How Does Steam Cleaning Kill Bed Bugs?

If you are like us, the mention of bed bugs makes your skin crawl.  Bed bugs are disgusting and typically incredibly hard to get rid of once there is an infestation.  Most people will grab the chemicals and start trying to annihilate bed bugs but it can be hard to get them all, particularly when they are imbedded in fabric or upholstery.  And, bed bugs are slowly but surely becoming resistant to chemical cleaners and pesticides as they are routinely exposed to it.  That means that your efforts may all be in vain!  Don’t panic and start nervously scratching yourself – all is not lost.  Steam cleaning cleans and disinfects but it can also actually kill bed bugs and help you on your quest to completely eradicate an infection. (more…)

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A Bad Cold and Flu Season Calls for the Power of Steam Cleaning

If your home has already been hit by cold and flu season, brace yourself, it might not be over.  This cold and flu season has proven to be particularly bad and many are saying it could be very severe.  Today describes how bad cold and flu season is, “The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that the flu is spreading across the country: Activity has increased in twelve states, compared to just seven last week. There was “high activity” of flu in four states: Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas. And it’s still just the beginning of the season. Dr. William Schaffner, who is involved in the CDC’s flu surveillance network in Tennessee, has noticed cases of influenza picking up “dramatically.”Even worse, it appears the dominant strain will be H3N2, which can produce more severe illness, said Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center…“It is possible that we will experience low vaccine effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) viruses and a relatively severe influenza season if they predominate,” Fauci and colleagues wrote in an article published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.” (more…)

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Clean and Disinfect Daycare or Childcare Facility

Whether you run a daycare, childcare facility at a gym or church, preschool, or other any other place where children spend time you know that it gets dirty – fast.  Not only does it get messy, it gets dirty with germs and bacteria.  Between diaper changes, snot, drool, sneezing, coughing and any other bodily fluids, most places where children spend any time will probably be filled to the brim with germs.  Children love to play with toys but have short attention spans so they play with a toy (or worse, put it in their mouth), get their germs on it, then drop it and leave it for the next kid to play.  And that is how quickly germs and illness are spread. Keeping a daycare or childcare facility clean is no easy task and typical chemical cleaning products are not the best cleaning option.  Chemical cleaning products are filled with harsh chemicals and toxins that are harmful for the health of both the workers and the children.  When it gets on skin or ingested it can lead to breathing problems, asthma, and has been shown to be linked to cancer.  And, keeping chemical cleaning products in an area where children play is not particularly safe unless they are locked away very carefully.  For these reasons (and MANY more), a steam cleaner is the best tool for cleaning and disinfecting a childcare or daycare facility. (more…)

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Deodorize Your Shoes with a Steam Cleaner

When you think about all of the cleaning projects you should tackle with your steam cleaner, cleaning your shoes is probably not one of the first things to come to mind.  After all, a steam cleaner can be used to clean your house from top to bottom, be used to clean your car, be used to clean sports gear, be used to clean patio equipment, and so much more.  The possibilities for cleaning and disinfection are endless!  If you are like most households, at least one member of your family (or more!) have a pair of stinky shoes.  Even if the shoes are in great condition, the interior may have unpleasant odors locked into the fabric.  And that means the every time that person wears those shoes, the minute they take their shoes off, that unpleasant odor will invade your home.  Do not throw out of a perfectly good pair of shoes when all you need to do is reach for your steam cleaner! (more…)

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