Firstly, let's all calm down. I don't think anyone is accusatory about what a person should post or is trolling when they add a comment in a thread.
I don't think al2ride was suggesting buying an AK47 and suggesting it be given to minors.
al2ride was merely posting about a product that he used that worked to correct a smoke issue.
However, being in the restoration industry and knowledgeable in the use of ozone, I do have to agree that caution should be used. There are definitely side effects from its use.
I firmly believe that as a forum we all want to offer advise on what works for us in the various situations. Thanks al2ride for advising those here who may need to combat a smoke issue.
One of the other admirable things about this forum is people also help by making people aware of the outcome of using some of the recommended procedures here. I don't think we should find fault in that. However, sometimes the written word is taken the wrong way as I'm sure everyone can agree.
I will say, that depending on the origin of the smoke, simply opening a window and airing out will not always work. In severe cases where something protein such as a meat or any variety of grain based product has caught fire in a microwave or on the stove, the smoke carries an oily residue that will hold the odor. Simple airing will never get rid of this fast enough if at all.
All hard surfaces need to be cleaned with a degreaser. All soft surfaces need to be washed or drycleaned. Porous materials will likely never relinquish the odor without the aid of some type of air deodorizing and in some cases, things such as micro-waves and hood-fans must be replaced due to the intricacy of motors, cabinet assembly, etc.
Ozone works in many cases because it's microns are as small as the smoke molecules that penetrate everything and it can follow the same paths.
Ozone molecules surround the smoke molecules and traps the odor rendering the smoke molecule useless. It all happens chemically.
Does Ozone Generation work? Yes
Does Ozone have side effects? Yes
Should a person use caution and educate themselves before using an Ozone Generator? Yes
Some good advise is:
- Firstly, get rid of the source
- If you use an Ozone Generator, make sure there is no water sitting out or that nothing is wet. Ozone and H2O produces Hydrogen Peroxide.
- Use a fan to help move the ozone around the coach as it will expedite deodorizing by getting the ozone into all areas and help push it to hard to get at areas.
- Open all interior doors, drawers, cabinets, etc. prior to running and separate items for good penetration.
- Set up the ozone close to the entry or have the cord plugged in where you can unplug the ozone or shut it off without entering the coach.
- Do not run the ozone for more than a few hours at a time. Once you have done an application, shut off the machine, prop the door open and let the RV air out for a bit. Then start to open windows to further allow the Ozone to dissipate. Leave the fan running to help with the airing out process.
It will likely take a day or so for you to see if you require more ozone deodorizing.
Be aware that should you decide to use the RV before complete airing out has occurred, that the Ozone does have a strong residual smell/affect and may irritate respiratory systems in people and pets.
I found an article that describes some of the hazards that you may find informative.
Ozone Generator Hazards - InterNACHI
Just an FYI, again, my intent here was not to hijack this thread or to "troll" but to add some helpful info to a good procedure and hopefully keep our members safe with its use.