Why using steam

Premise: The known applications and sectors of steam for the purpose of cleaning and sanitizing are many and yet mostly still unknown. Many traditional cleaning applications using detergents and chemicals, even harsh ones, can be done with steam in a simple and quick manner with similar or far superior results.

Definition: dry saturated STEAM (also called vapor steam) which is kept in temperature and pressure in a special boiler with maximum working pressure of up to 10Bar in our industrial range of machines. Some use terms such as super heated steam, but we like to stick to reality and physics.

Advantages and disadvantages of steam

Advantages of steam compared to traditional cleaning techniques:

  • Ecological and environmentally sustainable because:
    • No chemicals needed (with few exceptions)
    • No health hazard through chemicals for the worker
    • Very low water consumption
  • Highly effective because the cleaning is not a superficial wipe and not just what the eye can see cleaning as with traditional methods, but actually an in-depth elimination of contaminant and  pathogens as well as a protection of the object being cleaned because of the non corrosive nature of steam. No buildup of residuals which can damage the material of an object nor the risk of skin irritations through simple contact of with chemical or their residuals.
  • A reduction of infective or destructive micro-organisms without any negative side effect such as the multiple resistance pathogens causes by the use of biocides. Independent tests show the same or better results than the best biocides without any of the negative side effects.
  • A reduction or elimination of parasites or allergens ( Mites, Bed Bugs etc...)
  • A reduction or elimination of mold, mildew.
  • A reduction of the time employed for cleaning and yet better results, always relative to the specific job, is mostly the case.
  • A multiple reduction in cleaning costs through lower expenditures for cleaning chemicals (up 80% savings) and lower labor costs due to less time employed for the same work.
  • A reduction in costs for water treatment where STEAM is used in industrial processes in place of water.
  • Better cleaning results are possible than with standard HACCP procedures.
  • Longer shelf life for Food products which are produced where STEAM is used for cleaning due to less microorganisms that speed up the deterioration of a product.
  • The possibility to effectively sanitize most surfaces/objects with STEAM and with the aid of a vacuum and microfibers with results that we would call sterilized (Sterilization is a well defined process and should not be used for marketing steam cleaning; "sanitation" and "sterilization like" are better.)
  • The ability to work in a closed environment without creating toxic hazards, for example in big tanks, engine rooms, cooling tunnels and many, many more!
  • The ability of the heat stored in the tiny water droplets to soften and break down many substances for removal without any damage to surrounding materials.

Disadvantage of steam compared to traditional cleaning techniques:

  • Initial investment costs.
  • Change of mentality required in the work force and /or customer, which is never easy, plus training or at least very good demonstration of steam application.