Benefits of Steam cleaning

The advantages of Steam cleaning are clear and numerous, some of the main considerations are detailed below:

 

WHERE TO CLEAN

WITH STEAM

RESULT

BENEFIT

KITCHEN

 

A COMPLETELY VERSATILE CLEANING TOOL FOR USE IN ALL AREAS OF THE KITCHEN

Savings In

Time

Chemicals Money

Floors

 

Far Superior Clean Than Mopping

Remove Grease Reduce Slipping

No Harsh Chemicals

Very Little Water

Improve Appearance

Improve Oh&S

Grout

Detailed Clean

Bring Grout Back To New

Improve Appearance

Walls

Removes Grease Easily

Clean High Areas While Standing On Floor

Clean Quickly

No Climbing On Equipment Or Ladders

Saves Time

Improve Oh&S

Range Hoods

Removes Grease Easily

Use Extension Wand To Reach High Areas

Saves Time

No Standing On Ladders

Saves Time

Improve Oh&S

Ceilings

Removes Grease Easily

No Water Drips Onto Operator Or Surrounding Area

Saves Time – Use Of Extension Wand Avoids Standing On Ladders Or

Bench Tops (Major Safety Issue)

Saves Time

Improve Oh&S

Ovens
Cook Tops

Removes Baked On Grease Without Using Dangerous Chemicals

Clean Oven Hot Or Cold

 

No Chemicals

Improve Appearance

No Down Time

Fridge Seals

Cleans Dirt And Bacteria Build Up In Seconds  Prolonging The Life Of Fridge Seals - Saving Cost Of Replacing Seals Every 2 Or 3 Years

Improves Hygiene

Saves Money

Improve Appearance

Freezers

Remove Ice From Floor

Prevent Slipping And No Water Usage

Wet Vacuum Prevents Ice Reforming

Improve Oh&S

Improve Appearance

Kitchen Equipment

Clean In Place

Clean Blocked Vents And Filters

Detail Clean Every Nook And Cranny

Prolong Life Of Equipment

Improve Appearance

Can Openers

 

Remove Food And Bacteria Build From Inaccessible Areas And Screw Heads

Improve Hygiene

Racks And Castor Wheels

 

Detail Clean 

Without Chemicals Or Water

Saves Time

No Chemicals

Improve Appearance

Bench Tops

 

Clean With Out Chemicals

Leave No Streaks

No Sanitisers Required

Improve Hygiene

Save Money On Chemicals

Corners, Nooks & Cranny’s

Detail Clean All Areas Previously Inaccessible

Improve Appearance

Improve Hygiene

 

Taps & Sinks

Remove Dirt And Bacteria Build Up In Detailed Areas

Improve Hygiene

Improve Appearance

Drains

Remove Dirt And Bacteria Build Up

Removes Odours

Improve Hygiene

Improve Appearance

Smells Better

 

BATHROOMS

Improve Hygiene

Eliminate Chemicals

Clean Better

Looks

& Smells Cleaner

Toilet

Clean Around Base Of Toilet And Under Seat Hinges

No Chemical Smell

Improve Hygiene

Improve Appearance

Smells Fresh

 

Sinks

Clean All Around Rim Of Sink And Drain

Remove Mould

Improve Appearance

Improve Hygiene

Grout

Detail Clean – Bring Back To New

Improve Appearance

Improve Appearance

Hand Driers

Soap Holders

Clean Nooks And Cranny’s

Improve Appearance

Improve Hygiene

Walls

Saves Time

Save Chemicals

Saves Time

No Chemicals

Showers

Removes and Kills Mould

Removes soap scum

Clean grout in shower

Sanitises without chemicals

Improve Appearance

Improve Hygiene

CHEWING GUM

REMOVAL

Remove Gum From All Surfaces Inside And Out

Uses No Dangerous Chemicals And Very Little Water

Causes No Damage To Surface

No Water Run Off

Saves Water

Cleans Better

Environmentally A1

Hard Surfaces

Concrete

Pavement

Tiles

Clean During Business Hours No Disruption To Public

No Water Wastage

No Damage To Surface

Removes Gum In Seconds

IDEAL FOR

Councils, Schools, Airports, Busses, Trains, Shopping Centres And More….

Carpet

Upholstery

Entrance Matts

 Removes Gum Completely And Quickly

Leaves Surface Dry

Very Quiet Operation

 

Improve Appearance

Saves Time

Saves Water

Saves Chemical

 

 
Steam
Steam has been used to clean on railways, ships and power stations for around 150 years. Mainly cleaning machinery and the grease and oil that goes with engineering, usually with a long lance and armoured gloves. We all know that because of high temperatures steam will dissolve fats and oils and will kill bacteria (most die at 85ºC) So its only a question of control and safety.

Steam is safer in terms of use at a higher temperature where the water particulate is smaller (dry steam) and cools more quickly, the "saturated steam" from a kettle can scald faster than dry steam.

The Environment Care
We are poisoning our planet with waste chemicals that we use for cleaning. Just in Australia we pour thousands of litres a day down the drain and back into the environment. We use water at an alarming rate, most people think it's ok because rain falls from the sky and we have lots of it. It is not and we have not. Every year we have droughts and more pipe bans. We are reducing our resources.

The use of steam to clean reduces the use of chemicals by 80% to 90% and reduces the use of water by 90% to 95%; it also reduces the use of resources for heating the water at the same time.

The Quality Case, Hygiene and Safety
Mops and buckets use chemicals which are left smeared on the floor or walls along with whatever is in the bucket, shuffling dirt into corners, edges around legs or supports on the base of the equipment.

The bucket contains water, chemical and dirt, and the mop was probably dirty to start with. We know that water evaporates, the chemical goes hard and traps the dirt, leading to a build up in grouts on the floors and walls and within the surface of safety floors, because they are not perfectly flat. This makes the floors slippery and slow to dry.
 
Steam cleaning removes the dirt cleaning and sanitising at the same time. By cleaning at 130º to 180º C on every millimetre of the surface it touches, releasing dirt and dissolving grease. The residue left is only pure water (damp not wet) which will dry quickly.

There are no residual deposits to contaminate foods - 85% of accidents start with a slip caused by spills or chemical residue. Steam cleaning on a daily basis means taking off the dirt one day at a time.

Cleaning walls and canopies can be achieved standing on the floor, so compliance with health and safety at work is assisted without climbing
.

The Money Case
The cost of cleaning in mops and buckets and machinery using chemicals along with the cost of water and sewage as well as heating the water, the man hours used to achieve, in general, unsatisfactory results in terms of quality.

To achieve better results it usually means more chemicals and more man hours and an increase in costs.

Steam cleaning removes most of the costs except man hours, although in the short term these can be reduced and in the long term considerably reduced.

The Effects of Steam on Microbes & Infectious Bacteria
Laboratory and hospital based evaluations into the effect of super-heated steam on hospital superbugs have taken place in Yorkshire's largest Hospital Trust using steam vacuum machines from Steam Australia.

The laboratory evaluations initially established the rapid killing of laboratory grown hospital infection strains using superheated steam only in less than 2 seconds, including the antibiotic resistant superbugs 'MRSA' and 'VRE' which proved to be just as easy to kill using steam as 'normal' infection microbes.

Validation of 'in use' situations in the domestic environment and in the hospital were carried out by Mr Jonathan Kite who is the Operations Manager/Director of Hygenica (UK) Ltd and the microbiological work was done under the auspices of Dr. Peter Kite who is lead clinical microbiologist for this project in Leeds on behalf of Hygenica (USA) Ltd who sponsored this study.

This work was necessary to determine the effective killing of microbes in their own natural environment in which they embed themselves within adhesive self generated slime (Biofilm) in moist conditions such as bath, taps, showers, tiles, grouting etc.

The protective biofilm can resist powerful chemical agents for prolonged periods but the condensing superheated steam transfers its heat energy totally into the slime as it is composed of 97% water and the heat kills the organism underneath. Up to 500,000 germs can be present on one sq.in. of washbasin, shower tile or grout. Typically 90 - 100% of germs were killed in the bathroom environment in a 30 second exposure of toilet rims, washbasins, shower tiles and grouting.

The additional value of a powerful vacuum system is that it removes bacteria and dirt into a dust free liquid container in the body of the machine, preventing aerosols which otherwise might put microbes back into the atmosphere.

Further trials were then undertaken on mock hospital training wards and the main evaluations were carried out on patient inhabited geriatric wards over a three month period. These conditions are the most challenging due to the frequent soiling of these areas and difficulty of working, with minimal disruption, in busy working hospital wards and in patient sensitive areas.

Despite all the adverse conditions 80 - 90 % microbial kill efficiency was achieved when measured at 30 minutes after steam vacuum cleaning.

These high quality disinfection processes are very necessary to help prevent cross infection in hospitals, doctors' surgeries, nursing homes and children’s nurseries in particular, and is also of vital importance in food preparation sites.
According to Jonathan Kite, "The advent of super heated steam/vacuum systems mark a major advance in the constant fight against disease-causing microbes."