Aqueous Ozone – The Most Frequently Asked Questions was prepared for client CleanCore
Cleanfax recently published an article on cleaning carpet using aqueous ozone, which has been quite popular among our readers. Many are still curious exactly what aqueous ozone systems are.
Matt Montag, distribution sales manager for CleanCore® Technologies, offers up answers to some common questions regarding aqueous ozone:
Q: What exactly is it?
A: “Aqueous ozone is a powerful oxidizer proven to clean effectively, helping to deodorize, sanitize and destroy a host of germs, bacteria and other contaminants on surfaces. Ozone is made up of three atoms found in the atmosphere and, as a result of new technologies, can be mechanically infused into water to create aqueous ozone, [which can] poured into a sprayer, and used just like a traditional cleaning solution. “
Q: Is this a form of chemical free cleaning”
A: Yes. Chemical free cleaning is considered a very safe way to clean surfaces. Safety is always a concern in cleaning, especially when using different types of cleaning chemicals. We should also note that even green cleaning solutions can be dangerous if not used properly.
Q: When were these systems first introduced to the cleaning industry?
A: Aqueous ozone was first used in the 1990s to clean different types of fruits and vegetables. It first made its introduction into the professional cleaning industry in the 2000’s.
Q: Where can these systems be used?
A: “Use aqueous ozone just about anywhere you would use a cleaning solution: counters, restroom fixtures, floors, “high-touch” areas, even carpet.” Chemical free cleaning in general, however, is most effective when used on lightly to moderately soiled surfaces. On heavily soiled surfaces, greasy or oily, it may be necessary to clean using more traditional cleaning solutions and methods.
Q: How strong is it?
A: Aqueous ozone is often compared to chlorine bleach because it can be used in many similar disinfecting applications. While it is not an EPA-registered disinfectant and should not be used in place of a disinfectant, it does have “kill” rates comparable to the key ingredients found in most hospital-grade disinfectants. *
Q: How do workers thinks of aqueous ozone cleaning systems?
A: There is a learning curve, as there is with all new cleaning systems. However, once workers learn how to use these machines, they typically find them easy to use as well as effective.
Q: Is it “green”?
A: “Some aqueous ozone products are referred to as “greener than green” and have been certified leading green certification organizations. Additionally, these systems promote sustainability. There are no boxes, packaging materials, or fuel required to transport aqueous ozone. The ozone is all made by one machine.”
Q: Is it safe?
A: As mentioned earlier, most forms of chemical free cleaning are considered safe. Aqueous ozone is typically safer than traditional or green cleaning solutions. Users are advised to follow all standard safety precautions, including wearing gloves, as they would when using any cleaning solution.
Q: How long does it last?
A: After use, the water evaporates and the ozone reverts back to oxygen. Aqueous ozone does not leave chemical residue on surfaces.
We should also add that aqueous ozone is not a new product. In fact, it was first discovered in the 1930s. We should view it as one form of cleaning and in some situations, it works very well. Before selecting this or any other type of cleaning system, ask a janitorial distributor to test and demonstrate the product in your facility. Putting the system to work in one of the best ways to see if it will work for you.
More information on Aqueous Ozone cleaning is available here.