If you decide to use an ozone generator to remove mold, bacteria, or odor, how should it be done?
As we have already established, when you use ozone, you are releasing a dangerous pollutant into your home, so you need to make sure everything is done right.
In almost all cases, it is best to use a professional cleaning and odor-removal company that offers ozone generators as part of their business. These experienced professionals are properly trained, so they have the knowledge and skills to complete the ozone process in a safe, efficient manner.
First, if you are using ozone to remove an odor, start by removing the source of the odor and cleaning as thoroughly as possible. This should include the use of safe liquid cleaners, vacuuming carpets, wiping surfaces, and dusting.
All of these measures will help make the odor removal more effective, and quite frankly, you may discover that after a good hard cleaning, ozone treatment is no longer needed.
Renting an ozone generator is usually preferred, but you can purchase one for personal use however you never want to be in the room when it is operating.
If you own a hotel, multiple rental properties, or a business that has strong odors (such as a restaurant or pet-related service), then purchasing an ozone generator may be a smart choice. However, if you are a homeowner, it’s probably wise to just rent, as you won’t need it on a regular basis and definitely would want to use as little as possible.
Every ozone generator will be different, so if you are using it yourself, be sure to follow, in every detail, the instructions for that machine. Make sure the windows in the home are closed and start the ozone generator by following the instructions. You will then need to leave the area and allow the ozone to do its work. Many units run on a timer, so they will turn off after a preset period. Once the period is over, allow the ozone to dissipate completely before entering the home or room. This can take a couple hours, so be patient and give yourself plenty of time. This is like treating your home for pests with chemicals. Avoid contact.
Here are a few tips to make the cleaning process more effective:
Use a fan on low or keep your A/C fan running to allow for better circulation of ozone.
Running the A/C can also help sanitize the ductwork of mold and mildew.
Instead of doing a 12-hour marathon of ozone removal, try doing a few short periods to gradually erode the smell or mold.
Make sure EVERYONE is removed from the home during treatment, including pets.
With these tips, you can more safely use an ozone generator in your home. However, there are safer, more reliable options that clean the air without the added risk to your health and wellbeing.
While ozone generators have their place, room air purifiers with true HEPA and activated carbon filters can often be used to reach the same goals.