Methods of Disinfection

Generally, few methods of disinfection are used: physical cleaning (such as using disinfectant wipes or bleach on surfaces), chemical spraying/fogging, steam disinfecting and UV-C sterilization.

Cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting. What are the differences?

Does steam cleaner kill 99% of viruses, germs, bacteria, and pathogens?

By providing a chemical-free cleaning alternative that can kill more than 99% of viruses, germs, bacteria, and pathogens, steam cleaners are perfectly suited for houses, offices, daycares and a variety of other facilities both commercial and industrial. Since steam cleaners have the ability to clean, sanitize and disinfect a wide variety of surfaces relying just on tap water without any chemicals, they are among the most efficient cleaning solutions on the market.

Steam cleaners are safer tools when it comes to a different environment, where each area requires its own specific cleaning solution, the versatility and efficiency of steam is crucial. You can't just spray the bleach or chlorine solution all around the kitchen and leave it without follow-up wiping and cleaning.

Steam uses heat and pressure to deep clean a variety of surfaces.

In fact, the Center Of Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) recommends steam as the preferred method in many cases. New research from Stanford AIM Lab has highlighted that heat and steam is an effective sanitization method for COVID-19.

The benefit of using steam to clean, disinfect and sanitize VS other methods such as chemical sprays and UV sterilization

There are many reasons why you should steam instead of chemicals:

Chemical VS Steam

The most inexpensive chemical disinfectants have some gaps in their working spectrum and sometimes take a long time to disinfect. The typical chemical disinfectant will have a contact time of five to ten minutes. There are a few on the market with contact times as low as two or three minutes. Those tend to be fairly expensive.

The contact times, re-observed for the triangle brush with steam system, were on the order of seconds. They were so low, in fact, they’re actually very difficult to measure in the laboratory. But for your average microorganism, they were up between one and three seconds.

Taking a closer look at UV-C technology

While UV-C technology offers a quick way to effectively disinfect surfaces (mostly in healthcare settings), there are some limitations:

Cost of disinfecting services

When thinking about the total cost of disinfecting, three things come to mind:

  1. Labor cost, how much time it takes to disinfect.
  2. Supply cost, how much does the chemical or the device cost.
  3. Risks that can be posed by chemical disinfection.

Covering labor, that one’s pretty straight forward at how long it takes to treat a surface?

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