How Does Ozone Treatment Remove Odors in Cars?

By David Kong

Ozone treatment is a method that can be used to eliminate unwanted odors in the home or in vehicles. But how does this actually work?

What is Ozone?

Ozone, also known as O3 is a molecule that consists of three oxygen atoms. This is 1 more oxygen atom than the Oxygen (O2) molecule. While Oxygen makes up a large portion of Earth’s atmosphere, Ozone is only present in very small amounts.

Ozone can often be smelled after storms or electrical discharges, it has a smell similar to chlorine bleach. Electricity in the atmosphere can cause chemical reactions that split atmospheric nitrogen and oxygen, which then combine to form nitric oxide. Afterwards, further reactions lead to the formation of ozone.

How Does Ozone Remove Odors?

Ozone removes odors through the transfer of an oxygen atom to the molecule that is causing the odor. This type of reaction is also known as oxidation. Because the oxidation process changes the chemical composition of the molecules causing the odor, the odor is often removed.

Ozone can be used to eliminate odors from tobacco smoke, pets, food, and mold.

How Does the Ozone Treatment of Cars Work?

The treatment of cars with ozone is done with an ozone generator. These devices can remove odors both in homes and in vehicles.

It’s important to note that while ozone exists naturally in the atmosphere, the concentration of ozone that is produced by these generators can be hazardous to human health. Therefore, while these machines are in use, humans and animals should not be present in the area.

Step-By-Step Process

  1. Before ozone treatment can begin, the interior of the car should first be completely cleaned. This ensures that the main source of the odors is removed, so that odors will not return when the ozone treatment is completed.
  2. The car should be sealed and ozone generator should run for 30 minutes. No humans or animals should be present in the car.
  3. Afterwards, the ozone should be vented out of the car in an outside area. Care should be taken so that excess ozone is not breathed in.

RnR Auto Detailing Offers Ozone Treatments

We are now offering ozone treatments for your car! We have been asked about this service many times in the past, and now we are ready to offer it for your vehicle. If you would like to schedule an ozone treatment, feel free to send us a message.

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