When you need to clean something to industrial standards or if you just need extreme heat to kill pests and micro-organisms, steam can be a good choice. Steam cleaning systems can be used for a number of purposes.
One of the top uses for steam cleaning is in hospitals and medical settings. About 100,000 people die every year in the U.S. from infections acquired in hospitals, and while many of those infections cannot be prevented, some are acquired from instruments and surfaces that are not cleaned well enough. Steam that is the right temperature kills about 99% of major infectious bacteria such as E. coli and staph, which are the kinds of bugs that can cause serious infections in the injured and ill. Research has shown that things like faucet handles, paper towel dispenser handles and soap dispensers cleaned with high-temperature steam have only about 10% as many germs as such surfaces cleaned with traditional cleaners.
Another good place to use steam cleaning is in your home or in other residential settings such as hotels or nursing homes. Industrial steam cleaners are good at killing off dust mites and bed bugs, especially in fabrics such as upholstery and curtains, which can make your home safer and better for people with allergies. Steam cleaning also is safe and doesn’t leave behind any harmful chemicals or residues.
Steam cleaning also is used in industrial settings, where industrial steam generators can be used to clean machines, instruments and even parts and finished products. Industrial steam generators are very common in pharmaceutical manufacturing settings and other facilities where extreme cleanliness is a necessity.
Steam also can be used in some instances to pasteurize food, and it also is a safer method of cleaning to be used in places where food is manufactured and prepared, because not only does it clean effectively, it also leaves behind no harmful residues that could contaminate food products.
Steam cleaning using either wet or dry vapor steam is a safe and effective method for disinfecting surfaces, fabrics and other materials, which makes it good to use in a number of settings, from industrial plants to hospitals to the home.