For most of us, when we think of how to properly clean something, we probably think of stores filled with aisles upon aisles of assorted cleaning products. There is truly a cleaning product for everything and each of those products is filled with a lot of chemicals. To protect against the spread of bacteria and illness we often want the strongest chemicals available to kill all of those tiny microbes we cannot see. If spills or stains are particularly difficult to remove we throw even more chemicals at them. And, if certain things are hard to reach or on certain fabrics or materials that are more delicate or susceptible to damage we might just leave them alone and accept the dirt or stain rather than risk damage from cleaning products. The problem is, when you use all of these chemicals to try to clean things, they stay on the surfaces on which you have just cleaned. If you use your bare hands, they will be absorbed into your skin. If your kids play on the floor or touch the counter you have just cleaned, they will also have those chemicals absorbed into their skin and everyone within breathing distance will also breathe in the chemicals. Additionally, all of those chemicals in disposable containers are far from eco-friendly. Rather than fill your home or workspace with chemicals it is far better to clean with steam.
Steam is simply water heated to a temperature, usually between 250-300 degrees Fahrenheit. For many, the idea of cleaning with just water that has been heated may sound good in theory but when it comes to truly killing bacteria we may still be reaching for the chemicals. But there is no need, steam is actually a far more effective cleaning tool than those chemical-filled cleaning products. Once water has been heated above 250 degrees Fahrenheit and steam is generated the steam will kill 99.9% of all bacterial microbes, germs and dust mites. Steam is just as affective, if not more, than chemical cleaners but it will not leave behind any chemical residue. Because it is just water you have a perfectly clean surface free of anything else unwanted. Additionally, while particular chemical products cannot be used on certain surfaces because of the risk of damage, or the chemical’s inability to penetrate enough to really clean, stem can be used on most surfaces without risk of damage. And, where chemical cleaners fall short, steam picks up the slack because steam can penetrate porous surfaces to deeply clean and sanitize while lifting dirt out effectively. Rather than reaching for those chemical cleaners, opt to clean with the simplification and effectiveness of steam and provide a safer environment to live and work in.