3 Benefits to Steam Cleaning Your Home

There are many different methods to cleaning various areas around the home, but there’s one method that you can use just about everywhere! Steam cleaning uses heat in combination with water and pressure to clean flooring, furniture, and even window treatments. Its versatility is only one of the benefits of steam cleaning, though, are you ready for some more?


Safe Environment, Safe Family, Safe Pets

Steam cleaning is able to clean without using harsh chemicals or comprising effectiveness. The only things a professional-grade steam cleaner will use are hot water, and high water pressure. The two combined are plenty enough to exterminate dirt, dust, and other debris from your home!


Austin Allergens Are No Joke

This year, the oak pollen we’re dealing with in the air is at an all-time high. It’s almost painful! Unfortunately, because pollen and other allergens are all over the ground and in the air, they get tracked into and through our homes. Not only are they tracked in, but they often settle in any crevice they can find (furniture, flooring, air ducts, you name it).


Steam cleaning is one of the most effective ways to blast those allergens out of the home, helping your family to breathe easier and feel healthier.


Control Stains and Odors

Saving the best for last, steam cleaning is great for eliminating pet odors (or any other odors) and stains of any caliber due to the use of intensely high temperatures. Any germs that are sticking around causing odors in your carpet fibers, grout, or even furniture- steam cleaning is able to pull those out and blast anything that’s left, removing the odor (and any stain).


Are you thinking about steam cleaning your home? Don’t hesitate to give us a call today!


Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking Like New

If you have hardwood floors in your home, then you’re likely all too familiar with how difficult it can be to keep them clean! Add on small children who love to make messes, or pets who can’t help but create messes, and you’ve got yourself an even bigger problem. But don’t fret! The Steam Team has the answers. Here’s a cleaning routine for your hardwood flooring that really works!


Dusting Floors Daily


When it comes to maintaining a clean floor, this is where it all begins. So start off on the right foot this time! Dust tends to settle all over flooring and baseboards, especially if you have a fan that runs constantly. We recommend using a microfiber dust mop on your hardwood flooring, as the microfiber material clings to dust and just doesn’t let it go!


Mopping Floors Weekly


Don’t be intimidated by the task of mopping your hardwood flooring. The important thing is that you keep a few things in mind, such as, too much liquid on hardwood floors is not a good thing! It can definitely do some damage. It’s also important to note that some cleaners can damage the finish, so only purchase cleaners that are made for hard floors. Keep these things in the forefront of your mind while you’re mopping and you’ll be good to go!


Polishing Floors Quarterly


If your floors are lacking the shine that you remember from when you first moved in , it may be time for a good polishing! In actuality, hardwood floors should be polished every two to three months. But don’t let that intimidate you, because the professionals can always help out! The Steam Team specializes in caring for hardwood flooring, as well as other types of flooring!


You can put your trust in The Steam Team today! You’ll be amazed at the results, and will never want to call anyone else again!


3 Ways to Care for Your Textiles

Do you have leather upholstered furniture that could use a thorough cleaning and conditioning? Leather is a lot like our skin; it’s delicate, and requires a certain level of care. It has to stay moisturized and clean at the same time. That’s why below, The Steam Team has laid out three ways to care for your leather upholstery. We’re always here to help! And don’t forget; we’re only a phone call away!

 

Cleaning Leather Furniture

 

When it comes to cleaning leather furniture, always start by wiping it down with a clean, dry cloth. Use a damp cloth if you come across any dirt spots, but remember not to make the leather wet. Use a vacuum attachment to reach corners and crevices, and to clean out from underneath cushions. When it comes to cleaning up spills and stains, act quickly, and only use cleaning formulas that are specifically made for leather.

 

Increasing Leather’s Longevity

 

There are some things you can do to help your leather last its longest. For instance, placing your leather upholstered furniture away from direct sunlight will help it not to fade and crack. If it does come into contact with sunlight, rotating it every once in a while will also help. Make sure you’re also applying a leather conditioner on the regular!

 

Storing Leather Upholstery Properly

 

When it comes time to store your leather furniture, have it professionally cleaned, and make sure it thoroughly dries before storing it. You can place it on top of wooden pallets to keep it off of the ground, and remember never to wrap leather as it can cause moisture to lock in and ruin the furniture!

 

If your leather upholstery could use a good deep cleaning, we strongly recommend steam cleaning it! Preferably, we’d have you call us: the professionals. The Steam Team is a group of trained experts who specialize in several cleaning and restoration projects. We’re available 24/7 to help you out!

The Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is a main choice among homeowners for its aesthetic appeal, and other benefits. We’ll go over hardwood floorings pros and cons to help you decide which type of flooring you’d like installed in your own home!

 

The Pro’s:

 

Maintenance

 

For the most part, it’s pretty easy to care for hardwood flooring. They’re durable and can last a long time if cared for properly. And typically proper care means sweeping vacuuming, and polishing with a wood cleaner. Easy peasy!

 

Value

 

Did you know that homes with hardwood floors tend to sell faster and easier than homes with carpeting? It’s true! Buyers are willing to pay the most for homes with hardwood flooring installed.

 

Style Options

 

Hardwood flooring looks great with all types of decorating, and matches any color scheme! Hardwood floor is also available in many different styles itself, from oak, to cherry, and others. You’ll have no problem finding a style you adore for your home.

 

The Con’s:

 

Noise

 

Simply put, hardwood floor can unfortunately be very noisy. This is especially true if you’re on the second or third floor of an apartment, living with a pet! But don’t worry; there are things we can do to muffle the sound. Place area rugs around your home; these are especially helpful for changing the look of a room, or providing cushioning to family members who are prone to falling (like children).

 

Cost

 

Well friends, unfortunately, installing wood flooring is a costly option. And it’s no project to DIY; often it involves the help of professionals, so labor costs will increase your overall bill.

 

Requires Occasional Refinishing

 

Occasionally, floors will need to be refinished. Once they’ve been scuffed or scratched, or have started to fade, they’re ready for a refinishing! This is also a con because hiring a professional company to refinish your hardwood floors could be costly.


Contact The Steam Team for all of your hardwood flooring needs! We have all of the right equipment needed for the job, and you’ll love our results!

Best Carpet Cleaning Options Austin Texas

Do you know what the best methods are for cleaning your carpet? There’s certainly more than one! Today we’ll go over three methods of carpet cleaning, and you can decide which one is best for you. But as always, we recommend steam cleaning; it’s the most effective out of the three we’ll list here! The Steam Team has been serving the Austin community for over a decade now; we’d love to come out and care for your flooring!

 

Sweeping and Vacuuming

 

Sweeping and vacuuming are chores that definitely make the routine list. It’s necessary to sweep and vacuum carpeting on a daily basis to pick up dirt, sand, dander, dust mites, crumbs, and other unsightly things we don’t want camping out in our carpet! But of course, after so much foot traffic and so many spills, vacuuming may not cut it.

 

Shampooing

 

Carpet shampooing is typically that step you take when vacuuming no longer restores your carpet like it used to. There are many products and tools available on the market for shampooing your carpet; be careful with certain chemicals and make sure to perform a spot test on an inconspicuous area of your flooring!

 

Hot Water Extraction

 

Hot water extraction, or rather- steam cleaning, is the method we prefer and always recommend! Using absolutely no chemicals (nothing but hot water and high pressure, in fact), a professional grade steam cleaning machine can reach deep within the fibers of your carpet, and extract everything from dust to dander!

 

The Steam Team has ten years of experience in steam cleaning carpets, and many other types of flooring, too! So don’t even bother with rental machines or DIY methods; skip straight to hiring the professionals! They’ll have all of the right equipment, knowledge, and experience needed for the job! Give us a call today.

Holiday Tile Cleaning: Before & After Company

Well, it’s that time of year again! It seems like just yesterday we were exchanging gifts and holiday cheer, but alas, another year has passed! And with it, come the holidays again. For most of us, that means preparing our homes for guests: family members and friends alike. It means cleaning all of those nooks and crannies and mopping the floors. And it means dealing with the aftermath. So let’s talk about cleaning before and after company!

 

Here are the areas we should dutifully clean before and after having company over:

 

The Living Room

 

This could also be known as “the party room.” You’ll be spending most of your time here, so make sure it’s nice and clean! Make sure floors are swept and/or vacuumed thoroughly, and all surfaces are wiped down and ready for drinks. Dust bookshelves and window blinds. And upholstered furniture should also be cleaned, so that your guests have a clean seating area.

 

Kitchen and Dining Areas

 

Ah, the food areas- we can’t neglect those! Countertops, flooring, and stove tops should all be cleaned (and can all be steam cleaned). The professionals can totally step in here, and help you get the work done at a faster rate. Plus, a professional steam cleaning company has all of the right equipment for the job!

 

Bathrooms

 

Your guests are going to see your bathrooms, so make sure they’re clean and pristine. Like in the kitchen, counter tops and flooring can be steam cleaned- but so can tile and grout! Cleaning your flooring and shower has never been easier.

 

If the holidays have left you feeling too exhausted for all of this leg work, don’t hesitate to contact The Steam Team of Austin Texas for assistance! We’re available 24/7, and can clean up any mess for you, no matter how extreme.

7 Benefits of Cleaning You Probably Don't Know

Are you thinking of switching up your cleaning methods, and trying out The Steam Team cleaning? You’re on the right track! Here are seven reasons as to why it’s best to steam clean your home, versus any other cleaning method:

 

Cleans Without Chemicals

 

Steam cleaning only involves the use of hot water and high pressure. That’s it! No cleaning supplies, no chemicals are needed.

 

No Residue Left Behind

 

Because steam cleaning doesn’t use any chemicals, there’s no residue to be left behind.

 

Completely Safe for the Environment

 

Thinking of going green? Start thinking of steam cleaning. It’s perfectly safe for the environment!

 

Safe for Pets and Children

 

No bleach, no chemicals, no nonsense! Steam cleaning is completely safe for your pets and children.

 

Provides a ‘Clean’ You Can Trust

 

Steam cleaning really works and provides you with a ‘clean,’ that you can trust. You won’t have to worry about going over the counter tops one last time; it gets the grime on the first try!

 

Effectively Cleans Tile and Grout

 

Tile and grout are notorious for being difficult to clean and care for. But finally, a steam cleaning machine can reach deep down into the pores of grout and extract dirt, dust, and debris that are causing discoloration and general nastiness!

 

Cleans a Multitude of Surfaces

 

From upholstered furniture, to drapes, to carpet and tile, you can steam clean almost anything (except hardwood flooring)! It’s a great method for cleaning the entire house; you’ll love how easy and effortless the process is.


There you have it, friends! We hope we’ve convinced you to start steam cleaning today. And remember- The Steam Team is always standing by, ready to give you a hand! Don’t hesitate to give us a call! We have over a decade of experience with cleaning and restoration, and are your best bet for restoring your home to its original, pristine condition.

Carpet Stains: Let them Hide Until We Arrive

Rug Stains

Rug Stains

Accidents happen! Who can prevent them? No one; they’ll always be lurking around the corner, waiting to harm your carpet! But you can easily let carpet stains hide until the professionals arrive, because we have all of the expertise and equipment to effectively remove stains from carpet, upholstery and other materials, too! Here are three common carpet stains that you can let hide until we arrive: Rug cleaning and stain protection from The Steam Team of Austin located at 9901  Burnet Rd. Austin, Texas 78758.

 

Dirt and Mud

 

First, let this stain dry. It may seem backwards, but dealing with dirt is much easier than dealing with moist, wet mud. So let the mud dry, and vacuum up any loose pieces. After vacuuming, spot treat the stains with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Spray this onto the stain, and blot it clean with a white cloth!

 

Spilled Leftovers

 

One of the most common carpet stains is food. For food stains of any kind, we can also use vinegar. Mix ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar (or non-bleach detergent)  with 32 ounces of water. Spray and blot, people! Always blot stains- don’t rub them! Rubbing stains usually makes them worse. The Steam Team of Austin cleans all types of fine rugs at our Burnet Road rug cleaning plant

 

Red Wine

 

If that party became a little too crazy last night, that’s okay! We have the tools to help you. After you’ve absorbed the wine with clean paper towels or a cloth, use one tablespoon of white vinegar, one tablespoon of dish detergent, and two cups of warm water! Mix together and blot onto the stain until your cloth comes back clean. It shouldn’t take very many repetitions!

 

The Steam Team is available twenty four hours a day for any circumstance that may arise! If you need a deep carpet cleaning, then it’s time to give us a call! We’ll remove stains while we’re at it, and restore your carpet to its original, perfect condition! For carpet cleaning in Round Rock or Austin call us today at 512-451-8326.