All About Cleaning Upholstered Furniture

Upholstered furniture is both comfortable and beautiful- an excellent addition to any family room or sitting room around the house. However, upholstered furniture varies with such a vast selection of fabrics, not every cleaning product on the market is going to target your exact furniture. That’s why we’ve prepared this blog for you- to help you care for your gorgeous upholstery so it will stay that way for as long as it can.


Preventive Tips

First and foremost, avoid placing your upholstered furniture in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can be harmful to our furniture, as it causes the fabric to fade and discolor. Avoid placing upholstery near bright, sunny windows, and rotate the cushions periodically so they wear evenly.


Regular Maintenance

We have one word for you; vacuum. Especially if you have children (and/or pets), crumbs seem to find their way into every crevice of the couch.


Spot treating stains becomes a big part of regular maintenance if there are lots of drinks and snacks around your furniture (a hard thing to avoid with kids). Similarly to spot treating stains on carpet or other fibers, you want to clean up any excess of the spill as soon as you’re able to. And, better safe than sorry, test any product you plan to use on your furniture before applying it in a visible area (just to make sure it won’t damage or discolor the fabric).


When in Doubt, Call the Professionals

The Steam Team can help by treating your upholstery with a fabric protectant! We strongly encourage our customers to contact us about how they can preserve their beautiful pieces of furniture and keep stains, pets, and traffic from damaging their appearance. Not only does our fabric protectant help to resist spills, but it also protects against that harsh sunlight we mentioned earlier- so don’t hesitate to give us a call today!


Improving Your Office Air Quality With Air Duct Cleaning

How’s the air quality in your office? Do you know what you’re breathing in while you’re on the clock? It’s likely that you don’t. And while it’d be difficult to find the answers to such a tough question, we can at least do a few things to improve the air quality in our offices. Read through this quick guide to improving your air quality and breathe a little easier this week!

 

Inspect and Clean Air Ducts

 

It could very well be time to clean your air ducts. Did you know that air ducts are notorious for hoarding allergens like dust, dirt, and pollen? Not to mention, the amount of dust in general is just ridiculous. We suggest calling in the professionals to take care of your air ducts this season! It could be the best thing you do for your office.

 

Replace Air Filters

 

Are your air filters looking dirty and dusty? Yuck! The next thing you can do to improve air quality in your office is to replace the air filters. This gets rid of dust that is pushed into the air- dust that you, of course, inhale. Say goodbye to dusty, unhealthy air and hello to clean, fresh air!

 

Keep Your Office Clean

 

In general, it’s a good rule of thumb to keep your office clean. Yes, keeping it clean will also help to improve air quality. Dust likes to hide in places like carpet, or on window blinds. Keeping these places clear of dust will help you breathe easier, too!


If your office needs help staying clean, pristine, and healthy, just give us a call! The Steam Team is a group of trained professionals who have no problem cleaning air ducts- or offices, for that matter! We love what we do, and we love serving the city of Austin. So if you’re in the area, go ahead and give us a call!

How Long Has it Been Since You've Cleaned Your Area Rug?

When was the last time your area rug(s) received a deep cleaning? When was the last time they received a slow, steady vacuuming? Can’t remember? Then it might be time to give The Steam Team a call! Not only do we specialize in restoration projects but also in cleaning- cleaning just about anything. And that includes your area rugs! Here’s what we’ll do:

 

Area Rug Inspection

 

No matter what kind of area rugs exist inside your home, The Steam Team knows how to take care of them. Our trained professionals are familiar with the fibers and dyes that go into your beautiful textiles. We’ll start there. By inspecting your rugs and figuring out exactly what they need, we’ll be able to proceed with the cleaning process.

 

The Cleaning Process

 

To start, we’ll use a pile lifter and vacuum to remove as much dirt and debris as possible. Do you know just how dangerous dirt particles are for your area rugs, and carpeting, for that matter? Dust and soil can actually cut the individual carpet fibers, reducing the lifespan of your beautiful area rug! But don’t worry; The Steam Team will get it all cleaned up right away!

 

Rinse and Dry

 

Finally, we’ll rinse and dry your rug. We’ll thoroughly rinse away all contaminants and cleaning solutions. And The Steam Team would never leave your home without ensuring that your carpeting is perfectly dry. With steam cleaning, so little moisture is used, anyway! After your rug is rinsed clean and dried, we’ll be well on our way.

 

The Steam Team knows the value of your area rugs, and will do all that we can to protect them. You can definitely trust us with these fine pieces of carpeting; we know exactly what we’re doing. Remember, we’ve been at this for over a decade! So if your area rug is due for a deep cleaning, don’t hesitate to give The Steam Team a call today!

 

The Best Way to Care for Your Area Rug

Here at The Steam Team rug cleaning, we’re all about giving your carpeting the proper care and treatment! Even when it comes to area and oriental rugs. Today we’re going to talk about the best way to care for your area rugs and help them last even longer! Here are three things you can do to care for your area rugs!

 

Vacuum Often

 

Vacuuming isn’t something we take lightly when it comes to caring for area rugs! It has to be done, friends. Vacuum at least twice weekly, depending on the amount of foot traffic your rugs receive, in order to keep them in tip top shape! Once you get into the swing of things, it actually becomes quite easy!

 

Spot Treat Stains

 

When it comes to removing stains from your area rugs, treat them just like you would your carpet! Lean on your trusty carpet cleaner, or even consider calling in a professional carpet cleaning company. Companies like The Steam Team have plenty of experience with area rugs, and would love to help you out!

 

Call in the Pro’s

 

When the going gets tough and you can’t make it to your area rugs, The Steam Team understands. Sometimes, you just need the help of a professional- someone who really knows what they’re doing and have been at it for years! It’s not that we doubt your abilities; it’s that we know The Steam Team can handle anything when it comes to your area rugs.

 

If you live in the Austin area, don’t hesitate to call in The Steam Team! We’ve been serving the community of Austin for over a decade now, and we’re not stopping any time soon! We have plenty of experience under our belts with a wide variety of cleaning and restoration projects. So whatever you need, just give us a call!


 

Prepping Your Concrete Patios For Summertime

When summertime approaches, you might be going out to buy a bathing suit and some sunscreen so that you’re ready to look good and face the heat. But your body isn't the only thing you need to be decorating and protecting from the sun’s rays. Staining your concrete is a great way to add some flavor to your patio, and a proper sealer is essential to the integrity of your concrete.

 

Preparing The Surface

 

The first step, as with most staining and/or sealing projects, is to make sure the surface is completely cleaned. Any dirt, residue or stains left on the concrete will show through the finished patio. You’ll need to use a heavy duty cleaner and scrub every inch of the patio. You may need to use a pressure washer and a degreaser as well.

 

Applying Concrete Stain

 

First, choose a stain of your choice. You can even mix-match colors if you want to. When applying the stain, you don’t want to apply it in direct sunlight. Instead, wait for a time of the day when the patio is shaded. Once this is done, follow these steps:

 

  • Mask off the area to protect any walls, door frames, or any landscaping around the patio.

  • Dilute the stain with water. (See manufacturer's recommendations)

  • Spray on the first coat of the stain.

  • Let the newly applied stain dry. Total cure time is 24 hours.

  • Apply a second coat if more color is desired.

 

Sealing The Deal

 

For this step, you will once again need to wait for the patio to be shaded, as the sunlight can cause the sealer to not be as effective. First, apply your high-gloss sealer along the edges of the patio with a small brush. Then you can begin to use a roller to apply the sealer to the rest of the patio. After the first coat of sealer has dried for about two hours, apply a second coat. When you’re finished, your concrete patio will look colorful, clean, and sleek as ever. Remember, concrete patios need to be sealed every three to four years for proper protection!

 

Professional Services


DIY staining and sealing can be a big job. Luckily, The Steam Team professionals pride themselves on their ability to give your concrete patios a brand new look. Don’t hesitate to call!

The Basics of Keeping Carpet Clean

Carpet looks fantastic in our homes, and feels comfortable on our feet, but it can be a bit of a challenge to keep it clean, can’t it? Accidents can’t be avoided, and spills seem to happen all of the time! But luckily we have professional cleaning and restoration companies to step in, and give our carpet a deep, thorough cleaning we could never do by ourselves! Here are three tips for keeping your carpet clean, from The Steam Team, your leading cleaning and restoration company in Austin, TX!

 

Vacuum Regularly

 

It simply cannot be avoided, friends. When it comes to vacuuming, carpet needs your attention at least once a week, depending on how much foot traffic it receives, or if there are pets in the home. Vacuuming not only keeps your carpet clean as a whistle, but it also keeps it from becoming matted down! It’s a mundane chore that does a lot of good!

 

Clean Up Spills ASAP

 

Rule #1 of stain removal is to tend to the affected area as soon as you possibly can, ideally right after the accident has happened. No one’s perfect, but the quicker you get to the spill, the better chance you have at completely removing the stain!

 

Call in the Professionals

 

Sometimes, you just have to let the professionals take over. If your carpet is due for a deep cleaning, or those pesky stains just won’t come out, don’t hesitate to call in the pro’s! A professional cleaning and restoration company will have the right knowledge and equipment for any job!


Speaking of the professionals, The Steam Team has over ten years of experience in cleaning and restoration projects! We can come out and restore your carpet to its original condition. Just rely on us, and you won’t ever regret it! Contact The Steam Team today.

Best Area Rug Cleaning Austin Texas

Oriental rugs are known for their vibrant colors and unique designs. They look fantastic in our homes and are often family heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation! So it’s important that we protect our oriental rugs and learn to clean and care for them properly! You can keep your rugs looking great all the time by following these guidelines:

 

Check the Oriental Rug’s Care Label

 

The care label on your oriental rug is as important as ever. Oriental rugs are made of several different materials and this matters greatly when cleaning. For instance, silk rugs should be taken straight to the professionals, while cotton and wool rugs are more durable and can be vacuumed clean. Check your rug’s care label for special, important instructions!

 

Avoid Direct Sunlight

 

Keep your rug out of direct sunlight. Sunlight will cause the rug’s colors to fade over time. To let them “fade evenly,” rotate your rugs at least once a month!

 

Vacuum Regularly

 

Unless your rug is antique or silk, it should be vacuumed at least once a week. Vacuuming on the regular will help lift dirt and debris from the carpet fibers, and also prevent the fibers from becoming matted down!

 

Rearrange Your Furniture

 

To increase your rug’s longevity, try moving around your furniture once every six months. Heavy furniture that sits atop your rugs can cause damage over time- we certainly don’t want that!

 

Spot Clean Your Oriental Rug

 

Learn the best tips for spot treating your oriental rugs, and just like anything- clean up spills immediately after they happen!

 

Did you know that The Steam Team takes the best care of area and oriental rugs? It’s true! With over a decade of experience and expertise, we’re the absolute best choice for the job. So if your oriental rug is in need of a deep carpet cleaning Austin, don’t wait- just call The Steam Team!

5 Expert Tips for Keeping Carpet Clean Austin Texas

Carpet and Rug Cleaning

Carpet and Rug Cleaning

Tired of struggling to keep your carpet clean and pristine? Luckily, we have five great tips for doing just that- keeping stains away from carpet, and performing regular maintenance to keep it looking fresh and new! Read on to find out more… For the best carpet and rug cleaning call The Steam Team today! We are located at 9901 Burnet Road Austin, Texas

 

Vacuum Regularly

 

You can’t get out of this one, folks. Carpet should be vacuumed routinely, once a week at least. Expect to vacuum more frequently and thoroughly in high traffic areas, and don’t be afraid to use the attachments to reach corners and baseboards!

 

Catch Stains Immediately

 

The first rule to removing stains is to catch them immediately, and treat them ASAP. The quicker you catch them, the less likely they are to set in permanently! Choose your favorite cleaner, and blot the area until it’s clean. Don’t rub the stain; just blot it until your towel comes back clean! Easy enough, right?

 

Keep Food and Drinks Away from Carpet

 

Food and drinks are common sources of stains. It’s easy to topple over a wine glass, or drip a bit of grease onto the carpet. Keep them confined to the kitchen and dining area, and you’ll be much better off when it comes to preventing spills and stains!

 

Utilize Floor Mats and “Shoe Stations”

 

Place floor mats at the entrances to your home, and encourage family members to leave their shoes at the door. The floor mats will help to pick up any dirt that may be on your shoes, and if you don’t wear your shoes on the carpet, then you won’t have to worry about all of that dirt and mud rubbing off!

 

Hire the Professionals

 

Lastly, occasionally you’ll need to hire a professional steam cleaning company to come out and take care of your carpet, whether that means performing a deep cleaning, or removing a stubborn stain! The Steam Team is your leading carpet cleaner in Austin, TX, and we’d love to help you out. Just give us a call today!

How to Keep Your Carpet From Shrinking Over Time Austin Texas

Carpet Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning

Similar to when your pants exit the dryer a little tighter than they were before, your carpet can actually shrink over time! And of course, since it’s difficult to reverse the shrinkage, this is definitely something you want to avoid. How does it happen, might you ask? Well, we’ll cover both the causes of carpet shrinking and how to avoid it entirely! Here at the The Steam Team, we want to help you stay informed, so that your carpet stays in great condition over time!

 

What Causes Carpet to Shrink?

 

There are multiple reasons to why carpet may shrink over time! 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)! We know you want to really make sure that stain comes out, but be careful about how much moisture you use, and how you dry the carpet afterward.

 

An inexperienced cleaning crew can also smudge their project. While cleaning, if the water is too hot, it may cause the carpet fibers to shrink- it’s a very common mistake! But rest assured The Steam Team would never endanger your carpets!

 

These are all common causes of carpet shrinking; now let’s see how we can prevent these occurrences and keep our carpet in it’s normal condition!

 

Avoid Carpet Shrinkage

 

Honestly, the best way to keep your carpet from shrinking over time is to have it cleaned by a professional steam cleaning company, who really knows what they’re doing. The Steam Team is a team of experienced professionals who knows exactly what it takes to thoroughly clean your carpet- and leave it dry, pristine, and luxurious.

 

Rely on us, and you won’t regret it. We’ll protect your carpet from shrinkage, and leave it looking and feeling fantastic, too! Austin Texas carpet cleaning experts. 

The Pros of Calling the Pro's for Rug Cleaning In Austin Texas

Austin Area Rug Cleaning Burnet Rd. 

Austin Area Rug Cleaning Burnet Rd. 

Ah… the carpet and rugs, the things we completely “forget,” to clean during chore day. Here at The Steam Team, we can hardly blame you! It’s not a simple chore, as it often involves removing everything or even dropping your rugs off at a local cleaning facility. So it’s no wonder that this chore is so easily forgotten about. However, if you call in the professionals, you’ll have clean and pristine drapes in no time- with absolutely zero hassle! We service all of Austin, Texas with our central rug cleaning plant. 

 

Calling in the Pro’s for Steam cleaning rugs and area rugs 

 

Even if your rugs or draperies are delicate- there’s no problem. The Steam Team uses gentle methods of cleaning, that include either a low moisture hot water extraction method, or even a dry cleaning process, so you won’t need to worry about damage to any fabric. Remember- our customers are our top priority; your satisfaction is what we strive for. We’ll do our best to treat your draperies with care and caution. Our rug plant is located at 9901 Burnet Rd. Austin, Tx.

 

The Steam Team can clean your rugs and drapes in your home or office. There’s absolutely no need to remove them, dust them, do any sort of preliminary cleaning, and you definitely don’t need to drop them off anywhere. We’ll come to you and shortly after we arrive, you’ll barely recognize your draperies as they’ll look so sparkling clean!

 

What Other Services Does The Steam Team Provide?


So you’re interested in calling The Steam Team, eh? We’d say that’s a mighty fine decision. And of course, it’s not just draperies and window treatments that we cover. We help with water, fire, and smoke damage and restoration, and many types of cleaning, included but certainly not limited to: tile and grout, hardwood flooring, carpet, marble and natural stone, and even concrete staining! If you’re in need of any cleaning or restoration service, The Steam Team is who you want to call! The Steam Team of Austin, Texas.