Use a Steam Cleaner to Clean and Disinfect Your Home Safely

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As concern grows over exposure to germs that can cause illnesses like the seasonal flu and MRSA, consumers are turning to chemical cleaners to keep themselves and their families safe. Yet while chemical cleaners can disinfect, they often do it while introducing harmful toxic chemicals into the environment. Sylvane, an online retailer of air treatment products, suggests a chemical-free, eco-friendly alternative - the steam cleaner - for cleaning and disinfecting your home safely.

With ordinary cleaners, people worry about allergic reactions, toxic fumes, furniture deterioration as a result of left-behind residues, accidental ingestion -- and not to mention the overall deterioration of your indoor air quality

Now more than ever, people are concerned with keeping themselves and their families safe from the harmful germs, bacteria, and viruses that could lead to the seasonal flu, SARS, MRSA, and other serious illnesses. As a result, consumers purchase chemical sanitizing and disinfecting products that promise germ-free results. Unfortunately, they are often unaware that these products actually add toxic chemicals to their indoor environment -- without adequately removing germs, bacteria, viruses, or other harmful pathogens as advertised. Sylvane, a leading online supplier of air treatment products, suggests using a vapor steam cleaner as an eco-friendly, chemical-free alternative to toxic cleaning substances.

While chemical cleaners seem to offer a quick, simple solution to sanitizing and disinfecting homes, offices, and other surroundings, the actual cleaning process usually requires that the cleaning solution remain on the soiled surface for up to 10 minutes for disinfection, according to most manufacturers' directions. This is in stark contrast to the quick spray-and-wipe method employed by most people. Moreover, even precisely following the manufacturer's instructions does not prevent cross contamination in many cases. The same cleaning sponge used on multiple surfaces may harbor harder-to-destroy pathogens that resist chemical disinfectants.

Using a steam cleaner is a safe, effective alternative to cleaning with chemicals. "With ordinary cleaners, people worry about allergic reactions, toxic fumes, furniture deterioration as a result of left-behind residues, accidental ingestion -- and not to mention the overall deterioration of your indoor air quality," said Sylvane President Steven Hong. "However, with steam cleaners, water is the only additive, so you get powerful, healthy cleaning without adding unnecessary chemicals to your home or harming your indoor environment."    

Steam cleaners work by heating ordinary tap water to temperatures above 200 degrees Fahrenheit and producing steam in just a few minutes or - in the case of some models - seconds. The hot steam molecules penetrate areas and expand upon contact with cool surfaces to force dirt, debris, and bacteria out of even the tiniest porous spaces in grout or on countertops, tile, hardwood floors, and other smooth surfaces. Steam cleaners can also be used to thoroughly clean carpet, furniture, mattresses, sinks, toilets, bathtubs, children's toys, and other non-heat-sensitive areas. The high temperature of the steam destroys some of the most toxic microorganisms in 5 to 7 seconds, including those that cause MRSA, avian flu, canine parvo, and many other diseases. Allergens such as fleas, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and noxious odors are also eliminated.

Sylvane offers a wide range of steam cleaners to meet the needs of consumers looking for a healthier way to clean their environment. For heavy-duty household cleaning to industrial cleaning, Doug Zailskas, director of sales for Sylvane, recommends the Ladybug Tekno 2350. According Zailskas, this steam cleaner can be used in a number of applications, from de-greasing kitchen floors, counters, and appliances to restoring oxidized aluminum to its original sheen.

"The Tekno 2350 is very effective because it features Ladybug's TANCS technology, which stands for Thermo Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation," Zailskas stated. "This patent-pending technology boils water to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and transforms it to a low-moisture steam that travels through the hose attachment. Upon contact, the dry steam vapor destroys many contaminants present in a matter of seconds and dries almost immediately, leaving behind a disinfected, dry surface."

For everyday and light household cleaning, Zailskas recommends Reliable steam cleaners. "These models offer great performance at reasonable prices," Zailskas added. "One of the most popular products is the Steamboy T1 Steam Floor Mop. Weighing in at only eight pounds, the Reliable Steamboy T1 offers superior steam cleaning performance at a fraction of the weight and cost of traditional units."

Although steam has been used as a sanitizing solution in industrial settings such as hospitals and restaurants for years, consumers are just beginning to recognize steam's utility for household cleaning and disinfection. "As we search for better ways to keep our bodies healthy, our homes clean, and our environment protected, more and more people are turning to natural solutions," Hong explained. "Steam cleaners are a great way to achieve that unity between health and environmental wellness."

About Sylvane

Sylvane ( is a leading online supplier of high-quality air treatment solutions to the residential and commercial markets. The company's broad selection of products includes air purifiers, portable heaters, portable air conditioners, window air conditioners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, vacuums, steam cleaners, and air quality testing products. Believing in the notion that better air begins with knowledge, Sylvane also provides its customers with detailed product information, numerous air treatment learning articles, reliable product comparisons, and personalized consultation on indoor air treatment issues.

Note to Editors:

  • Steven Hong is available for interview upon request.

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