What is Ozone in Commercial Laundry?
The first thing that probably pops into people’s minds when they hear the word “ozone” is the protective layer in the stratosphere that prevents harmful ultraviolet radiation from reaching the Earth. Formed naturally through lightning storms, ozone is actually a molecule (O3) from the combination of three atoms of oxygen.
Compared to the normal oxygen (O2) molecule we know of as the vital component we inhale in order to live, ozone is a toxic gas that is identified to be colorless, unstable, and pungent in odor. But be that as it may, innovative technology has permitted us to use ozone and its strong oxidizing properties in commercial laundry. Quicker than chlorine in wiping out bacteria (3000x faster), ozone has been regarded as a highly effective agent for sanitation and disinfection.
The economics and efficiency of the ozone laundry system
Traditional commercial laundry consumes much needed gallons of water and energy (faster washing requires heated water) in order to clean enormous pounds of linen. And the more energy is used, the more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, thus, contributing to the formation of greenhouse gases which traps the sun’s infrared radiation, causing global warming. Utilizing ozone as a powerful oxidant, however, is said to prevent such environmental catastrophe because of its minimal use on electrical energy.
It also provides an efficient cleansing effect on linen. The use of ozone is said to preserve the quality of linen and clothes. How so? Often, the chemical reaction formed when hot water comes into contact with chlorine bleach damages the fibers of the textile.
But with this alternative form of commercial laundry, the use of hot water and significant amounts of detergent has been rendered unnecessary, thus, increasing textile life. Instead of hot water, cold water is used and mixed with the ozone through pressure. And the colder the water, the more effective it cleans.
Improved deodorization is also observed with the use of ozone in washing laundry. Odor is usually detected when there are molecules with high electron density present in the linen. A reaction between ozone and these molecules will break them up, forming oxide compounds and oxygen, thereby, eliminating that unpleasant and distinctive smell on your clothes.
The ozone laundry system also significantly shortens the amount of time and effort required in typical wash cycles. This is done by reducing certain wash phases and removing some of them. The presence of ozone when doing the laundry process makes the detergent and the mechanical action more efficient.
Multiple rinses are required anymore because less residual chemicals are not present in the formula. Moreover, a decrease in residual wash chemicals also means a decrease in effluent concentrations, which will, in turn, prevent further waste water pollution.
There are so many attractive benefits in several aspects that the ozone laundry system provides that the typical commercial laundry does not. This technology can help us substantially save a lot of money by reducing costs on energy, water, and sewers. In ozone laundry system, there is reduced water usage, less electrical consumption, and lesser chemicals required in the washing process.