Most people by now have heard of using steam in their washers and dryers, but did you know they also make dishwashers that utilize steam? Steam dishwashers are designed to provide a deep cleaning without pre rinsing, sanitize dishes, and also gently clean fine china. This article will explain how and why steam dishwashers work.
Steam dishwashers work by using highly pressurized, high temperature steam to break the bond of hardened food on your dishes, glasses, and silverware. Steam is able to clean so effectively mainly because it can get so hot. When water reaches 212 f it turns to steam. The steam can continue to heat up beyond that point which is why it is so effective at sanitizing things. When water turns to steam, it also expands and covers a lot more space. This allows a tiny bit of water to produce enough steam to clean your dishes even better than a traditional dishwasher. Steam also eliminates the need to use harsh or harmful chemicals on your dishes. Because only water is needed to produce steam, you save money on energy and detergent cost.
Traditional dishwashers often require you to rinse or scrub your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher to make sure they get clean. This time and effort really takes the convenience out of owning a dishwasher. With steam, no pre rinse is necessary. The steam can break down even the toughest baked on food. When steam is generated, it is absorbed by the food which essentially rehydrates it and allows to be easily rinsed off. The high temperature of the steam also kills the bacteria and sanitizes your dishes. Steam is also perfect for your fine china and crystal. As opposed to a traditional dishwasher, no heavy, direct sprays are needed and the steam gently cleans delicate items.
There are a few different steam variations to look for when purchasing a new steam dishwasher. Be sure to look at whether the model you are interested in uses a dedicated steam generation unit or whether it heats water in the tub to produce steam. The dedicated steam can release steam at the right point during various cycles, while steam heated from water generally is used for pre wash or finishing cycles. Another thing to look for is which cycles have the ability to use steam. Some can incorporate steam into various wash cycles, while some dishwashers only use a steam pre wash.
While steam technology in dishwashers is still in its infancy, the benefits are clear. You can save time, money, and energy by using steam in dishwashers.