The Cleaning Challenge
Traditional methods of cleaning can be a time consuming process. Cleaning chemicals are not always sufficiently removed from surfaces. Mops, cloths and buckets can harbour dirt and germs from a previous use which are then further spread on the next cleaning task or pushed into corners, edges and on or around the legs and feet of equipment. The operator can never be sure that the equipment is completely sanitised and clean before undertaking the next cleaning task and if chemical is left on surfaces it can dry hard and actually trap the dirt. If surfaces are not cleaned properly, it can lead to a build-up in the grout on floors and walls and within the surface of safety floors as they are not 100% smooth and flat. Over time this build up will make surfaces slippery and slow to dry.
The Solution: Dry Steam Vapour!
What is Dry Steam Vapour?
Initially the term “dry steam” may sound like a contradiction as steam is a by-product of water and therefore cannot possibly be dry. This is true of conventional steam, such as that released from a kettle which contains water droplets and is therefore moist. Dry steam however, is different. By applying further heat to conventional steam and increasing the temperature in excess of 140°C, the remaining water is vapourised thus making the steam “dry”. It is therefore true to say that the hotter the steam, the safer & more effcient the technology becomes!
How does Dry Steam Vapour work?
Dry steam is different to the more traditional methods of cleaning. In its gaseous state, dry steam vapour penetrates surfaces on contact without causing any damage to the surface being cleaned. It achieves excellent wetting-out and reaches into all cracks and crevices and the areas hard to reach by more traditional cleaning methods. The heat saponifies the dirt, grease and grime making them ready for removal which is generally achieved via micro fibre and/or the use of an inbuilt vacuum system.
Benefits of the OspreyDeepclean Dry Steam Technology
The standard of “clean” which is achieved when using dry steam vapour is far higher than can be achieved using more traditional cleaning methods. OspreyDeepclean was the first, & is still the only, company to have conducted an independent, scientifically validated study into the efficacy of dry steam technology specifically with a healthcare patient environment. This study was validated by the largest research institute in The Netherlands: TNO. Established in 1932, this independent organisation offered objective and scientifically founded judgements. OspreyDeepclean worked closely with the scientists and a study was devised to investigate and validate the safety, suitability & efficacy of dry steam vapour in the daily and periodic cleaning practises within a hospital environment. The study not only found that dry steam vapour safely removed dirt, grease & grime within the environment but that this was achieved through the safe removal of pathogens and biofilm rather than by killing. The overall result was a sanitised and pathogen free surface.
These findings have, more recently, been applied to other market sectors, most notably the food processing and food manufacturing industries where high levels of hygiene and sanitation are crucial. Mould spores for example, can be easily transferred to food products from the conveyor belts they travel along. As proven in the scientific study, the OspreyDeepclean dry steam technology removes spores from the environment as opposed to killing them meaning there is little opportunity for resistance to build up which can happen with chemical usage.
Using dry steam vapour to cleanse and sanitise utilises very little water, 1 litre of cold clean tap water equals approx. 1600 Litres of dry steam vapour! There is no requirement for chemicals as even the toughest grease & grime can be removed with dry steam and the smallest amount of effort by the operator. This also eliminates the risk of any residue deposits being left on surfaces thus providing immediate health & safety benefits as well as the cost savings on un-necessary chemicals.
As a time saving benefit, the surfaces are left with very little residue after cleaning. This is dependent on the type of surface to be cleaned but most are left touch dry and ready for immediate use. Dry steam vapour is also less aggressive than other more commonly used cleaning procedures which in turn means equipment being cleaned regularly has a longer life span and operates more reliably thus delivering even further long term cost savings!
Where can Dry Steam Vapour be used?
We have seen a significant increase in the use of dry steam in both the food retailing and processing sectors and healthcare industries where exacting standards of hygiene are paramount but really dry steam vapour can be put to use in almost any environment. We would advise testing the surface to be cleaned in a small inconspicuous area initially but essentially it is only using clean cold tap water so as long as the surface is sealed, dry steam can be used to clean & sanitise almost anything!
In reality it would be nearly impossible to identify all of the applications that dry steam vapour can be used on. The range is almost boundless and can only be restricted by any limitations of the surface to be cleaned and the imagination of the user.
Think out of the box!!