15 Jun 9 Myth Busters About Ozone Disinfection
Does Ozone really Disinfect?
As we traverse the new normal with temperature checks, social distancing stepped up by PPE and new sanitisation rituals, we are all questioning what cleaners, products and applications are the best and most effective to kill germs and viruses. So naturally we ask does ozone disinfect and kill germs and viruses?
The 9 myth busting facts about how effective Ozone Disinfection is, answering all your questions!
1. Ozone Disinfection is not new. It has been widely used since the 1900s in water sanitisation, medical environments and food storage in Europe and America.
IN FACT, Ozone replaced chlorine to disinfect water because chlorine is carcinogenic.
2. Ozone is 50 times more effective at disinfection compared to the most popular disinfectant – chlorine, and the effects of its action are visible 3,000 times faster.
3. Ozone Disinfection is used to disinfect areas, it is not a cleaning agent for surfaces.
Surfaces must be cleaned before disinfecting with ozone because organic matter and dirt can reduce the ability of the Ozone disinfectant to kill the germs.
4. Ozone not only destroys bacteria but also inactivates viruses.
Ozone has been proven to kill SARS and MERS Coronavirus.
5. Air purifiers sold as Ozone generators are at best ineffective, or at worst, produce dangerous amounts of Ozone above safety limits.
New technology in Ozone Disinfection generators capture and remove excess ozone gas to both eliminate any potential danger, and speed up the Ozone Disinfection process to meet urgent deadlines.
6. An Ozone generator is not an air purifier.
An Ozone generator generates Ozone which has a distinct smell and can be harmful to our lungs. Additionally, Ozone is highly reactive to other chemical substances and can generate toxic gases.
7. Ozone is very unstable and therefore has a short life. This is great news as the gas will decompose within 30-40 minutes and will then form oxygen – a completely safe gas!
8. Using Ozone Disinfection eliminates the need to transport chemicals like harmful chlorine and bleach, PPE products, sponges and cloths.
Ozone is produced on-site from air and electricity – all environmentally friendly objects.
The benefits of ozone for this application include:
– low ongoing costs
– no chemical storage requirements
– no residual chemicals left in the water
9. Disinfection of a room does not take days and does not leave a harmful smell for 24 hours afterwards!
During Disinfection of a room, the reaction and sterilisation is instantaneous when the gas comes into contact with air or surfaces.
Ozone has a 20-30 minute half-life in the air, meaning that its concentration will break down quickly. Humans should not go back into Ozone Disinfected room until 3 hours after the cycle has been completed, and then it is 100% safe to resume activities.