What Is Biofilm and How Can You Get Rid Of It?

Biofilm – you may not know what it is but you know it does not sound good. If you have been using chemical cleaning products in your home you may not even realize that surfaces may already contain biofilm. Biofilm is often invisible to the eye (or may be pink in color) but, make no mistake, it is there, and it is not good. CleanLink describes what biofilm is and why it is so concerning, “The film left behind from cleaning products can be a growth medium for microorganisms, a particular problem in moist places. This results in layers that are hard to clean. Biofilm is where microbes establish a colony, similar to slime on a rock or plaque on teeth. “Biodegradable means that microbes feed on it,” says Rathey. “So those residues can actually feed microorganisms.” What’s more, once biofilm becomes entrenched, it becomes very difficult to remove. “Biofilm protects all these living organisms,” says Hicks. “It’s kind of like putting plastic wrap over something.”’ (more…)

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Reducing Hospital Infection Risk with Steam Cleaning

A hospital is supposed to be place a healing and safety. But, what happens when the place you go to get better actually poses its own set of risks to your health? Unfortunately, this is the reality that the healthcare world is facing. Increasingly, hospitals and healthcare facilities are having to deal with patients that acquired an infection such as Staph or MRSA, not from the outside world but from right inside the healthcare facility. There is a reason that doctors, nurses and hospital staff take hand washing and disinfection of surfaces and instruments very seriously, they are dealing with very sick, sometimes contagious patients and infection can spread quickly without the following of proper protocols. (more…)

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Proper Food Processing Facility Cleaning with Steam

Turn on the news and you will hear about a food recall due to potential bacterial contamination. It seems like it is a constant problem and that is because it is. Food processing facilities have a love of moving parts, tiny mechanisms, organic matter (food), moisture, cold temperatures that foster bacterial growth and more. In essence, it is veritable breeding ground food bacteria. It is no wonder that cleaning and sanitation is a constant problem that must be vigilantly managed for food processing facilities. Food Safety Tech explains how bacteria gets introduced to a wide range of foods and why that makes proper sanitation in food processing facilities so important, “Caramel apples, ice cream, packaged salads and frozen vegetables were responsible for sickening dozens of people and killing more than 10. (more…)

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Keep Public Restrooms Clean with Steam

Ask just about anyone what comes to mind when they think of public restrooms and the answer will probably be words like “gross” “disgusting” “germy” and “nasty.” Some public restrooms are better maintained than others but the reality is, multiple people using a restroom in one day is bound to lead to some germs being spread. Mental Floss elaborates on just how dirty public restrooms are, “To understand the bathroom environment, researchers examined the microbial makeup of the floors, toilet seats, and soap dispensers at four different restrooms—two female and two male—at San Diego State University. First, the brave researchers cleaned the bathrooms; then they took samples from the various surfaces, first hourly and then daily for eight weeks. (more…)

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