With the intense interest in infectious diseases, people are looking for answers. Sanitizing and disinfection methods are being extensively explored. One effective method is ozone treatment of buildings.
No matter how much you sanitize, you are always one infected person away from spreading an infectious disease to hundreds of other people. This has been true for centuries, but we are now in an era where we can actually change the traditional cleaning process that has evolved, but has not risen to the challenge.
I am routinely asked about chlorine dioxide (CLo2) compared to ozone. So, let me take a stab at some of the comparisons and differences that I see as someone who has used both for various jobs.
The concept of an ozone sanitizing chamber is pretty simple, but there are some important basics to the process. By following these critical elements, it is possible to scale from a small container to a large room depending on the cubic feet required for your needs.
The coronavirus caught everyone mostly unprepared and fighting to catch up to the infectious threats. And, there is an important lesson for every business and home. We can wait for the disease to hit and take action after the problem is already infecting people (reactive response). Or, we can be proactive by adding a new and important dimension to the cleaning program.
For years, we have worked to dislodge the poor cleaning methods used to clean homes and buildings. Years ago, DuPont ran an advertising campaign with the phrase, "Better Things for Better Living through Chemistry". This was a popular idea 40 years ago as it seemed that science was nothing but wonderful and full of astounding promise.
We have numerous calls coming in to ask if ozone will kill coronavirus, COVID-19. We already know that ozone has successfully killed previous coronavirus threats. We now have the first documented report from an authority source that ozone should kill the COVID-19, but more testing is needed to confirm the efficacy of ozone on the latest coronavirus.
Our office has received numerous calls about whether ozone kills the coronavirus. It is well-known that ozone does kill pathogens (bacteria and viruses). Ozone is a non-chemical solution that can be applied to treat large or small areas and it reaches all surfaces with a nominal treatment. This does not mean there is no need to properly clean the area, but ozone can be an augment to a sanitizing program.
Ozone has been a part of our world since the beginning of time. The ozone layer protects us from excess ozone. Every lightning storm produces more than 40 tons of ozone that sanitizes our world while the rain washes away the debris. During daylight hours, minor amounts of ozone happens everywhere on earth.
When it comes to ozone generators, we have seen it all. One popular brand uses 4" plastic fenceposts to build the case and powers the system with a transformer and stainless steel screens. (Talk about old school). Another self-promoted Internet guru hacks existing blowers, fans, and vacuums to build his machines in a garage. A third promoter actually uses a plastic drain box to build his ozone generators.