Careful Cleaning for Area and Oriental Rugs

Here at The Steam Team, we completely understand that your area and especially oriental rugs carry value. That’s why we offer the best care available for your rugs. Let us show you how well we take care of them by offering our services to you, and by telling you all about them right here! Go on, keep reading!


Beginning the Process


Have you ever imagined what exactly dirt can do to your rugs? Loose dirt particles become stuck in the carpet fibers, causing discoloration, and a reduction in your rug’s lifespan. Not only that, but dirt particles essentially break down carpet fibers by eating away at them! This is why it’s so important to occasionally have your rugs cleaned a professional.


Cleaning Your Area and Oriental Rugs


So how does a professional clean area and oriental rugs, might you ask? Well, very carefully, that’s for sure! We’d never do anything to harm your precious, valuable oriental or area rugs. After we’ve removed dirt particles from your rugs, we then use a pre-conditioning agent and other cleaning agents to thoroughly remove stains, grime, and the rest of the dirt from your carpets! They’ll look amazing when we’re finished!


Finishing the Process


Finally, it’s time for rinsing and drying: the final step to the cleaning process! Our experts at The Steam Team will carefully rinse your rugs clean of debris, including the cleaning agents. Then we’ll hand-groom your special carpeting to ensure that the fibers lay properly, and that the rug dries evenly.


You can certainly trust The Steam Team to take careful care of your area and oriental rugs. We’re a team of trained professionals who’ve been serving the Austin community for over a decade- that’s a lot of experience under our belts! And it’s all to take care of you. So just give us a call today for the absolute best treatment your rugs have ever received!


How Steam Cleaning Battles Bacteria

Best be warned, friends: flu season isn’t over yet! Families all over the country are battling this dangerous illness, and all of the bacteria around their homes! But do you know what might just get us out of all of this mess? Steam cleaning. That’s right, steam cleaning! Contact The Steam Team today for a list of services, and to schedule a thorough deep cleaning in your home that eradicates germs and bacteria!


Steam Cleaning vs Germs and Bacteria


To start, steam cleaning kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria! Fortunately this means that by contacting a professional steam cleaner, you can effortlessly keep your family healthy this flu season! Why do we suggest contacting the professionals? Because it’s a sure fire way to get your home up to your standards! It’ll be amazingly clean once we’re finished with it!


Other Benefits to Steam Cleaning


We always encourage customers to choose steam cleaning over other methods of cleaning for its many, many benefits. While it’s fantastic that steam cleaning so effectively kills germs and bacteria, it’s also impressive that it cleans without the use of chemicals. That’s right; steam cleaning uses nothing but hot water and high pressurized steam to thoroughly clean your home from top to bottom! This means that you save money on cleaning solutions, and that there won’t be any potentially harmful residue left behind! It’s perfectly safe for the environment, your family, and your pets.


The Steam Team is your leading cleaning and restoration company in Austin, TX, and we’d enjoy helping you out! If you’re having a tough time battling the flu this season, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call! We’ll come out to your home, inspect areas that need our attention, and turn your home into a clean, healthy environment!

Why Shoes Are Our Flooring's Worst Enemy

Shoes are now being called our flooring’s worst enemy! Why is this? Well, we’re about to tell you- because it’s true: shoes cause so much wear and tear and damage on our flooring, it’s questionable whether we should be wearing shoes indoors, or not. Read further to find out how your shoes are damaging your flooring!




Let’s start with scratches, or dings. Our shoes can all-too-easily scratch our flooring! And it’s hard to avoid, when we have to walk around our home. It’s important to protect your flooring with specialized coatings, or even area rugs! You can also place a basket near the entrances to your home, for family members and house guests to leave their shoes in. This way, you don’t even need to worry about anything happening to your flooring.




Our shoes can also cause dents in our flooring! Perhaps you’ve already dented your floor with a pair of high heels, or you’ve dropped something. These dents can’t be reversed. You’ll have to call in a professional to replace the floorboard! Remember- protect your flooring by laying out area rugs, or keeping shoes off of the floor to begin with!




Over time, our shoes cause wear and tear, and damage to our flooring. Carpet becomes stained and mushed down, hardwood flooring endures dings and dents, etcetera! It’s inevitable that we’ll have to replace some of our flooring, or call the professionals at some point in time!


The Steam Team is always around to help you with your flooring. Whether it’s a repair, an installation, or a cleaning, we’ll come prepared to make your floor sparkle! Just give our team a call today, or go online to our website and view the services that we offer! You know you’ll be amazed with our results; customers always are.


3 Ways to Care for Your Furniture

Have you recently purchased a new piece of leather furniture? Owning leather furniture is great, especially when you consider how beautiful it accents your home! But there is a routine that comes along with caring for it. Below, The Steam Team will point out three simple steps for caring for your brand new leather furniture! We hope you find these tips helpful!


Dry Dusting


First, let’s start with the easiest step: dry dusting. Dry dusting your leather furniture is quite the simple process. Just grab your cleanest, freshest microfiber cloth and thoroughly run it along the surface of your leather upholstery! Be sure to cover every inch of the furniture. You don’t want to miss any dust. If you find any dirt that’s embedded in the leather, you can use a damp cloth to clean it- just make sure it’s not wet.




Next, let’s bring out the trusty vacuum! Your vacuum has a handy dandy attachment that’s perfect for cleaning your leather furniture (or at least, we hope it has one!). Use your vacuum attachment to reach the nooks, crannies, and corners of your furniture. Dust and dirt likes to hide out there! You never know what your vacuum may find!




Lastly, let’s talk about leather conditioning. Just like our skin, leather tends to dry out from time to time. It needs conditioning to stay in good shape! It’s recommended that you condition your leather upholstery every six to twelve months. See? That’s not too terribly often! We also recommend that you keep your leather furniture out of direct sunlight, to protect it from drying out too quickly.

The Steam Team is happy to help you out with your new leather furniture! Just give us a call today for expert conditioning and tips. And don’t forget, if you’re having another cleaning or restoration crisis, we’re available 24/7 to help you out! We’re always here for any of your cleaning or restoration needs.

How to Protect Your Carpet From Everyday Wear and Tear

Wear and tear on and damage to our carpet is inevitable. We simply can’t help but wear it down over time! But it’s okay, because we can definitely do things to prevent wear and tear and keep our carpet in great condition! Just follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be well on your way to preventing messes, stains, and wear and tear.


Place Floor Mats at Entrances


It helps tremendously to place floor mats at the entrances to your home! You wouldn’t believe how much dirt becomes attached to our shoes while we’re out walking out and about- or, maybe you would believe it. If you have a doormat at the entrance to your home, the dirt that gets caught on the mat won’t even have the opportunity to reach your carpet! It’s simple, yet brilliant.


Remove Shoes at the Door


Much like the “doormat technique,” as we’re going to call it, designating an area by the door for shoes also prevents dirt and mud from touching your carpet! You can find a basket, or construct a shelf to hold your family’s shoes. Then maybe you should clean out the basket on occasion… you know, to remove all that dirt that’s not messing up your carpet!


Have Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned


And lastly, occasionally we have to bite the bullet and surrender control to the professional carpet cleaners, like The Steam Team! A professional cleaning and restoration company can come out and restore your carpet to its original condition- that’s how effective they are. Consider hiring the professionals on occasion to keep your carpet looking clean and pristine.

Did you know that The Steam Team has been serving the Austin community for well over a decade, now? It’s fact! And we’d be absolutely thrilled to come out and help you clean up your carpet! Give us a call today, or go online to view our services!

Start Steam Cleaning Now

Once you choose to start steam cleaning, there’s no turning back. Not because the journey is dangerous or anything, but because a professional grade steam cleaner leaves behind a clean you’ve never known before! A clean you won’t be to be to go without, once you’ve seen it! Here are five great reasons to start steam cleaning today.


To start, steam cleaning:


Cleans Without Chemicals


A steam cleaner doesn’t need chemicals to thoroughly clean your home. All it needs is hot water and high water pressure! With these two amazing ingredients, a steam cleaner can effortlessly extract dirt and grime from deep within carpet fibers, pores of grout, and so on.


Provides a Clean You Can Trust


Like we mentioned before, you can definitely trust the clean that a steam cleaner leaves behind- especially if done by a professional cleaning company. No residue will be left behind for you to clean up. You’ll be amazed at The Steam Team’s results!


Is Safe for the Environment, Pets, Children, etc


Since steam cleaning doesn’t involve the usage of any chemicals, it’s perfectly fine to do around your home, children, and pets!


Saves You Money


Mops, scrub brushes, cleaning solutions, and any other cleaning supplies… you won’t be buying anymore with steam cleaning! This will save you money in the long run- that’s a major perk!


Saves You Time and Effort


Steam cleaning is an easy process that doesn’t require a lot of backwork. Finally, a cleaning method that won’t break your body, right? This is especially true if you let the professionals take over the project for you! Then you won’t have to worry at all.

If you’re thinking about starting to steam clean your home, think about hiring the professionals! They can do everything for you; you don’t even have to lift a finger! Contact The Steam Team today for more details, or visit our website to view our services!

How Do You Clean Furniture Austin Texas?

How do you clean your leather furniture? Not sure how to? Well, that’s okay because below, we have five tips for cleaning for leather upholstery! We’ll start with the basics, and move onto the tasks that require professional treatment. And remember, The Steam Team has over a decade of experience in caring for leather furniture. And we’re just a phone call away!


Dry Dusting


Dust builds up quite quickly; we just tend to ignore it, procrastinating the chore. But procrastinate no more! Grab your clean, white, microfiber cloth and begin at one end of the furniture, working your way to the other. This will pick up most of the dirt and dust.


Utilizing the Vacuum


Your vacuum likely has a handy dandy attachment that’s perfect for your leather sofa! Use this attachment to reach areas like cushion corners and crevices, or even underneath your couch! If your vacuum lacks this attachment, skip to the next step:


Cleaning With a Moist Cloth


For light stains and stubborn areas of dirt, moisten a microfiber cloth and wipe gently. Be sure that you’re thorough, as you’d hate to have to redo your cleaning job!


Using Soaps and Detergents


If that bit of moisture doesn’t lift the dirt from your leather, try rubbing the microfiber cloth across a bar of mild soap. Do not rinse your furniture. Instead, buff it dry with a new, dry cloth. It’ll get the job done!


Steam Cleaning for the Best Results


For best results, we always recommend steam cleaning. Steam cleaning can achieve a clean that you’ll hardly be able to even believe. And what’s even better- it can all be done by the professionals. You don’t even have to lift a finger.

For help cleaning your leather furniture, don’t hesitate to call The Steam Team! We have over a decade of experience and expertise, plus all of the right equipment for the job!

How To Blast Bacteria Around Your Home

This year, we’ve had one of the worst flu seasons yet! Families everywhere are combating the illness by fighting bacteria and germs around their home. How can you help your family? Well, let’s look at another method of cleaning: steam cleaning. Steam cleaning may just be the method that gets us all out of this mess! Contact The Steam Team ASAP today for a thorough deep cleaning, or visit our website for more details on our services.


Steam Cleaning VS Other Methods of Cleaning


To start, steam cleaning kills 99.9% of all germs and bacteria. So, flu season? Be gone! With a professional grade steam cleaner, you’ll eradicate those pesky germs from your home, and hopefully everyone will stay perfectly healthy. And you can rest peacefully, knowing that you home is clean, clean, clean.


But there are other advantages to steam cleaning, as well! For instance…


It’s a Versatile Method of Cleaning


Steam cleaning is very versatile! You can steam clean virtually any surface and flooring in your home (as long as it’s not hardwood!). From countertops, to baseboards, to carpeting and more; The Steam Team can take care of it all! That’s what makes it such a versatile method of cleaning: we can essentially clean your home from top to bottom.


It’s Safe For Your Home, Children, and Pets


Because steam cleaning uses nothing but high pressurized water and hot steam, it’s perfectly safe for the environment. You won’t have to worry about your pets licking off any residue from a cleaning product, or your children putting their fingers in their mouths after crawling around on the flooring. It’s perfectly safe!


Whether you’re looking for your home to be thoroughly steam cleaned in order to eradicate germs and bacteria, or you just need a good, old fashioned, deep cleaning, The Steam Team is here for you! Give us a call today!

Is It Safe to Use A Steam Cleaner on Flooring Besides Carpet?

If you already own a steam cleaner then we don’t need to tell you how great they are, or how beneficial they can be for your carpet. But what about the other types of flooring in your house? Will a steam cleaner be just as effective?


Steam Cleaning Ceramic Floors


As a matter of fact, if you are only using your steam cleaner for your carpet then you’re not using this helpful machine to its full potential. Steam cleaners are actually one of the best things to use for cleaning a ceramic floor. The high pressure steam strips the floor of residue and chemicals left over by other household cleaning products. If you have any pets or children that spend a lot of time on the floor, it’s very important to keep these harmful chemicals off of your tile. To use a steam cleaner on ceramic floor, first do a thorough sweep of the floor to pick up all the larger pieces of dirt and debris. Then just add the water, place the microfiber cleaning cloth on the unit’s cleaner head, plug the machine in, and you’re ready to go!


Steam Cleaning Hardwood Floors


Using a steam cleaner on a hardwood floor isn't quite as simple as it is with a ceramic floor. It depends very much on what kind of steam cleaner you get, as well as the condition of your floor. If you are going to steam clean your hardwood, make sure to only purchase a steam cleaner that is advertised to be used on hardwood. Then, you will notice that there is a warning on the steam cleaner that says to only use it on floors that have been properly sealed. To test the seal on your floor, place a drop of water on it. If it immediately up, then the seal is intact and your floor can withstand the steam. If the water spreads out or sinks into the wood, DO NOT attempt to use a steam cleaner on your floor.

For more information on steam cleaning and professional steam cleaning services, be sure to contact The Steam Team.

When Disaster Strikes: Austin Texas Restoration Professionals

When disaster strikes and causes either water or fire damage in your home, it’s always best to call in the professionals! Professional cleaning and restoration companies, like The Steam Team, can help you restore your home back to its original condition. We’ll get you back home and feeling secure in no time! Let’s discuss the dangers of water and fire damage, and how The Steam Team can help you!


Water Damage


Whether the water damage you’re experiencing is from a leaky appliance, or a natural disaster, we’re here for you! No matter the scale of damage, The Steam Team can help out. Here we’re basically looking for mold and mildew, and trying to prevent it from spreading. If you’ve recently had water damage in your home and you spot a mold problem, contact the professionals immediately!


Fire Damage


Fires are devastating and disastrous; they take some time to recover from, just like water damage. Not only do you have to worry about fire destroying your personal property, but there are many health concerns that come along with smoke damage. And of course, what does it take to put out a fire? Water. Lots of water. That can cause damage, too.


Call in the Professionals


It’s always best to call in the professionals in these scenarios. Not only do we have the correct tools and equipment, but we’re also equipped with the right amount of experience and expertise! We have no doubt that we can help restore your home to its original condition in no time.

After over a decade of experience, The Steam Team has the right knowledge and expertise for any cleaning or restoration job. So from cleaning the tile and grout in your bathroom before a dinner party, to replacing it after a flash flood, we’re here for you. Don’t hesitate! Just pick up the phone today and give us a call!

Is Tile As Tough As it Looks?

Ah, tile flooring… it feels cool beneath our feet, looks beautiful in our living areas and kitchens- and generally everywhere! But how easy is it to maintain? And what are the benefits to installing tile flooring over other types of flooring? Well, we’re about to cover that and a little bit more! Stay tuned to learn all about the benefits of tile flooring, and how to care for it!


Benefits to Tile Flooring


Tile is an incredibly durable type of flooring! It takes a lot of force to break, scratch, or otherwise damage tile flooring. It’s also perfect for areas near a lot of moisture (as long as it’s sealed!) like bathrooms and kitchens. Ceramic tiles have a layer that protects them from the perils of water and stain penetration!


Taking Care of Tile


When it comes to taking care of tile over the years, it’s important to make sure you’re incorporating a lot of mopping and sweeping into your cleaning routines. When mopping, you can use a mild detergent, a homemade remedy from white vinegar, or even plain water! And on occasion, don’t forget to steam clean your tile flooring to extract all of that grime from its grout!


Rely on The Steam Team


The Steam Team has been at this for over a decade, friends! We’re more than happy to help you care for your tile flooring! Just give us a call today, or log online to view the services that we offer! You’re bound to be impressed with the results we leave behind!

It’s true- The Steam Team really does care about the condition of your tile, and is made up of a team of experts who specialize in cleaning and restoration. So don’t hesitate; if your tile needs a little TLC, or you’d like a thorough deep cleaning, give The Steam Team a call!

The Do's and Don't of Marble Flooring Maintenance

Choosing the flooring throughout your house is no easy feat- we know your decision was not made lightly. That’s why it’s important to care for your floors over their lifetime to ensure you get the most out of them for the longest period of time.


One of the most popular materials right now is marble- and for good reason, too. Marble adds a gorgeous look to any room and is relatively easy to clean, maintain, and even restore (if need be). However, just because it’s flat and hard like hardwood floors or tile- you don’t want to treat it the same way. Here are our best tips and tricks of the trade to keep your marble floors looking bright, shiny, and brand new!


Regular Maintenance

When it comes to marble flooring, the regular maintenance you do heavily relies on the tools you choose. Finding a broom that’s not too tough is important when you sweep and a duster that’s going to really capture everything it meets.


Preventing and Removing Stains

Preventing stains is relatively similar across any flooring, furniture, or fabric of any kind- you want to try and catch the spill as soon as it happens, wiping everything up immediately. This will keep any liquid from seeping into the flooring and staining.


In order to remove stains, there are several products on the market that are made specifically for marble flooring. If you’re unsure of which product to choose- give us, The Steam Team, a call. We’re happy to help.


Call The Steam Team

With decades of experience and tons of knowledge and expertise, The Steam Team is your leading choice of professionals for marble cleaning and polishing. We know exactly what we’re doing, and what’s more important- we’re here to serve you!


What is Black Mold?

Have you ever heard of black mold? Black mold is a type of toxic mold that is commonly referred to as black mold, or Stachybotrys Chartarum. It’s usually the result of water damage, and can be horribly toxic for anyone living in the environment around it! Now let’s talk about how to detect and get rid of it!


How to Detect Black Mold in Your Home


So how do you spot this pesky menace around your home? Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to detect black mold in your home; you can see it! You can also smell it. It has a moldy, mildewy scent. You’ll definitely know it when you see it or that musky scent reaches your nostrils.


Black mold is also notorious for causing health problems to varying degrees. For example, it can lead to breathing and respiratory problems, headaches, asthma attacks, excessive coughing and sneezing, and many more symptoms! That’s why it’s so important to take care of it immediately upon discovery. Contact a professional cleaning and restoration company ASAP; you won’t regret it.


How to Rid Your Home of Black Mold


How do you rid your home of black mold? Because black mold is so dangerous, you should let the professionals handle the situation! Only a professional cleaning and restoration company will have the proper equipment and knowledge for the job. And you definitely want to act as soon as possible, for the sake of your home and health.


Mold is Serious: Rely on The Steam Team

The Steam Team has all of the right tools, equipment, experience, and expertise for any mold remediation situation! Simply give us a call today; we’ll come out to your home, give it a thorough look over, and begin to remedy the situation right away! You’ll be amazed (and quite frankly, relieved) at our results!

How Steam Cleans Your Carpet Effectively and Efficiently

Have you ever considered steam cleaning your home instead of using other methods? It can be easier on the body, the mind, and on your home as well! Steam cleaning provides a chemical-free clean for your carpets that you can trust. And the best part is that you can let the professionals, like The Steam Team, do everything for you!


Steam cleaning…


Cleans Without Using Chemicals


Let’s start with a major perk: Steam cleaning doesn’t involve the use of any chemicals at all! Not only does this save you tons of money on cleaning supplies, but it also means that your home will be healthier once The Steam Team leaves. This is especially a bonus for family members who may have allergy problems!


Pulls Dirt, Dander, and Grime from Your Carpets


Is your carpet feeling a bit grody? A professional grade steam cleaner will effortlessly lift dust, dirt, dander, grime, and more from deep within your carpet fibers. It can even remove both old and new stains from your carpet! Just give it a shot; we think you’ll be blown away by a steam cleaner’s results- especially when compared to those of simply vacuuming!


Trust in The Steam Team for Your Carpet Needs


The Steam Team has over a decade of experience with dealing with carpet cleaning and sanitization! You can definitely rely on our team of experts to come out and inspect your home, and then give it a good, thorough cleaning!


We’ve been serving the beautiful city of Austin, TX for over a decade now, and we don’t plan on quitting anytime remotely soon! So go ahead, pick up the phone, and give us a call today! We can come out, clean your carpets effectively and efficiently, and provide you with a feeling you haven’t felt on your floors since they were brand new!


Maintaining the Longevity of Leather

Leather furniture can really add an incredible appeal to a room- and that’s not its only benefit, either. Leather is one of the strongest and longest lasting materials used to upholster furniture, but it’s also the most involved. By that, we mean it requires a little more maintenance (although different maintenance than other fabrics). Here at The Steam Team, we’ve set out to help you maintain your leather furniture so that it lasts as long as possible, and looks as if you’ve just bought it. Just follow this quick guide to leather maintenance and you’ll be good to go!


Wipe Down and Dust

The easiest (and best) way to regularly clean your leather furniture is with a dry microfiber cloth. It’s cheap- you probably already have one laying around your house- and quick! All you need to do is wipe down any exposed area to make sure there isn’t any dust or other particles collecting on the material.


For larger messes, you can use the attachment from your vacuum cleaner for another quick and easy cleanup. This is also the easiest way to reach those difficult, small spaces like cracks and crevices in the corners.


Be Wary of Products

Other than regularly wiping down your leather furniture, you want to be extremely wary of what products you choose to clean it with. Leather is sensitive, so using anything harsh can damage the material. In fact, the best thing to do is keep away from cleaning products in general when it comes to your leather furniture. The only product you need is conditioner- to keep the material completely moisturized through the years.


Keeping your leather upholstery clean and conditioned will help to optimize its elasticity, help it last much longer, and of course, help it to look inviting to not only you, but any house guests you have over! And don’t forget- if you find yourself in over your head with your leather furniture, we here at The Steam Team are always available to help you out.

5 Ways To Prevent House Fires

You’ve heard the stories from someone you know, or at least seen someone tell their story on tv. It started out of nowhere, then- before they knew it- countless amounts of money in damage, irreplaceable items lost, and sometimes even loved ones gone. House fires are NO JOKE! In fact, there are about 365,500 house fires in the U.S. every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. On average, 7 people die in U.S. house fires every day. If you want to keep your home and loved ones safe, it is critical that you follow these 5 tips.


Smoke Alarms


This one should be a no-brainer. Smoke alarms are absolutely essential for keeping your home safe. Make sure you install at least one on every level of your home and inside all the bedrooms in the house.


Battery Changes


Having smoke alarms is great, as long as you alway remember to make sure they’re working. Test the smoke alarms once per month, and if the batteries are dead, replace them.


Checking The Home


Be sure to check certain systems in your home regularly. You may even want to hire a professional to ensure that your home is thoroughly inspected. The things you should regularly check include; the condition of your home’s electrical system, the natural gas/LP gas system in your home, and the air conditioning and heating units in your home.


Kitchen Safety


One of the most common causes of house fires is something going wrong in the kitchen. To ensure your safety in the kitchen, follow these practices: When you’re cooking on a stove and need to leave the stove for a minute or two, turn it off rather than letting it cook unattended. Don’t cook while under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, or if you’re tired. Also, ensure that no clothes or rags are left on or near a burner.


Safe Use of Wires


Faulty wiring and outlets are one of the top causes of house fires. So make sure your wires and outlets are working properly. Do not attempt to plug or unplug anything if your hands are wet. Also, don’t pinch or cover electrical cords with items like rugs.

If all of the above steps are followed, and the unthinkable fire still occurs, remember that The Steam Team has fire damage restoration experts awaiting your call.

How To Avoid Carpet Shrinkage

Our carpets are made up of fibers that- over time- actually end up shrinking in certain conditions. A shrinking carpet is not an easy eyesore to cover up, but it is something you can avoid. First, let’s start with the basics.


What Causes Carpet to Shrink?

There’s not one thing that causes carpet shrinkage. In fact, there are several mistakes you may make that could be inadvertently damaging your carpet. For example, carpet can shrink if there’s excess water on it for too long of a time (this usually happens when soaking carpet to remove stains). On the flip side, how you end up drying the carpet following cleanup can affect the fibers, too. Water temperature can be another factor- among many others- causing your carpet fibers to shrink. Now, let’s see how we can prevent these occurrences and keep our carpet in its best condition!


How To Avoid Shrinking Your Carpet

First thing’s first: hire a professional carpet cleaning company. We’re not just saying that because we’re The Steam Team, we’re saying that because it’s really true. Do your research and find the most knowledgeable cleaning company out there to handle your carpet.


Our trained technicians have extensive experience working with carpeting, ensuring that the fibers are treated with the right temperature of water and the floors are dried accurately so as to not damage them in any way.


Besides calling in the professionals, be careful what you choose to clean your carpet with before they come. Sometimes, when it comes to stains, homeowners will attempt to use various cleaning products to remove the stain from their carpets before giving up and calling in the professionals afterward. Be wary of this- mixing products or using harsh products in general can often damage your carpet fibers. Check out our other blogs on caring for your carpet if you need any other tips and tricks!

Restoring Water Damage from Overflow by the Professionals

Flooding occurs in all kinds of places from your home to your workplace. No matter its size, water damage is both dangerous and difficult to handle. The Steam Team has been voted best in Austin, TX for cleaning and restoration services. We’re available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, to help with anything from carpet and tile cleaning, to overflow cleanup.


Whether a pipe burst, an appliance broke, or a plumbing fixture is overflowing- we’re here to help you with your water damage restoration.


Plumbing Overflow

Plumbing overflow is never fun to deal with- who wants to think about all of that bacteria, anyway? That’s why we’re here. Our professional technicians ensure that any plumbing overflow is removed, sanitized, and your home is restored to its original condition.


Appliance Leaks & Overflow

As far as flooding goes, this one is pretty common. Appliances often pose a risk for flooding when not properly maintained. It’s not just our kitchen appliances that can cause water damage to our homes. Don’t forget about your washing machine, AC unit, and your water heater. That’s right- it’s best to routinely monitor any appliances that hold or filter water- but, of course, we know how quickly and easily life takes over. It can be easy to forget about those potential leaky appliances… until we’re calling The Steam Team, right?


Call in the Professionals

Our team of trained professionals will assess the damage, and offer assistance with whatever may be causing the overflow. Once the leak is repaired and the water is extracted, we’ll thoroughly clean, sanitize, and dry the area with our professional-grade equipment. Problem solved! The Steam Team is ready and willing to help you cleanup any type of overflow and water damage, regardless of the cause. Give us a call today for any of your restoration needs!

Combat Allergies in Austin with HVAC Cleaning

With the Spring months in the (very) near future, we all know what that means for us living in the city of Austin… allergies. The rain we’re experiencing now is just stirring up all of those allergens in the air, causing the mold count to rise among many others. Have you been walking around sniffing or blowing your nose all day? Even if you stay inside, it still feels like you can’t escape the tiny particles that seem to be everywhere. There is one thing around the house (and office) that you can do to help your allergies; check and clean those air ducts.


Air Duct Cleaning

While it might not seem like a common cleaning solution, our air ducts often harbor thousands upon thousands of particles. Between dust, dirt, allergens, feces, among other bacteria- the air you’re breathing everyday could be a major factor in your allergies and even your overall health.


When’s the last time you had your HVAC or air ducts cleaned? Don’t be ashamed if it takes you a while to answer that question, but think about it-


A good, professional, deep cleaning for your air ducts can actually help to alleviate these kinds of allergy symptoms. Here at The Steam Team, we use state of the art “source removal” equipment to remove all of these allergens and pollutants from the air inside your home.


After Cleaning Your Air Ducts...


You’ll enjoy a cleaner, fresher air quality which will also increase the efficiency of your HVAC system. With clean air ducts, the air will be able to flow more freely through the system without all the dust and debris in the way, meaning your system doesn’t have to work as hard.


A thorough, professional air duct cleaning is always recommended at least annually (depending on the size of your home, occupants, pets, etc.) to ensure high quality air and as good maintenance for your HVAC system. Contact us at The Steam Team today!


An In-Depth Guide to Properly Refinishing Your Hardwood Floor

With hardwood floors coming back in style, you might be thinking about having it refinished. If so, follow this guide and your hardwood floor will look better than ever!


Set-up And Materials


Before you begin, it’s important to check the entire floor first. If there are any gaps in the floor where nails are visible, don’t bother trying to refinish it at all. You’ll also want to take a look at the thickness of the wood. Some newer hardwood floors are only about ¼ inch thick. If you have a floor like this, it can’t be sanded at all or you might wear through the whole floor!


Refinishing an entire hardwood floor is a big job, and you’ll need a lot of materials. We won’t list them all here, but be sure to do a quick internet search and write down a list of all the materials you’ll need.


Cleaning And Sanding


First, cut the flooring into sections to remove the top layer of flooring, revealing the hardwood underneath. Then clean the floor thoroughly, removing as much dirt and debris as possible. Make sure there are no protruding nail heads that could tear the sandpaper. Cover up any doors or areas of the house that dust could fly into while you’re sanding. Then, attach a 20-grit sandpaper to your sander and begin sanding the entire floor thoroughly. Then, go over your work again with the edge sander, and finally with a power buffer. After you’ve sanded the entire floor three times, use an industrial-grade vacuum to get rid of the dust particles.


The Finish


Now that you’re done sanding and cleaning, it’s time for the big finish. Choose whatever sealant you prefer for the job, and start applying it all around the perimeter of the room. When the perimeter is finished, apply the sealant to the rest of the floor. Allow the sealant to dry for 24 hours, buff it with the power buffer, vacuum, and then finally, apply a second coat of sealant with the same procedure as before, and then you’re done!

While DIY’s can often be effective and save you money, it’s also important to remember that no one can do the job quite like The Steam Team!