Ferocious Fleas: Getting Rid of Our Pets Enemies

Here in Texas, it seems that flea season simply never comes to an end! For those of you who are constantly struggling to rid your pets and homes of fleas, we totally understand the trouble! Today we’re setting out to discuss different methods you can use to get rid of these pesky pests for good. Or, you know, at least for a while!


Everything Must Happen All At Once


When treating your home for fleas, it’s imperative that you treat everything at the same time, including your pets! This is because fleas lay eggs, which hatch, grow into larvae, and eventually become adult fleas. In order to stop the cycle, we have to treat everything at the same time, sometimes multiple times.


Everything Must Be Vacuumed


Cleaning the floors is very important when it comes to killing fleas. Keep your carpet vacuumed, and your tile or hardwood swept and mopped! It’s not uncommon to still see fleas even weeks after you’ve treated your home. Just keep vacuuming, and stay on top of the routine.


Everything Must Be Washed


Wash all of your bedding, including your pets’ bedding (fleas love to hang out there)! Fleas can also hide inside the actual stuffing in the bedding, so be sure you’re washing the entire bed. Also wash your dogs plush toys and blankets; we can’t forget about those.


If you’re struggling to rid your home of fleas, we highly recommend treating your pets either orally or topically, and then having your carpet steam cleaned by the professionals. A professional-grade steam cleaning machine can reach deep within the fibers of your carpet and eradicate anything living, or dead. Fleas and allergens alike will be removed from your carpet; it’ll feel like magic! Give The Steam Team a call today for help treating your home for fleas.


How To Properly Care For Your Leather

Leather is a beautiful natural material that’s surprisingly easy to keep clean and looking new. Well... if you know what products to use anyway. Different types of leather require different products. As long as you’re careful to follow these tips, you can keep your leather looking great.


Different Types Of Leather


To know what kind of clean you need, you’re going to need to know exactly what kind of leather you’re dealing with.


Protected Leather- This makes up the majority of leather upholstery. Protected leather may also be labeled finished, semianiline, or pigmented leather. Protected leather, as the name suggests, is topped with a protective coating and is more durable than other leathers.


Unprotected Leather- Also called aniline, pure aniline, or unfinished leather, this leather has a more soft and luxurious feel. This type of leather is more sensitive to staining and is also more expensive than protected leather.


Leather Cleaning


When cleaning unprotected leather, you may use an approved leather cleaner, a slightly dampened cloth with distilled water, or a dry cloth and vacuum with small brush attachment. We suggest seeing the manufacturer's instructions before choosing your method. But no matter what the method is, clean very gently with unprotected leather, as it is much more susceptible to staining.


Protected leather can handle a lot more, but you should still be careful to not use certain products. Clean with a vacuum and damp cloth, but only use approved leather cleaners.


Leather Conditioning


Conditioning is what will keep your leather’s natural beauty alive. An approved leather conditioner should be applied every six to twelve months according to experts. To properly condition, add a small dollop of conditioner onto a small cloth and gently rub the conditioner all over the leather. This will keep your leather looking shiny and moisturized.


Professional Leather Help


Don’t forget that The Steam Team’s leather technicians can bring your leather back to its original condition without you having to deal with any of the hassle yourself. Feel free to call any time!

Austin Texas

Austin Texas

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Leather furniture can be a wonderful addition to any room, and it can really last a long time if we care for it and treat it properly. So if you’ve recently gone out and purchased a new piece of furniture for your home and you’re a tad lost on how to care for it, fret no more! The Steam Team has the best information on caring for your leather furniture! Follow these guidelines and your upholstery will be looking fantastic for a long, long time!

 

What You SHOULDN’T Do

 

Let’s start off by reviewing what not to do when it comes to caring for our leather furniture! To start, we shouldn’t use detergents, ammonia, or harsh cleaning solutions to clean up spills. Next, keep sharp objects away from leather, as it scratches easily (so, those arts and crafts? Keep ‘em at the dining table). It’s also wise not to place printed objects on the furniture, as the dyes could soak through its upholstery!

 

Dusting Your Furniture

 

Since it’s important to keep your leather upholstery clean, use a clean, white cloth to dust your furniture every couple of weeks. You can clean off accumulated dirt with a dampened cloth, but do a test run first, to make sure your leather isn’t absorbing the moisture. And as we always say, blot spills, don’t rub them! We don’t want the stain to spread!

 

Conditioning Your Leather

 

Condition your leather upholstery every six months to one year. Leather is a lot like our skin, in the sense that it can dry out easily! You can find specially-formulated conditioners for your furniture, but first check its care label for critical instructions!

 

The Steam Team Can Help

 

The Steam Team has over a decade of experience cleaning and caring for leather upholstery! Don’t be shy; give us a call today!