We’ve all heard it. That smell that could be who knows what coming from the vents of your car or under the seat or in the upholstery itself. You’ve tried cleaning and scrubbing, baking soda, everything you can think of, all of the tips in our post about cleaning your car’s interior. When all else fails, the next step is an ozone treatment. You may have heard of it. Ozone machines are the area of professional detailers. We’ll break it down for you here.

What Is An Ozone Treatment?
Ozone treatment is the use of gas ozone (O3) to remove odors, bacteria, and viruses. Our detailer will place an ozone generator in your vehicle for a designated amount of time, depending on the strength of the odor. As the gas permeates your car, the odor is neutralized and any bacteria and viruses are killed. Ozone treatments are the best method for removing stubborn odors. As a gas, it can reach inside vents, far under seats, saturate upholstery fibers, and reach all the nooks and crannies that you can’t.

How Does Ozone Work?
Ozone is the most powerful sterilant in the world. Ozone uses the chemical reaction of oxidation to break down unwanted molecules. O3 is an unstable molecule that, when it comes into contact with another molecule of any kind, will destroy it through the process of oxidation. Bacteria and viruses are destroyed when ozone comes into contact with the cell wall and breaks it down on a molecular level, effectively destroying the cell entirely.

When Should I Get An Ozone Treatment?
An ozone treatment by your detailer is done using an ozone generator. Typically, this process is done by sending specific-wavelength UV light at oxygen atoms. The generator will be placed in your vehicle for as long as necessary to remove any odor. Ozone odor removal is permanent, provided you have removed the source of the smell. Your detailer will thoroughly clean your car before the ozone treatment. It’s important to make sure that the cause of any smell is taken care of. In the case of mildew, make sure you have dealt with the source of the dampness as well.

Smoke, Pet Odors And Worse
One of the biggest causes of vehicle odors that can’t be removed is tobacco smoke. Phenol, an invisible chemical present in secondhand smoke, is responsible for irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract. Ozone treatment will completely oxidize any remaining phenol gas, effectively neutralizing the odor. In this case, the odor will not return because the molecules have been destroyed rather than masked or filtered. Ozone is a gas that will dissipate after about half an hour after treatment, so there is no risk of exposure from your vehicle. Your detailer will be sure to sufficiently air out your vehicle before returning it to you.

Can I Use An Ozone Treatment In My House?
It can be very tempting to purchase an ozone generator yourself for use in the home. While some ozone generators are marketed for use in the home, the EPA has not cleared them for indoor use. It’s important to note that ozone is toxic to animals, including humans. Breathing ozone can cause the same chemical reaction to happen in your body that is happening to the bacteria and viruses in your car. Symptoms include irritation of the upper respiratory tract, cough, and difficulty breathing. So if you are looking for odor removal in your home, it’s best to look for natural ways to remove the odor, such as baking soda.

Give Our Team A Call!
Do you have a smelly car or feel like freshening it up?
Make an appointment with our detailing department today for an ozone treatment!

How We Can Help You
As Maine’s leading independent service specialists, we provide expert-quality services at a fair rate than nearby dealerships and specialty shops. If you’re experiencing any vehicle concerns, please call us right away, we can usually see your car the same day!

Finally
Questions, or if we can be of help in any way with service on your Acura Audi, BMW, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mercedes, Mini Cooper, Toyota, Volvo, VW or other European (and now Japanese) import, please contact us. Our team of Service Specialists is here to help, for even the newest autos! (207) 882-9969.

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Warmly,
The Atlantic Motorcar Center Service Team