How Steam Can Combat COVID-19

With COVID-19 spreading at alarming rates, cleanliness has never been more important. Unfortunately, not every cleaning chemical or product is effective at killing the COVID-19 strain considering it can survive on most surfaces for up to 2-3 days. If you are looking for an effective approach, here’s how steam can combat COVID-19.

How Steam Can Combat COVID-19

How Does Steam Disinfect?

For starters, heat is the most dependable method for sterilization. In fact, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even recommends steam sterilization to clean all critical and semi-critical medical and surgical instruments such as anesthesia equipment.

For steam to work, three elements are necessary:

  • Pressure,
  • Temperature
  • Time

Pressure is necessary to kill microorganisms quickly. Along with pressure, steam cleaners, like our Optima Steamer in Kansas City, are successful at killing 99.99% of germs at steam temperatures that go up to 278.8°F. Lastly, in combination with pressure and a steam-sterilizing temperature, products and surfaces must receive a constant flow of steam for a specific amount of time.

(Protective gear is recommended as pressure could disperse microorganisms into the air.)

Exposure time will vary depending on what you are cleaning, but a minimum of three minutes is recommended to remove most viruses, germs, mold, and dust mites without the need for harsh chemicals.


Benefits of Steam

There are many benefits of steam that make it a preferred cleaning solution compared to chemicals. The following are just a few benefits of steam:

  • Safe– Unlike some chemical disinfectants that are harmful to humans and animals, steam is one of the safest cleaning methods. It can also be used on practically anything!
  • Natural – Because steam is water, it also means it is environmentally friendly and 100% natural. There is no need to worry that you are using a harmful product that has the potential to leave toxic residue.
  • Effective – With a proper temperature, high operating pressure, and enough exposure, steam is extremely effective at disinfecting and sanitizing anything. Like we mentioned above, steam is capable of killing 99.99% of germs and bacteria like salmonella, staph, and E. coli.
  • Inexpensive – After your initial investment of one of our Optima Steam cleaners in Kansas City, it becomes the most cost-effective option as you will never have to purchase chemical disinfectants again, just water.


Kansas City Optima Steam Cleaners at DSG

As a dealer for Steamericas in Kansas City, we sell Optima Steam Cleaners right here at DSG Industrial Cleaning Systems. While steam isn’t quite yet on the CDC’s list of EPA-registered products for combating COVID-19, the data is promising.

Give us a call today at (816) 483-1580 for more information.