For more than twenty year, ozone has been used by industry to eliminate odors, kill bacteria, and purify water. However, the equipment was expensive. Recent adaptions of the ozone, hydroxyl, and UV irradiation systems are now compact and portable. For our reader's sake, you should also know that there powerful treatment cannot be bottled or sold in stores, so you won't see profit-minded companies boasting of their effectiveness.
Ozone is extremely effective on smoke, foul organic odors, pet odors, and urine smell. Nearly every odor can be eliminated.
Ozone is just another form of oxygen. We breathe O2, but when the right process is applied 03 (ozone) is formed. It lasts about 20 minutes then reverts back to O2. So, you can see why this is a Green concept. Ozone is also formed in nature when sunlight interacts with oxygen or when static or lightning is discharged. When active, ozone causes some wonderful things to happen. The third oxygen atom is loose and wants to find a place to attach. When it does, it causes a reaction that will remove odors, kill bacteria, and sanitize the area.
Ozone, hydroxyl, and UV must always be produced on the site because these processes cannot be put into a spray bottle. The great news is that when professional applied it reaches places that workers and cleaners will not reach and kills what most cleaning products cannot. This process happens on the molecular level, and happens rapidly.
UV irradiation is used to sanitize the area or air. UV is effective but is limited in volume and reach. UV is part of the process, but is not a single sanitation solution.
Hydroxyl treatment is very effective allowing people and pets to stay in place, but suffers from the reach due to fast decay of the hydroxyl molecule. Some do not care the the "Clinical Smell" fet behind by hydroxyl treatment, but this will dissipate in short order.
Ozone is the workhorse of the various odor and sanitizing treatments. Whether from UV or corona generation, ozone has a longer half life and therefore it can stay active to reach the hard to reach areas. When professionally applied, ozone levels can be raise to one of three levels:
2) Odor Elimination,
3) Non-Toxic Treatment
The key is the application process and the generator volume along with temperature and humidity. If the application does not keep up with the decay rate. leakage, or ambient factors; the ozone process will not be fully effective.
Commercially available ozone generators are not effective for a true odor or sanitizing treatment. The volume is generally too low to do the job and cannot keep up with the decay rate. Other protocols for health, damage, or effective treatment should be followed. Therefore, requiring that the odor removal service is a Certified Ozone Technician means that he or she is trained in protocols for ozone, hydroxyls, and UV applications.