Steam Gets Commercial & Restaurant Kitchens Clean

Dining out can be a wonderful experience with delicious food prepared in a professional kitchen by a trained chef.  Restaurant patrons expect their food to be cooked in a clean kitchen, regardless of the size or style of restaurant.  Keeping a clean kitchen is incredibly important for many reasons.  First, every workplace should be clean, regardless of what the type of work is.  Restaurant and kitchen staff will work better in a clean kitchen than in a dirty kitchen.  Additionally, keeping a kitchen cleaned and disinfected will help reduce the risk of spreading food borne illnesses.  But, kitchens are hot, messy, busy places that can be difficult to keep clean, especially on a daily basis.  For this reason, owning a professional, high-quality steam cleaning is the ideal solution to keeping commercial and restaurant kitchens clean and disinfected.

Food should be prepared on a clean, disinfected surface, but that does not mean that chemical cleaning products should be used on those surfaces.  Chemical cleaning products leave a chemical residue that can be transferred to anything that touches that surface.  Whether it is skin or food, it will absorb that chemical residue.  Many of those chemicals have been proven to have a link to various health problems, including cancer.  Additionally, those chemical residues could change the taste of prepared food which no commercial kitchen or restaurant would want.  Food splatters and grease gets dispersed throughout a kitchen, onto every surface.  To properly clean a kitchen, all surfaces, high and low, must be fully cleaned.  So, what is a fast, effective solution to keeping a commercial or restaurant kitchen clean, disinfected and chemical free?  Steam.  Steam cleaners can rapidly go over every surface in a kitchen, getting into even the tiniest crevices or porous surfaces and swiftly lift and remove dirt, grease, grime, bacteria and more.  Even caked on grease and food particles can be gently but effectively lifted and removed from surfaces.  Stoves, grills, range hoods, sinks, refrigerators, counters, ovens, prep areas, storage areas, pantries, slicers, scales, racks and more can all be cleaned with a powerful steam cleaner. This prevents the spread of disease as well as other things like rodents and bugs from being attracted to your commercial or restaurant kitchen.  A professional portable steam cleaner can also be moved around to not only clean the kitchen but the bar or other areas of a restaurant, providing true cleaning versatility.  A steam cleaner is an incredibly useful investment for any commercial or restaurant kitchen because it can literally be used for floor to ceiling cleaning and disinfection.

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Importance of Steam For Pet Care At Home

If you are a pet owner and are anything like us, you love your pet like another member of the family.  But, as most pet owners know, no matter what kind of pet you have, they tend to make messes.  Whether there are messes from the house-breaking process when accidents happen, dirt or fur and dander that naturally occur, or other odors that present themselves over time that is simply part of the nature of owning a pet.  After all, while they are pets they are still animals and with that comes messes and odors.  But, with proper cleaning your home does not have to smell like a pet store and through the power of steam cleaning you and your pet can enjoy the clean, odor free home you deserve.

When people first think of steam cleaning and pet care they most likely think of cleaning carpets or attempting to eliminate the odor of urine.  While a steam vacuum can penetrate deeply into carpet and remove dirt, stains and other substances, it is capable of cleaning far more for proper pet care.  For instance, if you crate your pet at night that crate will likely start to get dirty and smell rather quickly.  this is only natural and the same thing would happen if you never washed your sheets or cleaned your floors.  Cleaning a pet crate can seem intimidating because it can be hard to reach all of the different small nooks and crannies and truly give it the cleaning it needs.  Fortunately, with a steam cleaner or steam vacuum like the products that Vapamore sells, steam is propelled through a concentrated nozzle to aim the steam right where you need it and penetrate even the smallest of spaces and porous surfaces to lift and remove dirt and stains to not only leave it clean but completely disinfected.  A steam cleaner can clean your pet’s crate as well as its bedding for a completely clean sleeping environment for your pet.  And, do not forget all the toys your pet plays with.  They put their mouth and paws on those toys and may even take them outside and bring them back in.  All of this adds up to dirty pet toys that are not great for your pet and spread germs to your home.  Cleaning your pet toys has never been easier with steam.  Many pet owners are rightly concerned with how they clean their pet toys because if you use a chemical cleaner on a pet toy and then they hold it in their mouth they will ingest those harsh chemicals.  You wouldn’t spray a harsh chemical cleaner on your child’s fork and then have them eat with it and you should not do that with your pets either.  Steam is the safest way to prevent harsh chemicals from being ingested or absorbed through the skin because all that is required for steam cleaning is your high-powered steam cleaner and water.  The steam cleaner will heat the water to such a high degree that it produces a steam capable of disinfecting up to 99% of bacteria.  Additionally, you can use that same steam cleaner for cleaning other parts of your home, such as tile and grout which will also reduce the use of harsh chemicals in your home so that you do not touch or ingest them and these benefits will be passed onto your pets as well.  Pet care can be truly simply and incredibly effective when you implement a steam cleaner in your pet care and cleaning routine.

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Kill Super Bed Bugs With Steam

Super bed bugs.  Sounds terrifying, right?  Everyone should be scared of super bed bugs because they are insecticide resistant bed bugs that are even harder to kill than their predecessors.  These insecticide resistant super bed bugs are a major problem for the hospitality industry and ordinary people alike because they may follow hotel patrons home and take up residence where you rest your head every night.  If they are insecticide resistant that means they have found ways to build their immunity to certain chemicals that would have traditionally killed them, making it very hard to effectively remove them and, if even one bed bug is left behind, the problem is not gone.  Newsweek describes the growing super bed bug problem and what that may mean going forward, “Bed bugs are the stuff of nightmares for many (if not most) people, so perhaps the only thing worse than spotting these pests in one’s home is finding out the chemicals sprayed to kill them don’t work. New research suggests we may be headed in that direction. A study published Thursday in the Journal of Medical Entomology finds that bed bugs appear to be developing a resistance to neonicotinoids, which are frequently used to combat infestations. Neonicotinoids, also known as neonics, are a group of insecticides often combined with pyrethroids, another man-made insecticide. These combined products have become incredibly popular in the pest control market in the U.S. Neonics, a group of neuroactive chemicals that were first introduced to the market in 2009, cause certain receptors in the bugs to fire repeatedly until they fail, eventually leading to paralysis and death… Spraying insecticides needs to be just one component of addressing an infestation, says Romero. It’s important to do a thorough cleaning of all permeable items and clothing in a household, and use non-chemical approaches such as applying heat and steam, which both kill the bugs.”

Fortunately, one thing that bed bugs can never grow resistant to is the power of steam.  Steam cleaning bed bugs effectively kills them by penetrating every nook and cranny in which they might be hiding.  The water in high-quality steam cleaners, such as the Vapamore MR-100 or MR-1000, is heated to such a high temperature that is produces steam that ranges from 210°- 280°.  The steam continously flows through a nozzle that concentrates it right where you need it so there is no chance of bed bugs escaping.  Where insecticides fall short steam cleaning shines as the best option for killing not only bed bugs, but super bed bugs, and stopping a nasty infestation in its tracks.

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Importance of Reducing Chemical Cleaning Products in the Home

Nobody wants a dirty home.  Dirty homes look unsightly and allows germs to spread.  Because of this universal feeling it is our natural instinct to reach for the strongest chemical cleaners in an attempt to get “the best clean” in terms of not only appearance but disinfection as well.  The problem is, many cleaning products that millions of Americans purchase every day are filled to the brim with chemicals that are unsafe. Even if you wear gloves while you are cleaning, a chemical residue is left behind on any surface that has been cleaned using the chemical cleaning products and that residue can get transferred to food or skin that touches that surface.  What ends up happening is we either ingest that chemical residue or it is absorbed into our body through our skin.  While you may think a small amount of residue is no big deal, it adds up over time and many of those chemicals are considered toxic and harmful.  The Huffington Post describes what we might be introducing into our homes, and our bodies, when we opt to clean with chemical cleaning products, “The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization focused on environment and public health, recently came out with their Cleaners Hall of Shame list. With products containing carcinogens, asthma instigators, and poisons, some sparkly cleaners might come at a high price. According to the EWG study, 53 percent of cleaning products under review contained lung-harming ingredients. In addition, well-known carcinogens like formaldehyde and chloroform were found in several cleaners… Don’t be fooled by “green” labels though, since other eco-friendly products can be misleading with their claims.”  Yes, even cleaning products that are labeled as “green” can still be filled with potentially hazardous substances.  So, how can you clean and disinfect without the chemicals?  The answer is steam.

Yes, we are suggesting a method that is simply water heated up to produce steam except it really is not that simple.  While there are many steam cleaning products available, only high-quality products like Vapamore steam cleaners and vacuums heat water to such a high degree that it produces a steam that is capable of disinfecting surfaces an ridding them of over 99% of bacteria.  Water is heated to an extremely high temperature to produce steam that is then propelled through a nozzle and aimed at a surface.  This steam is capable of cleaning both surface dirt, grime, bacteria and more, as well as penetrating porous surfaces to get the deepest clean possible by lifting and removing dirt and bacteria.  It is a level of clean and disinfection that chemical cleaners could never achieve and it is all done with the purity of water.  By utilizing this cleaning method you no longer have to purchase an arsenal of cleaning products for every room of the house, one steam cleaner can clean your home from top to bottom without leaving any chemical residue in its wake.

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Keep Workout and Sports Gear Clean with Steam

Athletic equipment and gym gear gets used a lot, sweat in, comes in contact with dirty surfaces and just generally takes a beating.  Whether it is football pads, hockey gear, gym equipment that multiple people use in a single day, helmets, cleats or more – athletic equipment and clothing tends to get gross, smelly and downright dirty very fast.  Trouble is, some of that gear can be rather tricky to clean because certain kinds of cleaning solutions may damage the materials the equipment is made with, or be absorbed into the materials which then come in contact with skin which may cause irritation.  Additionally, there are a lot of nooks and crannies and all of that sweat and dirty tends to settle into the tiniest spaces and live there because it is hard to get into those nooks and crannies with typical cleaning methods.  And we all know that tell-tale musty smell that is so hard to get rid of.  And the smell is not the only gross thing – all of that moisture creates a breeding ground for germs.  The New York Times wrote an article discussing just how important it is to properly clean and disinfect athletic gear and gym equipment, “In June, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, known as N.A.T.A., issued a position paper on the causes, prevention and treatment of skin diseases in athletes that could just as well apply to anyone who works out in a communal setting, be it a school, commercial gym or Y. The authors pointed out that “skin infections in athletes are extremely common” and account for more than half the outbreaks of infectious diseases that occur among participants in competitive sports… “It’s what we all learned — or should have learned — in sixth-grade health class,” he said. “It’s all common sense. You need to keep yourself and your equipment clean. You never know who last used the equipment in a gym. It can be a great breeding ground for these bugs, some of which are pretty nasty.” Fortunately, there is one solution that can clean any sports gear and athletic equipment effectively, inexpensively and without causing any damage – steam.

Steam cleaning is well known as an effective, green cleaning method.  Because steam cleaners only use water, it is a much better alternative to chemical-filled cleaning methods and reduces the need to continually purchase cleaning products.  When you purchase a high-quality steam cleaner, such as the products manufactured by Vapamore, water is heated to an extremely high temperature that is capable of not only deep cleaning but disinfecting as well.  It is so effective that it actually kills over 99% of bacteria.  Additionally, because it is steam it is capable of penetrating deeply to get tiny areas and difficult to reach nooks and crannies of athletic gear and equipment, unlike chemical products that simply get sprayed on and only clean the surface.  Steam works to get into the fibers and pores of materials and gently but effectively lift dirt, mold, mildew, fluids and more up and out of the equipment.  This provides a far superior level of clean, deodorizes and leaves individuals with equipment and gear that is disinfected and safe to use.  Steam cleaning is the ideal way to clean athletic gear and sporting equipment at home, in schools, in gyms, or in professional training facilities to extend the life of the equipment and protect the safety of the athletes.

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