Ottawa Airport

HELPING AIRPORTS BEE CLEAN

I show people an oil spot on a window.  Then I use the stabilized aqueous ozone on it and it’s gone.  The window is spotless and they look at me and go, ‘Holy smokes that’s weird.'

Chris Longpre, Contract Manager
Bee-Clean Building Maintenance, Ottawa Airport

Ottawa Airport Quick Facts

  • Canada’s Sixth-Busiest Airport
  • Named Best Airport in North America in 2011
  • Serves nearly 5 million passengers per year

"Most green chemicals don’t work," explains Longpre. "But Bee-Clean has a long-term commitment to sustainability in every aspect of our operations. We are the first in Canada to receive CIMS-Green Building Certification, so we needed to find a cost-effective, high-performing way to clean the airport without traditional chemicals."

Longpre consulted a colleague in Quebec who cleaned a casino with stabilized aqueous ozone. "He suggested I tried stabilized aqueous ozone so we purchased a dispenser and tried it for a month. I loved it," recalls Longpre.

With over one million cleanable square feet at the airport, Longpre's 115 employees work 24 hours per day, seven days a week to clean windows, floors, fixtures, bathrooms, lobbies and more. "At first, our staff was skeptical to get rid of the chemical cleaners," says Longpre. "But quickly they experienced the safety and health benefits of the stabilized aqueous ozone - and they saw the results. They were convinced like I was."

For Longpre, the benefits go beyond health and safety and extend to the bottom line. "Switching to the stabilized aqueous ozone has saved me a lot of money. We were using six or seven products like general purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, disinfectants and degreasers," he explains. "Now we’re down to two: the stabilized aqueous ozone and the degreasers. We’ve cut 60% of our cost."

Best of all, Longpre’s customers are more than satisfied. "My client couldn’t be happier. He’s 100% on-board. He loves how we’ve improved health and safety."