Steam: Natures Disinfectant

We’ve discussed the power of steam frequently on our blog. Many segments of the market around the world have embraced steam cleaning and sanitation for it’s immediate, and powerful cleaning performance.

In this post, we’ll discuss some of the science behind steam, how high heat, when used properly it can reduce bacteria and viruses inactive in seconds.  Dry vapor steam cleaning is an economical, eco-friendly, and effective form of cleaning, and we’re finding that these cleaners are particularly useful to the healthcare, hospitality, and facility management markets.

Dry vapor steam produces vapor with as little as 5% moisture content at temperatures of 290°F/143°C. It does this by reheating and compressing regular steam so that more heat can be held with less water content.  When released, dry cleaning systems can produce a powerful stream of steam that quickly removes substances such as stubborn grease, oil, dirt, and other residues. It also uses the heat to destroy the cell structures of viruses and bacteria, all without any need for chemicals.

In a variety of industries, dry steam is used to sanitize and clean production environments. It’s also used for cleaning small parts, tubes, switches, sensors, moving parts, and areas that can’t be reached with cloths or most other cleaning tools. In facilities, dry steam is used to clean, sanitize, and disinfect hard and soft surfaces.  Everyone knows the household steam cleaners for carpets. Imagine that power many times over.

As referenced by the EPA in a document called “Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting: A Curriculum for Early Care and Education” (.PDF), Steam can be identified as terrific “green” cleaning tool for sanitation and disinfection. Among many references to steam, it concludes that “Some devices can be used to disinfect; for example, machines that apply steam to surfaces. These devices are very effective, work quickly, and use no chemicals.”

Furthermore, in a research report appearing in the Virology Journal, entitled “Inactivation of the novel avian influenza A (H7N9)virus under physical conditions or chemical agents treatment” (PDF) Novel Avian Influenza virus was became completely ineffective at 100°C/212°F in one minute. Dry vapor steam solutions are generally producing much higher temperatures, 290°F/143°C, which reduces the time needed even further to inactivate the viruses.

With dry vapor steam cleaning, you don’t need to use chemicals to clean equipment because of the technology’s low moisture content. Any residual steam evaporates quickly, leaving equipment dry and ready for immediate use. Use it to clean and sanitize a variety of surfaces in your facilities.

Goodway offers a variety of industrial dry steam systems, all producing high temperature superheated steam.

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