Studies have shown that even 1 second of residency time of 248°F (120°C) steam is roughly 97% effective against common strains of bacteria1. MightySteam's patented heating system allows for an industrial strength +572°F (+300°C) steam output. In controlled experiments, higher temperature steam requires lower residency times to achieve effectiveness (This result follows the common law of chemical kinetics where speed increases exponentially with temperature).
There are 3 commonly accepted levels of "clean" in many industries. Sterilization refers to the statistical destruction and removal of all living organisms. Disinfection refers to inanimate objects and all vegetative cells, but not spores. Sanitization refers to the reduction of microorganisms to levels considered safe from a public health viewpoint. The official definition of sanitatization, according to the Association of Official Analytical Chemists, for food product contact surfaces is a 99.999% (5-log) reduction of contaminants in a 30 second period. For non-product contact surfaces, a 99.9% (3-log) reduction in contamination is necessary.
Salmonella, E. coli and other foodborne pathogens are major threats to safety and profits of any company handling food. MightySteam® can produce 572°F steam within a minute, allowing for treatment during or between production runs.
Suggested food processing applications for the MightySteam® include: grinders, slicers, mixers, agitators, blenders and a variety of other appliances and surfaces that may come in contact with food.
While water itself isn't an effective cleaning agent in a sensitive environment, MightySteam's superheated steam uses high amounts of thermal energy to clean, leaving behind a small amount of water. MightySteam® leaves behind no harmful chemicals that can contaminate products. In addition to safety benefits, the MightySteam™ enjoys a lower cost of operation because it consumes just water and electricity, reducing reliance on chemicals.
With international travel becoming easier and easier, so does the transmission of germs and bacteria. Airport bathrooms have consistently ranked as the least sanitary places in developed countries. Studies have shown that 90% of shopping cart handles and escalator rails contain trace amounts of fecal matter. Children's playgrounds are covered with all sorts of bodily fluids. Exercise machines at gyms are covered in sweat and bacteria. MightySteam® can clean many surfaces with superheated steam.
A University of St. Louis study concluded that 219°F (104°C) steam eliminated common forms of mold with 99% effectiveness. The MightySteam® generates industrial strength 572°F (300°C) steam, capable of achieving similar results in less time.