Going Green with Industrial Dry Vapor Steam Cleaners

Business owners have a lot of options laid out before them when they are trying to keep their businesses clean, sanitary, and presentable. Industrial dry vapor steam cleaners have been used for many years by a variety of hotels, food preparation places, professional cleaning companies, labs, and government installations. The technology was first developed by Italian engineers in the 1970s and has only grown more effective as time has gone on. These industrial steam cleaners utilize what is known as dry vapor steam and work a lot different and a lot better than the residential steam cleaners you would find someplace like Sears, K-Mart, or Best Buy. Those residential units spray water along the bottom against the floor and then suck it back up. They look and work a lot like a vacuum with a water and cleaning solution tank. The industrial steam cleaners instead boil water and create a stream of pressurized steam that is less than 5% water. These are used to clean floors, machines, counter, furniture, walls, doors, door handles, and just about anything you else you could imagine. While those who are unfamiliar with the benefits of an industrial dry vapor steam cleaner might overlook their benefits at first, they are benefits that should be understood before spending more money on a less effective or efficient cleaning solution for your business.

Perhaps the most defining feature of industrial dry steam cleaners I the temperature of the steam they produce. This high temperature works three benefits into one. First, it makes it so that most of what is projected from the nozzle is vapor. That means there is very little water being sprayed onto walls of spilled onto floors. Next, the high temperatures actually break down the molecular bonds between surfaces and dirt or grime. Beyond that, these high temperatures produced by the industrial steam cleaner can actually kill various germs and bacteria that cause illness. Independent testing has shown that steam sanitization can kill more than 98 percent of the germs commonly found throughout various businesses. Few cleaning products on the market can make such a claim.

Because it is the heat and the pressurized steam doing the cleaning, those who invest in an industrial steam vapor cleaner typically no longer have to keep wasting money on the various cleaning detergents they have in the past. This is good, too, because those chemicals can cause problems for our customers, employees, and vendors. Many people have allergies and other sensibilities to the harsh chemicals put into various cleaning chemicals today. With an industrial steam vapor cleaner, you can avoid irritating people’s allergies or asthma yet still clean during normal business hours and keep a clean, sanitized environment.

While the industrial steam cleaner may end up having a higher initial investment cost, they payout will be worth it. By being able to clean quicker and better, the steam cleaner provides a more efficient means to clean your business. Efficiency ends up equaling out to profit. Add that to the savings the company will encounter by not having to continually buy those expensive, harmful chemicals. You also have people who are healthier and taking less sick days—both because there are less germs in the workplace and because you do not have the cleaners causing them to have a reaction.

Industrial Steam Cleaners Have a Variety of Uses

The uses of a residential steam cleaner are rather limited. They work for carpets, rugs, and some upholstery. The industrial dry vapor steam cleaners have many more uses, though. These industrial units can clean doors and door handles, desks, work tables, sinks, machinery, rugs, mirrors, eating areas, and more. With a pressurized jet of steam being less than 5 percent water, it means that you do not need to do a lot of clean up after you have done the clean up. With pressure washers, mops, and so on, you end up with a lot of stuff that needs to be cleaned up when you are done. Areas that would otherwise be hard to reach will be a lot easier to get at with the pressurized steam. This also means that devices that would be sensitive to water are usually fine with the low moisture content of steam. You don’t have to worry about water getting under machine and causing oxidization or mold growth.

Several industries have already found the benefits of using commercial steam cleaners. They save time, because you do not have people working with harsh chemicals and scrubbing walls and surfaces by hand. It is also highly effective in sanitizing various surfaces. These machines are regularly used by professional cleaning companies, in labs, medical facilities, warehouses and various plants, food preparation and restaurants, military facilities, government offices, office buildings, and more. There are numerous reasons for this. The cost savings in not having to buy chemicals, being able to schedule while businesses are still operation, reaching areas that other cleaning devices would have trouble with, the ease of use not requiring and in depth specialized training—these are a handful of the reasons.  Furthermore, being able to sanitize a wider variety of sources with one machine and one method rather than having different cleaners, machines, and techniques for each is another reason the commercial steam vapor cleaner has become more prevalent in businesses and organizations around the world.

Important Industrial Steam Vapor Cleaner Features

When investigating the various industrial and commercial steam vapor cleaners available, there are several things decision makers will want to keep an eye on. First, look at how the machine is made. Residential steam cleaners are primarily plastic. The plastic materials cannot handle the heat and pressure required for steam vapor cleaning. They can heat water and may produce small amounts of steam, but they do not produce the larger quantities needed for better sanitization and larger jobs. Also, look at the accessories that come with the commercial steam cleaner versus what accessories are available for purchase. Never use an attachment on an industrial steam cleaner that is not recommended by the manufacturer, as these may not work properly and can void the warranty. Furthermore, it is important to remember that you are working with pressurized steam. If a poor connection comes into the mix, it could lead to serious injury. Safety should always be the number one priority when working with such a device.

Consider the warranty. How long is the warranty good for and what does it cover? This is important, because you are working with an expensive unit and it should have longevity. Beyond that, are you going to use the unit for relative small jobs, spot cleaning, or cleaning small areas one at a time? Or, will you be looking at handling big jobs with the commercial steam vapor cleaner—perhaps entire rooms at a time? Most industrial steam vapor cleaners come with a reservoir that you fill up, heat the water and pressurize the steam from there. Other units have a continual fill option, which is great for bigger jobs, as you can hook it up to a water supply and have water constantly flowing into the system for heating and pressurization.

Overall, you should review the purchase of an industrial steam cleaner carefully, looking at all your options before settling on a final decision. Know what options are available to you and fully understand the benefits your business will have with the investment in a commercial steam cleaner before making a decision on which direction you want to go.