The Best Ways to Maintain Your Area Rugs

Do you have area rugs in your home? If so, you know the struggle it can be do keep them clean and presentable, and to help them last long! Friends, we’re here to tell you that it isn’t impossible. Below, we have the best tips for caring for and maintaining your area rugs. Just keep reading, and happy cleaning!


Vacuum Your Rugs on the Regular


Let’s start with the basics. It’s important to vacuum your rugs regularly! Think of how frequently you have to sweep and mop your hardwood or stone flooring; those carpets are just as messy. Vacuuming will help keep your rugs in pristine condition, and it will also keep the carpet fibers from becoming matted down and unsightly!


Blot Stains With a Clean Cloth


If you’ve ever spilled something onto your area rugs, you know how difficult stains can be to remove! But don’t worry, we’re here to help. Always blot the wet area with a clean, white cloth. Change out the cloth to make sure it’s always absorbing the liquid. Don’t rub the stain, as this can cause it to spread! Just keep blotting and using your handy dandy household cleaner (one that’s meant for area rugs) until the stain has been removed.


Call in The Steam Team


Finally, we recommend having your area rugs steam cleaned! A professional-grade steam cleaning machine can effectively rid your area rugs of stains (even the older, set in stains). The machine reaches deep within the carpet fibers in your rugs and extracts dirt, dander, dust, and other allergens- and of course, those pesky stains.


Give The Steam Team a call today for help caring for your area rugs! We’ll make sure we treat them with care, and that they look clean and pristine when we’re through with them. So don’t delay; put your trust in The Steam Team today!

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!



 

Is it Time to Clean Your Office?

You spend at least forty hours a week in your office, sometimes more, working productively. But you know what increases productivity, that we don’t often think about? A clean work environment! Perhaps it’s time to finally give your office (or even home office) the cleaning that it deserves. Let’s go over a few areas that may need some TLC this time around!

 

Your Desk

 

Let’s be honest; sometimes we’re guilty of eating our lunch at the desk in order to keep working as much as we can. But while you’re proving that you have great drive and work ethic, you’re making a huge mess of your desk! Fortunately, surfaces can be steam cleaned. So give the professionals a call! Your desk will be clean and pristine afterward.

 

Window Blinds and Curtains

 

So much dust and dirt is collected in our window blinds and curtains, it’s disgusting! Use a professional-grade steam cleaning machine to clean blinds and window treatments without even removing them! Or, make it easier on yourself and hire the professionals for the job. You’ll breathe easier and feel healthier after the job is done!

 

Carpeting

 

If your office has carpet, your office needs cleaning. Carpet should be vacuumed at least once weekly, and steam cleaned whenever stained or necessary. Steam cleaning is great method of carpet cleaning, as it uses absolutely no chemicals, and extracts grime from deep within its fibers with ease. Even older stains can be removed with the right equipment. And you know who has the perfect equipment for the job? The Steam Team!


Surfaces, window treatments, and flooring are no match for the powerful cleaning of a steam cleaner! The Steam Team can take care of your office for you! Just give us a call; we’ll be out shortly to restore your office to its original condition! And then you can get back to work and feel even more productive!

Fire Damage Tips Austin Texas

Winter is right around the corner… and as temperatures begin to drop, some of us are lighting our fireplaces already! It’s important, however, to remain educated about fire safety this season. Fire damage is definitely not something you want to deal with, so let’s follow these five safety guidelines when burning fires and heating your home this winter:

 

For space heaters:

 

Don’t Use Space Heaters (As Primary Sources of Heat)

 

Space heaters can be very dangerous and should only be used as supplementary sources of heat. And of course, they should be placed in a safe area, away from curtains, clothing items, flammable liquids, decorations, etc!

 

Use a Reliable Extension Cord

 

When it comes to the extension cord for your handy space heater, make sure it’s the adequate cord! If the extension cord is unable to handle the current, it could potentially overheat and melt. Then you’re in need of a replacement cord at best, or dealing with fire damage at worst.

 

For fireplaces:

 

Use a Fire Screen

 

Fire screens are used to shield the room from popping embers. They’re made of chain link or sometimes glass (always remember that glass can get really hot, and thus dangerous for pets and children).

 

Utilize the Proper Tools

 

Your fire will need to be poked and prodded periodically to keep it burning. Be sure you’re using the correct tools, for your own safety!

 

Clean Your Chimney

 

Lastly, it’s important to have your chimney cleaned at least once per year. Clearing it of dust, dirt, soot, and debris will help smoke flow through it easily. We service all of Central Texas. Please visit our website for service areas in Austin


Remember, accidents do happen, and we can’t do much to prevent them. So in case of your fire in your home, contact The Steam Team to help with the cleanup process. We’re experts at it, and have been doing it for over a decade now! So don’t hesitate!

How to Remove candy from Your Carpet or Rugs

Ah… it’s that time of year again. The season of chocolates, lollipops, and the like. With Halloween, comes Halloween candy and sometimes it ends up in our carpets, and not in our mouths. So let’s take a look at three different types of candy and how to remove them from carpet and rugs! We have been cleaning carpet and rugs in Austin for over 40 years. 

 

Gum

 

Before you grab your scissors to remove gum from your carpet, consider this method first: freeze the gum by placing a small bag of ice over the area. Once it hardens, use a scraping tool to scrape away any excess particles. Then vacuum the area thoroughly. Finally, sponge the area with warm, soapy water, and dry completely with a clean towel, making sure all of the stain has been removed!

 

Chocolate

 

There’s a whole world of chocolate lovers out there, but carpet is not one of them! To remove chocolate from your carpet, make sure it’s all dried up, and (like with the gum) scrape away any leftover pieces. Try to lift the stain with a carpet stain remover. If this doesn’t work, mix ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent with a cup of lukewarm water. Pour this mixture on the affected area, and blot the carpet from the outer edge inward (as to not spread the stain).

 

Hard Candy

 

Hard candy is the stickiest of all candies, and it’s not easy to remove from carpet. But there are no tricks here- we have the answers. First, soften the candy with cool water, and scrape away any pieces that remain. Then use an enzymatic stain remover; these work best! Finally, rinse the area with a damp, clean cloth to make sure the candy has been removed.


If you’re still having trouble removing these pesky stains from your carpet, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals! The Steam Team has all of the expertise and equipment for the any carpet stain- not just Halloween candy! For rug cleaning pick up and delivery call us today. 

5 Reasons to Clean Your Area Rugs By The Steam Team Austin

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Steam cleaning, in the long run, is the most simple, cost-effective, and helpful option for cleaning your home. Once we explain how and why this is, you’ll definitely understand! That’s why we’ve laid out five reasons as to why you should steam clean your home today! Go on, keep reading…

 

A New Level of Clean

 

Remember all of those times you cleaned the kitchen, only to have it feel dirty? Sometimes a mop and broom just aren’t enough. When it comes to steam cleaning, however, you’ll know your home is clean- that pressurized water and high heat make it difficult for anything to stand in its way!

 

Kills Dust Mites, Germs, & Bacteria

 

Using nothing but hot water and high water pressure, steam cleaning kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. It also destroys dust mites that are hidden in the carpet, and in all of those nooks and crannies you’ve been neglecting! It even works on upholstery and fabric furniture!

 

Eases Allergies by Eradicating Allergens

 

Steam cleaning helps to rid your home of allergens, so if you or someone in your household has allergies, they’ll be feeling grateful after a good old fashioned steam cleaning.

 

Cleans Without the Use of Chemicals

 

Hot water, and high pressure. That’s it, friends! Expect there to be absolutely no residue left behind, and no evidence of chemicals.

 

Saves Money on Cleaning Supplies

 

Since a steam cleaning machine does the job without the use of chemicals, you won’t need to buy (or mix) any cleaning solutions! This will save you tons of money in the long run if you just keep at it!

 

So you see, we (The Steam Team) truly believe that steam cleaning is the way to go when it comes to cleaning your home! For a deep cleaning that you can trust, call The Steam Team today- you won’t regret it.

How To Keep Your Area Rug Looking Brand New

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Austin Area Rug Specialist

Area Rugs aren't cheap (and for good reason, too) but if you want to keep those rugs looking like they were just delivered, you’ll have to learn some area rug maintenance. Luckily, the maintenance is actually pretty simple and doesn’t require much time at all – you just have to remember to keep up with it. Best Rug Cleaning In Austin, Texas. 9901 Burnet Rd. Austin Texas 78758

 

Tip #1: Avoid Sunlight

When considering the placement of your new area rugs; it’s highly recommended to stay away from direct sunlight (unless you’ve specifically picked a special rug that can withstand a heavy amount of sun). Direct sunlight will drastically fade the new and bright color of your fabric over time, making the lifespan of your beautiful new furniture exceptionally shorter.

 

Tip #2: Fluffing & Rotating the area rugs

For everyday wear, you’ll need to fluff your cushions regularly. By regularly, we mean at least 3-4 times throughout the week. While you’re fluffing your area rugs, consider rotating them to a different spot or even just turning them over. Fluffing and rotating your rugs will ensure that not one area is worn more than the others and will keep your furniture consistently looking fresh!

 

Tip #3: Break Out the Vacuum

When you break out the vacuum to give your floors a once-over, spend the extra ten minutes and run it over your area rugs. This will collect any and all dust that has accumulated and settled into your cushions. If you think about how much dust your other furniture collects on the surface (that you can see), translate that over to your area rugs – it collects the same amount of dust just inside the rug -- AH! Austin Texas!

 

For spot treating and stains, we recommend to always call a professional to come steam clean your area rug for you. Chemicals will shorten the lifespan of your beautiful furniture and could end up causing further problems rather than helping. We’re sure you bought that beautiful sofa to be in your home a long, long time so we want to help you to keep it in tip-top condition! 512-451-8326