It’s often easier to pinpoint when a new technology, such as aqueous ozone, first started to take hold in the jansan marketplace than it is to predict its future. This is not necessarily true when we discuss the use of “engineered water,” as it is frequently called in the professional cleaning industry. It appears that engineered water systems such as aqueous ozone, which turns ozone into a safe and effective cleaning agent, as well as related technologies that effectively clean carpets, floors and surfaces without the use of chemicals have a growing future in the cleaning industry.
As to when these technologies first found their niche — or at least their market — the big boost was likely in the late 1990s, when a series of state and federal regulations were introduced that required manufacturing facilities to minimize or eliminate the use of chemical solvents to clean the products they manufacture and replace the solvents with safer and more environmentally protective cleaning processes.
The cleaning solutions traditionally used — acetone, alcohol and often very powerful chemicals — were found to have an adverse impact on the environment and, in many cases, the safety of factory workers. Reducing or eliminating these cleaning solutions and solvents would help reduce the number and volume of potentially harmful gases being released into the air, reduce the amount of contaminated wastewater produced by these facilities and enhance worker safety.
Benefits of Aqueous Ozone Cleaning
As a side benefit, this transformation also had the potential of creating a cost savings for the manufacturer. After all, in large-scale manufacturing facilities, solvents and other cleaning agents can be a major expenditure, as they may be needed to help ensure the cleanliness of a manufactured product at every stage of its development. Before turning to engineered water and other chemical-free forms of cleaning, however, manufacturers had to ask themselves a number of questions, many of which facility managers and cleaning professionals have found they must ask today as they look for strategies that help reduce cleaning’s impact on the environment.
Among these are the following:
- Does this area or surface in a facility need to be cleaned?
- Is cleaning required in all steps of the manufacturing process or just the last steps?
- How is the area or surface of a facility getting soiled and what steps can we take to minimize this soiling?
- Is the cleaning being performed purely for aesthetic reasons and, if so, is that necessary? An astute facility manager would also ask whether cleaning efforts are for appearance or if they are to protect the health and safety of building users?
Reducing the need for cleaning and cleaning chemicals is the most effective way to lessen the impact of cleaning on the environment. Aqueous ozone cleaning helps accomplish this.
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