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Aqueous Ozone Cleaning

Chemical free cleaning with aqueous ozone

Unlike chemical cleaners, aqueous ozone reverts back to simple water and oxygen with no harmful residues or vapors after its job is done, which can then be poured down a drain safely without any harmful effects on the environment. The use of ozone as a cleaning and sanitizing agent is not new. Its cleaning and disinfecting properties were discovered, and have been used by scientists since 1886. Ozone naturally occurs in the atmosphere when sunlight or lightning adds an extra oxygen atom to the oxygen molecules in the air. Some of this ozone becomes infused with rain drops during a storm, resulting in aqueous ozone.

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EcoVive carries the Xytoblast liquid ozone system, that converts normal water into an oxygen-rich solution.  As you might already know, oxygen is a fantastic oxidizer that will eat away almost any pollution or contaminant.  The process is faster than chlorine products like bleach.  While the EPA recommends 8-10 minutes of Dwell Time for cleaning products like bleach, our system kills pathogens 300 times better and 3000 times faster than bleach.  Kill the worst pathogens in just 10 seconds, not 8-10 minutes required by the sanitizers you now use.

 The Xytoblast liquid ozone system is the new way to clean and sanitize. It is a non-chemical sanitizing system that can eliminate e coli, salmonella, and other bacteria from your facility. Our innovative system is FDA approved for food service areas, but versatile enough to treat nearly any cleaning and sanitizing problem.  Our systems destroys the biofilm, pierces the outer membrane of bacteria, virus, and fungi; producing a remarkable level of sanitizing.

Aqueous ozone has many industrial applications, but is primarily used to clean, sanitize, deodorize, and neutralize pollutants.  Aqueous ozone is a broad application tool that is considered  environmentally-friendly because it is made from oxygen and returns to oxygen once the job is done.  FDA has determined that ozone is safe for food preparation areas, which means it is safe nearly everywhere.  OSHA considers ozone to be GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe).

Veterinary hospitals, dog kennels, dog daycare centers, pet shops and zoos can all benefit from the use of aqueous ozone. Since liquid ozone acts as a fungicide, virucide, disinfectant and sanitizer, eliminating odors so well that the presence of animals is hardly noticeable. And the best part is liquid ozone is completely safe to use around, or even on animals.

Contact us today so we can help you clean and sanitize the cost efficient, green way. 616-401-9176

 

 

 

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Chicken Coop Cleaning

Chicken Coop Cleaning

As spring approaches in Grand Rapids, the time is here to do a good cleaning and disinfecting of your chicken coop. This is especially important if you are considering bringing in new birds or replacing your flock. Decontaminating your coop is crucial in order to prevent diseases and other poultry health problems.

The first step to getting the chicken coop ready is to begin by airing the coop out as well as you can and then raking or shoveling out the old bedding. If you are sensitive to smells and chicken fluff, you may benefit from wearing a mask. This is another good reason (second to your flock’s well-being) to tackle chicken coop cleaning before the ammonia smell builds. Once most of the bedding is out, you can sweep the remaining bits out with a broom.

Then you are ready to clean. EcoVive of Grand Rapids provides an all-natural, non-chemical cleaning and sanitizing service for chicken growers in Grand Rapids that will make this job much faster, and more effective.

Using chemicals, like bleach to clean and disinfect your chicken coop can have disastrous effects on a flock. Chickens are very susceptible to respiratory illnesses and cleaning a coop with harsh chemicals can cause problems.

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With the use of our Liquid Ozone machine we can perform a chicken coop cleaning without the use of chemicals. The Liquid Ozone will not only clean, but it disinfects and removes odors at the same time. After the coop has been cleaned and dried, we can run our high output Ozone generators to totally disinfect the coop. With the use of the ozone gas, every nook and cranny in the coop will be disinfected.

If you raise chickens at your home in Grand Rapids and are looking for a better way to clean and disinfect your coop, give us a call today. We would love to help you.

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Medical office sanitizing

Protecting medical offices from C.diff

As C. Difficile (C.diff) becomes a serious problem in doctor offices, health clinics and dental offices, now is the time for a better approach to combating these threats.  The normal cleaning taking place in the medical offices is not protecting the patients from C. diff. and other viruses and bacteria.

“C.difficile was responsible for almost half a million infections and was associated with approximately 29,000 deaths in 2011”, as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Creating Healthy Indoor environments in medical offices should be a top priority for all those involved. Having a cleaning company take care of the day to day cleaning is important, but it is not enough. This is being proven by the increase in C. diff. cases that are showing up outside of hospitals. Employing a company that can provide sanitizing services is the next step in providing a safe place for your customers.

Bio-Sanitizing With Ozone

Sanitizing is the normal and natural duty for ozone.

Nearly 100 years ago, it was discovered that ozone is the second most powerful sterilant in the world.  It is 3000 more effective than chlorine in water.  Ozone is 2.5 times better than bleach as a germicide.  The trouble is it cannot be bottled or sold as a commodity by chemical distributors.

Used as both a gas and liquid, ozone can clean and sanitize medical offices very efficiently.

Ozone attacks bacteria and viruses by destroying the outer membrane.  There is no defense as the gas penetrates throughout the building, and the liquid ozone is used to clean all hard surfaces.  Medical facilities are pleased to know that there is no residue or VOCs created by this process.

In addition to the normal cleaning, concerned organizations will treat their facilities once a month or once a quarter to reduce the growing concerns for infections.

Bacteria cannot mutate to avoid ozone attacks.  It kills germs with the same effect the first time and the hundredth time.EcoVive Sanitizing

Antimicrobial surface treatment

There is a huge need to revisit our sanitizing processes that are not working.  Bleach is not the ultimate solution. It is high in VOC causing later-life health issues, and it does not provide a 24/7 kind of proactive microbial barrier that is desperately needed. Antimicrobial surface treatments are the proactive choice.  If a facility waits for diseases to strike before offering a response, the cost and threat are huge.

BioZone Protectant is one of the leading antimicrobial coatings that allows quick application of an EPA approved antimicrobial surface treatment with the ability to inhibit disease for three to six months.  BioZone Protectant is non-toxic, non-transferable, and non-leaching once dried. It is easily applied to soft or hard surfaces.  It can be applied on smooth or porous surfaces as well.  It does not require light to activate it.  BioZone Protectant works 24/7 to fight pathogenic microbes even though it is a nanotechnology process that is unseen.

Schedule a consultation with our certified odor specialist.  We will map out a program that will provide the triple punch that will keep your facility and your clients safe.

EcoVive of Grand Rapids         616-401-9176

 

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Dangers of cleaning chemicals

Dangers of household cleaners

Cleaning is essential to protecting our health in our homes, schools and places of work. However, cleaning products often include harmful chemicals. Even products that are advertised as “green” or “natural” may contain ingredients that can cause health problems.

When consumers buy cleaning products, we expect them to do one thing: Clean!  We use many different scents, soaps, detergents; bleaching agents and specialized cleaners for bathrooms, kitchens, glass and floors to keep our homes sparkling and sweet smelling. While the chemicals in the cleaners foam, bleach, and disinfect to make our floors, countertops, dishes, bathrooms clean and germ-free, they also contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if touched or inhaled.

Many cleaning products can irritate the eyes or the throat or cause headaches or other health problems. Many products release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs and other chemicals released when using cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches.

When we use chemicals on a regular basis they become part of our home environment. According to the EPA, indoor air is 2 to 5 times more contaminated than outdoor air. Not only do these chemicals pollute the air that we breathe inside, they leach onto our counter tops, floors, carpets, bathtubs, sinks, and walls. We also absorb them into our bodies when they come in contact with our skin. Without our concern, our homes have become toxic environments. Regularly breathing, smelling, and touching these chemicals puts our own health at risk, not to mention the health of spouses, children, and even pets.

Just because we find these products on the supermarket shelves doesn’t mean they are tested for safety. Many of the ingredients in the cleaners are not listed on the container. Mostly because they are “trade” secrets to that companies cleaners.  After forty years of using chemical cleaners, we are beginning to connect asthma, cancer, nervous system disorders, and other diseases to their household use.

Green cleaning with Liquid Ozone

Because of the advertising, and how easy it is to purchase and use chemical cleaners, most people don’t think twice of the dangers.  Today there are companies that manufacture truly “green” cleaners that are much safer. One of the not so new, but just becoming more and more available for the home is Liquid Ozone.  While liquid Ozone is not the silver bullet for all cleaning needs in a home, it will replace most of the cleaners that are purchased.  Liquid Ozone is no more than oxygen and water. But, it is an amazing cleaner and disinfectant.  There are units for washing machines that will clean clothes, units that can be mounted with a faucet that will allow you to wash fruits, vegetables and meat. You can also fill spray bottles, and mop buckets to use for all your cleaning and disinfecting needs.

When you switch to a truly green cleaning practice in your home, you will eliminate the dangers to your health from the chemicals and help protect the environment at the same time.

 

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Liquid Ozone

Eliminate cleaning chemicals from the home

I have been testing a liquid Ozone machine designed for the home. I was interested to see if using liquid ozone could eliminate cleaning chemicals that are now used in most homes.

The technology for liquid Ozone, or as it is also referred to, Aqueous Ozone or Ozonated water,  has existed for more than 75 years. In fact, liquid ozone cleaning has long been used to clean swimming pools used in the Olympics. Many municipalities in the United States and Europe, including the City of Ann Arbor, also use the technology to sanitize drinking water. However, the technology only recently has become practicable for use in smaller applications like cleaning homes and restaurants.

Liquid ozone is created by introducing an extra oxygen atom to an oxygen molecule and water molecules. The instability of the third oxygen atom creates a high-quality cleaning agent in which atoms of oxygen search for something to bond with. As it searches, the oxygen atoms break up dirt bonds and combine with hydrogen and oxygen to create more molecules of water and oxygen while cleaning the surface in the same way as toxic cleaners, but naturally.

While liquid is not a “silver bullet” that can replace every single cleaning chemical, it can replace most. Once surfaces are clean, using liquid ozone in place of the toxic chemicals on a regular basis will eliminate the need for having to use the cleaners every time.

Liquid Ozone in the home

I have used the liquid ozone with just as good and sometimes better results as what a chemical cleaner can do. It has been used to remove pet stains from carpet and furniture, clean kitchens, bathrooms and blinds in the home.  Not only is it cleaning, it is eliminating all the germs and viruses on the surfaces.

With the home liquid ozone unit, not only can it be used for cleaning, it is also a great way to wash fruits and vegetables.  Most of the fresh fruit and veggies that are purchased have dirt, pesticides and other nasties on them. Using liquid ozone to wash them when you get them home will not only remove all these, it will also extend the life of the fresh produce. This happens because it kills the bacteria that are feeding on them.

The cost to purchase a liquid ozone unit for the home is more than offset by the savings you will see in the reduction of cleaning chemicals that you purchase. It is estimated that in 2009 the average family spent $659 annually on cleaning products.

If you would like to know more about liquid ozone, or are interested in purchasing a unit, contact EcoVive at 616-401-9176

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Liquid Ozone Cleaning systems-Grand Rapids

XytoBlast Liquid Ozone can solve many of today’s cleaning challenges by harnessing the power of nature and without introducing harsh chemical formulations into the environment.

A top priority in today’s health conscious population is using safe cleaning solutions for everyday needs. As a society, we are moving away from harsh chemical cleaners and are looking at greener, healthier and more ecological friendly ways to clean and eliminate germs faster and more effectively. Phasing out harsh chemical cleaners can begin with by looking at a natural, safe cleaning solution that can be used in their place.

Using Liquid ozone instead of harsh chemical cleaners can help us reduce the use of dangerous chemicals and all the side effects that are being discovered because of the chemicals being used today.

Liquid ozone is more sustainable and safer than chemical cleaning agents because, once used, liquid ozone reverts to water and oxygen molecules, leaving only a bucket of dirty water to be poured down the drain. No dangerous chemicals being introduced into the eco-system. And unlike chemical agents, liquid ozone does not leave a residue on cleaned surfaces. Liquid Ozone has been given the designation of GRAS by the FDA  (generally recognized as safe) by the Food and Drug Administration. Other researchers are quick to point out that it can kill E. coli, salmonella, MRSA, C-Difficile and 99% of odor-causing bacteria as well.

What is “Liquid Ozone”.

Liquid ozone is a water-based ozone cleaner, which makes it a unique alternative.

The XytoBlast liquid ozone generating units create this cleaning solution by filtering oxygen molecules from the air, passing them through an electrical field that turns it into ozone and then infuses the ozone into water. When used as directed, liquid ozone eliminates germs, odors, stains, mold, mildew and other contaminants on any item or surface before changing safely back into water and oxygen. It is environmentally more effective than many alternatives, as it reverts to water and oxygen after cleaning.

This option can be used on all types of surfaces and is considered a multi-purpose cleaner.  Liquid Ozone is a highly effective cleaning agent that breaks down dirt, grease and other contaminants in the same way as toxic cleaners, but naturally. When used as a cleaning solution, liquid ozone is a broad range antimicrobial agent that works faster and more effectively against pathogens than chlorine bleach and hydrogen peroxide — and without fumes and toxic residues like dioxins and tri-chloramines.

Because of its toxin-free sanitizing action, liquid ozone is considered safe and environmentally friendly. Ozone is one of the most powerful cleaners available that can be used in a multitude of ways and in numerous industries.

Ozone is an extremely effective, safe and economical method of reducing common bacteria, fungi, molds, mildew and viruses on a host of surfaces in all types of facilities. Ozone’s powerful oxidizing action quickly reduces trapped chemical residues as well as harmful byproducts.

Some of the benefits of using XytoBlast Liquid ozone to clean and disinfect include:

  • Powerful Antimicrobial properties
  • No chemical residue
  • Scent-free cleaning
  • No need to purchase harmful and expensive chemicals
  • Reduces chemical handling and storage
  • One-time training for staff
  • Safer cleaning option for employees
  • Cost effective.

Liquid Ozone And Our Environment

In addition to being extremely powerful as a cleaning agent, Liquid ozone is a safe and natural solution for everyday cleaning needs.

Many of today’s commercial cleaners are extremely powerful, but are also very toxic and not environmentally friendly. Today, most companies are looking to incorporate sustainability and good environmental stewardship into their work environment and their community. By switching from harsh chemical cleaners to a more natural and safe cleaning solution, they will be one step closer to achieving the highest standards for both their employees and their surroundings.

Harness the power of nature with a XytoBlast Liquid Ozone cleaning system.

Available through EcoVive of Grand Rapids.

 

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Ozonated Water Cleaning

Cleaning with Ozonated Water: What you need to know

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 Some cleaning chemicals used around the home can be hazardous, many may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers.
We at EcoVive advocate Toxic-Free Cleaning. One of the keystones of toxic-free cleaning for the home is using liquid ozone (ozonated water) to replace chemical disinfectants. Ozonated water is perhaps the most misunderstood and maligned technology that we promote, largely because of misunderstandings about ozone in general.  Therefore, it has become the subject of undo concern.

To set the record straight, we’ve compiled a list of FAQs about Ozonated water.

  How safe is Ozonated water?

Liquid ozone is in fact a strong oxidizer.  However, this does not mean that it is corrosive or combustible in aqueous form (i.e. a solution of water).  In residential and commercial cleaning applications it is completely safe and won’t harm bare skin.  In fact, it may help to kill germs that your hands may have contacted during the cleaning process.  Therefore, you don’t need to wear personal protective equipment like gloves as you would with harsh, chemical-based cleaning solutions.

Everyday someone dies from household chemical exposure.  In fact, in 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, accounting for 206,636 calls. Of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home

How does liquid ozone work?

Ozone is a molecule of three oxygen atoms (O3) that is not stable and will breakdown quickly and form radicals having a high oxidation potential. This is what makes it a strong oxidizer and disinfectant.  During the oxidation, only one oxygen atom is used for the chemical reaction forming with hydrogen into OH-radicals.  Harmless to people, the ozone quickly attacks and eliminates contaminants it comes in contact with. The oxidization reacts with the cell walls of bacteria and viruses the same way hydrogen peroxide and iodine do, causing cell poration of the microbe, which leads to it’s death.  The oxidation also removes electrons of molecules, eventually rendering them inert.  In this way O3 kills the bacteria that cause odors, viruses that cause illness, as well as breaks down biofilm on surfaces that provide the food for microbes.

How long does ozone last

Ozone in any form has a 15 minute half-life. Which means that In 15 minutes half its solution has lost potency, at which point it is a better cleaning solution than disinfectant for the next few hours.

 What residues will liquid ozone leave after it dries?

 Contrary to chlorine, which always leaves an oxidation or disinfection byproduct, ozone simply will revert back to oxygen.

 How strong is Ozonated water?

Ozone is often compared to bleach and other chlorinated products as they are used in many of the same disinfection applications.  When used as such ozone has proven to be 50% stronger and 3000x faster than bleach.  In regulated cleaning applications, EPA guidelines direct us toward disinfection with chlorine and ozone.  For example, disinfecting with 1 ppm chlorine at a water temperature of 59°F and a pH of 7 requires a dwell time of 75 minutes. The disinfection efficiency achieved will be 99.9 percent.  Assuming the same temperature and pH, a concentration of 1 mg/l of liquid ozone water achieves a disinfection efficiency of 99.9% in only 57 seconds.  For this example giardia is the parasite used in the water sample because it is one of the most difficult microorganisms to kill. Ozone has many applications for both the residential and commercial customer.  We covered cleaning using liquid ozone quite thoroughly by now.  Ozone generators can be made for water treatment plants and are in use all over the world.  There are applications for it in laundry and dish washing, but mostly in commercial or industrial settings.

Ozone is being used on both public and private pools as a means of disinfecting pool water and is being used in laundry washing systems.  Another important application is air purification.  As an oxidizer it attacks the bacteria at the cell level, killing them and their aerobic activity, which is what causes odors and areas of potential for infection.

Still have more questions on Ozonated water?  Please feel free to contact us for information.

Call 616-401-9176 or info@eco-vive.com.

 

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