WHAT IS OZONE?

Ozone is a naturally occurring compound. The clean, fresh aroma in the air after a thunderstorm is Ozone. In the upper atmosphere the Ozone Layer filters potentially harmful ultraviolet light, preventing it from reaching the Earth's surface. When harnessed and properly used, ozone has tremendous benefits in industrial and commercial applications.

 

Oxygen (O) is unstable, and so oxygen is almost always found in pairs, (O2) where it is more stable. Ozone is composed of three oxygen atoms (O3). Ozone is created by exciting the atoms of an oxygen molecule (O2) with a high voltage electrical discharge or ultra violet radiation. The (O2) molecule is split into two high-energy oxygen atoms (O) which readily combine with two normal O2 molecules to form two molecules of Ozone (O3). Ozone is unstable because the 3rd radical Oxygen atom wants to leave the molecule and pair up with something. The Scientific Definition of "Unstable" is as follows: "Compounds that readily decompose or change into other compounds.

Ozone is a natural oxidizer. An oxidizer, or oxidizing agent, is a substance that readily accepts electrons or oxidizes another substance (ex. iron turning into rust). In plain English: as an oxidizer, Ozone breaks down substances at the molecular level. Other commonly known oxidizers are chlorine and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).

 

AQUEOUS OZONE

Aqueous Ozone is the end result of the infusion of Ozone (O3) into Water (H20). Ozone is a powerful oxidant able to achieve disinfection with less contact time and concentration than all weaker disinfectants such as chlorine, chlorine dioxide, and monochloramine. Ozone, as a natural sanitizer, is 52% stronger than chlorine and has been shown to be effective over a much wider spectrum of micro organisms than chlorine and other disinfectants. Unlike other disinfectants, Ozone leaves no chemical residual and degrades to molecular oxygen (O2).

 

OZONE'S HISTORY

Ozone was discovered in Germany in 1840 and has been in use commercially for over a century as a sanitizer and cleaner. Widely recognized for its power to kill germs without leaving residues, it was first used commercially in Nice, France for drinking water purification.

Since 1986 it has been used in all Olympic competition swimming pools. Today it is commonly used to keep seafood processing plants clean, and to clean and sanitize organic produce.

Coca Cola, Pepsi and many other bottlers use ozone to clean their filling lines. Ozone removes buildup from syrups and is completely safe as verified by the FDA designation that ozone is GRAS. Many wineries also use ozone to clean and sanitize their production lines. Checking the label on many brands of bottled water reveals that ozonization is one of the methods they use to purify the water.

Ozone is also commonly used by commercial food packing plants to clean fruit and produce in food processing by removing any bio-film and pesticides.

 

HOW OZONE CLEANS

Ozone reacts with proteins and large organic compounds. Proteins are considered the building blocks of all organic matter and they consist of strings of amino acids held together by peptide bonds. Peptide bonds react with Ozone's 3rd Oxygen atom and break apart the proteins leaving behind base amino acids. The base amino acids continue to react with the ozone and break down further into even more stable, inactive matter. These minute particles are then readily suspended in the water.

   Example:

Coffee with milk and sugar was spilled on a carpet patch and left to sit for a day. 24 hours later, the stain was cleaned using the Lotus Pro Trigger Spray System. Aqueous ozone was sprayed directly onto the stain and was wiped away during the course of 15 - 90 seconds returning the carpet back to its original state.

 

 

 

HOW OZONE KILLS BACTERIA

As discussed above, Ozone (O3) is unstable. Once generated, it only takes a short time for ozone to revert back to its stable and natural form of oxygen (O2). As this process occurs, the free atom of oxygen seeks out and attacks any foreign particles in the water. This action virtually disintegrates bacteria or other organic matter. Ozone is effective in killing micro organisms because it attacks their cell walls through the process of oxidizing their cell membranes. Once this occurs, the cell walls are ruptured and the organism cannot sustain itself and it dies very quickly.

   Example:

1. A healthy bacillus bacterial cell

2. Zooming in closer, Ozone (light green) comes into contact with the cell wall. The cell wall is vital to the bacteria because it ensures the organism can maintain its shape.

3. As ozone molecules make contact with the cell wall, a reaction called an oxidative burst occurs which literally creates a tiny hole in the cell wall.

4. A newly created hole in the cell wall has injured the bacterium.

5. The bacterium begins to loose its shape while ozone molecules continue creating holes in the cell wall.

6. After thousands of ozone collisions over only a few seconds, the bacterial wall can no longer maintain its shape and the cell dies.

(Above example text and images courtesy of http://www.ozonesolutions.com)

OZONE CLEANING - IT'S ELEMENTAL!

 

The patented Lotus PRO Cleaning and Sanitizing System transforms ordinary tap water into the world's most effective natural commercial cleaner by infuzing it with ozone. This "Aqueous Ozone" solution eliminates germs, odors, stains, mold, mildew and other contaminants on any item or surface before changing back into water and oxygen.

Ozone (O3) is a powerful sanitizer that occurs naturally when sunlight or lightning adds an extra oxygen atom to some of the O2 molecules in the air.

Some of this ozone is then infused into the water, resulting in aqueous ozone. This process is safely miniaturized in each Lotus PRO unit to give you a chemical-free cleaner that's 52% stronger than chlorine bleach.

Just like popular oxy-chemical cleaners, aqueous ozone's power comes from the extra atom that oxidizes germs and dirt.

Unlike chemical cleaners, lotus PRO's aquesous ozone reverts back into water and oxygen after its job is done. No toxins, no fumes and no residues.

 

High Capacity Unit

  1. Cold tap water enters the Lotus PRO Stabilization Module.
  2. The Lotus PRO Stabilization Module mixes with the cold tap water stream, expanding the cleaning/sanitizing time up to 24 hours.
  3. Treated water leaves the Lotus PRO Stabilization Module.
  4. Water passes through the FloJet connector, which prevents back flow with air lock, then enters the Lotus PRO High Capacity Unit.
  5. Oxygen enters the dispenser through the replaceable filter cartridge.
  6. 4,500 volts of electricity transforms O2 to O3
  7. Ozone gas that is not saturated in the water is separated and safely dispensed as oxygen.
  8. Aqueous ozone leaves the dispenser to fill mop buckets, trigger sprayers, auto scrubbers, carpet extractors and backpack sprayers.

 

Trigger Spray System