The benefits of using Steam Cleaners in Healthcare environments

Combating Infection

Infection control and the fight against MRSA and other so called “Superbugs” are two of the biggest concerns within today’s medical and healthcare environments.

Dry steam equipment supplied by IFM (UK) is at the heart of achieving and maintaining the highest hygiene standards for Infection Prevention and Control helping to combat Healthcare Acquired Infections (HCAI).

With the growing understanding of environmental hygiene and its influence over patient safety and HCAI, maintaining the highest hygiene standards is of paramount importance and use of steam cleaning equipment is currently being used by the NHS and many private healthcare providers as an essential part of their hygiene and sanitation practices.

What is ‘Dry’ Steam Vapour?

Water is put into a special tank or boiler that under pressure super heats the water to temperatures up to 180ºC, converting it into hot dry steam. Steam is called ‘dry’ if it only contains around 5% to 6% water and is much less dense than the air we breathe. As it is applied to the surface “dry” steam leaves very little residue and is almost touch dry, especially when compared to other cleaning methods.

How does it work?

Dry steam dissolves grease, kills germs in an instant and sanitises every surface it touches, penetrating cracks, crevices and other hard-to-reach areas where manual and traditional cleaning methods which mainly rely on potentially hazardous chemicals fail to achieve the required standards.

In addition to its remarkable cleaning and sanitising properties, dry steam is a powerful degreasing tool which can be harnessed and put to good use in many applications, easily emulsifying grease, oil and other surface contaminates and providing significant savings when compared to alternative methods.

In most cases you do not need detergents with dry steam technology as the highest results are maintained with almost every common cleaning activity. However, in some cases the cleaning process can be accelerated through the use of a detergent combined with steam.

Where can it be used?

Dry steam cleaning can be used on practically any surface and in a variety of applications. There are some surfaces however that are extremely heat sensitive like silks, some very thin plastics and types of velour upholstery, which must be treated with great care.

Dry steam is ideal for maintaining the most stringent hygiene standards for Infection Prevention and Control and combating Healthcare Acquired Infections (HCAI), when used in ward areas and equipment, operating theatres and specialist equipment, orthopaedic and mobility equipment as well as ambulance cleaning.

Is it environmentally friendly?

As only a small amount of clean tap water is required to generate large quantities of dry steam, it is a very environmentally friendly process not only reducing water usage by as much as 90% to 95% but also preventing or significantly reducing the use of detergents and aggressive chemicals by up to 80% to 90%. Save water, save detergents, save costs and save the environment!

Main Benefits of Dry Steam Cleaning

• Improving bactericidal efficacy, results in higher hygiene standards
• Using very little water, achieves significant cost savings
• Reducing chemical usage and safety risks, increases savings
• Leaving surfaces instantly clean and dry, reduces cleaning time
• Ergonomic designs ensure higher productivity
• Achieves up to 40% reduction in labour costs
• Less aggressive cleaning enhances equipment durability reducing replacement costs
• Environmentally friendly, making sustainable cleaning a reality

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