Steam Cleaning Equals Green Cleaning
We are starting to see a revolution in the cleaning world. Ten years ago terms like "Organic Cleaning" and "Green Cleaning" were rarely uttered. Today we have large merchandisers touting house brands with green and organic cleaning compounds. As a part of that shift, wise housekeepers are looking outside the box to the greenest cleaning option of all - steam cleaning.
The benefits of steam cleaning or vapour cleaning are easy to see. There are no chemical costs, steam cleaning eliminates chemical related allergy problems, and there are no harmful chemicals put back into the environment.
Some of the benefits steam cleaning are less obvious. For example, steaming eliminates scrubbing. Steam simply melts baked on grease on kitchen hoods, ovens, stoves, even bakery proofing racks! You just steam and wipe.
Also, steam sanitizes. Vapour steam at 120 degrees celcius (248 F) heat instantly kills bacteria and mold, reducing the spread of illnesses and infections.
Steam cleaning is the best environmental choice. With steam cleaning there are no by products produced, providing 100% protection for the eco-system and no chemicals are delivered into the water system. Steam Cleaning is Green Cleaning.
There are many steam cleaning products out there and it is important to be aware that not all steam cleaners are created equal. Prices range from the $49 drugstore variety handheld types to over $4000. The thing to bear in mind is that a small unit has to cool down and will probably only work for small 5 minute jobs. Also, smaller units tend not to put out enough steam volume to sanitize surfaces quickly. So, if you are thinking of going cheap, remember, there is nothing green about purchasing a poorly made product that is just going to end up in a landfill after a few years. I learned this the hard way having bought a low-cost Hoover model that quit on me after a few uses.
If you are serious about steam cleaning, make sure you get a model that you can fill on the fly. This means that you can add water to a holding tank without having to wait for the machine to cool down. A good quality Steam/Vapour Cleaner will have this feature allowing the operator to use it continuously for hours. Ideally, one should consider a commercial model like the Karcher DE4002 which provides continous use and sturdy design. This model is made in Germany and only cost $1100. It comes with all sorts of attachments and will give the operator year and years of chemical-free cleaning.