What Is An Ozone Generator?

Tuesday 23rd May 2023

Ellen Warren

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When the smell of cigarette smoke or fire smoke lingers in your home, you are living in an unsafe environment. Ozone generators can be used to reduce the number of smoke particles in the air. However, only professionals should utilise these as it can be dangerous to use them yourself.

Our technicians at ICE Cleaning offer cigarette and fire smoke odour removal services, ensuring extraction of soot damage and smoke particles from the affected area. We can restore your home with specialist equipment and make it safe to occupy again.

Read on to learn more about ozone generators and how they work.

What is an ozone generator?

An ozone generator is advertised as an air-cleaning device that produces ozone gas. Ozone is an unstable and reactive gas, used to disinfect and treat water by some water treatment companies.

They can be incredibly costly and large, depending on the size of the room it treats. Although these devices are said to eradicate air pollutants and odours, the ozone must reach high levels to do this.

The gas is ineffective in reducing the growth of bacteria or moulds around the home and may cause harm to the individuals using it. Ozone generators should be used under controlled conditions and by a qualified professional.

Do ozone generators remove smoke odours?

Reputable cleaning companies use these devices to remove third-hand smoke and soot odours. The University of California found they are effective in removing smoke pollutants and particles from porous fabric surfaces.

Ozone is a powerful gas that reacts with fine smoke particles, breaking them down to remove the odours present. It does this by altering the chemical structure of the molecules, creating a new, non-odourless particle.

However, if this smoke has lingered on your property for a long time, this process may not simply eliminate those particles and pollutants. Although ozone generators can remove some of them, more deep cleaning will likely be required.

Are ozone generators safe to use?

If you are unqualified to handle an ozone device, it is dangerous for you to use it even if you follow the instructions. Ozone generators produce high amounts of ozone gas, which can be deadly when inhaled.

It works by releasing gas into an affected area, combining it with the oxygen in the air to remove that vital air supply.

A property filled with ozone must be aired out after use due to its nature as a toxic gas and the health risks. Exposure to ozone could inflict short and long-term effects that might be irreversible. You may experience:

  • A decrease in lung function
  • Aggravated symptoms if you are asthmatic
  • Chest pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irritated throat
  • Coughing
  • Inflammation of lung tissue
  • An increased risk of respiratory illnesses

How to reduce smoke odours

There are safer and cheaper ways to reduce the smell of smoke in your home. Although the odour will be near impossible to remove without qualified cleaning services, there are a few things you can do to reduce the smell:

  • Use an air purifier
  • Remove all affected furniture or clothing
  • Open doors and windows to allow air circulation
  • Use fans to circulate air
  • Take affected clothing to a professional laundry service
  • Avoid using incense, candles, or air sprays

What to do if your house smells of smoke

Whether your home was affected by a recent fire, or it smells of cigarette smoke, you must not continue to stay in that residence. Third-hand smoke is proven to have similar effects to first and second-hand smoke, damaging your lungs and potentially causing sickness in children.

Cigarette smoke can also damage the surfaces in your home, such as the wallpaper, carpet, and upholstery. You may notice yellow stains in your home across the walls and ceiling, which are incredibly difficult to remove.

Fire smoke leaves a thick smell of soot in your home and covers nearby surfaces in a layer of black residue. This is an accumulation of toxins and pollutants, requiring a combination of odour removal and smoke damage cleaning to remove.

When your home has been affected by smoke in any way, even if there has not been a fire recently, you must contact smoke odour removal surfaces to rectify this. You should seek out temporary housing until your house is safe to occupy again.

Get in touch

Our fire and cigarette smoke odour removal services are offered by our expert technicians. Using a combination of state-of-the-art equipment and industrial-grade solutions, we can thoroughly scrub the air of odours, and dispose of any hazardous waste left behind.

If you have any questions regarding our other fire or smoke treatments, talk to our helpful team at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. We can be on-site within a few hours in an emergency and are available nationwide, 24/7.

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