How to Freshen Up Your Mattress

Let’s think about it. We sleep for approximately a third of our lifetime, and that’s likely on a mattress. While it’s likely not the same mattress we sleep on, our mattresses are still the last things we think of on cleaning day! But the truth is that our mattresses are notorious for hoarding allergens and dust mites! When was your mattress last cleaned? Today we’re going to review how to freshen up your mattress so that you can sleep deeper- and cleaner!

 

Wash Bedding

 

Let’s start with the easiest part: washing all of the bedding. Remove all of your comforters, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, and that mattress cover. Line it up to be washed! Your washer will properly sanitize your bedding while you’re freshening up your mattress!

 

Mix a Solution for Your Mattress

 

Next, we’re going to mix a simple solution for your mattress. The first step is to find a mason jar, and fill it to the brim with baking soda. Next, we need essential oils. You can choose a relaxing, soothing oil like Lavender, or a more refreshing oil like Lemon or Eucalyptus. It’s your personal choice here! Add a few drops of these oils to your baking soda. Sift the solution over your mattress thoroughly, and enjoy the aroma! Let it sit for about an hour.

 

Vacuum Your Mattress

 

The oils and baking soda should have drawn out oils and moisture from your mattress, and it’s time to finish up! The final step is to vacuum over your mattress. Vacuum over any excess dirt, and of course, our baking soda mixture. You can use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to ensure that you reach every particle!


Don’t hesitate to give The Steam Team a call for help with any cleaning and restoration project! We’re available 24/7 and love helping you out! So today, freshen up your mattress- before you forget again. And down the road, rely on us for cleaning project you may have!

Rid Your Home of Chemicals with Steam Cleaning

Maybe it’s time to go a little more green this year! Let’s talk ridding your home of those pesky chemicals that are found in regular household products. We can clean without them! Wait, what’s that? Is that true? It absolutely is! Through steam cleaning, The Steam Team can clean your home top-to-bottom without using any chemicals.

 

What is Steam Cleaning?

 

Steam cleaning, or hot water extraction, is a method of cleaning that we’re always pushing you to accept! It’s a method that cleans, disinfects, and even sterilizes surfaces, flooring, draperies, furniture, and more. It cleans without the use of chemicals, and it cleans thoroughly. There’s no clean like the clean that steam cleaning provides!

 

How Does Steam Cleaning Work?

 

Steam cleaning’s primary source is heat. It cleans using nothing but heat and water, and of course, high water pressure. It cleans quickly, and dries quickly, too! And there are few things a steam cleaner can’t clean. That’s why we say we can clean your house top to bottom! You’ll be amazed at the results of steam cleaning- once you switch over!

 

Call in The Steam Team

 

It’s always best to call in the professionals when it comes to steam cleaning. You don’t need to DIY this project. Calling a professional cleaning and restoration company, like The Steam Team, eliminates the possibility of any mishaps, and gets the job done in warp speed! Well, quickly, at least. You’ll love our work, because we love doing it!


The Steam Team has been serving the Austin, TX area for over a decade now; why should we stop? We love helping the city of Austin become a cleaner, healthier place. So if your home or commercial office is in need of a thorough, deep cleaning, don’t hesitate to give The Steam Team a call!

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!

Carpet Cleaning Round Rock

With the cooler weather and holidays approaching, we may be getting ready for parties and house guests to come visit! But before they arrive, it’s wise to do a little bit of house cleaning (or a lot!). So let’s discuss a few areas that need our attention the most! We want our guests to not only feel welcome in our home, but to also be dazzled at how clean everything is. And, not to brag, but when they ask how you did it, you can send them to us: The Steam Team Carpet Cleaning of Austin.

 

Bathroom Tile and Grout

 

Tile and grout are notorious for staining and discoloration. It’s porous by nature, so it absorbs spills and accidents very easily and needs to be cleaned often! When cleaning tile and grout, it’s important to remember not to use any abrasive materials as to not scratch your tile. We recommend steam cleaning tile and grout; it’s easy, saves you time and labor, and cleans effectively!

 

Living Room Carpeting

 

Remember all of those carpet stains you’ve been hiding beneath your area rugs? Well, we can help to remove them! A professional grade steam cleaning machine can reach deep within the fibers of your carpet and extract the dirt and debris lurking underneath. They’ll look sparkling clean when we’re finished.

 

Kitchen Countertops

 

Steam cleaning is great for kitchen countertops and other surfaces, whether they’re granite, marble, or other natural stone! It effortlessly removes grime and all of those sticky substances that have gone unnoticed for far too long! Rely on The Steam Team to get your kitchen ready to be shown off this season!

 

The Steam Team has been serving the city of Austin for over 4 decades now! If you’re in need of some deep cleaning as you’re getting ready for the holidays, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We can effortlessly prepare your home for house guests this holiday season!

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!

Cleaning your carpet in Cedar Park Texas

How clean is your office carpet? When was the last time you spilled your lunch, or the cleaning crew forgot to come by? Can you really trust its appearance? Often times, not. Often times there’s dirt, dust, dander, and more lurking in the fibers of our carpet. And just like our carpet at home, it needs careful intervention! Consider hiring a professional cleaning company to care for your carpet (The Steam Team does high rise cleaning!), and in the meantime, follow these 3 simple guidelines:

 

Don’t Eat Lunch at Your Desk

 

That break room is there for a reason! We know it may seem efficient to eat at your desk and work while doing so, but it increases your chances at dropping food or condiments onto the floor- and staining your flooring. Instead, eat in the break room, and keep your carpet cleaner!

 

Vacuum Frequently

 

Sometimes the cleaning crew doesn’t cut it, or you don’t have one at all. Carpet must be vacuumed at least once a week, regardless of the amount of foot traffic it experiences. In addition to picking up dirt, dust, dander and other grimey substances, it helps the fibers to stay lifted, instead of matted down!

 

Dust Corners and Baseboards

 

Dusting the corners of and baseboards of your office will help, well, keep the dust from getting onto the carpet. Try not to neglect these areas when sprucing up your office. It can do a lot of good in the long run!


Don’t forget- The Steam Team is always standing by, waiting to help out! If your office is in need of a deep cleaning, we’d be happy to come out and spruce it up! Just contact us for high rise cleaning rates, or visit our website for more details on the services we offer. We also offer cleaning in Cedar Park, Texas

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. 

The Best Tips for Caring for Furniture

Cleaning Austin Texas

Cleaning Austin Texas

Furniture looks wonderful in our homes and offices, and it can last a long time if treated and cared for properly. If you’ve recently purchased leather upholstered furniture and you’re a bit lost when it comes to caring for it, you’re in luck! Because today we have a few great tips for cleaning, conditioning, and caring for your leather upholstery. We hope they’re helpful!

 

Dusting

 

It’s important to keep your leather furniture clean, so every couple of weeks, use a clean, white cloth to dust your furniture. A light colored cloth will help you determine how dirty the leather is. To clean off accumulated dirt use a slightly damp cloth, but first, do a test run in an inconspicuous area on the furniture- just in case the leather absorbs the moisture. It’s also important to blot spills, instead of rubbing them; we don’t want to spread the moisture around!

 

Conditioning

 

Use a leather conditioner every six months to one year. Like our skin, leather can dry out easily and needs to be conditioned periodically! You can purchase specially formulated conditioners- but first check your furniture’s label for important instructions!

 

What NOT To Do

 

There are certain things we shouldn’t do when it comes to caring for leather furniture. For example, we shouldn’t use harsh cleaning solutions, ammonia, or detergents. We also should avoid using sharp objects near leather, as it tends to scratch easily! Arts and crafts should stay at the table, not on the couch. It’s also wise to avoid placing printed materials on leather; it absorbs the dyes too easily!

 

Call the Steam Team for Your Leather’s Needs


The Steam Team has plenty of experience when it comes to treating leather upholstery! Don’t be afraid to give us a call if your furniture needs a deep cleaning, or conditioning. We’re always happy to help out!

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!

Is it Time to Clean Your House in Austin Texas?

Austin Cleaning Professionals

Austin Cleaning Professionals

Is your Austin, Texas home dirty? Venetian blinds look beautiful in our homes, help to keep sunlight out (which in turn helps to preserve our furniture!), and they also provide us with the privacy we need. But window blinds are also notorious for collecting dust, dirt, dander- you name it! They often need to be cleaned, and it’s not the easiest chore in the world as the blinds usually need to be removed from the wall. Let’s take a glance at a few different ways to clean your window blinds, and explain how steam cleaning can help! Austin cleaning experts! We offer rug cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, air duct cleaning, carpet cleaning and fire and water damage. Call your Austin, Texas cleaning headquarters at 512-451-8326

 

Dry Dusting

 

This method is likely the most laborious, as it involves cleaning each slat by hand. But sometimes it must be done! Use a microfiber or dust cloth to wipe each slat over a couple of times, removing all dust and dirt. Use your vacuum cleaner to vacuum up the dust that falls from your cloth, or misses altogether!

 

Vacuuming

 

If your vacuum cleaner has an upholstery attachment, then you’re in luck! Use it to vacuum the dust off of your window blinds; it’s much easier than wiping each one individually.

 

Tub Washing

 

For this method, you’ll have to remove your window blinds from where they hang, and lie them in your bathtub. Fill the tub with warm water and a mixture of your favorite cleaning detergent, and scrub each slat from side to side. It certainly requires a lot of back work, but definitely gives you a more effective clean than merely dusting!

 

Steam Cleaning

 

The Steam Team can clean your window blinds without even removing them from where they hang! We’ll effectively remove that dust and grime from the slats, and they’ll look good as new when we’re finished! You can count on us for a job well done. We also service Round Rock Texas for carpet cleaning and water damage. 

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.