3 Tips to Avoid Flooring Damage

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Wear and tear on flooring is inevitable, particularly in high-traffic areas. But by being aware of these 3 tips, you can hopefully avoid the most obvious causes of damage and get more life out of your flooring surface before having to consider refinishing or replacing.

 

  • Scratches can occur from debris that gets tracked in from the outside. Keep your home clean on the inside and the outside—sweep your front and back stoop, and set out mats or throw rugs near frequent points of entry, such as the front door, garage door, and patio. Consider placing area rugs elsewhere in the home, such as in the living room and bedrooms, where they can do double duty as a nice accent piece. Sweep daily, and vacuum and mop weekly.    

 

  • Wear “house shoes.” As is the custom in many countries around the world, remove your street shoes when you get home and put on dedicated “house shoes” instead. This can be a fuzzy pair of slippers, or a pair of comfortable tennis shoes or sandals that you only wear indoors. This will prevent your tracking dirt and grime from outside, and cleaner floors have less of a chance of sustaining damage. Avoid ever wearing high heels or cleats, which by not evenly distributing weight pose a serious risk to your flooring. And be sure to keep your pet's’ nails trim, too—but let the vet or groomer do it, since the wrong technique can harm your pet.  

 

  • Protect your flooring from furniture. Place a rug or pads under items that are used frequently, such as dining room chairs or rolling office chairs. Be careful when moving furniture, so you don’t accidentally scratch the floor, particularly when moving heavier pieces, including appliances.  The Steam Team is the number one cleaning company in Austin. 

Prepping Your Home Before Painting And Cleaning

Cleaning Austin, TX

Cleaning Austin, TX

Painting looks easy, but anyone who has thought they’d paint their bedroom a new color over the weekend knows that it’s actually way more time-consuming. Whether you’re paying someone to do the job, or attempting a DIY project yourself, there are a few things to keep in mind before you begin painting and cleaning your home interior.

 

  • Remove furniture. Don’t just nudge the sofa over a couple of feet and think you’ll squeeze behind it to reach the wall. If you have the space, relocate furniture to another room. Otherwise group it in the center of the room, and cover it with a plastic sheet for extra protection against spatters or spills. If you’re hiring a painting company, plan beforehand where you want to tell them to move each piece.  

  • Protect your flooring with plastic sheeting or a drop cloth. Plastic sheeting is cheaper, but if you go that route, watch out for tears, and be careful that you don’t accidentally slip on it. Professional painters will likely use a heavy canvas drop cloth.

  • Clear—and clean—wall surfaces. Remove any wall hangings, outlet covers, and switch plates. Clean the wall with a damp cloth and a mild cleaner to remove any smudges or debris, and allow time to dry. Don’t forget about dusty corners!    

  • Tape around moldings, baseboards, and windowsills with professional painter’s tape. This part is probably just as time-consuming—if not more—than the actual painting. You want to do it right, because it will save you a lot of heartache later. Nothing screams amateur more than accidental smears of paint on unintended surfaces.    

  • Make sure you’ve gathered all the right supplies. Check online or with your local hardware store for a list of everything you need before you get started, to minimize last-minute store runs.  

Pet-Proofing Your Carpet and Area Rugs

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Fire Damage Austin

Carpet looks beautiful in our homes- most of the time. When our beloved pets “mark their territory,” in the wrong place, spill liquids onto the floor, and generally run a muck in our living rooms… our carpet shows it. It’s not as easy to keep carpet looking clean and brand new when there are pets around, but it’s not impossible, either!

 

When you live with pets, certain stains will occur more frequently than others. So gear up, and get ready to battle stains like dirt, mud, and yes… even pet urine.

 

Carpet Cleaning & Stain Removal Tips

 

Mud stains can be removed from carpet fairly easily. Simply clean up all excess clumps of dirt, and layer the stained area with either baking soda, or salt. This will absorb any remaining moisture from the stain. After a few hours, vacuum the excess salt, and use a damp, soapy cloth to blot the remainder of the stain.

 

If you’re battling a urine stain, we recommend starting by absorbing all of the excess moisture from the area. You can use a shop vacuum if you own one, or alternatively, clean paper towels or washcloths.

 

Once the area is dry, begin with a solution of white vinegar and warm water (50/50). Mix enough of this solution to reach deep into your carpet. With a scrub brush, vigorously scrub the mixture into the stain.

 

Other remedies include a mixture of dish detergent and hydrogen peroxide. Apply this solution to your carpet just as you did with the vinegar, and scrub forcefully until the stain has been removed.

 

Finally, if the stain is persistent, it may be time to call in a professional steam cleaning company. For professional results that will leave you shocked, and your carpet spotless, call The Steam Team today! The Steam Team has several years of experience in cleaning and caring for many different types of flooring, including carpet, tile, grout, hardwood, natural stone, and more!

The 3 Easiest Ways to Clean Upholstered Furniture

Rug Cleaning Austin

Rug Cleaning Austin

Life is busy and unpredictable, and keeping your upholstered furniture spotless is probably not at the top of your priority list. Before you donate your cat’s favorite armchair or discover a wayward chip in the sofa cushions, consider these tips that make cleaning your upholstered furniture easy enough to fit in before your next Netflix marathon.

1. Vacuuming

Using the upholstery attachment, vacuum on low power. If the material has texture, such as corduroy or velvet, use left to right strokes to make sure you’re getting any dirt and dust caught in the material. Next, use the crevice attachment to vacuum under cushions and along seams. You might want to check first for any larger items, such as coins, before vacuuming. Use a can of compressed air for harder-to-reach nooks, such as button tufting. Be sure to vacuum at least once a week to best maintain the fabric. A good vacuuming might also help fade old stains!

2. Spot Cleaning

In the event of a stain, first check the furniture item’s cleaning tag. You can find this under the cushions or on the manufacturer’s website. W means it can be cleaned with water-based products, so it’s a good option for DIY. An S means use only water-free products, like a dry-cleaning solvent, but be careful, as the chemicals used in these products might be hazardous. WS or SW means that W or S may work, but run the risk of damaging the fabric (in this case, spot test in an inconspicuous area before using the product). An X means professional cleaning only. Be sure to check your warranty: a professional cleaning might be required, or you run the risk of invalidating the warranty.  

If you can use water, mix it with some dishwashing soap in a bowl until frothy. With a clean, damp cloth, blot—don’t scrub—the stain. Avoid soaking it, as too much water could damage the material. In the case of leather or vinyl upholstery, wipe with Pledge (avoid products with silicone, which may cause cracking). For grease stains, try sprinkling a bit of cornstarch or baking soda on the stain and let it sit for half an hour to absorb the oil, then vacuum and spot clean.   

3. Professional Steam Cleaning

This is your go-to option for antique furniture or stubborn stains, or if it’s required by the manufacturer’s warranty. Even if you’re able to DIY for most of the year, consider paying for a professional cleaning for periodic maintenance, to make sure your upholstered furniture is looking its best — and to give yourself a much deserved break!

The Steam Team is a professional cleaning and restoration service, with years of experience handling water and fire damage, disaster cleanup, mold, household odors, and much more. We have the expertise and professional-grade equipment to finish any job, the right way. Don’t wait—give The Steam Team a call today!

Keeping the Kids From Tracking Mud in the House

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Cleaning Service

If you’re a homeowner and a parent, we’re willing to bet that you’re plenty familiar with the struggles of keeping your carpet clean! Children are notorious for running around, inside and outside, and consequently tracking mud, dirt, and sand all over the house. A regular vacuuming/cleaning routine will help, but frequent mud stains can be a bit of a challenge.

 

Carpet Wear and Tear

 

Foot traffic is a major culprit to causing wear and tear on your carpet. To protect our flooring, we can start by encouraging all members of the household to leave their shoes near the front door. This way, mud and dirt on shoes will not come in contact with your carpet at all!

 

It seems simple, but placing a welcome mat at the front and back door will also help!

 

Removing Pesky Mud Stains

 

The sooner you tackle a stain, the better you chances are at thoroughly removing it from your carpet! For mud stains, always begin by removing the excess dirt from the area with a vacuum, or even a spatula or scraper. Next, apply either baking soda, or salt, onto the area and let it settle for several hours. This will help to absorb the remaining moisture from the mud. Finally, by blotting the area with a damp, soapy cloth, you should be able to remove the remainder of the stain. Viola!

 

If the above method does not work, try using a mixture of dish detergent and warm water, instead of salt/baking soda.

 

Call in the Professionals

 

Sometimes, it’s best to let the professionals handle everything! If you need help removing a tough stain, or your carpet appears dull and in need of a deep cleaning, give a call to your local steam cleaning company! A professional cleaning company, like The Steam Team, will have everything your carpet needs to return to its most pristine condition!

Keeping Your Grout Stain-Free

The Tile And Grout Cleaning Professional Austin, Texas

The Tile And Grout Cleaning Professional Austin, Texas

Grout is notorious for taking the sparkle out of the newly-installed tile in our homes. Because grout is porous in nature, it easily absorbs substances such as oil, grease, dirt- you name it! This is ultimately what causes our grout to stain. Fortunately, there are still ways to restore grout to its previous, more pristine condition. With a touch of determination, and a bit of elbow grease, we can help you stay on top of grout stains and keep your floors looking fabulous!

 

Cleaning

 

Grout isn't all too difficult to clean- simply grab your best, most durable scrub brush (or discarded toothbrush), and a bottle of your favorite cleaning solution. If you don't have a cleaning solution that is safe to use on grout, you can create your own by mixing together baking soda, ammonia, and vinegar! Let this solution settle onto your grout for 2-4 minutes before scrubbing.

 

This is when your elbow grease becomes a hot commodity! You'll need to scrub intensely enough to lift the dirt and grime from deep within the porous grout. Scrub with all your might!

 

While scrubbing, you may need to stop to wipe up the dirty, soapy solution over your grout, and begin again. Remember, slow and steady wins the race! Taking your time will pay off in the end.

 

Sealant

 

The best way to protect your grout from staining is to use a grout sealant. Sealant provides an extra protective layer over your grout that helps to prevent the grout from absorbing liquids- thus keeping your floor from staining as easily.

 

Of course, to achieve top-notch, professional results, you'll need to call in your local steam cleaning company! Steam cleaning is a fast, effective method of cleaning and removing stains. Your grout will become completely hassle-free when you call in the professionals!

5 Reasons to Break Out the Steam Cleaner

The Steam Team Clean Company

The Steam Team Clean Company

Every day, we become more busy, and consequently, more stretched for time! It’s no wonder that steam cleaning has grown to become such a popular method of cleaning for homeowners. Listed below are five reasons as to why homeowners are choosing steam cleaning over traditional methods of cleaning!

 

  1. Environmentally Friendly

 

Steam Cleaning is entirely safe to use around your home, children, and pets. Chemicals are not necessarily required to eliminate germs and bacteria; steam cleaners will only use heat, and high water pressure.

 

  1. Eliminates Germs, Bacteria, Allergens & More!

 

If you can’t seem to shake the common cold, steam cleaning might be the answer you’ve been waiting for! Germs, dust mites, and allergens are no match for a steam cleaner; a steam cleaner’s vigorous water pressure, and intense heat eliminate these pests with no problem!

 

  1. Cleans Hard-To-Reach Areas With No Problem

 

You can finally quit avoiding your baseboards, the corners behind your living room furniture, and all of the areas in your home that seem impossible to reach, and thus clean thoroughly.

 

  1. Cleans More Thoroughly Than Traditional Mopping

 

We’d recommend wet mopping your kitchen floor the old fashioned way- but only if you’re going to have to skip the gym today. Mopping requires a decent amount of physical labor, and while this can be refreshing for our bodies, it’s not so great for our schedules! You’ll find the exact opposite case with a steam cleaner.

 

  1. Saves Time, Effort, and Frustration

 

Stop lugging around that heavy, sloshing water bucket from room to room. And aren’t you growing tired of wringing out your unwieldy, inadequate mop? A steam cleaner’s water pressure can effortlessly lift dirt and stains from your floor, whereas typically, you’d be scrubbing for a long while!

 

Steam cleaning is becoming increasingly more popular among homeowners, and we can understand why! It’s more efficient, thorough, and satisfying than other methods of cleaning, and there are professionals who can deep clean your home for you! Don’t hesitate to give The Steam Team a call!

 

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking Brand New!

The Steam Team

The Steam Team

Hardwood floors look magnificent in our homes, especially when they’re brand new, or at least freshly refinished. But we can definitely achieve comparable results with a bit of elbow grease, and a consistent cleaning routine!

 

Sponging Every Spill

 

Messes cannot be avoided altogether; they’re inevitable. But what we can do to help our hardwood flooring is clean up spills as soon as we find them! After all, whatever has tumbled onto the hardwood flooring will definitely stay there until it’s picked up- so do it now! Don’t put it off.

 

Destroying Dust Mites

 

A major disadvantage to having hardwood floors is, well, dust. It’s visible against the hardwood, everywhere, and seemingly impossible to conquer. To keep a decent handle on dust, invest in a dry dusting mop! Dust mops are incredibly easy to use, and they can easily reach underneath furniture and in between tight spaces.

 

Vacuuming With a Vengeance

 

Yes, you can vacuum hardwood floors. So if your floors or overdue for a dust mopping, but you’re short on time, just use a vacuum cleaner! Vacuuming is a major time saver. Just be sure to empty the filter frequently to avoid clogs.

 

Alternatively, if you don’t own a vacuum, you can use a soft bristled broom.

 

Last But Not Least...

 

A routine mopping does a hardwood floor a whole lot of good! With your choice of mop and a cleaning solution specially formulated for hardwood flooring, carefully mop over the grain of the wood. If you begin from the farthest corner, and work toward the door, you won’t have to worry about leaving footprints behind!

 

If your home is in need of a deep cleaning, or your hardwood floors need refinishing or replacing, don’t hesitate to call in The Steam Team! The Steam Team is made of trusted professionals who’ve accumulated years of experience in a variety of cleaning and restoration projects. The Steam Team is precisely what you're looking for!

How to Get Rid of Dirty Carpets

The Steam Team Austin, Texas

The Steam Team Austin, Texas

Ah, carpet flooring… it’s comfortable, cozy, and cushiony. It can be made in a multitude of different colors, textures, and designs. We can match it perfectly with our furniture. Carpet adds warmth to a bedroom or living room, and provides a cushioned landing for small children at play. But proper cleaning and maintenance keeps a homeowner quite busy! Carpet can potentially stain very easily, and requires regular attention.

 

Routine Cleaning & Stain Prevention

 

Dust, dirt, and pet hair build up at a surprisingly rapid rate. This makes frequent vacuuming imperative to maintaining carpet flooring, and even lengthening its lifespan. Hopefully your vacuum cleaner has extra attachments for reaching areas like corners, baseboards, or even between couch cushions!

 

When it comes to areas of your home with higher traffic, you may consider asking your house members and guests to remove their shoes near the front door. The soles of our shoes can track in anything from sand, to mud, grass, or small pebbles… All of which are things we could find in our carpet at a later date!

 

There is much debate surrounding the “best,” method of removing stains in carpet. When using a cleaning solution, be sure that the product you’ve chosen is designed to be used on carpet, and check to find out whether or not it should be diluted.

 

Is it Time to Deep Clean Your Carpet?

 

Over time, our carpet takes enough beating to warrant an occasional deep cleaning, and this is best done by a professional steam cleaning company! Steam cleaning uses intense water pressure and high temperatures to eradicate dirt, debris, and stains from just about any type of flooring.

 

Companies such as The Steam Team will definitely have the perfect tools for this project:  professional grade equipment, solid expertise, and dependable customer service. Don’t hesitate to give The Steam Team a call today for efficient stain removal and carpet cleaning!

 

Commercial Cleaning: Keeping Your Restrooms Clean

the steam Team Austin 

the steam Team Austin 

Restrooms can sometimes be a harsh reality. In order to continuously keep commercial restrooms clean and sanitary, it’s likely that you’ll have to implement systems or bring in outside help.

Bringing in Outside Help

 

Deep Cleaning

One of the most common complaints with cleaning high-traffic restrooms is keeping the tile and grout clean. In some cases, this could on the floor, backsplash, or even countertops. Grout can be especially difficult to clean around moisture, but steam cleaning will undoubtedly do the trick.

Targeting Trouble Areas

Of course the tile and grout aren’t the only areas that need attention around the bathroom - especially with how damage-prone the environment already is (from the constant waterflow). Cleaning around the bathroom becomes much more efficient when you target the sinks, floors, counters, toilets, trash cans, etc.

 

Additionally, if you take preventive measures to keep these target areas from collecting grime, you’ll find that a deep clean can turn a sort-of clean restroom into a room that looks brand-spanking-new!

Cover Every Surface

Last, but certainly not least, don’t leave any surface behind! When you make sure to touch every surface before leaving the restroom, you’re guaranteed a spotless environment.

 

Now, remember when we talked about bringing in outside help? That’s really the secret to ensuring that your commercial restrooms are continuously spotless. It’s not as daunting as you may think - in fact, it’ll take a huge stress off of your shoulders!

 

Are you looking for a commercial cleaning company? We’d love to take a look at your office! Give us a call, here at The Steam Team, today.

5 Reasons to Break Out the Steam Cleaner

Austin Cleaners

Austin Cleaners

Every day, we become more busy, and consequently, more stretched for time! It’s no wonder that steam cleaning has grown to become such a popular method of cleaning for homeowners. Listed below are five reasons as to why homeowners are choosing steam cleaning over traditional methods of cleaning!

 

  1. Environmentally Friendly

 

Steam Cleaning is entirely safe to use around your home, children, and pets. Chemicals are not necessarily required to eliminate germs and bacteria; steam cleaners will only use heat, and high water pressure.

 

  1. Eliminates Germs, Bacteria, Allergens & More!

 

If you can’t seem to shake the common cold, steam cleaning might be the answer you’ve been waiting for! Germs, dust mites, and allergens are no match for a steam cleaner; a steam cleaner’s vigorous water pressure, and intense heat eliminate these pests with no problem!

 

  1. Cleans Hard-To-Reach Areas With No Problem

 

You can finally quit avoiding your baseboards, the corners behind your living room furniture, and all of the areas in your home that seem impossible to reach, and thus clean thoroughly.

 

  1. Cleans More Thoroughly Than Traditional Mopping

 

We’d recommend wet mopping your kitchen floor the old fashioned way- but only if you’re going to have to skip the gym today. Mopping requires a decent amount of physical labor, and while this can be refreshing for our bodies, it’s not so great for our schedules! You’ll find the exact opposite case with a steam cleaner.

 

  1. Saves Time, Effort, and Frustration

 

Stop lugging around that heavy, sloshing water bucket from room to room. And aren’t you growing tired of wringing out your unwieldy, inadequate mop? A steam cleaner’s water pressure can effortlessly lift dirt and stains from your floor, whereas typically, you’d be scrubbing for a long while!

 

Steam cleaning is becoming increasingly more popular among homeowners, and we can understand why! It’s more efficient, thorough, and satisfying than other methods of cleaning, and there are professionals who can deep clean your home for you! Don’t hesitate to give The Steam Team a call! If you need mold remediation austin or any other cleaning please call us at 512-451-8326 today.

How to Get Rid of Dirty Carpets

Water Damage Georgetown, Texas

Water Damage Georgetown, Texas

Ah, carpet flooring… it’s comfortable, cozy, and cushiony. It can be made in a multitude of different colors, textures, and designs. We can match it perfectly with our furniture. Carpet adds warmth to a bedroom or living room, and provides a cushioned landing for small children at play. But proper cleaning and maintenance keeps a homeowner quite busy! Carpet can potentially stain very easily, and requires regular attention.

 

Routine Cleaning & Stain Prevention

 

Dust, dirt, and pet hair build up at a surprisingly rapid rate. This makes frequent vacuuming imperative to maintaining carpet flooring, and even lengthening its lifespan. Hopefully your vacuum cleaner has extra attachments for reaching areas like corners, baseboards, or even between couch cushions!

 

When it comes to areas of your home with higher traffic, you may consider asking your house members and guests to remove their shoes near the front door. The soles of our shoes can track in anything from sand, to mud, grass, or small pebbles… All of which are things we could find in our carpet at a later date!

 

There is much debate surrounding the “best,” method of removing stains in carpet. When using a cleaning solution, be sure that the product you’ve chosen is designed to be used on carpet, and check to find out whether or not it should be diluted.

 

Is it Time to Deep Clean Your Carpet Cleaning Round Rock, TX?

 

Over time, our carpet takes enough beating to warrant an occasional deep cleaning, and this is best done by a professional steam cleaning company! Steam cleaning uses intense water pressure and high temperatures to eradicate dirt, debris, and stains from just about any type of flooring. Water Damage Round Rock, TX

 

Companies such as The Steam Team will definitely have the perfect tools for this project:  professional grade equipment, solid expertise, and dependable customer service. Don’t hesitate to give The Steam Team a call today for efficient stain removal and carpet cleaning!

Commercial Cleaning: Keeping Your Restrooms Clean

Commercial Cleaning The Steam Team

Commercial Cleaning The Steam Team

Restrooms can sometimes be a harsh reality. In order to continuously keep commercial restrooms clean and sanitary, it’s likely that you’ll have to implement systems or bring in outside help.

Bringing in Outside Help

 

Deep Cleaning

One of the most common complaints with cleaning high-traffic restrooms is keeping the tile and grout clean. In some cases, this could on the floor, backsplash, or even countertops. Grout can be especially difficult to clean around moisture, but steam cleaning will undoubtedly do the trick.

Targeting Trouble Areas

Of course the tile and grout aren’t the only areas that need attention around the bathroom - especially with how damage-prone the environment already is (from the constant waterflow). Cleaning around the bathroom becomes much more efficient when you target the sinks, floors, counters, toilets, trash cans, etc.

 

Additionally, if you take preventive measures to keep these target areas from collecting grime, you’ll find that a deep clean can turn a sort-of clean restroom into a room that looks brand-spanking-new!

Cover Every Surface

Last, but certainly not least, don’t leave any surface behind! When you make sure to touch every surface before leaving the restroom, you’re guaranteed a spotless environment.

 

Now, remember when we talked about bringing in outside help? That’s really the secret to ensuring that your commercial restrooms are continuously spotless. It’s not as daunting as you may think - in fact, it’ll take a huge stress off of your shoulders!

 

Are you looking for a commercial cleaning company? We’d love to take a look at your office! Give us a call, here at The Steam Team, today.

 

3 Fun Facts About Steam Cleaning

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The Steam Team Austin, Texas Official Sun Glasses

Who said cleaning can’t be fun? Steam cleaning may not seem like it could be exciting to you, but when you see the effects it has on various surfaces and environments everyday - it’s certainly intriguing.

 

Check out these awesome facts about steam cleaning!

  1. Steam cleaning can help improve air quality around the home.

Ridding flooring (and other surfaces) of common allergens, dust particles, and grime build up keeps these things from circulating around the home. With all of these particles, the air quality around your home will start to improve.

 

Don’t forget to clean your air ducts and you’re sure to breathe clean air!

  1. The steam cleaner was first invented over 150 years ago.

Since then, it’s come a long way! The technology integrated with steam cleaners now is entirely different. Machines are able to be used on various surfaces, materials, and fabrics for a variety of reasons, too. Not only can flooring be steam cleaned, but furniture, window treatments, appliances, air ducts - you name it!

 

What we know now versus what we knew when steam cleaning was initially invented is monumental.

  1. Carpet should be professionally steam cleaned every 12-18 months.

Regularly cleaning carpets with a steam cleaner helps to eliminate any grime build-up but also keeps allergens and pollutants at a minimum around the home. Remember; steam cleaning is a much more thorough and deep clean versus regular vacuuming. Scheduling a professional to come into your home every 12-18 months has shown to be the most effective and efficient way to protect, clean, and maintain carpet flooring.

 

If you need a professional to take a look at your carpets, give us a call at The Steam Team today!

What's Hiding in Your Office Carpet?

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Cleaning

Keeping the carpet clean in your office is essential for the health your coworkers, clients, and of course yourself. Because we can’t see them, It’s easy to forget about the dust, allergens, and other creepy crawlies lurking in your carpet! But once your carpet begins to stain you’ll know something is wrong. Why wait for stains to appear, when it could already be time to call your local cleaning and restoration company! It’s important to have your carpet routinely cleaned by a professional at least occasionally, and here’s why:

The Importance of Keeping Carpet Clean

 

  1. Health Benefits

 

Carpet can harbor many indoor air pollutants and allergens that are harmful to our health. Dust, dander, lead, cockroach allergens, and many more materials could be found in our carpet at home and in the office. What’s worse, these particles are kicked up into the air as we walk or vacuum over our floor. You’re likely unsure about what exactly is lurking in your office carpet, so it’s best to have it steam cleaned on a regular basis. Doing so would be a favor to your health, as well as the health of your clients and coworkers.

 

 

  1. First Impressions

 

Undoubtedly, your clients take a thorough look around when they enter your office for the first time. They may notice your fancy leather chairs before they spot your carpet, but they will, at some point, find that stain you’ve been trying to hid beneath the trash can. Luckily, The Steam Team can help you win a few professionalism points by deep cleaning your carpet for you this quarter!

 

Steam cleaning brings results that you simply can’t beat! If your office is overdue for a deep, thorough carpet cleaning, or you need some help with a tricky stain, don’t hesitate to call The Steam today!

Top 5 Reasons to Use a Steam Cleaner

Steam Cleaning

Steam Cleaning

Are you sick of mopping your kitchen and dining areas over and over again without getting the results you really want? Furthermore, perhaps you’re hesitant to try a different method.

 

Here at The Steam Team, we understand how it may be difficult to try new things outside of your normal cleaning routine. That’s why we’ve gathered these five reasons as to why we think you should try using a steam cleaner.

 

 

  1. Cleans Without Chemicals

 

Steam cleaning doesn’t involve the use of harsh chemicals and solutions. Water, heat, and pressure: That’s pretty much all there is to it! This makes steam cleaning completely safe for your environment, children, and pets.

 

 

  1. A More Versatile Method

 

Many homeowners haven’t discovered this yet… but you can steam clean almost anything! Imagine having only one tool to clean your whole house - that’s what we call efficient.

 

 

  1. Kills Germs, Dust Mites, Allergens, Etc

 

Germs, dust mites, and allergens stand no chance against the intensity of a steam cleaner. The steam cleaner’s high temperatures will eliminate irritants that cling to your carpets, counters, and furniture.

 

 

  1. A Thorough, Effective Cleaning

 

Have you ever wiped a counter top clean and then run your hand over it, only to feel leftover grime and residue? This will never be the case when you steam clean. Invest in a lasting clean that you can trust.

 

 

  1. Dries Quickly

 

Mold thrives in damp, humid environments. This is why carpet shampooing can be dangerous for your flooring. Steam cleaners, on the other hand, don’t leave behind near as much moisture. When your floor and furniture dry this quickly, there’s no need to worry about mold growth!

 

For hard to reach areas or really tough projects, contact your local cleaning and restoration company, like us, The Steam Team! We’re always happy to help you with your cleaning and restoration projects.

The Plight of Pet Odors

Water Clean Up

Water Clean Up

We love our pets dearly, but it’s definitely no secret that maintaining our homes after one, two, or three pets is challenging! We’re not just talking about “accidents,” during house training, or litter box training. We’re talking about that unmistakable, one-of-a-kind dog smell. While we’re busy falling in puppy love and cluttering our smart phones with adorable “pet photography,” our beloved pets are successfully polluting our lives with their animal odors.

Anything That Can Be Washed, Should Be Washed

The easiest place to begin is with the laundry. If your pet prefers your blankets over their own, personal, pet-sized bed, it’s probably time to give the bedding a wash. Blankets, comforters, pillows, anything that can be laundered should be put right into the washing machine!

Search for Fido’s Favorite Spot

Dogs are often repeat offenders. They find a specific spot which they prefer over other areas, and on it, they habitually “mark their territory.” If you smell pet urine around, check your pup’s spot and clean up the area.

Give it a Good Mopping!

It is always helpful to sweep, vacuum, and mop your floors to help wash out pet odors. After all, it’s safe to say that our pets visit all of these areas on the regular! Carpet is a bit tougher to clean, especially over time. Consider hiring a professional to steam clean and treat your carpets for pet stains. We have a feeling you won’t regret it!

 

Occasionally, your carpet, upholstery, furniture, or even pet bedding may need a thorough cleaning in order to completely eliminate pet odors from your home. Steam cleaning is proven to be a highly effective method of sanitizing and deodorizing! You can steam clean dozens of areas in your home without the use of potentially harmful (or expensive) cleaning solutions. And yes, it’s perfectly safe for our pets. So if you’re battling a stubborn stench in your home, consider calling The Steam Team to handle this project for you!

The Dos and Don'ts of Caring for Leather Furniture

Leather Cleaning Specialist @ Building Owners Seminar

Leather Cleaning Specialist @ Building Owners Seminar

When caring for leather, it can be all too easy to misstep, use the wrong cleaning solution or technique, and ultimately damage your beautiful furniture pieces! Leather is known for its durability, long lifespan, and of course… it’s sleek and stylish aesthetic appeal, but it still requires a decent amount of careful cleaning and diligent maintenance.

First Things First!

Leather needs to be regularly and adequately moisturized. There are many products on the market that can both clean and nourish leather material; just make sure it’s suitable for your furniture, first! Microfiber cloths are perfect for the job; they provide a gentle clean that won’t scratch or wear down the leather.

 

Spills are common and most of the time, completely unavoidable. Do your best to clean up spills and stains as quickly as you can! Leather may not stain as quickly as other materials, but discoloration is highly possible.

Avoid These Habits!

Many homeowners fail to moisturize their leather furniture on the regular… and we know it’s difficult. But the best advice we can offer is to avoid procrastinating this chore. You can lengthen your furniture’s lifespan by keeping it well maintained, and properly cleaned.

 

It’s also important to spot test your cleaning products before going over the entire piece! Try dabbing a small amount of cleaner onto an area that is typically unseen. We can assure you: nobody is going to notice that blotchy spot on the back of your couch leg.

 

Last but not least, remember that sometimes it’s best to call in a professional cleaning and restoration company for assistance with such important projects. Companies such as The Steam Team will expertly clean and nourish your leather furniture pieces, and we know you’ll be more than satisfied. That’s because we know that professional treatment produces professional results!

 

 

 

Simple Steps for a Spotless Kitchen Flooring

Tile Cleaning

Tile Cleaning

Your kitchen floor handles an impressive amount of foot traffic: traffic from the spouse, the children, the children’s playmates, the pets… It certainly sees a little bit of everyone and everything throughout the day. As time passes, this all adds up to a decent amount of wear and tear! Not to mention, you’ll also notice an increased amount of dust and dirt buildup! Does it ever seem as if the cleaning never ends?

Spot Mopping & Spills

We often stress the importance of cleaning up spills immediately after they’ve landed, and here we are to remind you one more time. But this time, we worry less about permanent stains or damage; your tile or wood finishing should be able to handle a loose noodle, or a dribble of milk! This time around, it’s all about preventative work. It’s a great habit to quickly tend to spills, and spot mop your kitchen floor as you notice droplets or dirt spots. Especially water droplets, as they spread and become larger dirt spots.

Routine Cleaning

It’s helpful to implement a consistent mopping routine for your kitchen flooring. This will keep the workload from piling up and save you plenty of frustration in the long run! There are several methods you could go with, including sweeping, vacuuming, dry dusting, damp mopping, etc! And of course, we always recommend steam cleaning…

Calling the Pro’s

Sometimes, your kitchen simply calls for a professional treatment. Whether it’s a few times a year, or during a “spring cleaning,” session, steam cleaning your kitchen is an efficient, highly effective way to deep clean your home. The Steam Team is always ready to help you out! Equipped with years of experience in tile and grout cleaning, as well as a wide array of other cleaning and restoration endeavors, we’re ready to take on any challenge! Simple Steps for a Spotless Kitchen Flooring

Should Your Hardwood Flooring Be Refinished?

Cleaners

Cleaners

Choosing hardwood flooring for your home is never a bad idea! In fact, most homeowners go this route probably for the same reasons you would: hardwood flooring adds value to your home, is aesthetically appealing, and has a longer lifespan than other flooring options. Of course, like any material, it can eventually wear down and need cleaning, refinishing, or even replacing. But luckily, we’re here to help inform you of when your hardwood flooring may need some TLC, and who to call when the project becomes too complicated!

When to Consider Refinishing

So, when should you expect to have to refinish your hardwood flooring? If you spot any of your dings, scratches, or gouges on your flooring (maybe you’ve already hidden them underneath your furniture- don’t forget to check), then you might want to get the ball rolling.

 

If your floor experiences a lot of traffic throughout the day (shoes, pets, children, etc.) you may expect it to need refinishing sooner than expected, or more frequently. Sometimes home owners decide to refinish just for a change in style, or to help their house look new again. You don’t necessarily have to wait for an incident to occur if you feel you need something different, either.

 

Before you begin, be sure to scope the area for floorboards that may be warped, split, deeply stained, or sagging. These issues will need immediate attention- contact the professionals!

Calling in the Professionals

Refinishing hardwood flooring is definitely not the easiest of around-the-house chores. Sometimes, it’s best to go ahead and call in the professionals (you’ll save on renting costs, prevent causing further damage, AND save yourself a ton of stress and hassle). Professional cleaning and restoration companies, like The Steam Team, have the proper equipment and most expert knowledge for projects like these.

 

Don’t hesitate - contact The Steam Team today!