How You Can Protect Your Carpet

Here at The Steam Team, we’re always looking for ways to keep carpet cleaner. Sometimes we can even do this without steam cleaning, although we always recommend having your carpet deep cleaned every so often. But until then, let’s look at three different ways you can protect your carpet from wear and tear! 


Remove Shoes at the Entrance


This is among the most simple things you can do to protect your carpet: remove yours and everyone else’s shoes at the entrance to your home. You can purchase a decorative basket or shoe rack for the shoes to stay while you have guests over! Turn this simple way of protecting your carpet into a fun and easy DIY project. 


Decorate With Area Rugs


Area rugs are another great way we can protect our carpet from wear and tear! We’re not saying you should cover all of your carpet. Just maybe those areas that receive the highest amount of foot traffic, like entryways, hallways, and living rooms. Lay area rugs down to prevent more wear and tear, and enjoy decorating your home while you do it! 


Deep Clean Your Carpet


Eliminate stains and signs of wear and tear by having your carpet deep cleaned occasionally! A professional-grade steam cleaning machine, like the ones we have here at The Steam Team, are powerful enough to extract dirt and grime from the fibers of your carpet, but gentle enough not to harm the carpet itself! So if it’s been a while since your carpet has seen the professionals, give The Steam Team a call. We have plenty of experience in both protecting and cleaning carpet; you’ll be amazed by our results! 


Don’t hesitate. Give The Steam Team a call today. They’ll provide a clean that you can truly trust, and one that will last a while, too! 


5 Dangers of Smoke and How To Avoid Them


So you’ve just had a fire in your home, and now in place of your most precious items you’re left with only smoke and soot. You might be thinking of cleaning up the mess yourself and restoring your home or room to its former glory. But before you get in there and start scrubbing, here are some things you might want to know.


Chemical Cocktail

The modern home is filled with all sorts of chemical compounds that can become dangerous when they combust or combine with other chemicals. In the event of a fire, the smoke can contain many of these dangerous chemicals and should under no circumstances be inhaled.


A Danger to Young and Old

Infants, children, and the elderly are particularly at risk of health issues as a result of smoke and soot. No children, seniors, or anyone with a weakened immune system should get near a room or building that has just had a fire.


Immediate Dangers

There are also more immediate effects that almost anyone will have when exposed to smoke, such as irritation in the eyes, nose and throat, as well as an odor that can sometimes cause nausea. These are all signs from your body telling you to stay far away from the smoke.


Decreased Oxygen

Inhaling carbon monoxide (which is in smoke) can decrease your body’s supply of oxygen. This can cause reduced alertness, headaches, aggravate existing heart conditions and cause a variety of other health concerns.


Chronic Health Effects

Long term exposure to smoke has been associated to an increase in cardiovascular diseases. Some studies have shown that firefighters, for example, are more likely to develop long-lasting respiratory issues and cardiovascular disease.


How to Stay Safe

Because of all of the reasons listed above, and many more, it is highly unsafe to try cleaning and restoring a fire damaged home yourself. To keep you and your loved ones safe, hand the job over to the professionals. The Steam Team experts will be able to safely restore your home to its former glory. Don’t hesitate to call.

3 Unique Ways to Keep Carpet Clean

It’s easy to spill a plate of food or topple a glass of wine! And when these spills and stains happen on your carpeting, well, it can be easy to get frustrated. But don’t fret; any stain you can’t remove can be handled by The Steam Team- your leading carpet cleaning and restoration company in Austin, TX! So let’s take a quick look at how we can further our efforts in keeping carpet clean and pristine!


Place Area Rugs Around Your Home


First, place area rugs where your carpet receives the most foot traffic. Placing area rugs around your home will help collect the dust and dirt that we track in on our feet. They also add a personal touch to any space! So you can decorate your living room and keep the carpet clean, all with area rugs.


Remove Shoes at the Door


Our next piece of advice is to simply remove your shoes at the entrance to your home! This way, the dirt doesn’t even have a chance to land on your carpeting. Since most of the dust and dirt that enters our home comes in with us on our shoes and feet, this will majorly cut down on how much dirties up your carpeting.


Wipe Your Pets’ Paws


Fido tracks in a lot of dirt, sand, and dust, as well! And unfortunately, mud isn’t out of the question. So let’s battle dirt and mud by wiping our pets’ paws as they come in from “doing their business!” It can help keep you, your carpet, and your furniture clean.


The Steam Team has plenty of experience when it comes to keeping your flooring clean and looking brand new! From carpeting, to hardwood, to marble and other natural stone, we’ve got you covered. Don’t hesitate to call us out and help take care of your flooring today!


Considering Concrete Staining? We've Got the Details

Summer is in full swing, friends! We’re outside in the evenings, watering the lawn and firing up the grill and oh- that patio could really use a renovation, couldn’t it? Have you heard of concrete staining? It’s the perfect way to revamp the entire look and atmosphere of your patio and backyard! Here are the perks to concrete staining:


It Refreshes the Look of Your Patio


Obviously, if you change the color of your concrete, your entire patio will look different. But this change is good! We’re tired of that dull grey color; let’s choose a smooth terracotta instead! Doesn’t that sound refreshing? Concrete staining completely refreshes the look of your patio.


It Changes the Feel of Your Backyard


Ah, that sweet atmosphere, the place where memories are made. The backyard. Concrete staining affects your backyard, too! But it’s all going to look so perfect. It may even inspire you to change other things, such as the shed, or the deck… or maybe you’ll even want to build a deck! Who knows? The possibilities are endless and your backyard will look fantastic!


It Could Be a Fun DIY Project


Now, concrete staining could be a fun DIY project for you and your friends or family. You can totally do it on your own. But we always recommend having a professional step in! You can contact The Steam Team today and we’ll be out to help out ASAP! But hiring a pro, you avoid accidents, spills, mishaps, all of those. And just think of how nice it will feel to not have to do any legwork!


From concrete staining, to cleaning your tile and grout, to restoring your home after a house fire, The Steam Team is here for you for an array of services and projects! We love what we do: helping you. So don’t hesitate to give us a call today! We also handle all types of construction from things like fire and water damage.

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!


How The Professionals Help After Water Damage

Water damage can happen in the blink of an eye- most of have seen it, unfortunately. Whether it’s caused from a storm or other type of natural disaster or it comes from within the home itself- maybe from a broken appliance or busted pipe- it’s all devastating and potentially dangerous. Here at The Steam Team, we handle water damage regularly, so we’re here to give you a few tips!


Removing Water

Most importantly, never try to remove water damage yourself- you always want to call an expert on water removal. They will safely (and efficiently) remove any excess water from your home and ensure that there aren’t any health hazards or mold growth around the home.


Using the Right Equipment

Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to call in the professionals just to be able to use their equipment. An experienced, professional restoration team will have equipment to suction the excess water out of your home.


Knowledge

Apart from having the right equipment, a professional team of technicians will have the knowledge and experience in how to restore your home from flood damage. They’ll move the furniture to the right areas, avoiding already-damaged areas to keep the process moving smoothly. They’ll ventilate the home to help dry out the home faster- these little tips and tricks that professionals have up their sleeves can make the entire process go drastically smoother.


If there’s anything to remember when it comes to dealing with water damage, it’s this: act immediately. The longer you wait, the more bacteria is likely to grow and you face a big chance for mold. Call us as soon as you can, we know how time sensitive these situations can be and our staff is properly trained to deal with any water damage.


An Important Tip to Avoid Fire Damage

The Steam Team is well known in the Austin, TX area for our excellent fire damage restoration service. If a fire emergency ever occurs in your home or business, our professional technicians can help you get your home cleaned and restored as quickly as possible. However, if you take the right precautions you won’t ever need to make that call. Let’s talk about one very overlooked way that you can avoid fire damage in your home: dryer vent cleaning.


The Importance of a Clean Dryer Vent


If dryer vents aren’t properly maintained by periodically cleaning out all lint and debris, your vents can cause highly flammable fire damage. Not only is a dirty dryer vent dangerous, but also impacts the efficiency of your dryer. Excessive build-up of lint and debris will force the machine to use more energy, which will cost you more money in the long run.


To avoid these problems, it’s recommended that you have your dryer vents inspected and cleaned once every year. The Steam Team can handle that for you. Our professional will give your machine a full inspection and clean all vent ducting and all connected systems, keeping your home safe from fire damage and keeping your dryer running properly.


Why The Steam Team?


We are an Austin, Texas based company with the most experienced technicians available in Central Texas. Our technicians will be ready for your call, to utilize the most powerful and effective dryer vent cleaning equipment available. And we can handle not only residential, but also commercial dryer vent cleaning, and we can offer you fair pricing backed with a guarantee! So if you want to avoid fire damage and you haven’t had your dryer vents cleaned yet this year, call in The Steam Team! For more information on dryer vent cleaning and the other services we offer, visit The Steam Team website.


5 Ways To Prevent House Fires

You’ve heard the stories from someone you know, or at least seen someone tell their story on tv. It started out of nowhere, then- before they knew it- countless amounts of money in damage, irreplaceable items lost, and sometimes even loved ones gone. House fires are NO JOKE! In fact, there are about 365,500 house fires in the U.S. every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. On average, 7 people die in U.S. house fires every day. If you want to keep your home and loved ones safe, it is critical that you follow these 5 tips.

 

Smoke Alarms

 

This one should be a no-brainer. Smoke alarms are absolutely essential for keeping your home safe. Make sure you install at least one on every level of your home and inside all the bedrooms in the house.

 

Battery Changes

 

Having smoke alarms is great, as long as you alway remember to make sure they’re working. Test the smoke alarms once per month, and if the batteries are dead, replace them.

 

Checking The Home

 

Be sure to check certain systems in your home regularly. You may even want to hire a professional to ensure that your home is thoroughly inspected. The things you should regularly check include; the condition of your home’s electrical system, the natural gas/LP gas system in your home, and the air conditioning and heating units in your home.

 

Kitchen Safety

 

One of the most common causes of house fires is something going wrong in the kitchen. To ensure your safety in the kitchen, follow these practices: When you’re cooking on a stove and need to leave the stove for a minute or two, turn it off rather than letting it cook unattended. Don’t cook while under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, or if you’re tired. Also, ensure that no clothes or rags are left on or near a burner.

 

Safe Use of Wires

 

Faulty wiring and outlets are one of the top causes of house fires. So make sure your wires and outlets are working properly. Do not attempt to plug or unplug anything if your hands are wet. Also, don’t pinch or cover electrical cords with items like rugs.


If all of the above steps are followed, and the unthinkable fire still occurs, remember that The Steam Team has fire damage restoration experts awaiting your call.

Top 3 Reasons to Get Smoke Out of Your Home ASAP

A fire is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a home! Not only do fires cause structural damage, but they also ruin your possessions and even cause water damage (from firefighters having to put out the fire!). But no matter how devastating the event may be, it’s important to get the right help and begin to remove smoke and soot from your home as soon as possible!

 

Smoke and soot are dangerous to:

 

Your Health

 

It’s definitely not safe to inhale smoke and soot! When dealing with the cleanup after a fire, be sure you’re wearing a safety mask to prevent smoke inhalation. We know you may be going through a tough crisis, but your health and safety still come first- and we’re here to remind you.

 

Your Possessions

 

Smoke is notorious for causing discoloration, especially on walls and upholstery. Some of this can be washed out, but not always! Time is precious, here; the quicker you act, the higher the chance of saving your possessions. Contact a professional cleaning and restoration company for help cleaning your furniture and other personal items! They’re your best bet for restoring everything to its original condition.

 

Your Home

 

Smoke and ash affect everything. From the flooring to the walls, to the ceilings and furnishings- everything must be cleaned after a fire. Some things won’t be able to be salvaged; this is why it’s important to act ASAP! The sooner you act, the better chance you have at restoring your personal items to their original condition!


In the case of a house fire, don’t hesitate to contact The Steam Team when you begin the cleanup process! We’re here to help, and we’re available 24/7 in the case of any emergency, fire-related or not. Just give us a call when you’re ready!

3 Frequently Asked Questions About Caring for Leather Furniture After Fire Damage

So perhaps you’ve just bought a brand new set of living room furniture- all leather upholstered. If you’re wondering how to properly care for it, you’ve come to the right place! Below, The Steam Team has three frequently asked questions about leather furniture and how it’s cared for, and we hope you find the answers helpful!

 

How Can Leather Be Cleaned?

 

When it comes to cleaning, leather upholstery typically needs to be dusted and vacuumed on a weekly basis. You can wipe it down with a dry microfiber cloth, or a damp cloth if the dust is thicker. Remember to never, ever use a soaking wet cloth on your leather upholstery. Use your vacuum’s cleaning attachment to vacuum corners, nooks, and crannies in leather furniture. It’ll do wonders!

 

How Often Should Leather Be Conditioned?

 

Next, comes conditioning. Leather conditioning is just as important as leather cleaning! Leather furniture should be conditioned once to twice a year, depending on the amount of wear and tear it endures on a daily basis, and quickly it’s drying out.

 

What Causes Leather to Dry Out?

 

Leather is similar to our skin, which needs to stay moisturized in order to remain healthy and in good condition. What causes leather to dry out? Well, if your sofa or chair is near an air vent, or a sunny window, it could dry out and fade quicker than if it were placed away from the vent/window (or if the window were covered).


The Steam Team has over a decade of experience with cleaning, conditioning, and caring for leather furniture! Especially after fire damage and water damage. If your furniture is in need of a little bit of tender loving care, don’t be afraid to contact The Steam Team. We can clean and restore your leather to its original condition, and you’ll love the results! Visit our locations at 9901 Burnet Road Austin, Texas 78758 or 1904 West Koenig Lane Austin, Texas 78756 or 222 West Ave. Austin, Texas 78701 anytime. 

Fire, Smoke, and Ash: Eliminating Any Dangers in Austin Texas

House fires are more common than you might think, they’re actually pretty easy to start. No matter where they occur or how they occur, the damage left behind is always devastating and difficult to deal with. We completely understand how stressful and emotionally draining these situations are; that’s why we’re here to help! The Steam Team is specially trained and equipped to handle fire damage restoration and help families restore their homes to their original condition. Visit out Austin, Texas store at 9901 Burnet Road. 

 

The scariest part about fire damage is how dangerous smoke and ash can be to your health if left behind after clean up. That’s also the number one reason you should call the professionals and wear protective gear before re-entering your house.

 

Ventilation

 

Ventilation is extremely important after fire damage to ensure that all of the smoke exits the house. If anything is left behind, you could be dealing with smoke inhalation and the health dangers that follow -- don’t take the risk! Opening all windows, doors, and even running fans around the house could work wonders in moving the smoke outside.

 

Call in The Professionals

 

You’ll need a professional cleaning and restoration company to help you remedy the situation, and The Steam Team is perfect for the job! Our team of trained professionals will assess the damage and begin cleanup immediately. We’ll also inspect your property for structural damage, as well as smoke and ash damage just in case.

 

Where there’s fire or water damage involved, it can be a dangerous situation for those who don’t take the proper safety precautions. It’s always recommended to call in professionals to ensure that everyone is properly taken care of. When it comes to disastrous situations, The Steam Team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency service situations!

Fire Damage and Safety: Protect Yourself and Your Family- Austin Tx

With the recent fires in California, many homeowners are dealing with the tragedy of smoke damage first-hand. When fire damages our property, it leaves behind a trail of smoke, soot, and ash that can permanently destroy our furniture and possessions. It’s devastating to our homes, our belongings, and sometimes even our lives. Today, The Steam Team wants to stress how important your safety is when faced with fire or fire damage. Where there’s fire, there’s smoke -- smoke can potentially be extremely dangerous.

 

Following a fire, many homeowners first instinct is to rush to the scene to assess the damage. The most important factor here, however, is time. Do not rush-- take things slowly, instead, call the professionals for help. Fire and smoke damage should always be handled by the professionals, and safety must remain the top priority!

 

Safety is Our Top Priority

 

When The Steam Team comes in to help clean up after fire damage, safety is our top priority. The safety of you, your family, and our technicians. That’s why we follow rigorous safety guidelines and ensure that every area is properly ventilated throughout the entire process.

 

Equipment and Execution

 

Wearing the proper masks to protect from smoke inhalation and ash, our technicians always use the most advanced and effective equipment. Following our custom and proven method, they’ll properly ventilate each area that was touched by the fire and bring in the equipment to begin removal.

 

Practice Proper Safety Moving Forward

 

In the days and weeks following the fire damage, it’s always recommended to take extra safety precautions to protect yourself and your family from any contaminants that may still be lingering in the air.

 

With professional-grade equipment and extensive knowledge, The Steam Team will restore your home to its previous condition! Give us a call today to learn more- and don’t forget that we’re available in emergency situations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How Important is sealing your floors? Austin Cleaning Company

Professional Cleaning in Austin 

Professional Cleaning in Austin 

Does your carpet have protectant? Do you know whether or not you need it? When we spill liquids and substances onto our carpet, the fibers absorb the mess, causing the carpet to stain or develop an odor. Or multiple odors- uh oh! But carpet protectant can help with this, and we’ll tell you how! We can protect your marble and stone floors too. 

 

If your carpet doesn’t have protectant, perhaps it’s time to make an investment! Let’s discuss how carpet protector works, and whether or not you should install it in your home.

 

How Does it Work?

 

Ultimately, carpet protector helps prevent wear and tear on your flooring! It also repels dirt and helps to prevent stains and odors from forming; isn’t that a relief? It basically does everything we want it to! And on the plus side, if your carpet is near a window and is fading from the sunlight, carpet protector provides ultraviolet protection to reduce discoloration. So there are many advantages to making this investment; you just have to decide whether it’s right for you.

 

Do I need Carpet Protectant?

 

Is there anyone in your household who’s known for making messes, spilling their drinks, tracking in dirt, etcetera? Do you have children or pets? If your carpet experiences a lot of foot traffic and you’re noticing wear and tear more quickly than you prefer, you might need carpet protectant!

 

The Steam Team knows just about everything there is to know about carpet, and yes, carpet protectant. We believe it’s highly important to have for your flooring, so your carpet will last longer, look better, and feel fresher! If you’re curious about carpet protectant, don’t hesitate to contact your leading carpet cleaning and restoration company in Austin, TX - The Steam Team. We’ll be more than happy to come out and install protectant for your carpet! For 24 hour water damage service call us at 512-451-8326 now. 


 

The First Steps in Fire Damage Restoration

The Steam Team Austin

The Steam Team Austin

A house fire can start from a variety of sources and can spread quite rapidly. It’s completely devastating when you suffer from a house fire, no matter the cause. It’s both difficult and dangerous to handle the fire or the fire damage by yourself, but, many homeowners try to take the task upon themselves. In our blog today, we’re covering the best way to help as a homeowner who has suffered from fire damage recently because we want you to be as equipped as you can.

 

Act Immediately

As soon as the fire starts, there are a few phone calls you should make. First and foremost, 911 -- the firefighters should be the ones to deal with extinguishing the house fire. Next, your insurance company -- they’ll help you through the next steps to make sure you’re taken care of. Finally, a professional cleaning and restoration company -- like us, here at The Steam Team, who can help you along the way through the restoration process until your home looks as if it was never damaged.

 

After the Fire; Survey the Damage

After the firefighters have successfully extinguished the fire and you’ve made the necessary phone calls, you may be tempted to begin surveying the damage. The smoke that still remains in the air and the soot settling on the surfaces around your home pose a huge risk to your health -- especially without any protective gear. That’s why it’s so important to call in the professional restoration team. When our fire damage restoration technicians arrive at your home, they will first begin surveying the damage. Afterward, we’ll begin the restoration process by making sure your home is protected from further damage.


The Steam Team understands how devastating a house fire can be to you and your family. We strive to restore your home to its previous condition using our many years of experience, and expert restoration techniques. Let us handle this burden for you, and call The Steam Team today!

Water Damage and Mold: The Unspoken Dangers Austin Texas

Water Damage In Austin

Water Damage In Austin

After water damage has occurred, mold poses a huge threat to our homes, health, and perhaps our sanity and livelihood! Whether it’s a pipe bursting, a small leak, or a natural disaster- water damage almost always equates to a mold issue that we should definitely be concerned about.  After all, all mold needs to grow and fester is a little bit of time, and a corner of dark, damp space, and it can cause several health problems (especially for people with asthma and allergies). Experts in water damage in Austin Texas. Call 512-451-8326 today. 

 

The sooner we begin to remedy the water damage, the sooner we can stop mold from growing! Let’s look at a few different ways we can prevent mold from spreading and taking over our homes:

 

Dry Up Water as Quickly as Possible

 

This may seem obvious, but we must cover it. Aside from using towels to absorb the water, you can also use a wet/dry vacuum, which can be bought or rented. This machine will greatly speed up the drying process! Austin water damage professionals. One call solves all your water damage needs. 

 

Use Fans & Dehumidifiers

 

Set up box fans around the area, and a dehumidifier if you have one! Keep them running 24 hours a day- just to be safe!

 

Steam Clean Carpeting and Other Flooring

 

Steam cleaning has the power to eradicate mold spores using only high pressurized water and intense heat. We highly suggest this method of cleaning when it comes to mold remediation. You can rent a steam cleaning machine, or call your local cleaning and restoration company: The Steam Team! We handle mold remediation and are certified with the State of Texas. 

 

Remember, when it comes to mold, there’s always a solution- especially with The Steam Team behind you. When you give us a call, we come out right away; we’re available twenty four hours around the clock! So when it comes to water damage, don’t hesitate. Give us a call and prevent mold from taking over! 512-451-8326

Cleaning Up After Smoke and Fire Damage Austin Texas

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

Fires are devastating all around; this is only one reason as to why the professionals should come help with the cleanup! After the firefighters leave, this potentially dangerous process begins, and there are a few things you should be aware of when dealing with a crisis like this. Of course the fire was the main danger, but what’s left behind can be detrimental to the safety of your home, and those who live in it. Visit our office at 9901 Burnet Rd. Austin, Tx 78758 for tips on repairing your home or business. 

 

Here’s what you should do right after the firefighters leave:

 

Call the Professionals Immediately

 

This is no DIY task; the professionals need to be called out to your home immediately after a fire. They’ll know what to do, and they’ll have the correct tools and equipment for the job. DON’T hesitate- call a cleaning and restoration company ASAP (like The Steam Team).

 

Call the Insurance Company

 

The insurance company needs to come out and evaluate the area, make estimates, and speak with you.

 

Follow Safety Guidelines

 

Be safe out there! Wear a dust respirator (safety mask) to protect yourself against dust, smoke, and other dangerous substances in the air. Smoke will immediately begin to settle onto furniture and surfaces, so you’ll want to be safe and protected while surveying the area.

 

Ventilate the Area

 

Box fans are great for this. Open windows and set box fans facing outward, so that they blow smoke and contaminated air out the windows!

 

Rely on The Steam Team


For over a decade, The Steam Team has been helping homeowners take back their homes after fire and smoke damage. We know exactly what to do, and we have the equipment for it, too! We’re available around the clock, and we’ll get the job done in a timely, efficient manner. Don’t panic- just give us a call!

5 Tips from the Experts About Water Damage Restoration

Water Damage in Austin, TX

Water Damage in Austin, TX

Fire and Water are one of the most devastating disasters a home, office, or building can experience.  While you’re trying to get your life back in order, it’s only natural do want to be hands-on as soon as possible. The only problem is that sometimes that’s not the best idea. Here are five tips about fire and water damage restoration that’s sure to minimize damage and get your life back in order.

 

1. Avoid Making The Damage Worse

 

It can be easy to go into a frenzy when you’re faced with an unimaginable tragedy. You’re scared, confused, and just want to make things right – we get it. When you’re faced with fire damage, however, sometimes less is more. Limit movement to avoid spreading soot, cover carpet and upholstery with clean towels, and try not to stress – everything will be okay.

 

2. Plan Your Next Steps

 

Before you start the cleaning or restoration process, call the professionals. The Steam Team is trained in all things fire and water restoration related in Austin, Texas. You can rest easy knowing that the best people in the business are here to help get your life back to normal.

 

3. Fix What You Can But Only What You Should

 

While you might want to take a crack at fixing the damage yourself, it’s not only unrealistic, but it can also be unsafe and cause more destruction. Feel free to change your HVAC filter and clean out your refrigerator if the power is out, but leave the rest to the professionals. Water damage in Austin, Texas can be devastating. 

 

4. Be Wary Of Cleaning

 

Sometimes cleaning can be a mistake instead of making things better. Don’t try to wash your walls or carpet before contacting The Steam Team to evaluate the situation. Avoid cleaning electrical appliances that have been close to fire, heat, or water, and don’t send clothes to the cleaner so that the smoke doesn’t set in the fabric. For now, think less is more.

 

5. Be Careful

 

Last but not least, be extremely careful when moving around the dwelling and using appliances and furniture. Don’t turn on the ceiling fans if the ceiling is wet, and don’t eat any packaged food that could have been exposed to smoke.


If you’re dealing with fire damage or water damage, call The Steam Team and have peace of mind knowing that we’ve got it from here. Your Central Texas headquarters. 

Water Damage In Austin

The Steam Team Office In Austin, Texas

The Steam Team Office In Austin, Texas

Pets make loyal, loveable additions to the family, but they’re not the most considerate of companions… especially when it comes to the carpet. For starters, our pets don’t think twice about tracking mud around, and housetraining is a battle in itself.

 

We’ve compiled a few tips to help you implement a system that protects your carpet from day-to-day damage.

 

Keep an Enzymatic Cleaner On hand

 

It’s important to use an enzymatic cleaner on urine—it’s the only product that contains enzymes that break down the non-water-soluble components in urine, such as uric acid. Use as directed on the bottle. If the stain persists, you can try your trusty commercial carpet cleaner, or mix your own solution, using water and dish detergent, or water, baking soda, and white vinegar. As we always suggest... Remember not to scrub the stain. Instead, blot the area with a clean cloth.

 

Set Up a Paw-Wiping Station

 

After romping around the muddy backyard, Fido hurries inside, leaving filthy paw prints in his path! Do yourself (and your flooring) a favor and set up a paw-wiping station near the entryway.

 

Spread out a towel (or doormat) at the backdoor, suitable for your pet to step on as they enter. You can layer this towel with a damp, smaller towel to help wipe away mud. Set a spray bottle and soft bristle brush nearby, if necessary.

 

Conceal High-Traffic Areas with Decorative Rugs

 

An area rug is easier to replace than carpet! A smaller pattern will be more forgiving of dust, dirt, and fur. Be sure to include your area rugs in your normal vacuuming routine.

 

Hire the Professionals


How often should you have your carpets and rugs professionally cleaned? Well, this will depend on how much foot traffic/wear and tear your carpet has endured. Contact The Steam Team if you notice any staining, discoloration, or if your home needs a professional’s magic touch!

3 Fun Facts About Steam Cleaning

The Steam Team Austin, Texas Official Sun Glasses

The Steam Team Austin, Texas Official Sun Glasses

Who said cleaning can’t be fun? Steam cleaning may not seem like it could be exciting to you, but when you see the effects it has on various surfaces and environments everyday - it’s certainly intriguing.

 

Check out these awesome facts about steam cleaning!

  1. Steam cleaning can help improve air quality around the home.

Ridding flooring (and other surfaces) of common allergens, dust particles, and grime build up keeps these things from circulating around the home. With all of these particles, the air quality around your home will start to improve.

 

Don’t forget to clean your air ducts and you’re sure to breathe clean air!

  1. The steam cleaner was first invented over 150 years ago.

Since then, it’s come a long way! The technology integrated with steam cleaners now is entirely different. Machines are able to be used on various surfaces, materials, and fabrics for a variety of reasons, too. Not only can flooring be steam cleaned, but furniture, window treatments, appliances, air ducts - you name it!

 

What we know now versus what we knew when steam cleaning was initially invented is monumental.

  1. Carpet should be professionally steam cleaned every 12-18 months.

Regularly cleaning carpets with a steam cleaner helps to eliminate any grime build-up but also keeps allergens and pollutants at a minimum around the home. Remember; steam cleaning is a much more thorough and deep clean versus regular vacuuming. Scheduling a professional to come into your home every 12-18 months has shown to be the most effective and efficient way to protect, clean, and maintain carpet flooring.

 

If you need a professional to take a look at your carpets, give us a call at The Steam Team today!

How Effective is Steam Cleaning?

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Maybe you’ve heard about the impressive qualities of a steam cleaner, and the even more outstanding results that it delivers. But you may be wondering… Just how effective is steam cleaning? What’s so special about it? It’s normal to feel skeptical about changing your routine! That’s why we’re going to review a few of steam cleaning’s most impressive qualities, and why it may be beneficial to have your home professionally cleaned.

 

  1. Deep Cleaning

 

If you or another member of your household has allergies or asthma, you’ll appreciate the power and intensity of a thorough steam cleaning. The process easily removes dust mites and allergens from your home, allowing you to breathe easier, and live healthier!

 

  1. Chemical-Free

 

Other household cleaning products may leave behind residue that lingers in our environment, potentially harming our health. However, steam cleaning will thoroughly remove dust and debris from your carpet and/or furniture without the use of chemicals! You won’t find any leftover residue or markings.

 

  1. Knocks Out Mold

 

Mold- it spawns, it spreads, it destroys everything in its path! When handling a mold issue, the most important thing you can do is to act quickly. Once you’ve contacted your local cleaning and restoration company, the rest is up to the professionals. With intense heat and high pressure, a steam cleaner is the perfect tool for removing mold from your home.

 

Steam cleaning can be effective in many different situations. It’s perfect for dealing with pesky, stubborn stains, removing unwanted odors, or regular, routine deep cleaning. Choose steam cleaning over dry mopping for a thorough cleaning that you can trust.


And remember, if you’re looking for a professional touch, be sure to give The Steam Team a call today! We have all of the right tools and equipment to help your home look brand new again!