Ultra Violet light technology has been shown time and time again to be the single most effective way of safely and efficiently sanitising an area. This not only means elimination of all harmful bacteria, germs and viruses, but also, the associated smells.
With UV cleaning already featuring in many washrooms worldwide via hand dryers, this technology now is quite literally, taking off. Boeing is currently developing a system using this same concept in order to kill 99.9% of the pathogens in their toilets on board. They boast that in just three seconds all germs and thus smells too will be eliminated from their airplane lavatories with just the power of ultraviolet light.
Already proven extremely effective in the washroom, this technology is about to be taken one step further with self-cleaning cars. Ambulances have already been using of this technology to create a germ-free environment with great success. This means viruses such as MRSA are literally being destroyed in these vehicles before given the chance to infect the next patient to go inside.
The reason this type of cleaning is shown to be so effective time and time again in small spaces such as a vehicle is due to the difficulty of cleaning all these hard to reach places. For example, consider your car door… When did you last clean it? How often do you touch it? How confident are you that this whole area is disinfected when it is ‘cleaned’ by conventional methods? UV offers a solution to these problems, as it will kill all organisms exposed to the light, even on these hard to reach surfaces. Not only this, traditional nuisances associated with cleaning such as liquid spillage and hazardous chemicals become a thing of the past. Taking all this into consideration it seems only logical now that the next step is to start introducing this technology into the everyday car. Not only would this enhance the driver’s experience through simple odour elimination (as opposed to current alternative of odour masking), installation of UV devices could contribute considerably to reducing disease spread.
Existing designs are ideally fixed behind the vehicles passenger chair and work to remove allergens via a HEPA filter as well as all germs through use of a UV germicidal lamp. Other non UV devices on the market tend to feature ion filters, producing ozone and negatively charged ions to eliminate smells inside the car.