Comparing Ozone to Decon Five

From the onset, it is necessary to understand that we like ozone.  Ozone does remove odors, kills mold, and destroys pathogens.  So, if you are an ozone advocate, we are on your side.  But, what is the downside of using only ozone on a job?  First of all, is the time it takes to do a job.  A typical ozone treatment can take 3-8 hours depending on the type and intensity of the problem.  Then, you have to travel to set up your equipment, and then make a second trip to pick up the equipment.  Plus your equipment is tied up on the job, so you limit jobs per day.

Second, is scalability.  How do you go from a car, to a house, to an office building, or something like a good size gym?  It is a challenge to have enough "fully operating" equipment to do the large jobs.

Third, is the "ozone afterglow" referring to the smell of ozone that can linger for a day or three.  In heavy applications, the ozone smell could linger for weeks and months.  (ps:  Decon Five will help eliminate the ozone smell when there is an over treatment)

Fourth, there is the cost to buy and repair equipment.  Every ozone machine has a limited lifespan as they lose power with regular operation.


Ozone uses oxidation as the primary remediation concept.  O3 has a loose oxygen atom that is dropped off to oxidize whatever it finds.  Oxidized materials are often neutralized.  Ozone does not work on many VOCs though.  Gases like formaldehyde are only changed to another form of aldehyde that may be as toxic as formaldehyde.

Ozone is a gas, and mostly considered a topical application.  It does not penetrate the material to resolve deeper odor problems.

hydrogen peroxideDecon Five is a liquid that is sprayed, misted, or foamed on all types of surfaces or used to sweep the air.  One of the basic ingredients is hydrogen peroxide (h2o2), which also has available oxygen atoms.  Hence, Decon Five is an oxidizer much like ozone except it can be applied in targeted or broad applications to treat a multitude of remediation problems.  @deconfive also uses Reduction to remove atoms from the target problem.  Together, oxidation and reduction is called REDOX.  Thus, we have more neutralizing activity.

When is comes to smell, Decon Five leaves a mild industrial soap-like smell.  Not objectionable at all, and the smell is gone in a few houses.  

When it comes to the time required for application, Decon Five can treat a two-story house with basement in about 90 minutes.  And, the job is often better than an ozone treatment.  Also, customers can re-enter the building in about ten minutes.  Finish with a quality essential oil mix, and they will love the results.

When is comes to scalability, there is no job too small or too large.  It only requires a change of delivery systems.  A car be treated with something as simple a spray bottle on mist.  A house is easily treated with a ULV fogger.  A mold problem uses a pump-up foaming sprayer, and large buildings like schools and gyms can use an electrostatic sprayer.

After two years of extensive use in many types of remediation problems, the results from Decon Five treatments have been just fantastic.  Many remediation services are moving to replace their machines with the Decon Five treatment.  They are throwing out the many marginally-effective products to carry one broad-spectrum solution.

Finally, there is still a use for ozone.  We consider ozone a kind of "Brute Force" tool that can be used prior to a Decon Five treatment to solve very bad odor problems.  So, there is still some value in your ozone equipment.