Chattanooga Detail Uses Unique Steam Clean Method

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A local detail shop is using a unique steam clean process that the owner says wipes out a lot of nasty bacteria that arrive when people eat in their cases.

David Hopkins said Chattanooga Detail made an intentional effort in the planning phase of the business to be different from any other local “detail shop”.

He said, "This meant a professional, customer service oriented culture, clean website, transparency in our work, and the best equipment available.

This led us to utilize technology that no business in the region possesses- dry vapor steam cleaning technology.  Our steam cleaner, a $5,000 piece of equipment, pushes dry water vapor at 100 psi, 330 degrees out of the end of the nozzle. The benefits of this are reducing chemical dependency and water usage as well as sanitizing all surfaces it comes in contact with from bacteria and viruses.

"Here’s a better explanation. All steamers have a boiler. The water inside the boiler is heated and pressurized which will produce steam — or more precisely, hot dry vapor, which is a gas. As all gasses do, when vapor contacts the atmosphere it expands violently and dissipates. Vapor molecules are extremely small and are able to penetrate the pores on any surface. When the hot vapor molecules come in contact with the cool surface in the pores, they violently expand and force all dirt, debris, and bacteria to the surface. Also, because the vapor is so hot, bacteria — as well as anything else — are killed. The results are surfaces that are free of any substances that were not originally on those surfaces. In addition, the surface dries extremely quickly because you are cleaning with hot vapor, which has a water content of only about 5 percent. When using steam on the interior of a vehicle, the overall interior will be almost totally dry upon completion of such use.

Studies have found that the interiors of vehicles are ideal breeding grounds for all types of bacteria, including Escherichia coli (E. coli), Salmonella, Campylobacter, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus and Micrococcus luteus, all of which can cause illnesses or, on occasion, can be fatal and can survive for as long as one month inside the car. The most common area for the bacteria was the steering wheel and cupholders. To get a sense of just how bad the average car is, a toilet seat contains, on average, 80 types of bacteria per square inch, as opposed to…..700 per square on certain areas of the inside of a vehicle.

"The study also revealed that 42 per cent of motorists regularly dine while driving. Only a third cleaned the inside of the car once a year, while ten per cent said they never bothered to wipe down surfaces or vacuum."

Chattanooga Detail is at 1944 Dayton Blvd.

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