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Third-hand Smoking and How to Remove the Odor From Your Home

CLARKSBURG, MD / ACCESSWIRE / February 7, 2017 / Tobacco usage dates back to the 17th century, even though first not welcomed by the western cultures, it is now part of numerous households in the U.S. While the public is often introduced to health problems smoking and second-hand smoking can cause, the concerns of third-hand smoking and the solutions to eliminate the exposure to it seem to be overlooked.

Technician preparing for ozone shock treatment. Photo credit: CE Odor Removal

Days and even months after smoking a cigarette in a room, tobacco leaves behind particles that while intertwining with molecules in air can become toxic. More so, exposure to it, is known as third-hand smoking and inhaling the tobacco product from the contaminated areas can be a threat to one's health. Even though the scientists are still concluding their studies of the exact damage of third-hand smoking, it is believed that inhaling the lingering residue of toxins are most susceptible to children.

Removing the smell is not easy, since the substance is not apparent and can be as small as .001% the width of a human hair, allowing it to be embedded deep in the surface. We talked to two odor removal experts for advice, Teet Maidla from OdorKillerPro and Mike Calamus from CE Odor Removal, who's companies provide odor removal services in Maryland (MD), District of Columbia (DC), Virginia (VA), North Carolina (NC) and California (CA).

Engineer Mike Calamus has serviced many households with cigarette smell issues. He suggested using Ozone (O3) shock treatment as it is a safe and effective way to deal with unpleasant smells at home. The technique allows generators to create ozone indoors, which results in nature-like clean air. "Ozone occurs in nature, most often as a result of lightning strikes that occur during thunderstorms. In fact, that fresh-clean-spring smell that we notice after a storm most often results from nature's creation of ozone," Calamus adds.

Ozone (O3) is a gas that's molecule consists of three oxygen atoms, and differentiates from air fresheners by destroying the smell entirely on a molecular level. It is important to realize that ozone shock treatment should be handled by professionals, as the O3 is harmful to breathe in. The odor removal takes about two days, during which the O3 particles break down and are safe again for human, plant and pet exposure.

To learn more about ozone shock treatment, we contacted the industry veteran, Teet Maidla. Over 12 years, Maidla has worked on multiple projects including tobacco smell, and similarly to Calamus found Ozone shock treatment being most thorough, as it removes even the smallest tobacco particles. He continued to explain other odors Ozone shock treatment can eliminate, for example: fire and smoke smells, cooking odors, all animal smells besides urine, chemical vapors, plus most bacteria and virus allowing it to be a solution for "sick building" syndrome.

SOURCE: Calamus Enterprises LLC