Ozone and Cigarette Odor
Ozone is an effective solution for removing cigarette odor in both homes and vehicles.
Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemicals, including more than 60 carcinogens. Therefore, the emissions of tobacco smoke is an aerosol containing approximately 17 chemical classes. The main components are carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide. Ozone breaks down the long-chained hydrocarbons into simpler complexes and reverts back into oxygen.
Ask yourself these questions to remove cigarette odor in a home:
1. Are surfaces in the home clean, meaning no visible residual matter from the emissions of the cigarette?
If you are unsure, we recommend wiping down the walls with soap and water. You may be surprised what you find. Next, vacuum and shampoo the carpets and scrub the floors with vinegar. How effective the cleaning was done will be a direct reflection of the results from the ozone generator. Ozone's duty is to oxidize the surfaces and the air space that is exposed with the odor. If its heavy smoking, we also recommend the duct system get properly wiped down as the containments are often held there. Please do not use any sort of air fresheners before-hand such as candles, aerosols or scentsy pots.
2. Are you available to be out of the home for more than 2 hours per day?
Ozone needs time to build to a concentration level to remove odor. While ozone is a very powerful oxidant to remove microorganisms, the same properties make it harmful for humans to inhale at high concentrations (shock treatment). We suggest individuals to wait at least 2 hours before returning to the treated airspace.
Ask yourself these questions to remove cigarette odor in a vehicle:
1. Has the vehicle been detailed and visibly clean with no offensive residual matter?
We suggest a vehicle be professionally detailed with products that will deep clean the surfaces. It is imperative that the odor, whatever that may be, has been removed (ie. fast food bag with moldy food, sweaty gym clothes, ashes from smoking, etc.).
2. If applicable, has the carbon filter been replaced?
Many times odors will get caught by this and it should be replaced every year
*Note: The 2 most harboring areas for vehicle odor is under the seat (soft porous material) or the headliner.