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Salt Lake Firm Recommends Steam For Killing Flu Germs



Sept 19, 2009
Contact: Joyce Mathie
(801) 879-5700

Volunteers sought to disinfect local school classes so Swine Flu does not spread

With the swine flu outbreak, health organizations are emphasizing basic cleanliness as a way to help slow the spread of contagions. Joyce Mathie, owner/founder at Sargent Steam noted that research by a BYU professor shows hot steam can be more effective at killing germs than chemical disinfectants.

Mathie said her company is encouraging customers who own one of their steam cleaners to volunteer to use it to disinfect their children’s local school classrooms. She noted that research from the Centers for Disease Control has also shown that steam is an effective germ killer.

The study was done by Dr. Richard Robison, an associate professor of microbiology at BYU. It showed that many types of bacteria were killed with less than two seconds of exposure, something that could not be duplicated with chemical disinfectants.

“For those who are concerned about getting rid of flu germs in their environment, I would encourage them to investigate the advantages offered by hot steam,” Mathie said. “Anyone who has one of our machines could perform a valuable service by offering to disinfect the classrooms where their children attend school.”

Flu germs are found in the highest concentration on the desks, chairs, drinking fountains, doorknobs and sports equipment. Steaming these areas can kill flu germs before they have a chance to spread.

More information about the study and about disinfecting with steam is available at or by calling 801-879-5700.

Sargent Steam. ~ 3131 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84109 ~ (801) 326-8322



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