Green Cleaning: Using Steam to Kill Germs and Bed Bugs

HiResIn our recent blogs, we discuss the history of steam cleaners and the growing popularity of dry vapor steam cleaning in the US market.

In the post, Green Cleaning: Steam Cleaning in Manufacturing and Food/Beverage Processing, we explain that the reason dry vapor steam cleaning is so popular in these industries is because it’s an environmentally friendly cleaning method.

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Additionally, the high temperature steam is effective at killing germs and the high pressurized water can reach into even the smallest cracks and crevices where other cleaning tools often can’t reach.

Those in the hospital, care facilities, hotel and other hospitality/care business industries are also recognizing dry vapor steam cleaning as an environmentally-friendly method to effectively clean and sanitize surfaces.

High temperature, high pressure steam blasts away germs on mattresses, upholstery, bedding and furniture, killing microorganisms, bacteria, viruses and removing allergens.

With the resurgence of bed bugs in the hospitality industry, dry vapor steam cleaning has also seen its use rise. And bed bug infestation isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, according to the 2013 survey, “Bugs Without Borders.”

The high temperature water of a vapor steam cleaner kills bed bugs, but the steam doesn’t soak soft goods so you don’t have to worry about mold growth. Because of the low moisture content of the steam, mattresses, furniture and other soft goods are left relatively dry during the cleaning process.

Vapor steam particles can also reach tiny cracks and crevices. The high heat steam kills viruses, bacteria, allergens, mold, mildew as well as bed bugs and their eggs.

California’s Contra Costa Health Services recommends using a steam cleaner with a high boiler temperature of close to 300 degrees Fahrenheit so that the output temperature is at least 180 degrees. This higher output temperature is most effective at killing bed bugs.

Goodway’s selection of  vapor steam cleaners offer advanced technology to help get rid of your bed bug infestations. We offer a variety of models from our backpack model GVC-BP-1700 to our floor model GVC-1750V, that offers and integrated vacuum to clean up messes. Both offer high volumes of steam at high heat that will kill bed bugs, sanitize and remove dirt, grime and more.

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  • Curious

    How does pressurized steam compare to bleach in term of cleaning power?

    I know that bleach kills 99.99% of bacteria and virus (at least those that are common in households). I’m not so sure with steam. Can you shed light on this?

    What about a portion of bleach mixed with water?

    Oh, and another thing. What are those black stuff that gets stuck in the bathtub? I tried all of those lime remover whatever. I can’t seem to get it off. It’s been there for years. Can steam remove this?

    June 1, 2013
  • I never knew that pest can be exterminated using steam. Really useful! Thanks!

    June 4, 2013
  • Cleaning is most important way through which we can be safe from diseases because in dirt many harmful diseases grow and that are harmful for us. So it is advisable to clean the respected areas that will help to keep germs free and keep the atmosphere fresh and clean.

    September 30, 2013
  • rosemary

    looking for a better advise for mattress cleaning machine

    July 6, 2016
  • Millie

    I out bleach in my steamer’s water so the bugs are dead!

    August 11, 2017

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