Frequently Asked Questions
MightySteam® uses modern patented technology that does not require pressure for steam generation. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have while considering a purchase. Please note that there are products like the HGA–M-01(B) and the BP type which output a high steam/air mixture and the products like the MS400 that output high quality steam at a very high temperature. Please contact us (online or phone) with any of your questions. Some possible questions and answers:
Q: How can I use?
A: It is normally easy for all MightyySteam Product. Specific differences exist between models but the common aspects are: Plug into the proper wall-socket. Ensure water availability. Hit the start button where provided (for turning on). Use the steam wand to direct the steam. Hit the off switch (where provided) when finished.
Q: Should I use sCO2 ice to clean or should I use MightySteam?
A: The Mighty Steam is easy to use https://bayzi.com/steam-cleaning-studies/. Uses low power, requires only water and electric. High steam velocity.
Q: What is the chemical used by the units.
A: Only steam or steam/gas mixture depends on the model. The units are portable electric.
Q: What is the exit velocity from the steam wand.
A: Depends on the temperature ~ in the order of ~50 Km/hr for the MS400 products.
Q: Does the MightySteam (steam) turn standard commercial steam-indicators black.
A: Yes for the ones with pure steam – within a few seconds even when held at a distance from the nozzle for class 4 type common indicators. Not all indicators have been tested. See the steam strip indicator picture below in front of the nozzle. The strip was held with a tweezer in front of the wand. Please note that there is no formal correlation between this result with sterility. However steam is a known antimicrobial agent when used at the correct temperature and for the proper residence time.
Q: I have used the MightySteam®. ~1 kg/hr handheld. Works great. Do you offer larger units for commercial or onboard-ship use?
A: Yes the MS400-4-240 is 4 kg/hr steam unit. Please link to the Buy Mighysteam page or to https://www.mhi-inc.com/superheated_steam.html where you will see this unit and larger size units listed.
Q: What is the difference between a steam generator and steam-vapor generator
A: A steam or superheated steam generator outputs ~100% type steam (like the MS-400-240 unit). A steam vapor generator (like the MightySteam BP or HGA) outputs a mixture with a percentage of steam and a percentage of other gas normally air.
Q: Can I add fire suppressors chemicals or soap water or very dilute bicarbonate or vinegar to the steam to make it more use or potent? Can I use it for novel or prevention type of fire-fighting methods?
A: In principle, this can be done, yet it is not recommended by Bayzi as unknown materials can clog or disrupt the steam passages or cause other unanticipated issues. We do not have information about fire suppressors or chemicals.
Sometimes chemical additions can clog or break down into other chemicals – sometimes harmful – or sometimes the concentrations can become high and unpredictable for the use. Bayzi only recommends pure steam generation/treatment with water in the MightSteam generators – and only then the use of other types of safe washes (with soap or allowed chemicals) as required depending on the objective – after the steam influences dislodging or denaturing. Remember to steam away any accumulations if required. Please follow all safety rules including the use of protective masks, gloves, and eyeglasses.
If a hot air dry-blow is required after the steaming process, Bayzi recommends the VTA-01 or VTA-02. Please contact Bayzi or affiliates.
Q: What is the Warranty?
A: If you belong to the Never-Down Plan, the warranty is unlimited, but you may have to purchase specific modules at the Never-Down discounted prices- it depends on the product. Please call or contact Bayzi to inquire the Never Down plan details.
Q: Is the temperature high?
A: Yes – however you may be already using hair dryers that are hotter so remember all the rules of safety and use proper safety gear! Steam of this temperature is unusual and because it carries high potency should be used very carefully. Safety is important. When you purchase a Bayzi unit you also certify that you are a professional who understands the dangers of such use of hot gasses like steam and air that can cause burns.
Q: Can I control the temperature.
A: Just like a hairdryer, holding the nozzle further away gives you a lower temperature of treatment. Different units have different controls.
Q: What are the chemicals common to soap and disinfectants
A: Many types. For a comprehensive answer please ask the question in a search engine “search box” like Google or Yahoo or Others. For sterilization purposes, the antimicrobial market in the past has largely comprised of steam H2O or chemicals that contain chlorine compounds (bleach and others), ozone, quaternary ammonium compounds (quats), peracetic acid (PAA), formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde (aldehydes), and hydrogen peroxide. All of these technologies have their limitations in addressing sanitization and disinfection needs. One should generally prevent organic or chemical accumulation in nooks or corners because the chemical concentrations are increased over time which could cause harm.
Q: How do I know that the steam has cleaned? What does clean mean?
A: This is a great question. Clean can mean anything from tidying-up to removal of microbes such as bacteria. For cleaning grease and loosening dirt or cleaning bird droppings, it is possible that you may be able to visually observe the cleaning and thus satisfy yourself of the quick cleaning efficiency. Cleaning also implies disinfection or sterilization which may not be visible to the naked eye, but several techniques are known by which you will be able to tell. The assistance of a qualified, trained microbiologist is recommended who can discuss chemical indicators, steam indicators, and other techniques like a good AOAC test. Many descriptions are also available in web tutorials. At the magnification required to see bacteria and viruses an electron microscope or color changing events are used. At these magnification analysis levels, the question becomes more technical, but a great answer can be found in the published literature, e.g., https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FS/FS07700.pdf. Which describes different types of cleaning and cleaners. This article was written before the MightySteam® was introduced. The MightySteam®. offers low to high-temperature steam for different types of cleaning with the flow control temperature adjustment. The dry steam without moisture in it is a known antimicrobial agent. Generally, the steam has to be significantly non-condensing which means that you have to set the MightySteam®. To the higher temperature condition and also ensure that the residence time of the steam on a surface is adequate for the use. The studies listed below (please click on them to link) should be able to convince you that properly superheated high-temperature steam is a non-toxic antimicrobial agent that works without the fear of chemical accumulation, unlike a toxic chemical. Generally cleaning food items requires at least a five log reduction in bacterial after cleaning with a chemical or fluid – within about 30 seconds. Sterilization implies a lot higher reduction, almost six to twelve log reduction- sterilizers are allowed to take a few hours of operation. The verification of this level of cleaning is best left to a professional. However several kits listed on the Bayzi Blogs section may be used for approximate determinations and if allowed for use by your microbiologist you could also consider the use of chemical indicators. Do not be satisfied by claims such as 99.99% removal if your cleaning need is for higher efficacy of cleaning. Such numbers do not represent a four to six log reduction. All Bayzi affiliates should be able to help point you towards a professional testing center with trained professionals who could verify specific reductions that you may be specifically interested in.
Q: Can you point me to published steam cleaning studies?
A: Yes here is a list of some studies:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Outbreaks Involving E. coli (Escherichia coli)
- Interior Maintenance Company – (Super Heated Steam in the fight against Hospital Acquired Infections).
- American School & University (Steaming Clean). More schools are joining the movement toward cleaning for health rather than appearance…..
- Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online – Steam Vapor Cleaning in Hospitals
- Food Processing – Cleaning Without Chemicals
Please visit the other learning center pages on this site as numerous links that discuss germy-places, germ elimination, etc. are provided.
Q: Should I reduce the use of other cleaners?
A: Only your microbiologist or toxicologists should answer this question for you. Treating by high-temperature steam does not always eliminate the benefits of washing, cleaning or any other sanitization procedures normally used. Often the uses are complimentary.
Treating by steam does not ensure or guarantee in any manner that your surface will be free of microbes because such a claim should be verified in specific situations by trained microbiologists working closely with government agencies. Bayzi does not, and cannot make such a specific claim for you without the scrutiny and approval by a government agency or state agency as applicable for your application. There is NO guarantee or health claim intended with MightySteam™ or the HealthySurface™ brand and related steam treatments. Please check resources for openly published articles that may indicate and compare the efficacy of superheated steam with other methods.
Bayzi does not make any claims regarding reducing or eliminating microbes in every environment. Such a reduction depends on many factors such as correct use, proper residence time, high impact steam temperature, durability and hardiness of microbes amongst other factors. Use steam to reach and penetrate those difficult to reach places and consequently minimize or avoid the use of high concentrations of toxic chemicals. Regardless please check with independent professionals to verify your specific reduction target. Steam Cleaning is believed to reduce total microbe counts (including Coliform count), reduction of fungi and biofilm formation tendencies, reduce total mesophilic aerobic counts and reduce spoilage related organisms’ psychrotrophic counts. The steam treatment is not permanent and may only be good until the next microbe that lands or colonizes on the surface. The efficacy of any treatment is expected to decay quickly over time.
Pure, clean steam when available at the right high temperature and for the proper minimum application time is known to have good antimicrobial properties. A quick test of good steam could be commercially available steam strips, but it may not be enough to identify efficacy for newly discovered viruses like Zika and/other, other fungi and microbes. Only specific tests done by microbiologists should be considered.
Q: How can I get a discount?
A: Bayzi Corporation is currently running a very aggressive discount structure. Please take advantage of this discount structure while in place. Bayzi Affiliates can offer you a discount on the list price. If you want us to provide you with an affiliate address, we will gladly do so, or if you want an Affiliate to contact you with a discount coupon, please let us know through our contact us page. Some affiliates can provide you with a significant discount should you meet the criterion for the discount. If a non-web quote is requested, the discounts may not be possible. Thank you.
Q: Can I become a Bayzi Affiliate?
A: To become a Bayzi affiliate, you have to register and be approved. This takes a few weeks after your application has been received. Once registered you can add a Bayzi link to your electronic marketing procedures or give your customer an approved coupon. You will have to let Bayzi know that you can become a professional bonafide Affiliate and Bayzi has to approve. Please don’t be alarmed or offended if we do not respond instantly – your application is definitely on file with us. Thank you for choosing Bayzi.
Q: Compare Steam Drying with Hot Air Drying?
A: When comparing drying and sanitizing methods, the overall objective and cost are important to consider. There are a few studies listed on Wiki.* Bayzi suggests you take a careful look and contact your known microbiologist or food industry expert for a clear picture. Your question also found an unusual answer on Wiki which lists the following article for comparing air jet drying (remember air jets have lower enthalpy than steam jets):
*A comparative study of three different hand drying methods: paper towel, warm air dryer, jet air dryer’ by K. Redway and S. Fawdar of the School of Biosciences, University of Westminster London
Please consider MightySteam® as a possible alternative to the air dryers that cause an increase in bacteria after using the dryer. We also very much appreciate your business.
The MightySteam® is a durable, industrial quality steam generator capable of delivering 752°F steam. Years of research and development have helped the MightySteam® become one of the first high-temperature steam generators that can operate without a high-pressure boiler.
Steam has a great amount of stored enthalpy (enthalpy difference compared to 25C) for any temperature above 100C when compared to air at the same high temperature. This is why when you use a heat gun to heat a pipe for example; you must hold it in position for a few moments before it becomes effective. With the MightySteam®, there is high enthalpy, so it won’t just blow bed bugs around. MightySteam® uses thermal energy delivered in low velocity steam, allowing for a more efficient transfer of energy (in this case, heat) to the surface or object you are heating.
When used for cleaning, superheated steam is capable of transferring energy much more efficiently than hot air, allowing for the disruption of the biological functions of bacteria. For the same change in temperature from 25C to 300C the enthalpy content is much smaller for air. The temperatures/energy needed for hot air to be effective may thus require a much higher temperature due to the inefficient nature of heated air. The MightySteam® is a durable, industrial quality steam generator capable of delivering 572°F steam. Years of research and development have helped the MightySteam™ become the first high-temperature steam generator that can operate without a high-pressure boiler.
Q: When do you dry with steam instead of drying with hot air?
A: More drying energy is available from steam and normally above the inversion temperature the steam drying is more efficient. There are many benefits to using steam, but the main one is the availability of steam with high stored enthalpy (loose translation is stored heat) at a lower temperature than the corresponding dry air of the same enthalpy even at a much higher temperature. So if you were interested in drying paper which has an ignition temperature of about 450F – the use of superheated steam at a much lower temperature might produce the same drying efficiency/effect as hot air at a temperature above 450F, i.e., above the paper ignition temperature. Below the saturation temperature, the drying is determined by the humidity. Above the inversion temperature, rapid drying is feasible with steam. Water above the saturation temperature is in the vapor state.
Q: Can I use MightySteam™ for….? Is cleaning important?
A: We are constantly adding videos and pictures to show what you can use the MightySteam® for… Not all applications or uses have been vetted by us – so we ask you to please exercise caution. If you have a suggestion or idea, please send an email to [email protected], and we’ll try our best to get a demonstration video up for you. See also https://stellarfoodforthought.net/following-sanitary-design-best-practices-key-to-avoiding-food-safety-recalls/
Q: How fast does steam work on standard biofilms?
A: Studies** made recently at a prestigious university (Ohio State University in Columbus OH) indicates that biofilms and biofilm formation can be mitigated with MightySteam®. Please also click for more information on the study references linked on this page. Please do not hesitate to contact Bayzi for more information. Bayzi will either connect you to the researcher or research funding agency or will send you a publicly available research report if feasible. By contacting Bayzi for any report, please note that you are certifying that you are a professional in the field who can technically follow the report with advanced microbiological knowledge.
** These studies although conducted by world-renowned recognized professionals and performed with high integrity, may also have benefited from direct industrial involvement from interested companies or clusters that have interest in the outcome.
Q: Is the price competitive?
A: MightySteam® is powerful and fast. When comparing with other steam jets, please compare temperature and volume produced per hour. Superheated steam is a known antimicrobial agent. Unique flow-controllable temperature allows you to go from ‘Simple Clean Mode’ (low temperature) to’ Disinfectant Clean Mode’ (higher temperature). MightySteam® offers one of the highest temperature steam of any commercially available steam cleaning tool (Click for details). MightySteam® units produce 752°F (400°C) or hotter steam within about a minute (variations depend on the model and other supply variables). Superheated steam will soften/dislodge common grease and many other sticky substances. Importantly, the unique technology gives you the very hot steam at a comparatively low cost (compare prices for the temperature of output, i.e., in units of $(price)/°C (rated temperature)).