How Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities Can Implement Steam Cleaning

When you visit a hospital or healthcare facility, it is likely to receive medical treatment for an injury, infection, disease or condition.  You go there looking for help with symptoms, to be treated and hopefully, to go home more healthy than when you arrived.  But, because hospitals and healthcare facilities see a wide range of patients for a variety of ailments, there is a high prevalence of germs.  You think of a hospital or healthcare facility as being a place of healing – a clean and safe place to get better.  But, without a strict attention to cleaning, a patient can unfortunately acquire an infection while in the hospital or healthcare facility that they did not have before they walked through the doors.  The CDC conducted a study and notes just how prevalent hospital contracted infections are, “The CDC healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevalence survey provides an updated national estimate of the overall problem of HAIs in U.S. hospitals. Based on a large sample of U.S. acute care hospitals, the survey found that on any given day, about 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. There were an estimated 722,000 HAIs in U.S acute care hospitals in 2011. About 75,000 hospital patients with HAIs died during their hospitalizations. More than half of all HAIs occurred outside of the intensive care unit.”  For this reason, it is critical that hospitals and healthcare facilities have strict protocols in place when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting facilities.  One way to do this is through the incredibly effective method of steam cleaning.  While there are a variety of chemicals out there, steam cleaning does not uses chemicals but still remains a very useful tool in killing germs.

When you think of how to prevent the spread of infection within a healthcare facility or hospital, you may think of things like ensuring the doctors have disinfected their hands and equipment between patients.  Or, perhaps you may think of the importance of disinfecting the counter or patient bed and possibly rolling out that white paper for the new patient to sit on when they arrive.  But infectious germs can be in more places than that.  Any surface in which a patient comes in contact – including walls, floors, counters, tables, door handles and more can carry infection.  To best prevent the spread of infection, the use of a steam cleaner or steam vacuum is an ideal way to eliminate germs on all surfaces and stop the spread of infection.  The World Health Organization describes how germs are easily spread on healthcare facility and hospital surfaces, “The most frequent route of transmission, however, is indirect contact. The infected patient touches—and contaminates—an object, an instrument, or a surface. Subsequent contact between that item and another patient is likely to contaminate the second individual who may then develop an infection.”  A steam cleaner, such as a Vapamore steam cleaner, can be used to clean a variety of surfaces in a healthcare facility in an efficient, effective and cost-saving manner.  Steam cleaners can be used on floors, drapery, furniture, showers, bathroom fixtures, hand rails, air vents, bedding, wheel chairs, equipment, food trays and carts.  It is truly the all purpose cleaner.  By using steam clean you can prevent and get rid of things like bed bugs, dust mites, pests, allergens, and more – all without the use of harsh chemicals.  What better source than the CDC to listen to when deciding whether or not to use steam in healthcare facilities, “Of all the methods available for sterilization, moist heat in the form of saturated steam under pressure is the most widely used and the most dependable. Steam sterilization is nontoxic, inexpensive, rapidly microbicidal, sporicidal, and rapidly heats and penetrates fabrics… Steam sterilization should be used whenever possible on all critical and semicritical items that are heat and moisture resistant (e.g., steam sterilizable respiratory therapy and anesthesia equipment), even when not essential to prevent pathogen transmission. Steam sterilizers also are used in healthcare facilities to decontaminate microbiological waste and sharps containers but additional exposure time is required in the gravity displacement sterilizer for these items”

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The Amazing Power of Steam For Cleaning Grout

When you own a home with tile, you know that over time grout is going to get dirty.  Tile is a wonderful, durable choice for any home and it cleans quite easily but no matter how tight grout line are, and even if they have been sealed, they will get dirty.  Dirty grout is unsightly, unappealing and can actually make rooms feel smaller because it breaks up the natural sight line.  When grout is clean it disappears for the eye and allows a room to feel much more open and clean.  But, if you have ever cleaned your grout by hand, you know it is a painstaking experience.  You have to get on your hands and knees with grout cleaning solution, tiny brushes and manually scrub each and every grout line.  Depending on how much grout you have, the whole thing could take  hours or even days to complete. And, as anyone who has scrubbed grout knows, no matter how hard you scrub and clean, it never quite looks as good as it should. Rather than breaking your back trying to scrub tile grout, there is actually a much easier method of cleaning – steam.  Steam cleaning is incredibly effective for cleaning grout, uses no chemicals and you will not spend countless hours or days scrubbing because the steam will lift dirt right out of the grout lines for you.

Using a steam cleaner, such as the Vapamore steam cleaner, is the best method of grout cleaning.  A base unit generates steam and then propels it with pressure through a nozzle.  The steam is heated to an extremely high temperature so that it will lift dirt, grime and mildew that has been ground into grout up.  Not only that, but it actually kills germs in the process.  When using the steam cleaner you can literally watch the grout being blasted away.  Traditional methods of cleaning grout with a brush only works on the surface level where bristles can reach but steam permeates the grout to achieve a different level of cleaning power.  The best reason to get a grout cleaner is that it can be used for cleaning multiple surfaces with supreme power and effectiveness so when you invest in a steam cleaner you are not investing in a “one use” tool.  Use your steam cleaner all over your home and then use it to keep your grout cleaner than you could have ever imagined, whenever you need.

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Reasons to Use Steam Cleaning For Household Cleaning

You have probably heard about steam cleaners for cleaning tile floors.  There are many on the market touting different benefits and features but, do they really work?  How effective is steam at truly cleaning and disinfecting?  A steam cleaner is for far more than just flooring and, when you invest in a good steam cleaner, it can clean a myriad of surfaces throughout the home to make it the best multi-purpose cleaner for your whole home.

Why use steam to clean in your home?  There are many reasons but perhaps one of the best is because it is chemical free cleaning.  Today there is a big focus on being eco-friendly and eliminating chemicals and toxins from our homes to create a healthier and more safe living space.  You will not have to spend your money constantly buying more chemical cleaners for your home because once you own your steam cleaner all you will need is water.  The steam cleaner heats the water to a very high temperature so that it can achieve maximum cleaning power.  Different steam cleaners heat to different temperatures but, generally speaking, steam is heated past the boiling point and is able to kill 99% of germs using no chemicals and just water.  So, where can a steam cleaner clean in your home – just about anywhere.  Using a steam cleaner and different attachments you can clean tile, grout, garage floors, wood floors, laminate floors, rugs, carpets, windows, windowsills, showers, toilets, countertops, sinks, high chairs, children’s toys, stuffed animals, faucets, mirrors, ovens, curtains, drapes, blinds, upholstery, patio furniture, grills, bedding, car detailing, motorcycle detailing, boat detailing, and in place of an iron to get wrinkle free clothing. That stunning list does not even include everything that a steam cleaner can be used to clean.  The list is really that long.  When you think about all of the different cleaning products and tools involved to clean all of those things purchasing a steam cleaner just makes sense.  Not only can you clean the majority of your home with a steam cleaner but you will be doing so in the safest way possible for your family, with no chemicals.   Nobody wants things like mold, viruses or bed bugs invading their home and impacting health.  Steam cleaning with a steam cleaner such as the assorted options from Vapamore will help prevent things like mold, viruses or bed bugs or remove them effectively if they do invade.  If you have small children in your home that crawl around on the floor or tend to put things like toys or other items in their mouth, the last thing you want is to have chemical cleaning residue all over your home for them to touch, or worse, put in their mouth.  Steam cleaning is the safest and most effective whole-home cleaning method for any homeowner.

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How Does a Steam Vacuum Disinfect and Deodorize?

Steam cleaner companies tend to make a lot of claims about how effective steam cleaning is.  Steam cleaning is  proclaimed as an effective method of disinfecting and deodorizing but how effective is it really?  And, is it truly more effective than a chemical cleaning method?  After all, when it comes to the importance of disinfecting something, no corners can be cut, it has to be really disinfected or it is just not worth the effort. The EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) explains why using chemicals for cleaning is not always the best option and why steam is a great choice for disinfecting, “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. Some are mops and others look like a canister vacuum with attachments for use on different surfaces. They can also disinfect surfaces that chemical disinfectants cannot, such as upholstery and carpets. Dust mites that live in these surfaces are also eliminated by these devices. Because disinfectants are pesticides designed to kill or inactivate germs, you should make sure you need them for the specific task. The overuse and misuse of these products is a growing public health and environmental concern. Studies have found that the use of some disinfectant products is creating microbes that can mutate into forms that are resistant to particular disinfectants or that become superbugs. These resistant germs are also harder to kill with antibiotics.”  Steam cleaning really is that effective and it really can disinfect and deodorize using just water and heat.

Some things are easy to clean, like clothing, because they can simply be thrown in the clothing washer and cleaned on a  “sanitize” cycle but other things, like mattresses or carpet are harder to effectively disinfect and deodorize.  A steam cleaner can disinfect a variety of surfaces without the use of chemicals or risk of damage to the surfaces.  Water is put into the steam cleaner and then heated past the point of boiling to product steam.  The steam is then pressurized through an attachment or nozzle on the steam cleaner and forced out onto the desired surface.  When steam is so hot it instantly disinfects the surface and helps remove dirt.  Steam both cleans and disinfects so it is a very useful tool in a wide array of applications.  Steam cleaners are wonderful for home cleaning and disinfection, workplace or office cleaning and disinfection, hospital and healthcare cleaning and  disinfection and so much more.  When dirt and germs are removed from any surface it also effectively deodorizes the surface which will not only help a room be clean and germ free but also remove bad odors.  For the ultimate in cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing without the use of harsh chemicals, use a steam cleaner and enjoy the many benefits.

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How Steam Cleaning Helps Reduce Allergies

During allergy season, and really all year long, preventing allergens in your home so that you can breathe easy is important. For many people it feels like no matter how much dusting, vacuuming, wiping and washing you do, allergens still invade the home. Itchy eyes, a scratchy throat and sneezing suddenly takes over. It is a frustrating cycle but one that can be broken. There are more efficient and effective ways to clean your home (or workplace) to prevent allergies from becoming a problem. A steam vacuum utilizes extreme heat and cleaning power to obliterate allergens in any environment.

Chemical filled spray cleaners may seem “effective” at killing things like dust mites and allergens but what is really happening is a that you are introducing all of those chemicals into your living space. Chemical cleaners can actually cause more respiratory problems, particularly from those that already suffer from conditions such as asthma. Steam cleaning uses no harsh chemicals, only the strength of extremely hot steam to properly clean any surface. With just water and heat, a steam cleaner such as those made by Vapamore can go anywhere and reach anything to clean more powerfully than any other option. Steam is so effective that it eliminates dirt, dust, bacteria, germs, grease, and much more. No matter what area needs to be cleaned in your home, a steam cleaner can get the job done. With a steam cleaner you can clean both soft and hard surfaces such as tile, carpet, upholstery, rugs, bedding, mattress, countertops, showers, tubs and more. It is often recommended that, to get rid of dust mites, things like bedding should be washed in temperatures warmer than 130 degrees Fahrenheit. While this can be achieved with bedding it is much more difficult to achieve this with carpets or rugs. All of Vapamore’s products produce steam much warmer than 130 degrees Fahrenheit which makes it possible to eliminate dust mites and allergens from difficult to clean areas of the home so that a home can be truly cleaned.

In addition to dust and allergies, steam cleaners can be used to reduce mold and mildew which also improves air quality in a home. In places like bathrooms where mold and mildew are more common, steam cleaners are invaluable tools. Steam cleaners can be used to clean every crevice of showers and tubs so that mold and mildew does not accumulate and cause problems. Steam cleaners, such as Vapamore steam cleaners, are the ideal way to properly clean any surface in any room of your home to ensure that allergens, dust mites, mold and mildew are eliminated so that you can breathe easy.

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