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Omaha, Neb. — Cleaning workers are frequently hesitant to use a new cleaning system, tool, or piece of equipment to perform their daily tasks. We saw this a decade ago when green cleaning products were introduced and are encountering it again with aqueous ozone cleaning systems.
With aqueous ozone, ozone is mechanically created through the interaction of electricity and oxygen and then infused into water. This produces an effective cleaning solution that is far less harmful to the user and the environment than traditional cleaning solutions.
Because the technology is new to the professional cleaning industry, however, there has been some hesitation.
Matt Montag, national sales manager, CleanCore Technology, which manufactures these systems, offers these seven tips for introducing aqueous ozone technology to cleaning workers:
1. Include cleaning workers in the selection process from the start; if you're considering the purchase of aqueous ozone systems, learning about the equipment with the cleaning staff helps ensure a smoother buy-in of the technology.
2. Make sure everyone knows that while new to professional cleaning, aqueous ozone has been used for over a century to treat drinking water and clean fresh produce, food-service facilities and breweries, swimming pools, and surgical equipment.
3. Explain that the technology, equipment, and aqueous ozone produced is safe for users and for surfaces.
4. Be clear where and on what surfaces it can and should be used and where a traditional cleaning chemical is recommended; aqueous ozone should not be used, for instance, in place of an EPA-registered disinfectant.
5. Instruct all cleaning workers how to use the equipment at the same time and encourage questions; assume if one person has a question about the technology, others are wondering the same thing.
6. Make sure everyone understands how the equipment operates; for instance, most systems are designed to work with cold water.
7. Clarify what happens to the aqueous ozone after it has been used for cleaning. (Essentially, it converts back to water and oxygen.)
"We have also found that educating cleaning workers that aqueous ozone is designed to make their jobs easier and safer helps considerably," Montag said. "We're all interested in any tool that makes our jobs easier."
CleanCore is an innovative cleaning technology that infuses cold water with ozone gas to create aqueous ozone, a natural and robust cleaning solution. Along with being effective, ozonated water is viewed as a more "natural" cleaning agent because ozone is naturally found in the atmosphere. This form of no-chemical cleaning is often referred to as "one step beyond green cleaning" because there is essentially no impact on the environment when cleaning with a CleanCore system.