3 Ways to Keep Carpet from Staining

Carpet is cozy and cushiony; why wouldn’t we want it in our home? Well, one reason is that it can stain easily, but there are several things we can do to prevent staining and discoloration! And when times get tough, you can always rely on the professionals to remove the stain; The Steam Team specializes in that, you know! Below are three quick and simple tips for preventing staining on your carpeting!


Remove Your Shoes at the Door


Let’s start with the basics. It always helps to just remove your shoes at the door. This means that your carpet doesn’t even have the opportunity to come in contact with the dirt, sand, and mud that’s on your shoes! Place a basket or mat near the entrances to your home, and ask guests to remove their shoes, as well.


Clean Up Spills Immediately


It’s always important to clean up spills and accidents as soon as you spot them! The sooner you get to a spill, the less likely it is to stain! Whether you’re using a commercial cleaner or a homemade remedy, just make sure you tackle that stain immediately!


Call in the Professionals


Every once in a while, make you sure you give your carpeting the royal treatment by calling in the professionals! A professional cleaning and restoration company, like The Steam Team, can come out, inspect your flooring for stains and discoloration, and clean it right up! You’ll be floored by our results!


The Steam Team is a group of trained professionals who can help you remove virtually any stain from your carpeting! Just give us a call and we’ll come out and give you a hand! And that’s not all we specialize in; log online to our website today to view our list of services. You might find yourself in need of more than one service!


Back to the Basics: A Quick Guide to Steam Cleaning

So you’ve given up your traditional methods of cleaning and have decided to go with steam cleaning! First of all, we’re proud of you! Second of all, let’s go back to the basics of steam cleaning. What’s it all about? Well, here are five facts about steam cleaning that are bound to get you even more excited about your new endeavor!

 

Steam Cleaning is Completely Safe

 

Steam cleaning is absolutely, entirely safe for your children, pets, other family members, and the environment in general. It doesn’t involve the use of any chemicals at all. That means that no potentially harmful substances are used while we clean, and we won’t leave behind any residue!

 

Steam Cleaning Saves You Money

 

That’s right! Steam cleaning saves you money. You won’t need to purchase any cleaning supplies if you’re steam cleaning- since a steam cleaning machine won’t use them! You’ll love

having that extra cash stowed away for a rainy day.

 

Steam Cleaning REALLY Cleans

 

Finally, a clean that you can trust! You’ve seen the before and after pictures, right? Then you know that steam cleaning really gets at that grime and dirt. Nothing gets past a professional grade steam cleaning machine!

 

Steam Cleaning Kills Germs and Bacteria

 

Bring it on, springtime. Bring all of your germs and bacteria. Let us fight them away with our professional grade steam cleaning machine! With high pressurized water and intense heat, we can take care of germs and bacteria in bathrooms, kitchens, entry ways- wherever!

 

Steam Cleaning Eradicates Allergens

 

Having trouble this allergy season? We can’t blame you; Austin is the allergy capital of the nation! But before you throw in the towel and succumb to runny, stuffy noses forever- consider steam cleaning. It does wonders for eradicating allergens like dust, dander, and pollen!

 

Contact The Steam Team today if you’re in need of a serious cleaning! Or log online and view our list of services here!

 

Removing Pet Urine From Carpet: Steam Team Style

Here at The Steam Team, we fully understand how frustrating pet odors can be! Sometimes it seems like we’ll never get rid of them. But thankfully, that’s not true. Together, we can rid your home pet odors for good. You’ll love the results we come up with! So don’t worry about the urine smell any longer- instead, rely on The Steam Team to get the job done.

 

Cleaning Up After Urine

 

For starters, always tend to the areas as soon as possible. The earlier you get to it, the better chance you have at removing the urine from the carpet!

 

First, let’s make sure we’re properly cleaning up after the area that’s been urinated on. In order to effectively remove the urine scent from the area, you need an enzymatic cleaner! Make sure whatever you’re using is enzymatic and you’ll save yourself a world of trouble.

 

Calling in the Professionals

 

For pet urine odors and other scents we find unattractive, we highly recommend steam cleaning! While it may feel impossible at times to remove these odors, a professional-grade steam cleaning machine can effortlessly pull urine particles from deep within the fibers of carpet. And it’ll use nothing but hot water high water pressure to do it!

 

No matter how strong the odor is, The Steam Team is bound and determined to remove it from your home! If you need a thorough deep cleaning done by the professionals, don’t hesitate to give The Steam Team a call! We’ll happily come out and inspect your home and restore your carpet to its original condition!

 

Pet urine and odors are absolutely no problem for The Steam Team! We’ll neutralize pet odors, get urine odors under control, and get you back to breathing fresher, cleaner air! Call The Steam Team today for a list of services, or to get us out to your home pronto!

 

Quick Professional Tips to Make the Best First Impressions with House Guests

With all of the holidays around the corner, there’s no doubt that many of us will be sharing our homes with guests whether they’re family, neighbors, or friends. While all of the time we get to spend together is joyous and celebratory, it involves a lot of preparation and a lot of clean up both before and after.

 

Decide What’s ‘Essential’ and ‘Non-Essential’

Before you begin cleaning, the best way to prioritize your home is to decide what’s essential and what’s non-essential. If you have a buildup of clutter, that may be on your ‘essential’ list as clutter usually makes a space feel smaller and is more difficult to clean. On the other hand, if you haven’t checked your air ducts in a while, that may fall on your ‘non-essential’ list. In other words; don’t stress about your air ducts if you’re not able to get to them before company is coming over.

 

Allow Yourself Enough Time

This may mean different things for different people. For some, you may want to allow yourself enough time to hammer out your cleaning schedule; something different on each day. For others, this may mean you’re allowing yourself enough time to hire the professionals to come in and thoroughly clean your home top to bottom.

 

Take a Load Off, Put Your Feet Up

It’s the holidays- don’t stress yourself out about cleaning for your house guests. Instead spend that time planning your meals for the big day, picking out decorations or games, and of course- on the day of- spending quality time with your people. The most relaxing choice for you is to call in the professionals and let them take care of the rest!


Here at The Steam Team, we’ve got you covered with all of your cleaning needs. From steam cleaning carpet, tile and grout, and even window treatments- we can make your house sparkle and shine just in time for your guests.

Upholstered Furniture and Stains: What To Do

That brand new upholstered couch looks amazing in your living room! You’ve simply fallen in love with it. But, most importantly, you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible, and retains its fresh, new look. Stains definitely work against creating such an image! So here’s a quick guide to cleaning and removing stains from upholstery!

 

Clean Stains Right When They Happen

 

Ah, Rule #1, always clean up stains immediately. Basically, the longer the stain sits, the more likely it is to become permanent. So blot them clean- never scrub the stain, as you may end up spreading the affected area.

 

Check the Label

 

Check the label on your furniture for cleaning instructions. It can contain some very valuable information! For instance, an “X,” means that the item should only be professionally cleaned. It’s better to be in the know!

 

Perform a Spot Test

 

Before using any cleaning product, find an inconspicuous area on the piece of furniture to perform a spot test. This way you could potentially avoid ruining a larger section of the piece of furniture.

 

Fight Food Spills and Stains

 

For food spills and stains, try mixing your own concoction of one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and two cups of cold water. Dab this solution onto the stain with a clean, white cloth. Do this until all of the stain is absorbed, and your cloth is coming back dry.

 

Steam Clean

 

Occasionally, you need to call in the professionals! Simply put, they have the right tools, knowledge, and experience for any stain or cleaning/restoration project!


And of course, don’t forget that The Steam Team has your back when it comes to fighting stains! It’s one of our many specialties. Visit our website here to view all of our services, as well as cleaning tips!

4 Tips for Professional Cleaning in Austin

Fortunately our flooring throughout our homes lasts for years and years to come, but unfortunately this makes stains (over time) inevitable. You’re probably familiar with this scenario: shattering as a glass of wine tumbles to the floor. The spill splashes everywhere- the carpet, the couch, your clothes… Don’t panic! We’ve got just the tips for you.

 

Don’t Leave Anything Behind

 

The biggest problem homeowners face when they’re dealing with stains is the amount of residue left behind from the initial incident. The best way to avoid lasting stains or anything permanent, is to ensure that nothing is left behind after the spill. If you’re dealing with a solid mess, you can easily pick it up with any utensil, paper towel, bag, or even cloth and then blot away anything that may be remaining.

 

Do NOT Scrub

 

So often we see stains that have been scrubbed further into carpet fibers or grout because of how they were handled initially. It’s extremely important that you never scrub spills or messes because it will only push them further into the flooring -- always, always, always blot away any excess!

 

Use Homemade Cleaner

 

Be sure to use a cleaner that will work with the mess you’re dealing with. Homemade cleaners aren’t always going to do the trick, especially for stains like pet urine. However, a generally good solution to use for most spills or messes is made by combining 1 tsp. dish soap, ¼ tsp. white vinegar, and 4 cups warm water.

 

Call The Professionals

 

No stain is too tough for The Steam Team to tackle. As a professional cleaning and restoration company, The Steam Team is highly trained, knowledgeable, and equipped to take care of spills and stains just like these. When it comes to the toughest ones, we’ve been known to get them right out.

 

So, when it comes to your carpets or any other flooring, don’t hesitate to give us a call today- either for that stubborn stain, or a professional deep-cleaning. We guarantee that you’ll be floored by our results!

  

Top 7 Reasons to Hire a Professional Cleaning Company Austin Texas

Are you thinking of hiring a professional cleaning company? That’s great! Now to further encourage you, here are seven reasons why we think you should trust your gut, and go with the pro’s!

 

We Know it All

 

Not all carpets are the same! Details like this one are one reason why cleaning should be left to the professionals. They have the expertise, experience, and equipment for any cleaning job.

 

Professional Stain Removal

 

Finally… no more hiding that hideous wine stain underneath your rug. Professionals know stains, and they know how to remove them effectively and permanently.

 

We Have The Right Equipment

 

Sometimes, even rented equipment just doesn’t cut it. But the professionals definitely have the right equipment needed for the job. Sometimes that makes all the difference.

 

Come Home to a Clean House

 

Have errands to run? No problem. A professional steam cleaning company can be in and out before you know it! No inconvenience there!

 

Steam Cleaning Kills Germs

 

If you’re looking to sanitize your home this season, choose The Steam Team. Steam cleaning kills germs and bacteria, as well as dust mites and allergens!

 

Cleans Up After Pets and Children

 

If you have pets or children in your home, you know the kind of difference this extra foot traffic can make on your carpet. But steam cleaning effortlessly eradicates dirt, dander, dust, and stains from your flooring!

 

We Provide a ‘Clean’ You Can Trust

 

No grime left behind, and no residue. You can trust that your flooring, surfaces, furniture, etc is clean as a whistle!


If you’re still not convinced, head on over to our website to read more about the services that The Steam Team offers! We have the right equipment, plenty of experience, and all of the knowledge needed to restore your flooring to its original condition.

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. 

 

The Best Way to Remove Stains From Your Rugs

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If you’re a pet owner, you know firsthand the struggle it is to keep carpet clean! No matter how much we love our pets, they can really make a mess. They track in mud from outside, “go to the bathroom,” in all of the wrong places, and sometimes get sick in inconvenient places, too. So naturally, the carpet takes a beating! Luckily, today we have the best tips for removing these stains. And don’t forget- The Steam Team is always available to professionally clean your carpet, and restore it to its original condition!

 

Mud Stains

 

When Fido tracks in mud, you’ll first want to scrape away all of the dried pieces. A vacuum is the best equipment to use after you’re finished scraping. Next, create a cleaning solution! Squirt about ¼ tsp of dishwashing liquid into half a cup of warm water. Once the solution suds, dab it onto the stain, and rinse clean with fresh water.

 

Urine Stains

 

Catch these stains ASAP! Dog urine that is left to dry not only leaves behind a stain and odor, but also allows for bacteria to spread. Use paper towels to soak up wet urine, and place something heavy on top to make sure you get it all. Then, with an enzymatic cleaner, wet the area, and blot away the stain. You could also use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda, or club soda!

 

Vomit Stains

 

After you’ve picked up the bulk of the vomit, spray the area with cold water. Then, saturate a cleaning sponge in your trusty solution and dab the stain until it’s disappeared. Afterward, you’ll probably want to throw that sponge away!

 

The Steam Team is here for you through all of your carpet needs. Whether it’s removing a stain, or deep-cleaning your entire house, we’re the ones for the job! Just give us a call today.

How Often Should You Do Cleaning in Austin Texas?

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Cleaning Austin

When it comes to keeping carpet and flooring clean and tidy, homeowners wonder how often they should vacuum. The answer comes down to one simple factor: how much foot traffic your carpet endures on a daily basis. Below, we’ll go over a few factors that make a difference in the cleanliness of your carpet, and of course, we’ll tell you how often you should be vacuuming.

 

Typically, carpet should be vacuumed about once a week. But the factors laid out below will mean that you’ll have to vacuum a bit more frequently.

 

Pets

 

Pets certainly play a role in making our carpet more dirty. From muddy paws, to urine and feces stains, it can feel as if you’re constantly cleaning up after them! Vacuum twice a week to pick up the extra dirt and dander that our loving, adorable pets leave behind- and don’t sweat it, as a professional cleaning company can always come in and help out!

 

Children

 

With children running around the house in their dirty shoes (or bare feet), it can be difficult to keep your carpet clean! Vacuum twice weekly, or try teaching your children to leave their dirty shoes at the entrance of your home; this can cut down on the amount of dirt and mud that’s tracked all over your flooring! It’s a good practice.

 

A Crowded Home

 

Are there a lot of people living in your home? Well, there’s nothing wrong with that, but you may be vacuuming more often than you wish! Vacuum 2-3 times a week, depending on the messes your guests make!

 

The Steam Team is a team of trained experts who have many years of experience in professional carpet cleaning. If your carpet is in need of a deep cleaning, don’t hesitate- pick up the phone and give us a call! We’re available 24/7 to help you out!

Enhance the Look and Feel of Your Carpet with Cleaning Austin

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Water cleanup

Remember the good ‘ol days, when your carpet was brand new, felt cushiony, and smelled great? It likely looked great, too! But now, after so much time of wear and tear, your carpet might have begun to lose its luster. If that’s the case, don’t fret! Steam cleaning does wonders to restore your carpet to its original condition- especially when it’s done by the professionals (such as The Steam Team)! We also handle all types of water damage Austin Texas service

 

Enhance the Look of Your Carpet with Professional Cleaning

 

It’s not just cleaning that we’re out to do- although we’ll do plenty of it. But we pride ourselves on going the extra mile! This includes performing services such as spot treatment, stain removal, and carpet grooming! We want your carpet to look its best, to shine, and to feel as new as you remember! We are available 24 hours a day for water damage Austin Tx.

 

Freshly Cleaned Carpet = Softer Carpet

 

Finally, your carpet will feel the same way it did the day you had it installed. Absolutely nothing beats that feeling on your feet- are we right? Thanks to carpet grooming, you’ll love walking all over your house, and guests will, too!

 

Steam Clean Away the Odors

 

There’s nothing like fresh-smelling carpet as well! Your carpet may smell grimey and stale from years of wear and tear, and these odors get pushed into the air every time we set foot on the flooring. But a professional-grade steam cleaner can easily extract stains, dust, dirt, grime, and everything else that’s causing those odors! When we’re done with the job, your carpet will look great, feel wonderful, and smell ah-mazing!

 

Give The Steam Team a call today; we know, and you know, that you won’t regret it! Our carpet cleaning technicians can restore even the most worn carpet to its better, fresher condition. Just say the word! We also provide the fastest service for water damage Austin

Safety First! Are Your Cleaning Products Safe for Your Home?

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Austin Texas Cleaning

With such a variety of cleaning products on the shelf, it’s difficult to make a decision as to what would be ‘best’ for your home. Functionality aside, how can you be sure that the chemicals you’re bringing into your home are safe? That concern grows when children or pets are added in the mix -- so, for today’s blog, we’ve put together those chemicals you should stay away from in cleaning products and a great alternative for safe and effective cleaning at home.

 

Number one on our list (and probably in your home) is everybody’s favorite chemical; ammonia. Ammonia is actually one of the most common chemicals found in household cleaning products and is often encouraged for use on extremely tough spots and stains. BUT ammonia is also known to cause skin irritation, burns, and damage to the respiratory tract. Although ammonia is also found in our bodies and in nature, inhaling it can result in a variety of health effects.

 

Luckily, there are many companies that have already successfully phased out ammonia and many safe and natural cleaners have taken its place. There are also several ingredients that you probably have laying around your house such as lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, and water that can be mixed to create a safe alternative to ammonia.

 

The best solution to avoid harmful chemicals in your home is to change your cleaning method -- not product. No matter what surface or area you’re cleaning, there’s one method that’s both versatile enough to target practically everything and do it safely and effectively: steam cleaning. Combining high heat, pressure, suction, and water, steam cleaning can turn your stained, faded surfaces back in time to looking brand-new! All with the peace of mind knowing you’re not bringing harmful chemicals into your home.

 

Is it time to clean those carpets? Resurface the hardwood? Give us a call at The Steam Team today!

Who is the best cleaning company in Austin, Texas?

Best Cleaning Company in Austin, Tx

Best Cleaning Company in Austin, Tx

Who is the best cleaning company in Austin, Texas?

 

We were voted best cleaning company in Austin by the Austin Monthly and here is why. So you’ve recently arrived home from your hardware or home-decor store, and you’ve installed your brand new, stunning venetian blinds. They’re much better than the cheaper, flimsy blinds that once plagued your living and dining room, right? Your home is bright, beautiful, and you’ve found the privacy you’ve been searching for. So how do you maintain them? After all, blinds of any type are notorious for collecting dirt and dust.

 

Here at The Steam Team, we’d like to offer our assistance for maintaining your new venetian blinds! Of course there are quite a few methods of keeping them clean- but don’t worry, we’ll keep it nice and simple for you.

 

  1. Dry Dusting

 

Sure, it’s messy and frustrating, but this may be where you want to start, especially if your new blinds haven’t collected too much grime yet. To make things easier on yourself, use an adequate dusting cloth. This means, find a cloth that collects the dust and doesn’t let it wander into the air, or back onto the blinds! These cloths can be found just about anywhere (grocery stores, walmarts, etc). Slide the cloth back and forth in a controlled motion.

 

2. Steam Cleaning

 

Come on, you had to know that we’d suggest steam cleaning at some point in this blog! But truly- this is the best, most thorough method of cleaning we can offer. And yes- we’re experts! If your blinds have been splashed with grease, or are just too dirty for a dust cloth to handle, you’ll know that this is the way to go. If you’re using your own personal steam cleaning device, then great! If you don’t own one and would prefer not to rent, then contact The Steam Team to tackle this project for you.

 

Also, don’t forget! The Steam Team can take care of your draperies while we’re helping out with your blinds. We’ll either use a dry cleaning process, or a low-moisture hot water extraction method of cleaning- and we can often clean them without removing them. Even better, right? So don’t hesitate; give us a call today!

How Effective is Steam Cleaning?

Rug Cleaning

Rug Cleaning

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!