Vapor Steamer VideosWhat is a Vapor Steamer?
A vapor steamer looks like a vacuum, but it's not. It is not the conventional heavy water "steam" cleaner, nor is it a pressure washer. It is a new appliance that uses only a little water and a little electricity to sanitize, clean and deodorize virtually any surface - without using chemicals.
How does it work?
Using less than a gallon of tap water, this multipurpose appliance creates a low moisture vapor that carries heat to the surface you wish to treat. The heat combined with light agitation does the work for you. This appliance comes with a variety of accessories, creating a system that can be used for carpets as well as oven cleaning. The process eliminates chemical residue while sanitizing the surface being treated. Because so little water is consumed, approximately 1.5 quarts per hour, it is virtually "mess free". The Vapor System is quiet and portable, allowing for use anytime and anywhere.
What is "Dry" Steam Vapor?
An oxymoron? Perhaps. This describes a system that produces a high temperature, low moisture vapor. The vapor contains only 5% to 6% water and is much less dense than the air we breathe. Over the past few years, you have been exposed to products being promoted as "steam cleaners" that in fact use no steam at all - maybe warm water on a good day. These so called steam cleaners spray on large amounts of water using quantities described in gallons per minute. You may ask "Where's the steam?" The Vapor System, by contrast, is equipped to safely produce thousands of gallons of live dry steam using only about 1.5 quarts of water per hour. This significant difference relates directly to the versatility and capabilities of the vapor system. It is unlike anything you have used before. It is mess free with temperatures hot enough to kill bacteria and germs, emulsify grease and oil as well as other surface contaminants.
Is the steamer as good as an extractor for carpets?
This vapor steam cleaner will clean carpets if they are not terribly soiled or worn. If they are badly soiled or worn, they should be professionally cleaned first and then gone over with the vapor stream cleaner to sanitize the carpeting and remove the chemicals left behind. These units are best suited for light cleaning, maintenance, and spot removal and will take longer to use than water extraction cleaning machines. Remember that a major use for vapor steam cleaners is to kill bacteria, fleas and critters, and remove chemicals and odors from carpeting and other surfaces.
Note: It is important when cleaning your carpets to vacuum both before and after you steam clean. The heat from the steam will draw dirt, hair, etc. to the surface where vacuuming will remove it.
Is it difficult to use?
Not at all. Cleaning floors is as easy as using a vacuum cleaner. Even deep cleaning of grout lines can be done from a standing position - not on your hands and knees as before. Remember - the heat does the work for you. Surfaces that used to take a great deal of physical effort (like oven cleaning) can now be done quickly and easily. You are able to take better care of your home than before with much less effort!
Where do the chemicals go?
The appliance only uses clean, clear, potable water. No chemical is used in this system.
Where does the water go?
The water is put into a special tank or boiler that super heats the water and changes it into a "dry" mist of vapor. Hence the name "vapor system". The unique benefit of this system is that it produces a low moisture, high temperature vapor that carries only about 6% water. We like to call this "Dry" Steam Vapor because so little water is left behind and so little is used. This patented system gives us the proven power of heat to safely sanitize and clean while reducing chemical use. Carpets are dry within minutes. Floors are also dry within a few minutes. This reduces the time and effort required for many tasks.
Where does the soap go?
The system uses only potable water and heat to sanitize and clean. This reduces the amounts and residues of chemical cleaning. It also lowers your exposure to toxins and helps prevent further degradation of the environment at the same time. Vapor cleaning saves us from pouring expensive chemicals down the drain. Flushing waste down the drain ultimately contributes to the contamination of our limited fresh water resources and is costing us more in the form of expensive sewer treatment as well.
How much pressure does it produce?
The appliance produces only a low pressure, usually in the range of 50 to 60 PSI. The low pressure creates a very safe and easy to use system. Low pressures are also essential for getting the job done without making a huge mess. The work is done by the heat concentrated at the work surface. The heat dissipates quickly once the vapor expands into the atmosphere. This system is designed to be used through "surface contact" with the areas of concern.
Why don't I just scrub away with soap and water?
Our existing cleaning regime consists of applying a chemical or abrasive cleaner, then wiping or scrubbing the surface until the contaminant appears to be removed. This method is superficial at best, requires much physical effort, often degrades the surface, exposes our skin and lungs to harsh or toxic fumes and leaves behind chemical residues which dull and attract dirt to the finished surface. The heat combined with very fine water particles penetrates even the pores - whatever the surface. This proven process thoroughly removes contaminants plus leaves the surface free of residuals. Visibly superior results are achieved with less effort and no exposure to potentially discomforting or harmful chemical effects. The vapor system also allows you sanitize and deodorize areas that are impossible to treat mechanically or chemically. Why not let the heat do the work? It is easier and does a better job in less time.
Where does the dirt go?
Depending on the application, the dirt loosened by the vapor system is simultaneously absorbed into terry cloth towel or rinsed or wiped away using an absorbent cloth.
I have terrible allergies to common household pests like dust mites and fleas. How can this system help me?
The vapor system, unlike other cleaning or pest control methods, uses heat to do the work, NOT CHEMICALS OR POISONS. Let's consider the dust mite, which lives in our clothes, mattresses, carpets and upholstery. The recommended treatment for dust mites is to launder the item of concern in water at a temperature of at least 130 degrees F, or treat the surface with a tannic acid solution. This may be difficult to do with carpets, couches and mattresses, or you best suit coat. The vapor system comes to the rescue in these cases because it provides you with a method of penetrating all of these surfaces completely with temperatures in excess of 180 degrees F. The heat kills the mites without over wetting the surfaces. Minimal wetting is important because mites favor a humid environment. The articles treated are completely dry in minutes - not hours. After treating a surface it is recommended that you vacuum it thoroughly with a HEPA equipped vacuum to remove any particulate matter. Fleas, flea eggs and flea larvae are also killed by the short term exposure to high temperature heat carried by a fine vapor reaching into the pores and pockets of fabric and carpets. No poisons to affect children, pets, or indoor air quality .
I have chemical sensitivities. How can this help me?
Because this system uses only water, you are not introducing anything into your environment that has NEW chemicals or NEW odors which may effect your well being. Using this system will actually remove chemical residuals left behind from previous cleaning procedures as well as remove odors such as perfumes from garments and other fabrics. In addition, using the system provides you with a means to sanitize many critical surfaces which are important to your health without using odiferous toxic germicides. However, if you suffer from chronic and severe chemical sensitivity, you should consider having someone else actually do the work, particularly during the initial cleanup. Because the system reaches into the pores of fabric and hard surfaces, it will drive out contaminants and chemical residue from those surfaces. This may have an adverse effect on you until those contaminants are completely removed. For more information, contact us through e-mail or by phone.
Are these systems being used on a commercial basis?
Yes they are. Many of the systems are being used in hospitals, retirement care facilities, the food service industry, hospitality industry and government institutions such as schools and universities. The use of this system improves indoor air quality, reduces the physical effort involved with cleaning and provides a more thorough approach to cleaning. Because the use of chemicals is eliminated and because water does not involve the regulatory requirements that many cleaning chemicals require, the system requires less management time and reduces paperwork for many businesses.
I see that there are a number of different models available. How do I know which one is right for me?
The models vary with the number and type of accessories, their tank capacity, and a variety of control features. We have found that most people are happier with the higher end multipurpose machines. We have chosen not to carry the lower end machines because customer satisfaction is not as high, and we do not want unhappy customers. Remember, there is a reason why some machines are priced higher - they work better, have better quality accessories, more accessories are available and are they more durable. Top of the line machines like the ones we carry produce steam at a higher temperature which greatly improves the machine's ability to clean.
What features make a difference in performance and ease of use?