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Basic Tips for First-time Users of Odorox® Hydroxyl Generators

Posted by Tom McArdle on 5/19/20

When you first begin to use an Odorox® hydroxyl cleaning machine, set up is easy, but there are a few basic things that first time users often have questions about. This article is to help you become familiar with the basics of using a hydroxyl generator, and to get comfortable with each cleaning job that you take on.

unnamedAs always, the crew at Odorox® Hydroxyl Group is here to answer any additional questions you may have, but this guide is a great starting point that will help you get started quickly and easily. 

What is the Coverage Area of the Hydroxyl Generator?

When you are using the XL3 hydroxyl machine, you can count on a coverage area of 1000-1500 square feet. It is important to remember that a few factors will affect this coverage such as the layout of the space being cleaned, if it is an open area, or rooms that are blocked by walls.  

Other things to consider when looking at your coverage area - does the space contain items that have absorbed the odor or other contaminants? Walls, baseboards, cabinets, furniture and curtains should be considered when deciding on how many machines to run in the coverage area. 

You must also take into account the odor itself. How strong is the odor? While one machine will cover 1000 to 1500 square feet, if any of these other factors are at play, additional units may be needed to complete the job in a timely manner.  Give the Odorox® team a call if you need help determining how many generators to place in your workspace. 

How Long Does the Machine Run?

We touched on this a little in the section above, but there are many factors that determine how long the hydroxyl generator will run to complete the cleaning process. 

A typical job for an XL3 machine can take anywhere from 3 to 5 days. Again, this depends on the coverage area, how bad the odor is, your cleaning process, and how many units are used during the job. However, standard jobs will fall into that 3 to 5 day window. 

How Do I Know That the Job is Done?

This is a great question and one that we hear most often from new users. Many people think that when they walk into a space and smell fresh air - that means the project is done. The machine has done its work and it's time to pack up and call it a day.

However, here’s something to remember - all you are smelling when you first walk into that space is the air. When you use a hydroxyl machine, its job is to also get into the porous materials in the space and remove the odors from those - in addition to the air. 

To make sure your job is really done, walk through the space where the odor has settled and smell the furnishings. Make sure any surfaces like curtains, carpeting, cabinets - everything is odor free. If not, you may need to reposition the generators and run them through another cycle to truly remove the odor from all areas of the site.

Once you cannot smell any trace of the odor - the job is done. 

Remember These Steps

As a new user to Odorox® hydroxyl generators - remember these three steps to get started:

  1. A XL3 generator will typically cover a space of 1000 - 1500 square feet. This is without divided rooms or furnishings. 
  2. The XL3 generator will typically take 3 - 5 days to complete a job. 
  3. To know a job is finished, smell all areas of the site - including inside closets and furnishings. Once there is zero trace of an odor, you can call the job complete.

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to call us at Odorox® Hydroxyl Group. We’re happy to offer any recommendations on machine sizes, timing on jobs, or anything else you may need.

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