New Study Shows Steam Cleaners An Effective Way to Sanitize Homes


March 23, 2020

New Study Shows Steam Cleaners An Effective Way to Sanitize Homes

A recent microbiology test conducted by a third party research firm in February 2020 proves that SALAV Steam Appliances successfully eliminates greater than 99.9% of bacteria from tested surfaces.

As the dangerous COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic spreads throughout the world, it is extremely important that consumers have the right tools and cleaning products available to properly disinfect and sanitize on a regular basis. Preliminary reports indicate that the virus can survive for up to 3 days on some surfaces and fabrics. While coronavirus lasts longest on hard, non-porous surfaces such as stainless steel, the virus can certainly persist on soft surfaces like clothing and blankets.

Steam cleaners including garment steamers and steam mops utilize high temperatures up to 220°F to kill 99.9% of germs, bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew, allergens, and bugs, such as bed bugs and dust mites. It is an eco-friendly and chemical-free alternative for cleaning and sanitizing your home , work and garments. It is safe to use on most fabrics and sealed surfaces.

SALAV recommends using a garment steamer on clothes which might have had any risk of exposure. A garment steamer is especially useful on clothes which you cannot easily throw in the wash such as outerwear, overcoats and bulky sweaters.

The product testing at the Guangdong Detection Center of Microbiology utilized a garment steamer to sterilize surfaces for testing. The garment steamer was used for 15 minutes to sterilize the surface before testing the effectiveness of the sterilization process. Results showed a steam effectiveness rate of 99.99%.

While chemical-based cleaning products are difficult to find and sometimes too harsh for sensitive skin, consumers can invest in a garment steamer and steam mop to naturally and effectively sanitize their homes and garments. SALAV steam cleaning products are available instore and online at major retailers and



SALAV is a leading manufacturer of steam appliances around the world with a wide assortment of patented products, including steam mops, handheld garment steamers, hybrid steamers/irons, and upright garment steamers. Headquartered in Chino, California, SALAV products have been featured on The View, The Wendy Williams Show, and The Rachel Ray Show. Its products are available at most major retailers, including Macy’s, Costco, Homegoods, and Bed Bath & Beyond. To learn more about SALAV products, visit