Improving Operating Room Cleaning Results With Microfiber and Steam Technology

Am J Infect Control. 2016 Jan 1;44(1):120-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.08.016. Epub 2015 Oct 23.


Microfiber and steam technology is a novel cleaning method that has advantages for clinical applications. We describe its use in the operating room. The benefits include improved cleaning for every patient regardless of known or perceived risk, occupational health and safety advantages, and reduced cost of cleaning, allowing for expansion of cleaning activity without the need for additional human resources. Continuous surgical site infection surveillance demonstrated that infections remained at previously low levels.

Keywords: Environmental cleaning; Microfiber and steam technology; Operating room; Surgical site infection.

MeSH terms

  • Disinfection / economics
  • Disinfection / methods*
  • Environment, Controlled
  • Housekeeping, Hospital / methods*
  • Housekeeping, Hospital / standards
  • Humans
  • Infection Control*
  • Operating Rooms* / standards
  • Polymers
  • Steam
  • Surgical Wound Infection / prevention & control*


  • Polymers
  • Steam