When we use the word “ozone,” most of us think of many different things, most of them unpleasant. For instance, the disappearing ozone layer surrounding and protecting the earth; ozone pollutants in the air we breathe; even ozone generators, which were once heavily marketed (and still may be) as indoor air purifiers. What we are finding is that there is the possibility that inhaling too much ozone from one of these systems can cause infections and respiratory problems in humans as well as animals.
So it might be difficult to accept the fact that there are some positive things to say about ozone, with many of the most promising involving cleaning. Some form of ozone generating system has been marketed in the professional cleaning industry for more than a decade. But we are seeing them play a much more prominent role in professional cleaning today.
Early systems tended to be costly, and some were manufactured to look and work like traditional sprayers used every day to perform cleaning tasks. The only problem, among others, was that these early systems weighed more than eight pounds. Compare that to a filled cleaning solution sprayer that might weigh 16 to 20 ounces, or slightly more.
But things have changed in the past few years. Manufacturers, believing the technology has promise, have developed new systems that have helped make these machines less costly, much more practical, easier to use, and able to be used on many more types of surfaces from counters and restroom fixtures to floors and carpet. Many systems have even been Green-certified, verifying they have a reduced impact on the user and the environment when compared to other types of cleaning products used for the same purpose.
The industry has even come up with a new name for these devices: onsite generation engineered water-cleaning systems. That’s a mouth full and applies to other related technologies as well. However, they all have the same feature in common: water.
- With some systems, water is transformed into a cleaning agent using electricity. This creates what is known as Electrolyzed water. Some leading floor machine manufacturers use this technology, and it has proven useful and popular.
- Water turned into a vapor. These systems heat tap water to temperatures above 240 degrees. Hot enough to kill most germs and bacteria along with being able to hygienically clean surfaces.
- Water used as an indoor pressure washer. While these systems were originally designed to work with chemicals, some studies have found they are effective without cleaning solutions. Apparently, the pressurized water removes soils and contaminants from surfaces, once again leaving them hygienically clean.
And finally, water is used to make aqueous ozone. The ozone is created by adding ozone molecules to oxygen, which is then infused into water, thus the name aqueous ozone. Studies indicate these systems can help eliminate germs, odors, stains, mold, mildew, and other contaminants from most types of surfaces. Once the ozone has been applied to a surface, it essentially evaporates.