This winter many cities have experienced particularly bad cold and flu seasons. It seems like infection is everywhere and if there is one place that those germs are always present it is classrooms. Children simply are not as good at infection prevention techniques like covering when they sneeze or cough or washing hands frequently. That means that they are at an elevated risk of contracting an infection. Proper classroom m cleaning is incredibly important but not always as simple as it may sound. With so many children it can be difficult to thoroughly and effectively clean and disinfect throughout the day. There are a myriad of surfaces that need to be cleaned including hard flooring, carpet, rugs, countertops, sinks, toilets, writing utensils, scissors, toys, and more. Because there is such a wide range a teacher would typically need multiple different chemical cleaning products and cleaning tools. And, it is not safe to expose children to so many harsh chemicals so there is not very many practical moments during the day to clean. Because of this, adequate cleaning is often not achieved in the classroom setting. But, it does not have to be this way. Steam cleaning classrooms can overhaul classroom cleaning procedures and produce a new level of cleaning and disinfection.
Steam cleaning with a high quality steam cleaner such as a Vapamore product is a critical component to solving classroom cleaning problems. This is because Vapamore professional-grade steam cleaner heat water to such a high degree that it is actually capable of cleaning up to 99% of bacteria when proper cleaning technique is administered. That means that children are never exposed to harsh and harmful chemicals because only water is used to clean and disinfect which allows cleaning to be done throughout the day whenever necessary. Additionally, steam cleaning can be used on a wide variety of surfaces including all of the surfaces we previously mentioned. That means that only one tool is needed, and no chemical cleaning products are needed, to completely clean and disinfect a classroom. After the initial investment in a steam cleaner, classrooms will no longer constantly need to replenish a multitude of chemical cleaning products and tools – they will only need their steam cleaner for the bulk of cleaning tasks throughout the day. The EPA recommends steam cleaning in the classroom and elaborates on how useful and effective it is, “ Steam cleaners can be used to sanitize, deodorize, and remove grease, dirt, and product residues thoroughly and quickly without chemicals. They can be used on many surfaces, including bathroom fixtures, floors and countertops, carpeting, and upholstery. Dry vapor steam cleaners use super-heated low moisture steam – no chemicals – for disinfecting, sanitizing, and cleaning surfaces. They are very effective and approved for food contact as well asother surfaces including carpets and upholstery. They are one of the most effective ways to remove bacteria that have formed a biofilm.”