YES! We really can use “dry” and “steam” in the same sentence! Heat is the most scientifically validated method of disinfection, and steam is the most convenient way of getting heat into all of the nooks and crannies where dirt, germs, and bacteria collect. But the “wetness” of steam makes it risky to use on many natural and manufactured surfaces in homes.
That’s why the innovation of DRY steam vapor is so important! With 5-7% moisture content in the steam, there’s often less water in contact with surfaces than with a common spray cleaner or mopping solution.
But beyond that, the development of TANCS® enables dry steam vapor to be an amazing and EPA-established disinfection device. TANCS stands for Thermo Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation and is a proprietary technology of Advanced Vapor Technologies using the naturally occurring minerals in tap water to form crystals that break through biofilms in seconds, not minutes!
Read more about the benefits, safety, and cleaning/disinfecting power of dry steam vapor in these independent studies and evaluations, which examine the effectiveness of this physical process on removing soil and killing germs and bacteria common in homes and our everyday lifestyles:
Study Shows TANCS Steam Vapor System Disinfects Through a Variety of Textile Types – summary/abstract of study presented at the National Environmental Health Association Conference (2012)
Dry Steam Vapor and Health Care: An Alternative for Disinfection in the Dental Office – retired Colorado dentist helps colleagues find solutions to improve their medical practice
Dry Steam Vapor with TANCS® versus Parvo – MicroBioTest, Inc., laboratory study (2006)
Steam Cleaning: When Disinfection Demands a Rapid Response – news report of a study conducted by Texas-based Antimicrobial Test Laboratories
Disinfection with Steam Vapor Systems: Implications for Dentists – a 2008 study validating dry steam vapor, preferably with TANCS®, for maintaining a clean, disinfected, and safe medical environment
Reduction in infection risk through treatment of microbially contaminated surfaces with a novel, portable, saturated steam vapor disinfection system – study examining ways to reduce infection transmission in school, hospital, and food-processing (kitchen) environments (2008)