Cleaning up with steam

Monday, 10 July, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.steamaustralia.com.au



Steam Australia, Sydney-based company supplies a range of steam cleaning machines and reports that market demand has far exceeded its expectations.

The versatility of a steam cleaning machine in a bakery means it can improve every area in a bakery from ovens, floors, walls, ceilings, grouting, bench tops, fridge seals and even clean flour and grease from blocked up fridge condensers.

Food safety and hygiene is an issue facing the hospitality and foodservice industries. Where there is food, there is always the risk of food contamination. According to HACCP Australia, food contamination events are a major health problem, with the number of food poisoning occurrences in excess of 2,000,000 every year.

The cost effect is high and steadily increasing through ever-harsher penalties from the Australian and New Zealand Food Safety Authority (ANZFA) and commonly today, the constant threat of litigation.

The results for steam cleaning showed that 90% to 100% of germs were killed within three seconds.

Steam Australia's machines were recently put through tough hospital and laboratory tests in England. The experiments were sponsored by the UK arm of the international company, Hygenica, to determine the effective elimination of bacteria in self-generated slime (biofilm) in moist conditions such as those found in kitchens, bathrooms and toilets.

No chemicals are used in the process. Only a small amount of water (and the energy to heat it) is needed to generate the blasts of dry steam, which penetrate to every hard-to-reach and hidden corner and crevice, cleaning, sanitising and killing harmful germs.

The machines are available in a wide range of sizes and flexible enough to handle any job, big or small, high or low.

Steam cleaning is suitable for use in hotels, clubs, restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes or canteens. The machines can handle most cleaning and sanitising jobs (furniture, upholstery, drapes and blinds, carpets and even windows) including food serving areas, dining rooms, bars, gaming areas, staffrooms, offices, bedrooms, bathrooms and toilets.

Mark Rosenberg Managing Director of Steam Australia sums up the main advantages of his steam cleaning machines in commercial situations as effectively safe, labour saving and highly cost-effective.

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