Updated: Aug 16
Although the technology has been around for decades, oxygen cleaners have been gaining momentum lately as professional cleaners look for safe, effective, earth-friendly alternatives to commercial cleaning products. How do they work? Essentially, oxygen-based cleaners harness the power of oxygen bubbles to get deep into every nook and cranny of things like concrete, fences, roofs, grout and more. Their unique, profuse foaming action binds to dirt and stains, loosening their grip and lifting them to the surface to be rinsed away. Because of their effervescent qualities, oxygenated cleaners let you spray and walk away; they can be applied with a basic handheld sprayer and left to do their magic. Professional cleaners can either rinse after applying or wait for the rain to wash everything away — because they're not made with harsh chemicals, these products leave no toxic residue.
There are many more benefits of oxygen-based cleaners for professionals. Let's take a look at six of the biggest ones here.
Oxygenated Cleaners: Used on Many Surfaces
Oxygen cleaners are incredibly versatile and can lift stains from almost any surface, from driveways and walkways to brick, stucco, and all sorts of masonry. Wood and vinyl fences can be restored to new, and they can even tackle unsightly blemishes and discolorations from swimming pools. When it comes to roofs, oxygen-based cleaners can treat a wide range of surfaces, including asphalt shingles, slate, cedar shake, metal, concrete and clay tiles. The only items not recommended are fabrics and Scotch-guarded surfaces.
Oxygen-Based Cleaning Products Are More Eco-friendly
One of the biggest reasons professional cleaners are turning to oxygen-based cleaners is that they're eco-friendly. These cleaners contain no:
*Quaternary Ammonium Compounds
In fact, they typically contain no (or low) volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are compounds found in many household and commercial cleaning products; when they're released into the air, they can cause everything from nausea and headaches to long-term central nervous system damage and even cancer. Oxygenated cleaners don't release any high VOCs — when the hydrogen peroxide in these products breaks down, all that's left behind is water and oxygen. They're considered so safe that they can be used around waterways.
Oxygenated Cleaners Are Safer
The unique, non-toxic, odor-free elements of oxygen-based cleaners don't just protect the environment; they positively affect employee health, especially when compared to Sodium Hypochlorite (SH). Short-term exposure to SH-based products can cause burning in the skin and eyes, vomiting, headaches and nose and throat irritations. Long-term exposure can create a dangerous build-up of fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema).
Oxygen-based cleaners have significantly fewer risks, though it's important to note that they can be a skin and eye irritant, so employees should wear gloves and goggles whenever handling the product.
Oxygen-Based Cleaners Eliminate Pressure Washing Damage
Pressure washing is a powerful tool for eliminating driveway oil stains or wrestling caked-on dirt from a fence, but its power can produce negative results for many jobs. It's quite easy to cause damage to a customer's property. Oxygen-based cleaners eliminate this potentially costly risk — cleaners can simply spray the foaming cleanser on with a pump sprayer and leave it. This low-impact application is especially useful for taking on jobs at historic buildings or handling a delicate project with care.
Oxygenated Cleaning Products Are Cost-Effective
Oxygen-based cleaners aren't just effective; they're cost-effective, too. Because they're easy to use, employees can be trained to apply them in literally minutes; this reduces training time and gets the job done faster. Business owners can take on bigger jobs with smaller teams. Once it's set, the foaming action will work its magic over time and wash away with the rain, whether it's used on a concrete walkway, a boat dock, or a roof. And, because there's no rinsing, oxygenated cleaners use significantly less water than pressure washing or cleaners with harsh chemicals.
Oxygen-Based Cleaners Are Effective Against Microorganisms
When used properly, oxygen-based cleaners can safely eliminate toxins, bacteria, and fungus. This is particularly effective for crawl spaces around homes, where these microorganisms can cause unseen damage. It's also a fantastic choice for wood, which is susceptible to rot from fungi and other microorganisms.
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