If you are not taking this year’s flu outbreak seriously, you should be. Reports keep coming in about how strong this flu virus is and just how many people have been affected. The flu virus is highly contagious and can lead to extreme illness and, unfortunately as we have seen, even death. ABC News reports on just how bad the flu is this year, “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said 14,676 people have been hospitalized with influenza since the flu season began in October, double the number from all of last year and the highest ever recorded…The CDC’s latest influenza report shows that at least 53 children have died from the flu this season, including 16 just last week.” There are many person hygiene precautions such as washing hands and covering when you cough or sneeze that should be taken to help prevent the spread of the flu but many times that simply is not enough. If your home, school or office has been hit by the flu it is imperative that you take every precaution to stop it in its tracks. Chemical cleaners use harsh chemicals that are often not safe to be breathed in by adults or children and should not even be touched for fear of skin contamination. And what about carpeted areas? What do you do if bodily fluids such as vomit are in the carpet – can you truly clean and disinfect carpet? With a steam cleaner, you can!
Let us be completely clear, not all steam cleaners are created equal and many are not capable of effective cleaning and disinfection. It is imperative that for disease and flu prevention that you use a commercial-grade steam cleaner such as a Vapamore product. Vapamore steam cleaners heat water to temperatures in excess of 200 degrees Fahrenheit which means that the steam produced can kill up to 99% of bacteria without a single chemical. And, while it is obviously far safer than chemical cleaning products, that is not where the advantages over chemical cleaning products stop. When you spray a chemical cleaning product it can only clean and disinfect the surface that it touches. The problem is, what if it is a porous hard surface or a carpeted area? If bacteria has penetrated porous surfaces or made its way into the fibers of carpets, infection can still spread. Steam cleaners are able to penetrate the tiniest of crevices or carpet fibers to lift and remove stains, odors, and kill bacteria, It is the best way to stop the spread of illness and for that reason, it is a necessary tool for all homes, offices and schools this flu season.