When the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, transitioned to aqueous ozone to clean its residence halls, custodians were skeptical of the new technology.
“It’s a paradigm shift for our staff, and that’s been challenging,” says Vicky Hueter, director of University Housing Facilities. “It looks like water, so it’s hard for our staff to realize they’re cleaning.” But with a strong focus on training and ATP test results, the department has garnered custodial support and now uses aqueous ozone for 85 to 90 percent of its cleaning tasks.
“The dispensers filter water and air, and charge that with 45,000 volts, turning oxygen into ozone and infusing it into the water,” explains Joe Kennedy, associate director for the North campus region. “We then dispense that into spray bottles, mop buckets, scrubbers and carpet extractors.”
According to Hueter, the results have been nothing short of amazing: “There were stains in carpeting we thought we’d never get out, and the stains have disappeared,” she says. “And in some restrooms where the grout smelled of urine, the smell is gone.”
But more importantly, aqueous ozone has created a healthier environment for staff and students with chemical sensitivities.
“We’ve had staff come up to us after we made this transition and say it literally saved their lives,” says Hueter. “The cleaning chemicals we used previously made them so ill that they were considering leaving their job.”
Aqueous ozone has also cut the facility’s chemical costs in half, as well as reduced its environmental footprint by decreasing chemicals, packaging and the use of fossil fuel for materials delivery.
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Information courtesy of the National Ozone Association.