February 8, 2015 in Smoke Odor Elimination
For everyone that hasn’t gone “nose-blind” to them, foul odors are everywhere. They can make a college dorm or men’s locker room a challenging place to be. Or how about riding shotgun in the ‘08 Town Car your buddy bought used from Tommy Tomatoes, who chain smoked 20 packs a day, and played chauffeur to a bull dog and his drunken cigar smoking poker squad this past New Years Eve in Vegas. Well get ready for your mind blown.
There’s a simple yet HIGHLY effective method to make even the unholiest smelling car interiors like new again!
Ozone is an arrangement of highly reactive oxygen atoms and molecules referred to as “free radicals” that neutralize toxic microbial and chemically offensive substances in and around our environment. Ozone is a natural purifier and when harnessed for commercial purposes, it can be used for a wide range of applications including SMOKE ODOR ELIMINATION! We’ll get more into the science of ozone in another post but for now, let’s discuss some of the basics regarding how ozone is used professionally to eliminate smoke and other odors from cars, homes and relatively enclosed human environments.
There are many commercially available solutions for average consumers to attempt treatment of living spaces or vehicle interiors by making their own ozone but not all technologies are equal. Just like other product categories, you have choices in feature performance and pricing but you will often get what you pay for. There are also procedure considerations that need to be made and inexperienced users can damage equipment, personal property and EVEN THE HEALTH of those who are exposed to high concentrations of ozone.
Ozone basically works by changing the molecular structure of chemical substances that give off unpleasant smells like tar, one of the most offensive ingredients released by cigarette smoking. When Ozone (O3) comes into contact with it, the tar is reduced to a basic form of ash, resulting in complete neutralization and ODOR ELIMINATION!
The effectiveness of O3 treatments is a function of several variables:
- Severity of smoke odor(s) often indicated by a yellowing or discoloration of walls and surfaces
- Quality of oxygen source
- Power output of ozone generators
- Number of ozone generators
- Concentration of ozone (measured in ug/ml)
- Square footage and volume of space(s) being treated
- Duration of treatment
The most effective method for cigarette, cigar and other types of smoke odor elimination is by the process of what we call “heavy ozone shock”. This procedure requires the following:
- General containment of space(s) to be treated
- High concentration of O3
- Sufficient duration of time held at high concentration
For extremely heavy smoke odor remediation, we suggest a pre process which uses a high tech microbial enzyme applied to the treatment area first. We use an industrial fogging machine to apply this enzyme to maximize dispersion within the space.
Property managers and average consumers often attempt their own odor elimination with lower cost and smaller, non-commercial ozone generator and equipment combined with single transformers and even small computer fans but this rarely, if ever, produces optimal results. Sometimes customers attempt painting over walls and surfaces to try and eliminate odors but the paint just serves as a moderate barrier to the base odors and the result is a breakdown of the paint chemicals and considerably longer treatment times if professional odor remediation is chosen later.
The process for treating both cars and homes is generally the same however we suggest applying the microbial enzyme by spraying the headliner of the car first and then running a machine for two days or more depending on the severity of the odor.
Are you sick of your car or home smelling like cigarette, cigar and other smoke odors? Give us a call at 949 291 0952 and Ozone Pure Air will fix it the professional way!