Stale smoke smell
I stumbled accross this forum while attempting to find a better way of "disinfecting" my rental properties after a smoker moves out. Recently (apx 10 days ago) one of my tenants moved out and left a terrible smoke smell for me to clean up. The carpet was replaced and the walls painted before these people moved in. In fact the house had a very pleasant smell before they moved in, as the previous family frequently left the windows open to air out the place. Currently the carpets are in great shape, not much wear and tear. I have already thoroughly vaccumed and shampooed. THE STALE SMOKE SMELL IS STILL PRESENT! I don't want to drop another $2,000 to replace the carpets. I have heard about ozone generators before, but am not sure about the effectiveness. Can anyone on this forum provide any info, or direct me to somewhere that I can learn more. 

I am a landlord as well, and have ran into many of the same problem that you are describing. Many times I replaced carpet and repainted walls to rid a house of cigarette odors. This method works, but can be costly for every property that has an odor problem. For some landlords, $2K is the yearly margin on a property!Anyway, I started to use an ozone generator as a part of the post move out clean up process. Immediately I was truly amazed at the results of these machines. At first I was skeptical so I decided to rent an ozone generator. After the first application I was a believer, and purchased one before the next property went vacant. Check out this page for Treatment procedures and recommendations on how to utilize an ozone generator in the manner that you are inquiring.
http://www.pureo3.biz is my site, and we rent and sell ozone generators specifically for the situation that you are describing. Happy cleaning and good luck
I saw that you rented a 3000 mg/hr ozone generator. Were you able to resolve the smoke smell?

Yes I was able to remove the smoke smell. The ozone generator worked great! I used the ozone generator to treat 2 rentals and even used it to take care of a mold problem in my sisters car. I was amazed of the ability to remove the odor!

Rentem, Glad to hear that the generator worked for you. Our site is going through a redesign, so if you need to rent another just call us. We are changing the look and feel of the rental shopping cart and will have it back up in a few weeks. Thanks again for your feedback.

From Tilina 
This is my very first review ever on anything, but the product warranted my input. Asthetically, it is not much to look at. However, it does what it says it does. I live in a row Townhouse condo complex and live next door to smokers. Unfortunately, they smoke in the basement, and the smell travels through the spaces left open by the common pipes that run through each unit, making my laundry room and rec room literally stink as if there were 10 people sitting in the laundry room smoking. After much confrontation, they have ceased smoking, however, the residue of the nicotine stuck on all my possessions in the storage area of my laundry room. I had tried vinegar, bleach, air purifier... anything I could think of to remove/reduce the smell. Our restoration company told us about the industrial ozone generators they use to eradicate smoke smell after a fire. After reviewing many models on-line, I finally broke down and purchased this generator. Got it yesterday and ran it for 1/2 hour (it is two 8x10 rooms) in the evening. It did exactly what it said it would do. The "oxygen" smell is akin to a downpour of rain during a hot summer day... pungent, yet clean. I went down this morning, and the whole laundry room and the rec room smell clean and fresh and no nasty tobacco smell. It was amazing, and a relief to have that nasty smell out of my home. Next, I will try it in my vehicles, and also the bathroom to help control any bacteria. I am very pleased with this item - well worth the money - highly recommend it. 

Clark Byram
Hampton Inn
I just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the (Zontec) ozone equipment we purchased from you. It has performed flawlessly.
The ideal situation is a room with no odor. We have been able to achieve that with the ozone equipment your company provided. We treat every occupied guest room daily and feel that this is an integral part of the formula that helped us to receive a Circle of Excellence Award in 1992 from Hampton Inns.
I hardily recommend your product to anyone in the hotel business.
About a year ago we purchased a portable Zontec machine to try out in our guest rooms instead of air freshener. The housekeeper and guest response was so positive that we purchased a unit for each of our housekeeping sections.
We are extremely happy with the results. The units are used daily in each room to ensure that the rooms smell fresh when the guests check in. We have also utilized the units in the conversion of smoking rooms to nonsmoking rooms with excellent results.
I would highly recommend that any hotel consider these units are replacements for their current air fresheners.

Victor G. Martin, C.H.A.
Best Western
Nothing was a sure fix until we purchased our first (Zontec) Ozone Generator and this is the purpose for my comments.
Let me tell you, it solved our problem within a few days and in doing so it made us happy, our guests happy and even our housekeepers happy. That's a trick in itself! We now have four machines, one for each service cart and our staff uses them each and every time they service a guest room.
There is much emphasis placed on "environmentally" clean rooms which obviously includes air quality. Guests no only appreciate but demand fresh smelling / non smelling rooms and your Ozone machines allow us to exceed their expectation. Even our AAA Field Inspector was very pleased to see our staff use them.
Bob and Cheryl Kane
Ladd Brook Inn
As you know, guest satisfaction is high priority in the hotel / motel industry. Providing a "fresh air" atmosphere in each room not only pleases our guests but encourages out guests to return.
Purchasing the Zontec PA200 was a sound investment. With its easy operation and effectiveness in eliminating offensive odors, the unit is well worth the initial cost.
After using the unit for a short time we received many compliments. Guests are enjoying the odor free rooms and are pleased with the "fresh air" smell.
I would personally encourage other companies to try your equipment.
Spiro Pappas
Howard Johnson
It saved us a great deal of expense and time in converting these suites (to non-smoking suites).
We asked our non smoking staff members to try and find any offending odors, they could not.
We are using this machine daily in our suites and plan another purchase in the near future.
I am sure that for the price, compared to the money spent on chemicals for suites, that other hotels will see where they can save when they try your product and keep their suites fresh.
Mike Perry
Marriott Residence Inn
A short note to tell you how great we think the (Zontec) PA200 machine is at our hotel. It removes all odors and when we run out of non smoking rooms, we can just sit the machine in there for approximately 20 minutes and you cannot tell that someone had ever smoked in this room.
My. Executive Housekeeper thinks it is the best thing that has happened to make his work easier. Spray deodorizers can in no way touch this machine.
Audrey L. Waldrop
We have been using your washroom deodorizer (the Perfect Air Plug-In) in the restrooms in my restaurant for some time now. I just wanted to let you know that it is working out well for us. Several other remedies have been tried in our restrooms but none have performed as well as your ozone unit. Besides its actual performance is unmatched, it is also the most "labor-free" method we have used. Unlike regular cleaning methods that require hourly or daily attention, we like that the ozone generator operates with minimal attention.
I highly recommend (the Zontec unit) to other restaurant and motel operators.
Troy W. Davis, CHA
Chairman of the Board
Best Western International

We installed the Zontec Ozone Generator in our recycling plant on May 31, 1993, and since we have installed this unit, it has made a drastic change in our employee's working environment.
The unit is very simple to operate, we just set the timer on the unit and it runs all night when no one is in the building. Upon opening the building in the morning, the recycling area is virtually odor free.
The unit has solved our odor problem and we highly recommend the PA1200 Ozone Generator to any recycling business.
James M. Foote
I would like to comment that the Zontec...ionizers (the Perfect Air Plug-In) installed in our restrooms have made an appreciable difference in the air quality to our traveling public. In addition, we anticipate annual savings because the need to purchase air freshener and urinal blocks has now been eliminated.
I have received positive comments about the changes. The restrooms smell fresher and cleaner.
Tom Makela
Thunder Bay Airport
Transport Canada
I run a fibromyalgia (FMS) clinic. These patients all suffer from multiple chemical sensitivities. Their illness is greatly helped by avoiding exposure to molds, mildews, and fumes from materials such as paint, sealants, carpet dyes, glues, and a hundred other household items. I use your PA 600 as a patient loaner. They decontaminate their homes, one room at a time, by running the unit full blast for a day while they are gone. This is a very important factor in their recovery. The ozone seems to be capable of speeding up the curing of a wide variety of agents toxic to my patients, far beyond just molds and mildews.
I think the PA 600 is just powerful enough to be effective for this kind of duty, and I would recommend it to any environmentally sensitive person with the caveat that the ozone itself is going to be toxic to them, so they should air out the area before using the space again.
If you would be so kind as to make me a dealer, I would be happy to sell the unit to patients at my cost, as a much needed service to them. Keep up the good work, Zontec.
Dr. Charles Bates
PS: Did you know that, each time you give your clothes closet a heavy dose of ozone, the odors clinging to used shirts are removed? This saves me money on laundering, because the shirts smell fresh for months, and only need to be washed when a collar ring begins to appear. Kind of funky to be sure, but it save a lot of trips to the cleaners!
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