OdorKlenz-Air® is an innovative cartridge used in combination with air movers to create a powerful, noninvasive odor restoration system. OdorKlenz-Air is effective on a wide range of odors including fire and smoke damage, flood, trauma, and nuisance odors. It does not release chemicals into the environment and works faster than other products. Odor improvements can be observed within minutes, with a knockdown rate nearly 10x faster than other odor elimination methods. In the test illustrated below, 12 parts per million of hydrogen sulfide was eliminated by OdorKlenz-Air in just minutes, while other methods took hours!
Activated carbon, also referred to as activated charcoal, is a form of carbon that has undergone a process to make it extremely porous with a high surface area for adsorption. It is typically an inexpensive filter that can be used in air movers, but does not destroy odors and can easily release loosely bound odors back into the environment.
Hydroxyl Generators emit free radical hydroxyls that enter the room to counteract odors. Hydroxyls are molecules that, under ideal conditions, have the potential to break down chemicals into simpler structures such as H2O and CO2. In practice however, the reactions do not always proceed completely and result in the production of medium sized organic molecules, some of which may present a detectable or unpleasant odor. The after-effects are still not well known and many believe the process is potentially hazardous and produces ozone. There are many tissues on the surface of a person’s body that can be affected by hydroxyls like mucous membranes, eyes, skin, etc. Hydroxyls can cause cellular damage to red blood cells along with damage to DNA, lipids, and proteins. This damage has been linked to diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
Ozone is an unstable molecule consisting of three oxygen atoms. It is created when UV light hits an oxygen atom. Oxygen (O2) is split and combines with other oxygen atoms to form Ozone (O3). Ozone is an oxidizing agent. It is highly reactive and very quick to chemically react with particles that it comes into contact with. The extra oxygen atom attaches to other materials, chemically changing the structure into something else, and the by-products of these reactions are uncertain. Ozone is an air pollutant and has harmful effects on respiratory systems.
The thermal fogger is a device that uses heat to produce a fog to dispense water or oil based liquids. The fog generates a variety of droplet sizes to reach large areas. The fog is generated by products that typically use detergents and solvents to make or act as pairing agents with the odor molecules. This adds VOCs into the environment and the fog carries it into pores of walls and other objects that remain in the home. Operators must wear proper PPE and be very careful to limit their exposure. People and pets must be evacuated and precautions for food and utensil protection must be taken.
Masking Agents often use essential oils to introduce a scent into an environment, as an alternative to fogs and sprays. The machine uses convection to circulate the scents which come in the form of membranes or cartridges. Some processes introduce new odors which modify the olfactory nature of odor molecules, acting as a pairing agent. This masking technique results in a different, typically less intense odor. For customers expecting an odor, masking agents or fragrances could be used as a complementary product after the non-invasive OdorKlenz process.