Steam cleaning has been around for a long time, yet it seems that some disaster restoration contractors don’t use this method. While it may not be something you use every day, you’ll definitely find many applications for it.

A steam cleaning machine will use a mix of high temperature and low moisture vapor. The steam that it produces contains only 5%-6% water, surprisingly less moisture than in the air we breathe. Hence the term, “dry steam”. Because so little water is used, it does not exacerbate mold problems. And no chemicals means no sticky residue to further promote mold growth.

Steam Cleaning Should Be Part of Your Arsenal

1. Cleans the unreachable – anything with a lot of  crevices and/or hard to reach areas; especially good  on smoke damaged items.
2. Cleans in place – useful for cleaning anything that can’t or shouldn’t be moved such as very intricate and expensive chandeliers.
3. Destroys mold and mildew – especially in cracks, crevices and other areas that might be hard or impossible to get to with chemicals.
4. Steam disinfects – it’s faster and more effective than chemical disinfectants in eradicating pathogens like MRSA and many others.
5. No heavy equipment needed – These units are light and portable.
6. Steam is very green – Because you’re using nothing but tap water, steam cleaning is free from any potential side effects that sometimes result from chemical cleaners.
7. Steam is inexpensive – Once the unit is purchased,all it’ll ever need is a little electricity and some tap water.

There’s almost no end to the ways you can use steam to clean. If you use your imagination, you’ll no doubt come up with many more.