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Pet urine, tobacco, cooking oils, mold and musty antique scents are just some of the odors that can stay trapped and negatively impact your home. At Pure Air Environmental, we have successfully removed unpleasant odors for many satisfied clients. We use the latest hydroxyl technology, which replicates a natural green cleaning process and allows homes and businesses to be occupied as normal during the remediation process. If you are selling your home, our technology can refresh your property to remove pet, smoke, musty smells. With our wide range of products and technology, we can eliminate odor at the molecular level. We don’t mask or filter smells for a few days, we permanently eliminate them to have your keep indoor air clean and your family safe and healthier.

If you are selling your home, refresh your indoor air quality so prospective buyers aren’t immediately turned off and tuned out at the front door. The nose is a powerful sense for most individuals and we all tend to become nose blind in our daily environments. We become immune to the scents and odors associated with our daily environment. Others quickly notice unpleasant odors as their sense of smell has not been masked by the environment on a daily basis. If they can SMELL it, you can’t SELL it.

We also offer and recommend Puradigm air and surface purification systems to continuously decontaminate and keep odors and germs away. For Pure Air Environmental, every breath matters.

Odorox® hydroxyl highlights:

Hydroxyls are often referred to as the “nature’s detergent”, playing a critical run in cleaning the Earth’s atmosphere.

Don’t repaint or replace carpets, drapes or furniture simply restore and rejuvenate with Odorox technology and save time and money.

Won’t harm people, pets, or plants which means jobs can be completed faster and additional living or business interruption expenses can be avoided.

FAQs

How is the Odorox® technology different than other systems on the market?

Odorox® hydroxyl generators are the most advanced systems in the world for eliminating odors and pathogens in the air, on surfaces, and from within contents. This green technology is safe to use in occupied areas, and was initially developed for the most severe environments like rendering plants, sewage plants, trash transfer stations, and the disaster cleanup industry for eliminating odors associated with fires and floods. It utilizes the power of hydroxyls to break apart odors at the molecular level. Hydroxyls do not mask, cover up, filter, or trap odors – they eliminate them and leave behind no chemicals or residue.

What is a hydroxyl?

Hydroxyls (OH) are molecules consisting of one oxygen atom and one hydrogen atom. They are safe, naturally occurring molecules that are created in our atmosphere when the sun’s ultraviolet rays react with water vapor. They play a critical role in cleaning the earth’s atmosphere and are often referred to as the “detergent” of the atmosphere. They can be used to kill bacteria, viruses, and mold, and to break down volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemical fumes, gasses, vapors, and unpleasant odors. They are more effective than ozone, chemicals, ionizers, foggers, filters, masking agents, and oils. They do not harm people, pets, plants, or sensitive materials like rubber, plastic, leather, electronics, wet items, or artwork.

How does the Odorox® equipment produce hydroxyls?

Using patented ultraviolet (UV) technology, Odorox® replicates the natural production of hydroxyls to eliminate biological and chemical contaminants. Ambient air is drawn through the irradiation chamber of the machine where finely tuned UV optics break apart humidity (H2O) to form hydroxyls. Nothing additional is needed for the technology to operate – no chemicals, no filters, no supplemental humidifiers, etc.

Is the Odorox® equipment safe to use?

Yes. One of the biggest advantages of the Odorox® hydroxyl technology compared to traditional deodorization methods is that it won’t harm people, pets, plants, or sensitive materials. All Odorox® equipment is ETL certified for UL and CSA standards.

How much area will one machine cover? How long does it take to eliminate odors?

Eliminating odors is not an exact science and there are several variables you need to consider when assessing a project. Generally, of thumb, we recommend one machine for every 1,000 – 1,500 sq. ft. In most cases, you will notice significant improvement in the air quality within the first 24 hours. However, additional run time is required to remove all the odors from porous contents and building materials, so you should expect the average job to take 3 – 4 days. Supplemental air movement is typically recommended to help distribute the hydroxyls. The following factors can affect both coverage area and run time:

  • Layout of structure (many rooms and hallways vs. one open area)
  • Type and amount of contents on site
  • Type and severity of odor
  • High ceilings (20’ or greater)
  • One story vs. multiple stories
  • Proper source removal
Is the Odorox® equipment safe to use in occupied areas?

Yes. One of the biggest advantages of the Odorox® hydroxyl technology compared to traditional deodorization methods is that it won’t harm people, pets, or plants. The ability to run the machines in occupied areas while you dry, clean, and demo results in jobs being completed faster, and in many cases a reduction or elimination of additional living expenses (ALE) or business interruption costs.

Is the Odorox® equipment safe to use on sensitive materials?

Yes. Hydroxyls will not damage rubber, plastic, leather, electronics, artwork, wet items, or other sensitive materials. Items with high financial value or high sentimental value can now be deodorized without any concern of damaging them. Contents can be treated either on site if conditions allow, or off site at a facility with a hydroxyl chamber.

What is the difference between hydroxyls and ozone?

Hydroxyls and ozone are both gasses that can be used to eliminate odors and pathogens. However, the mechanism in which they react with chemicals is very different. In simple terms, ozone will release its extra oxygen atom, while hydroxyls will generally steal a hydrogen atom from the molecule it’s reacting with. This process is referred to as hydrogen abstraction. This difference creates the following advantages for using hydroxyls instead of ozone:

  • Scientifically, hydroxyls are 1,000,000 times more reactive than ozone.  This does not necessarily mean that Odorox® will be faster than ozone because that is largely dependent on concentration.  It does mean that Odorox® will eliminate a far wider range of odors and VOCs.  This includes odors caused by protein fires, fuel spills, skunks, VOCs from new paint and materials, trauma scenes, etc.
  • Hydroxyls are safe for people, pets, plants, and sensitive materials. Ozone can be very destructive and cannot be used in occupied areas.
  • Hydroxyls leave behind a very fresh and clean smell, while most people would describe the final “ozone smell” as somewhat metallic and unpleasant.
  • Hydroxyls will penetrate deep into soft fabrics and porous materials to ensure that all odors have been eliminated. Ozone has a difficult time getting rid of deeply absorbed odors.
  • Hydroxyls are lighter than air and are easy to distribute with high cfm air movers. Ozone is heavier than air and difficult to move around, particularly in very large commercial areas.
  • Hydroxyls can be used in wet environments, while ozone may react with water to create hydrogen peroxide which can cause discoloration.
Does the Odorox® equipment produce any ozone?

Yes. Just as in nature, the Odorox® technology produces trace amounts of ozone as a by-product of making hydroxyls.  Odorox® systems are designed to minimize the residual ozone principally by irradiating and decomposing it as it is formed within the Odorox® UV processing chamber. Ozone is non-accumulative under these conditions and remains at a steady state concentration like ambient levels in the outside air. Ozone is also lost to a variety of chemical reactions, including its reaction with hydroxyls. Under normal use conditions with average levels of ventilation and air movement, the ozone levels are far below the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 0.1 ppm time-weighted average over an eight-hour period.

Do hydroxyls kill bacteria, viruses, and mold?

Yes. Unlike humans, animals, and plants, microorganisms are very sensitive to reactions with atmospheric free radicals. Hydroxyls are the most powerful free radicals, and will rapidly pull hydrogen atoms from the proteins and lipids in the cell membrane. This leads to leakage of the cell contents and death. It is important to note that the Odorox® machines are designed to be just one tool in the tool box when it comes to mold remediation. We recommend following existing protocols and standards (like the IICRC S520) which include the removal of dead mold spores.

Does the Odorox® equipment produce any type of odor?

Yes. While the machines are running, the hydroxyls are going to produce an oxidizing odor like a light ozone or light chlorine smell. Obviously the smaller the area they are running in the stronger the odor, and the larger the area the lighter the odor. All Odorox® machines are equipped with high and low switches to help control this odor if necessary. For the average application, the odor will be faint and mostly unnoticeable. When projects are complete, the odor left behind will be that of no odor. It is a very fresh and clean smell and is the result of all odors, good and bad, being eliminated.

Coverage Table & Safety Guideline

Odorox Model Number of UV Optics Typical Coverage Area Monitor in Occupied Areas
Boss XL3™ 3 total 1,000–1,500 sq. ft. < 600 sq. ft.

 

Typical Odor Removal Applications

  • Pet urine
  • Tobacco
  • Cooking scents (curry)
  • VOC’s (paint, adhesives, sewer gas)
  • Musty antique scents
  • Homes closed for extended periods
  • Trash Bins
  • Automobiles
  • HVAC duct systems
  • Animal Shelters
  • Real Estate Sales
  • Apartment turns
  • Rental Property turns
  • Hotel renovations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Health Club locker rooms
  • Daycare Centers
  • Trauma scenes
  • Fuel spills