If you, a loved one, or your household pet has begun to show symptoms of ringworm, it is important to get treatment right away. Ringworm is highly contagious and easily spreads through human to human, pet to human, or object to human contact. Mayo Clinic describes what exactly ringworm is, “Ringworm of the body is a fungal infection that develops on the top layer of your skin. It’s characterized by a red circular rash with clearer skin in the middle. It may itch. Ringworm gets its name because of its appearance. No actual worm is involved…Mild ringworm often responds to antifungal medications that you apply to your skin. For more-severe infections, you may need to take antifungal pills for several weeks.” If someone in your home has ringworm antifungal medication should be used as soon as possible but it is also a good idea to thoroughly clean and disinfect your home so that the infection is fully eradicated from your home. Because ringworm is so contagious and can be spread through so many different ways, cleaning must be thorough and the best way to do so is with a steam cleaner.
Steam cleaning is the only way to penetrate even the tiniest of holes, crevices or pores in a surface to completely clean and disinfect up to 99% of bacteria. Household cleaners can only clean the surface but cannot penetrate to lift and remove deep down dirt and bacteria. A high quality steam cleaner will heat water to such a high degree that the steam produced is capable of killing bacteria, dust mites, bed bugs, pests, mold and fungus – including ringworm. Because a steam cleaner uses only water to achieve such high-powered cleaning, it is safe for your family and household pests. Steam cleaning does not leave behind a harmful chemical residue that could be ingested.A steam cleaner can be used to clean every room in your home from top to bottom including counters, floors, hardware, sinks, tubs, toilets, showers, fabric, upholstery, drapery, carpet, sports equipment, pet crates, pet beds, pet bowls, and more.
The particular type of fungus that is what creates ringworm can live on a surface for years and with one touch the person or pet can be infested so it is important to clean and disinfect all surfaces in your home. If you were to use chemical cleaners, it would require a multitude of different products and cleaning tools to clean your entire home but with a steam cleaner all you need is one tool, the included attachments, and water to clean and rid your home of ringworm.