Aqueous Oxidizer verses Chlorine Dioxide
So far, there is no real debate on this subject; but I must say that there is some rivalry between aqueous ozone and chlorine dioxide. Why is that? Well, they are different products, but they are still both in the same category of "Oxidizers". And, I think the very idea of oxidation is one of nature's best gifts. Fast oxidation is called fire. Very fast oxidation is called an explosion. Very slow oxidation is called rust.
Oxidization is a loss or increase of the atomic structure. So, the symbol for iron is Fe, and the symbol for rust is Fe2O. So, the oxygen atoms was added to the iron to create rust. Not that I like rust, but it is something we all can understand. Just know that the power of oxidation is related to the speed of the reaction.
Ozone is a fairly rapid agent to create oxidation. If you introduce small amounts of ozone, the oxidation process will happen more slowly. If you introduce large amounts of ozone, there is more reaction and a quicker result. But, the process is the same. Think of the process as adding a dropper of red dye to a bucket of water, or adding a glass of red dye to a bucket of water. Essentially, more is better; but it still requires a certain amount of skill or training to use ozone well.
Aqueous ozone is simply too expensive and cumbersome for the service industry. In its place an aqueous solution of activated hydrogen peroxide delivers a far better solution. The best example of aqueous activated hydrogen peroxide is h2o2 Decon Five. This broad spectrum oxidizing product is EPA registered and environmentally-safe with no toxic residue.
Turning to chlorine dioxide, (CLo2) we find a water soluble product that is has gained popularity. The downside is that it leaves a strong chlorine smells that can last for days and weeks after the treatment. Spills can cause some embarrassing results. The fact is that chlorine dioxide is good, but not great.
By contrast, our cross-activated hydrogen peroxide product called h2o2 Decon Five does not offgas, nor does it leave a strong after-odor. The product is ph 9.8 making it only mildly alkaline. Yet, this product is truly a broad spectrum decontamination product. One treatment delivered by a ULV fogger can effectively ...
- Totally eliminate strong odors
- Deliver a high level of sanitizing power (99.9999%)
- Kill all mold and mildew on contact
- Neutralize VOCs and chemical residue.