After previous resident vacates the premises, the following steps are taken for your protection:
All walls and ceilings are painted
All non-painted surfaces are washed and disinfected(includes but not limited to, cabinets, appliances, vinyl and/or laminate flooring
All carpets are professionally and thoroughly cleaned
All apartment homes are treated with an ozone machine
Laundry room is disinfected one time per week by owner, and residents disinfect on a voluntary basis after each use
By Jenessa Olson
Partner at In The ClearZone
Published Mar 1, 2021
For over a year now, researchers and scientists from around the world have been looking for ways to destroy the SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) virus. As this virus continues to negatively impact the physical, mental and economic well-being of people around the world, global leaders are desperate for solutions. According to Health Canada, “[t]he COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand and urgent need for disinfectants” (2020). One of the methods of disinfection that has been widely considered and studied is the use of ozone in the air and on hard and soft surfaces.
Studies have been published across the globe, demonstrating the success of ozone at destroying the SARS-CoV-2 virus! These studies have considered the various ways in which ozone can be applied to destroy the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A few applications include high-levels of output over a short period of time or low-levels of output over an extended period of time. All of these studies have proven the efficacy of ozone to inactive the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
How Does Ozone Work?
The creation of ozone is a naturally-occurring process that takes place during lightning storms where the energy from the lightning interacts with oxygen in the air.
The oxygen molecules that we breathe (O2) are broken apart by a volt of energy, creating two single oxygen atoms (O1). These single atoms (O1) then attach to an oxygen molecule (O2) making ozone (O3). Ozone then attaches itself to germs, bacteria, and viruses, breaking apart their cell walls and destroying them completely.
High-Levels over a Short Period of Time
In November 2020, Volkoff et el. of Geosyntacs Consultants released an article demonstrating the efficacy of ozone against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The test was conducted in a room-scale setting that included common materials such as wooden drawers, technology, stainless steel, rubber and more. In this research, ozone was proven to kill 99.99% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on hard and soft surfaces. This research also demonstrated the far-reaching capacity of ozone to inactivate even more difficult to kill viruses.
These results were reached in independent labs in both Canada and the United States in order to follow guidelines across North America. Volkoff et el. suggests “given public health concerns about human exposure to O3, an optimal concentration of 4.5 ppmv for 60 minutes could represent a viable target concentration for SARS-CoV-2 disinfection” (2020). This application aligns with methods of concentration and deployment adopted by In The ClearZone standards.
Low-Levels over an Extended Period of Time
On August 26, 2020, Fujita Health University released an article about the ability of ozone to deactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus at low levels of ozone concentration. The study found that transmission of the novel coronavirus may be reduced by continuous, low-concentration ozone (Reuters, 2020). At a news conference, lead scientist Takayuki Muratantists commented that they had proven that ozone gas in concentrations of 0.05 to 0.1 parts per million (ppm), could kill the virus. “The experiment used an ozone generator in a sealed chamber with a sample of coronavirus. The potency of the virus declined by more than 90% when subjected to low-level ozone for 10 hours” (Swift, 2020). While In The ClearZone does not employ this method, releasing ozone at a low-concentration level over extended periods of time has proven to deactivate the SAR-CoV-2 virus.
A Solution for Every Business
This highlights only a few of the many research studies conducted globally that proves the efficacy of ozone against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. As the world continues to adapt, the global scientific community is proving the efficacy of ozone in a variety of settings. We are excited to be a part of the solution!