How does steam cleaning work, and what are the benefits of cleaning with steam?
What is steam cleaning?
Steam cleaning is the process of using steam to kill bacteria and to soften and dislodge particles of stubborn dirt and grease without the use of chemicals. Water is heated to boiling point inside the steam cleaner, and the resulting steam is targeted through a steam gun or head onto an area of dirt which is quickly removed.
What are the advantages of steam cleaning?
Steam cleaning has several advantages over regular cleaning techniques. Firstly, it is very ecologically friendly, with fewer detergents and other chemicals used, and relatively low levels of water consumption. Secondly, steam cleaning requires no tough, repetitive scrubbing, which not only saves valuable time but also prevents potential wear and tear on surfaces. Furthermore, steam cleaning is very cost effective; the reduction of detergents and mechanical equipment reduces costs and electricity consumption. Finally, steam kills 99.99% of bacteria and can be used on a number of different surfaces.
When can you use a steam cleaner?
Steam cleaners can be used on an incredibly wide range of surfaces: hard floors, bathrooms, ovens, windows, even jewellery. Bathrooms and kitchens lend themselves particularly well to the use of steam cleaners due to the number of hard surfaces and the prevalence of bacteria. In a domestic environment, steam cleaners can be very useful in disinfecting the interior of your car, killing weeds in patios, cleaning garden tools, fridges, shoes, and a plethora of household items.
NOTE: Steam cleaners should not be used on electrical devices, dralon and velvet. Care should also be taken with wooden surfaces.
How do we use steam cleaners at Julius Rutherfoord?
At Julius Rutherfoord, we use Matrix Quattro Plus Steam Cleaning machines for hygiene sensitive areas such kitchens and bathrooms. More specifically, they are used for washing, degreasing and dry polishing all tiled surfaces; cleaning toilet bowls, troughs and urinals; and to descale taps, washbasins, sinks and other chrome work.
An example of the exceptional results achieved through the use of steam cleaners can be seen in the image below. Almost all dirt and grease from the floor’s grouting has been removed by the steam cleaner.