Common Questions about Aqueous Ozone Cleaning Systems
September 16, 2016 | cleancore | Filed Under: Aqueous Ozone information, Blog
Now that more facilities such as schools, restaurants, office buildings, and healthcare settings are selecting engineered water or no-chemical cleaning systems such as aqueous ozone, it is becoming clear that custodial workers often have questions about them, including why they are being adopted in the first place.
To help us address some of these issues, Matt Montag, sales manager for CleanCore™ Technologies, manufacturer of aqueous ozone equipment, lists some of the questions that usually come up:
Is ozone safe?
Ozone is naturally found in the atmosphere and is safe to use for both commercial and residential cleaning.
Do I need to wear protective clothing?
It is not necessary to wear protective clothing; however, as with all cleaning, custodial workers are encouraged to wear gloves as well as goggles.
How does it work?
Aqueous ozone systems create ozone mechanically and then infuses it into water; when applied to surfaces it has proven to be effective at eliminating germs, odors, stains, mold, mildew, and other contaminants.
Does aqueous ozone work like a disinfectant?
aqueous ozone is not a disinfectant but in some ways it does work like a powerful sanitizer and studies have found it can be as effective as, if not more effective than, some sanitizers and disinfectants. It reacts with the walls of bacteria and germs found on surfaces which leads to the death of these contaminants.*
Is there a residue left on the surface after cleaning?
No. This is one of the key benefits of this technology. After cleaning, the water simply evaporates and the ozone reverts back to oxygen.
Does the machine look like a spray-gun?
No, not at all, in fact cleaning professionals may not even see the machine. Some systems have “fill stations” connected directly to cold water pipes under a counter where the aqueous ozone can be accessed.
Why are we transferring to aqueous ozone cleaning systems?
“The best way to answer this question is to say that these systems are proven effective and are the next step in green cleaning,” says Montag. “Essentially they have no impact on health or the environment.”
*Aqueous ozone systems should not be used in place of an EPA-registered disinfectant.