is a reaction looking for a place to happen. It seeks out the thin films and hidden odors, and does what ozone always does. It bonds with the offending odor sources and oxidizes them. It might appear (figuratively) like microscopic fires destroying the source of the odor, although there is actually no flame involved. Ozone is not flammable anyway.
To illustrate the process, the government now requires an open flame in smokestacks that will burn up the gases before they hit the air. This was particularly true in the Great Lakes area coal fired plants that brought about the "Acid Rain" from the sulfur in the smoke. Though not the only solution, these flames in the smoke stacks burned up the offending pollutants and also reduced the odors produced.
Ozone is a catalytic reaction of the same example as a flame. Ozone will oxidize the odor leaving it spent and neutralized.
Ozone is a safe process when the rules are followed. A typical treatment will take between 1-3 hours to do the job, but the public is warned to avoid not certified odor removal services. There are no chemicals or toxins involved, but there are protocols to follow for an effective treatment without other complications.
Odor removal is a relatively new industry that is springing up across the country. Though effective in most cases, it pays to work with a Certified Ozone Technician who understands the uses and protocols of ozone application.
While there are other odor removal techniques, such as enzymes and spray on products. They fall short because they are highly localized. Unless, the sprays can be applied electrostatically, they will not reach the many areas where odors hide. Sprays and powders introduce another agent to accomplish the odor elimination, whereas ozone has no chemicals to be left behind.
When it is also understood that ozone has two other values, other products pale in comparison. Ozone will kill bacteria and germs throughout the building, which is a great sanitation process. Ozone will also attack indoor air pollutants, like VOCs and pesticides, and neutralize them as well. This is referred to as detoxification.
Other than the downside of vacating the building during application, there are multiple reasons that ozone is an effective and superior odor removal concept. Locate a odor removal and sanitizing specialist at our Odor Removal Servicesdirectory.