Does Ozone Kill Odors?
There are a couple of ways to attack an odor problem. The first of which is to look at the cleaning process being used. This should be more than general cleaning. Smells come from decomposition of organic residue that is slowing decaying. Old pet urine deposits, spills, cooking, smoking, and general living in a home leaves a "Footprint" that can literally embed itself into every part of the home. Other deposits can add to the smell because years of living in a house includes so many activities that the home is somewhat permeated with the smells of activities and accidents of all types.
Ozone will Kill Odors and Sanitizes as well...
So, cleaning is the first step. But, cleaning is never enough. The best vacuum in the world will not take out all the gunk in the carpet. Neither will the most-promising carpet cleaner. The footprint is not only in the carpet. It is is clinging to the walls, stuck in the tile ceiling, under the cabinets, into the fabrics, and in areas people will never reach. Cleaning will take away a large part of the problem, but the problem will remain.
The second process is an attempt to mask the smell with something more powerful and pleasant. This is why the deodorizing industry is a multi-billion dollar business. Masking smell is a never-ending task that means you must constantly buy the next promising deodorizing spray.
Neutralizing the odors sounds far more promising that eliminating the smell. Neutralizers, like Febreze, claim that their spray will neutralize and remove odors. If that were true, the smell would not come back, right? Try it and see for yourself. Smell from things like your trash can come from things starting to decay or rot. Encapsulating the odor doesn't stop the decay. It tries to trap the smell. Of course the fragrance is there to help cover the problem. Regardless of what the neutralizer does for the moment to trap the smell, the decay continues. So, it all seems like a game intended to get everyone to buy more deodorizing products that don't work for long.
Cleaning the carpet has been the traditional way to improve the smell in a home of building. This is helpful because it is another form of cleaning. But take spills and pet urine as the worst examples of carpet smells. They get down into the carpet backing and the padding. Carpet cleaning is basically treating the fibers on top of the backing. Even then, it is not 100% extraction. The inability to reach the backing and padding is obvious. Otherwise, your carpet will not dry in an hour.
So, with all the credit possible for cleaning efforts, carpet cleaning, and neutralizers; these are not enough. Experiments with apartments and homes with smokers show that painting the walls is temporary also. When paint dries, it becomes porous allowing the smoke smell to return.
We must ask what else can be done to make an apartment, house or building finally eliminate the footprint of smells past? The solution has been around a very long time, but the ability to harness this commodity has been available only to industries who could afford the large machinery needed to produce ozone. Ozone is a natural atmospheric gas formed by bright sunlight or lightning. It reacts with oxygen to enrich it from two oxygen atoms to a three oxygen atom configuration. This extra atom is a powerful microscopic kind of nanotechnology that attacks germs, odors, and toxins to literally destroy them at a molecular level.
Ozone will kill the odor in a way that no cleaning process can match. But, ozone is not something to try on your own. There are health concerns and protocols that need to be follow. It best to bring in an odor removal service that uses ozone in a proper manner. The person should be a Certified Ozone Technician and member of the National Ozone Association.