The Best Uses for Area Rugs Around Your Home

Are you in search of new ways to spice up your living room, provide your carpet with a protective barrier, or maybe even cover up a couple of old carpet stains? Well, let’s take a look at area rugs! They’re great for all of these uses, and we’re about to dive right into each one of them. Read on to learn how you can best utilize area rugs around your home.


Area rugs…


Protect Your Carpet


Probably among the most important things that area rugs do for our carpet is protect it. Placing area rugs in high-traffic areas around your home will keep your carpet looking cleaner, newer, and brighter for longer. So do your carpet a favor and protect it with a brand new rug! You’ll love the look, the feel, the everything.


Conceal Unsightly Stains


We understand that sometimes stains are just seemingly impossible to get out (without the help of a professional, at least). In these cases, area rugs come into great use. You can easily conceal an old wine stain with a brand new rug. Or better yet- call in The Steam Team to have the stain permanently removed!


Decorate Your Home


Lastly, it could be time to revamp the look of your entire home! What better way to do this than to decorate with area and oriental rugs? You’d be surprised what changing up the flooring in your home can do for its overall appearance and ambience. And it’s a fun and exciting process, too! Who doesn’t love to shop?


Don’t forget! The Steam Team has plenty of experience in cleaning and caring for area and even oriental rugs! For expert rug care, don’t hesitate to give us a call today. We know exactly how to treat your rugs, and you’ll be amazed at our results! We just know it! Call us for the best carpet cleaners in Austin.

3 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home

How’s your upholstered furniture looking these days? Is it in need of an old fashioned deep cleaning? It’s possible! Don’t hesitate to give The Steam Team a call if that’s the case. And in the meantime, follow these three guidelines for keeping your upholstery as fresh as can be! Happy cleaning!

 

Starting with Vacuuming

 

There’s a handy upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner that does wonders for cleaning your furniture! It can reach inside those nooks and crannies like nobody’s business! It can also reach underneath cushions and pillows for your convenience. You can easily remove dirt, dust, pet fur, and dander from your furniture.

 

Moving onto Stain Removal

 

Are there any unsightly stains or spots on your upholstery? Let’s remove them! In most cases, stains can be removed with the right cleaning solution and a little bit of patience and elbow grease. In worse cases, a professional may need to be called in, like The Steam Team. Steam cleaning is great for restoring your upholstered furniture to its former glory!

 

Finishing by Steam Cleaning

 

Finally, consider steam cleaning your upholstery. A professional grade steam cleaning machine won’t harm your furniture, and it won’t use any chemicals to clean it. High pressurized water and hot, hot steam are all that’s needed in this process! Your furniture will look absolutely amazing after a good old fashioned steam cleaning, done by yours truly, The Steam Team.

 

The Steam Team is your leading cleaning and restoration company in Austin, TX! We’ve been serving this beautiful city for over a decade now, and there’s no way anyone can stop us! So give us a call today. We’ll come out, take a good look at your upholstered furniture, and get to cleaning right away. You’ll barely believe our results!

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!

How Steam Cleaning Battles Bacteria

Best be warned, friends: flu season isn’t over yet! Families all over the country are battling this dangerous illness, and all of the bacteria around their homes! But do you know what might just get us out of all of this mess? Steam cleaning. That’s right, steam cleaning! Contact The Steam Team today for a list of services, and to schedule a thorough deep cleaning in your home that eradicates germs and bacteria!

 

Steam Cleaning vs Germs and Bacteria

 

To start, steam cleaning kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria! Fortunately this means that by contacting a professional steam cleaner, you can effortlessly keep your family healthy this flu season! Why do we suggest contacting the professionals? Because it’s a sure fire way to get your home up to your standards! It’ll be amazingly clean once we’re finished with it!

 

Other Benefits to Steam Cleaning

 

We always encourage customers to choose steam cleaning over other methods of cleaning for its many, many benefits. While it’s fantastic that steam cleaning so effectively kills germs and bacteria, it’s also impressive that it cleans without the use of chemicals. That’s right; steam cleaning uses nothing but hot water and high pressurized steam to thoroughly clean your home from top to bottom! This means that you save money on cleaning solutions, and that there won’t be any potentially harmful residue left behind! It’s perfectly safe for the environment, your family, and your pets.

 

The Steam Team is your leading cleaning and restoration company in Austin, TX, and we’d enjoy helping you out! If you’re having a tough time battling the flu this season, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call! We’ll come out to your home, inspect areas that need our attention, and turn your home into a clean, healthy environment!

How to Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking Top-Notch Year Round

Hardwood floors look beautiful in our homes, as long as they’re kept clean and tidy! Wouldn't you agree? Yes, hardwood requires a bit of tender loving care, but what type of flooring doesn’t? Below, you’ll find 3 simple tips on keeping your hardwood floors looking top-notch- all year round! We hope you find them helpful!

 

Utilize Area Rugs

 

One way to protect your hardwood flooring is to utilize area rugs. Area rugs will protect your hardwood flooring from wear and tear caused by shoes! Just be sure to vacuum and pat them clean frequently, as they’ll be collecting the dirt, dust, debris, and sand that your shoes drag into the house. Yuck!

 

Take Your Shoes Off

 

Tip #2: Just take off your shoes! Do you have an old laundry hamper or basket? Place an empty basket near the entrance to your home, and designate it the shoe basket! It’s easy enough. If you remove your shoes at the door, there won’t be any scratches, skid marks, or dirt left on the flooring!

 

Call in the Professionals

 

Finally, sometimes you just need to break down and call in the professionals. It may be time for your hardwood flooring to be refinished! A good way to tell is if cleaning no longer restores it to its original condition. We can help with that, though! Give The Steam Team a call and we’ll come out and restore your floors to their pristine condition!


The Steam Team is available 24/7 for all of your needs concerning hardwood flooring, as well as any other type of flooring! If you want your hardwood flooring to look great all year round, you can rely on The Steam Team! We can restore and refinish your hardwood flooring and ultimately restore it to it’s clean and beautiful condition!

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.

Is Carpet Cleaning Safe for Kids?

As you get ready to clean your home (or office, or retail space, or what have you…), you may be wondering which method you should use. We strongly suggest steam cleaning, for its many benefits, but mostly because it’s completely safe for your kids and the environment. Let’s review the basics when it comes to steam cleaning, and why it’s so beneficial!

 

What is Steam Cleaning?

 

Steam cleaning is a method of cleaning that uses nothing but hot water, and high pressure to clean a variety of surfaces and furniture pieces. It cleans without chemicals and provides you with a clean that you can truly trust!

 

Benefits of Steam Cleaning

 

Since professional carpet cleaning doesn’t involve the usage of harsh chemicals, it’s completely safe for the environment. It doesn’t even leave behind any residue that you need to fuss over! What’s left, after steam cleaning, is a perfectly clean surface (or sofa! Or window treatments!) that’s completely safe for your children.

 

It’s versatile. You can steam clean almost anything, from leather upholstery to grout and tile flooring. How great is that? Forget the mop and bucket; all you need is a steam cleaning machine!

 

It’s simple. Water, heat, pressure. A steam cleaning machine effortlessly removes dirt, debris, dander, dust, and so much more from your flooring and furniture! It can even be used on leather furniture, and works great for cleaning countertops!

 

It saves you money. Since a steam cleaning machine doesn’t use any chemicals, once again, you’re not buying any cleaning products! You’ll save money in the long run.

 

Choose The Steam Team

 

Choose The Steam Team for all of your cleaning needs! We’ll work hard to make sure that your home looks as great as it did the day you moved in- and we’ll do it in an efficient, timely manner!

The Pros and Cons of Hardwood Floors Austin Texas

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

There are a variety of pros and cons when it comes to all types of flooring, but today, we’re talking about hardwood floors. They’re a beautiful and practical addition to a home and, unlike other flooring, they last for decades upon decades. Like other flooring, however, they do require a bit of TLC over the years to keep them looking as brilliant as they did in the beginning. That’s what we’re here for -- the experts on cleaning all types of flooring -- we have a few tips up our sleeves for keeping those hardwoods clean and cared for over the years and when you may need to refinish them.

 

Occasional Spills and Other Every Day Messes

Messes cannot be avoided altogether; they’re inevitable- but it’s critical (especially for hardwood floors) that they be cleaned up immediately. The longer they’re left, the harder they will be to clean up and the higher the chance of damage to the flooring.

 

When it comes to dirt, dust, and other grime, it’s best to try and eliminate as much as you can as often as you can. Sweeping, vacuuming, and dusting are great options for cleaning these particles up on a regular basis.

 

Wear, Tear, and Damage With Age

With such a long lifetime, hardwood floors can take a lot of wear and tear over the years. Furniture can cause damage to the flooring if it’s moved improperly or heavy objects are dropped or dragged across the floor -- even though it’s incredibly durable, it will start to show damage the longer the wood lasts. In more extreme cases, it may be time to refinish your hardwood flooring depending on the type of damage it’s undergone.

 

If you have any questions or just want to speak to a flooring expert about your floors, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at The Steam Team! For expert hardwood floor cleaning call The Steam Team today. 

 

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. 

Ridding Your Carpet of these 3 Common Stains Austin Texas

Residential Cleaning Experts Austin 

Residential Cleaning Experts Austin 

Of course, some stains are tougher than others to get rid of. Sometimes all it takes is a quick wipe of your go-to multipurpose cleaner, but others, professional treatment may be required. In these cases The Steam Team is standing by 24/7 to give you  a hand. But if you think you can hold off on calling the pro’s, here’s what you should do for these common stains: 

 

Pet Urine

 

Even grown, housetrained dogs have accidents occasionally. And if you’re in the middle of housetraining a new pup, you’re facing even a tougher battle. Your best bet is to spot the “spot,” right away, and blot as much of the liquid away as possible (remember not to rub, as you could rub the urine deeper into the carpet fibers). Then use a warm wash cloth and a dab of green or blue dish detergent to clean the area. To see our cleaning reviews in austin please visit our website. Call 512-451-8326 for an appointment today. 

 

Blood

 

Accidents happen… and not when or where you want them to. Perform a spot test before trying this method to ensure your carpet won’t bleach. Cover the blood stain with hydrogen peroxide, and set a few layers of paper towels onto the area. Then place something heavy on top of the towels so that the blood and peroxide seep into the paper towels, and out of your carpet.

 

Coffee

 

To prevent  your carpet from turning yellow or brown, blot dry as much of the coffee as you can. Then fill a spray bottle with vinegar, water, and Dawn. Spray onto the stain, and rinse with a clean washcloth. If the stain reappears, repeat this process. For the best cleaning pricing call the Steam Team of Austin. 


These are basic methods to carpet stain removal, and prove more effective when the stains are caught immediately upon their occurrence. For a fabulous deep cleaning that you can trust to last, we recommend calling a professional steam cleaning company, like The Steam Team! 9901 Burnet Rd. Austin Texas 78758

Who Does Clean Up After Construction?

Cleaning up in Austin

Cleaning up in Austin

Construction work is never easy. From making the plans, getting the permits, hiring help, and finally breaking ground on a project, it seems like an impossible feat. So when your walls are up, your remodeling is finished, and your project is complete -- you want to start experiencing your hard work right away.

 

The only problem? Everywhere you look there’s a mess. Whether it’s scraps of old wood, sawdust covering everything, or pieces of materials you don’t even remember using, the cleanup process can be just as grueling as the work. So, whose job is it to clean up after construction?

 

Who’s Responsible?

 

You most likely know the answer, but that doesn’t mean you’ll like it. Most construction companies are hired for the work, but after that last nail is in place, they’re out of there. And the cost to hire a one-stop-shop type of company? It’s enough to make your head spin!

 

Which means that you’re left with the backbreaking task of tediously cleaning all of the debris.

 

What Can You Do?

 

In this case, you have two choices: You can either clean the site yourself, or you can call in the professionals.

 

The Steam Team is skilled in all things construction cleanup. We’re pros at getting all of the dangerous scraps cleared away, all of the particles swept up, and making your new space look (and feel) spic and span! We’re happy to sweep the floors, make sure the environment is safe, and turn your new site into the dazzling location of your dreams.


So as you’re planning your new home addition or office space, don’t forget to plan what happens after the hammers stop. Let someone else deal with the messy cleanup, and enjoy the space the way it was meant to be: shiny, clean, and ready to be lived in.

Do You Need to Rent Drying Equipment?

Restoration Drying Equipment

Restoration Drying Equipment

 

Steam cleaning has become a popular, environmentally-friendly cleaning method. It uses only heat and water to thoroughly clean and sanitize a variety of surfaces, including flooring, countertops, drapery, furniture, even pet beds and mattresses.  

 

How does steam cleaning work?

 

Steam cleaning uses water heated past the boiling point to clean dirt, debris, and contaminants, including bacteria, mold, and allergens. A floor wand shoots pressurized water onto the surface which is then immediately vacuumed into a holding tank. The high temperature of the water is what cleans and sanitizes at the same time. Also, by using only water, no additional chemicals are required to achieve a thorough and effective cleaning.

 

Does steam cleaning require separate drying equipment?

 

If done right, steam cleaning does not require the additional use of drying equipment. The water is hot enough to evaporate quickly, and efficient steam-cleaning equipment vacuums up excess water as you clean. Most professional steam-cleaners have a truck-mounted system, which is the preferable choice for shorter drying times. A truck-mounted system is able to use higher pressure and hotter temperatures, and it exhausts all the air and humidity from your home, leading to faster drying times.    

 

Buyer—and renter—beware.

 

The steam cleaners that you can buy or rent yourself often do not have enough suction power to suck up the excess water during the steam cleaning process. Many of the machines for rent are much older, too. Excess water risks the development of mildew. This is particularly a concern with certain types of flooring, such as carpet, where mildew growth could occur out of sight.

 

The Steam Team proudly offers a wide variety of cleaning and restoration services. From stain removal and carpet cleaning to fire and water damage restoration, The Steam Team has what it takes to complete any project! Contact us today to talk about your cleaning needs. Our team of experts would be pleased to assist you!

Steam Team: All About Refinishing Hardwood Flooring After Water Damage

Water Damage In Round Rock, Texas

Water Damage In Round Rock, Texas

Hardwood flooring is often chosen for it’s aesthetic appeal; this type of flooring makes the living room more charming, wholesome, and welcoming. And yes- it’s relatively simple to clean and care for. However, over time wear and tear will become more apparent. Scratches, dings and discoloration stand out, and you’ll wonder if it’s time to have all of the hardwood floors replaced.

 

But maybe you don’t need to replace your flooring! Often times, hardwood flooring can be salvaged by trained professionals. By replacing a few boards, and making necessary repairs, a team of experts can restore your flooring to its previous condition!

 

The Refinishing Process

 

Refinishing hardwood flooring involves several steps that may vary depending on the situation. Below, we’ll list the basic steps involved in the process:

 

Step 1: Sanding

 

If your hardwood has a wax coating over its finish, or if the wood underneath has been dinged and damaged, your finish will need to be entirely sanded down- until your hardwood is completely bare!

 

Step 2: Staining

 

Though sanding may add time and cost to your refinishing project, it’s the perfect way to alter the color of hardwood flooring. A professional will apply several coats of stain, and will likely need to sand in between applications.

 

Step 3: Finishing & Coating

 

The last step, applying the final finish on your hardwood flooring, is the step best left for professionals. There are so many varying types of stain (both oil and water based), each accompanied by a specific set of rules that you do not want to break! By hiring a professional, you can avoid causing further damage.


Don’t despair- this process doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Call your local cleaning and restoration company today; they’ll have the correct equipment and experience for the job- we know that our experts at The Steam Team do!

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking Brand New!

The Steam Team

The Steam Team

Hardwood floors look magnificent in our homes, especially when they’re brand new, or at least freshly refinished. But we can definitely achieve comparable results with a bit of elbow grease, and a consistent cleaning routine!

 

Sponging Every Spill

 

Messes cannot be avoided altogether; they’re inevitable. But what we can do to help our hardwood flooring is clean up spills as soon as we find them! After all, whatever has tumbled onto the hardwood flooring will definitely stay there until it’s picked up- so do it now! Don’t put it off.

 

Destroying Dust Mites

 

A major disadvantage to having hardwood floors is, well, dust. It’s visible against the hardwood, everywhere, and seemingly impossible to conquer. To keep a decent handle on dust, invest in a dry dusting mop! Dust mops are incredibly easy to use, and they can easily reach underneath furniture and in between tight spaces.

 

Vacuuming With a Vengeance

 

Yes, you can vacuum hardwood floors. So if your floors or overdue for a dust mopping, but you’re short on time, just use a vacuum cleaner! Vacuuming is a major time saver. Just be sure to empty the filter frequently to avoid clogs.

 

Alternatively, if you don’t own a vacuum, you can use a soft bristled broom.

 

Last But Not Least...

 

A routine mopping does a hardwood floor a whole lot of good! With your choice of mop and a cleaning solution specially formulated for hardwood flooring, carefully mop over the grain of the wood. If you begin from the farthest corner, and work toward the door, you won’t have to worry about leaving footprints behind!

 

If your home is in need of a deep cleaning, or your hardwood floors need refinishing or replacing, don’t hesitate to call in The Steam Team! The Steam Team is made of trusted professionals who’ve accumulated years of experience in a variety of cleaning and restoration projects. The Steam Team is precisely what you're looking for!