When we delve into the topic of life enhancing technologies, medicine, computing, or even communication advancement always come up. Quite often overlooked are the “mundane” day to day activities that are largely affected by technology, and in turn affect the quality of our lives. Take a washing machine for instance.
Currently in Kenya we are being advised to stay at home and limit human interaction as much as possible to flatten the global pandemic spread curve. As a result we have been forced to reevaluate how we manage daily tasks of running a regular household. For majority of households who rely on hired help, the way to manage their laundry during this period becomes the big question. The safest, most practical solution is the washing machine. But will just any washing machine do the job, while keeping your family safe?
According to research studies done, the virus may be able to live for up to three days on surfaces like plastic and steel, increasing the risk of infection from touching these materials. It is therefore important to take hygiene measures that prioritize your family’s health. LG, with its long history of home appliance innovation, has for years been developing technologies to get clothes cleaner while at the same time relying less on chemical detergents. One of these innovations is something that all of us can create easily at home with nothing more than water and heat – Steam.
A classic example is LG’s Vivace Washing Machine that employs Steam™ technology to eliminate 99.9% of allergens ensuring that the family is protected from any respiratory infections. The TrueSteam™ feature in LG washing machines is one of the most effective ways to get rid of germs. The steam generator heats water to 100°C, making it hot enough to eliminate bacteria and even allergens from pet hairs, dead skin cells and mold. Essentially, steam boosts the temperature inside the washer drum, causing fibers to relax and more efficiently absorb water, releasing deep-down dirt and stains. Detergent dissolves quickly and works better in the higher temperatures, too, which also kill bacteria,
Steam particles are smaller than water droplets and can penetrate fabrics better. This improves washing performance and water consumption. Steam is the most intense form of cleaning because steam molecules are 1600 times smaller than water molecules allowing them to penetrate right into the fabric and remove far more dirt than a normal wash. Introducing steam into the wash will assist in removing ingrained dirt making the clothes cleaner and improving their general appearance.
Research has shown that a combination of tiny steam particles and a 10 minute wash at 60 degrees removes dirt, pollen and 99.98% of dust mites and pet hair eliminating annoying allergy enhancers from your clothes, sheets and towels. In fact, LG TrueSteam washing machines are proven to remove more common household allergens than conventional machines as endorsed by the British Allergy Foundation.
When it comes to keeping our families safe using life enhancing technologies, a TrueSteam washing machine should be right at the top of the list.