Here’s what you need to know about dry steam vapor cleaning and disinfecting devices

by Brianna Crandall — July 31, 2017 — The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) and  Advanced Vapor Technologies (AVT) recently published a buyer’s guide to steam vapor cleaning and disinfecting devices.

Rick Hoverson, principal of Advanced Vapor Technologies, explained:

The guide provides clarity on industry-leading features to look for, plus outlines qualitative and quantitative differences between processes mistakenly called “steam cleaning” — and low-moisture, low-pressure, high-temperature, dry steam vapor applications.

Allen Rathey, principal of Healthy Facilities Institute, added:

It has been a pleasure to work with AVT over the years and see their commitment to quality and efficacy data related to their patented TANCS technology. While we do not endorse products, we do support quality and performance, and in this regard, AVT is a clear leader in dry stream vapor (DSV) technology.

The guide includes information such as:

  • Defining what a steam vapor system is (and what it is not)
  • Low rate of water consumption of DSV compared to other methods
  • Desired temperature and pressure range of DSV for greatest efficacy
  • DSV applications and tool set for desired performance
  • Advantages of steam vapor disinfection for rapid germ kill (seconds not minutes) and elimination of cross-contamination
  • Advantages of DSV for reduced chemical purchase, use, and exposure
  • Advantages of DSV for eliminating residue and odors
  • Advantages of DSV for cleaning hard surfaces
  • Advantages of DSV for cleaning and penetrating porous and textile surfaces
  • Range of applications (restrooms, foodservice areas, classrooms, daycare, healthcare, more)

The Guidelines for Purchase of Steam Vapor Cleaning and Disinfecting Devices publication is available online.