Steam cleaner companies tend to make a lot of claims about how effective steam cleaning is. Steam cleaning is proclaimed as an effective method of disinfecting and deodorizing but how effective is it really? And, is it truly more effective than a chemical cleaning method? After all, when it comes to the importance of disinfecting something, no corners can be cut, it has to be really disinfected or it is just not worth the effort. The EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) explains why using chemicals for cleaning is not always the best option and why steam is a great choice for disinfecting, “Some devices can be used to disinfect; for example machines that apply steam to surfaces. These devices are very effective, work quickly, and use no chemicals. Some are mops and others look like a canister vacuum with attachments for use on different surfaces. They can also disinfect surfaces that chemical disinfectants cannot, such as upholstery and carpets. Dust mites that live in these surfaces are also eliminated by these devices. Because disinfectants are pesticides designed to kill or inactivate germs, you should make sure you need them for the specific task. The overuse and misuse of these products is a growing public health and environmental concern. Studies have found that the use of some disinfectant products is creating microbes that can mutate into forms that are resistant to particular disinfectants or that become superbugs. These resistant germs are also harder to kill with antibiotics.” Steam cleaning really is that effective and it really can disinfect and deodorize using just water and heat.
Some things are easy to clean, like clothing, because they can simply be thrown in the clothing washer and cleaned on a “sanitize” cycle but other things, like mattresses or carpet are harder to effectively disinfect and deodorize. A steam cleaner can disinfect a variety of surfaces without the use of chemicals or risk of damage to the surfaces. Water is put into the steam cleaner and then heated past the point of boiling to product steam. The steam is then pressurized through an attachment or nozzle on the steam cleaner and forced out onto the desired surface. When steam is so hot it instantly disinfects the surface and helps remove dirt. Steam both cleans and disinfects so it is a very useful tool in a wide array of applications. Steam cleaners are wonderful for home cleaning and disinfection, workplace or office cleaning and disinfection, hospital and healthcare cleaning and disinfection and so much more. When dirt and germs are removed from any surface it also effectively deodorizes the surface which will not only help a room be clean and germ free but also remove bad odors. For the ultimate in cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing without the use of harsh chemicals, use a steam cleaner and enjoy the many benefits.