The 4 Places You Keep Forgetting to Clean

Keeping your home in tip-top shape is no easy task, especially if you’re cleaning it all on your own without the help of professionals. But that might cause you to overlook some parts of your home that are still very important to keep clean. Here’s a reminder of areas of your home that still need cleaning, but are often overlooked.


Air Vents


Cleaning and dusting every surface in your home is essential for your health, since it ensures that you’re breathing clean air. But are you making sure to also clean the source of that air? Dirty air vents can affect your everyday health, and unfortunately most people don’t clean them as often as they should. Next time you wonder why your cabinets are so dusty, check the vents.


Drapes


Make sure not to skip your curtains or drapes when giving your house a deep clean. Dust, dirt, pollen and even mold can accumulate on drapes left unchecked. Many drapes can’t be cleaned in the washing machine, and require special attention. So be sure you know what kind of clean your drapes need.


Under Appliances


Under and behind many appliances might just be the dirtiest places in your home. Many people never clean these areas at all! Dirt, dust, grime and food can build up in these areas, and you can’t avoid cleaning them forever! If you don’t want to pull out that refrigerator or washing machine and clean all around it, call The Steam Team and let us do it!


Baseboards


Baseboards are often never cleaned, even though cleaning them doesn’t take too much time or effort. They can easily collect dust and dirt over time. Cleaning them can be done with just a damp cloth or a wipe.


The Steam Team


If these areas are too difficult or too inconvenient for you to clean, keep in mind that The Steam Team technicians can do it all! So stop letting these areas of your home get dirtier by the day, give us a call. Visit The Steam Team website for more information.


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!


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.


How To React When Water Damage Occurs

Water may be essential to our daily lives, but it can really cause damage to our homes during a storm, leak, or even a fire! But wherever you are, whatever you’re facing, if it’s water damage, The Steam Team has you covered. We’re experts at water damage recovery and even mold remediation- because, you know, that’s an issue too when it comes to water damage. If you encounter water damage in or around your home, here’s what you should do:

 

Act Quickly

 

It’s important to act as quickly as possible once you discover water damage! Remember, it only takes 24-48 hours for mold to begin growing and spreading throughout your home! If you don’t want a serious mold issue on your hands, then get moving, get moving, get moving!

 

Dry Out the Area

 

Next, do your best to dry out the area until the professionals arrive. We know that this is no simple task, especially when you’re battling mold and other contaminants! But remember that the longer you leave an area moist, the more likely it is that mold will form. So do your best to act as quickly as possible!

 

Call in The Steam Team

 

Do you live in the Austin, TX area and have a water damage problem on your hands? Then you’re in luck! The Steam Team is a group of trained professionals who have plenty of expertise in cleaning up after water damage, and restoring your home to its original, pristine condition.


The Steam Team really knows what they’re doing when it comes to water damage! You can put your trust in us. We’ve been at this for over a decade; that’s ample time to learn the ropes! So remember, as soon as you encounter water damage in or around your home, give The Steam Team a call!

When Disaster Strikes: Austin Texas Restoration Professionals

When disaster strikes and causes either water or fire damage in your home, it’s always best to call in the professionals! Professional cleaning and restoration companies, like The Steam Team, can help you restore your home back to its original condition. We’ll get you back home and feeling secure in no time! Let’s discuss the dangers of water and fire damage, and how The Steam Team can help you!

 

Water Damage

 

Whether the water damage you’re experiencing is from a leaky appliance, or a natural disaster, we’re here for you! No matter the scale of damage, The Steam Team can help out. Here we’re basically looking for mold and mildew, and trying to prevent it from spreading. If you’ve recently had water damage in your home and you spot a mold problem, contact the professionals immediately!

 

Fire Damage

 

Fires are devastating and disastrous; they take some time to recover from, just like water damage. Not only do you have to worry about fire destroying your personal property, but there are many health concerns that come along with smoke damage. And of course, what does it take to put out a fire? Water. Lots of water. That can cause damage, too.

 

Call in the Professionals

 

It’s always best to call in the professionals in these scenarios. Not only do we have the correct tools and equipment, but we’re also equipped with the right amount of experience and expertise! We have no doubt that we can help restore your home to its original condition in no time.


After over a decade of experience, The Steam Team has the right knowledge and expertise for any cleaning or restoration job. So from cleaning the tile and grout in your bathroom before a dinner party, to replacing it after a flash flood, we’re here for you. Don’t hesitate! Just pick up the phone today and give us a call!

The Do's and Don't of Marble Flooring Maintenance

Choosing the flooring throughout your house is no easy feat- we know your decision was not made lightly. That’s why it’s important to care for your floors over their lifetime to ensure you get the most out of them for the longest period of time.

 

One of the most popular materials right now is marble- and for good reason, too. Marble adds a gorgeous look to any room and is relatively easy to clean, maintain, and even restore (if need be). However, just because it’s flat and hard like hardwood floors or tile- you don’t want to treat it the same way. Here are our best tips and tricks of the trade to keep your marble floors looking bright, shiny, and brand new!

 

Regular Maintenance

When it comes to marble flooring, the regular maintenance you do heavily relies on the tools you choose. Finding a broom that’s not too tough is important when you sweep and a duster that’s going to really capture everything it meets.

 

Preventing and Removing Stains

Preventing stains is relatively similar across any flooring, furniture, or fabric of any kind- you want to try and catch the spill as soon as it happens, wiping everything up immediately. This will keep any liquid from seeping into the flooring and staining.

 

In order to remove stains, there are several products on the market that are made specifically for marble flooring. If you’re unsure of which product to choose- give us, The Steam Team, a call. We’re happy to help.

 

Call The Steam Team

With decades of experience and tons of knowledge and expertise, The Steam Team is your leading choice of professionals for marble cleaning and polishing. We know exactly what we’re doing, and what’s more important- we’re here to serve you!

 

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.

Restoring Water Damage from Overflow by the Professionals

Flooding occurs in all kinds of places from your home to your workplace. No matter its size, water damage is both dangerous and difficult to handle. The Steam Team has been voted best in Austin, TX for cleaning and restoration services. We’re available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, to help with anything from carpet and tile cleaning, to overflow cleanup.

 

Whether a pipe burst, an appliance broke, or a plumbing fixture is overflowing- we’re here to help you with your water damage restoration.

 

Plumbing Overflow

Plumbing overflow is never fun to deal with- who wants to think about all of that bacteria, anyway? That’s why we’re here. Our professional technicians ensure that any plumbing overflow is removed, sanitized, and your home is restored to its original condition.

 

Appliance Leaks & Overflow

As far as flooding goes, this one is pretty common. Appliances often pose a risk for flooding when not properly maintained. It’s not just our kitchen appliances that can cause water damage to our homes. Don’t forget about your washing machine, AC unit, and your water heater. That’s right- it’s best to routinely monitor any appliances that hold or filter water- but, of course, we know how quickly and easily life takes over. It can be easy to forget about those potential leaky appliances… until we’re calling The Steam Team, right?

 

Call in the Professionals

Our team of trained professionals will assess the damage, and offer assistance with whatever may be causing the overflow. Once the leak is repaired and the water is extracted, we’ll thoroughly clean, sanitize, and dry the area with our professional-grade equipment. Problem solved! The Steam Team is ready and willing to help you cleanup any type of overflow and water damage, regardless of the cause. Give us a call today for any of your restoration needs!

3 Reasons to Stain Your Concrete Patio

Concrete staining does wonders to your patio; all it takes is a little bit of creativity, and a professional’s touch! Read further to understand all that concrete staining has to offer! And as always, The Steam Team is here for all of your concrete staining needs. We’re available 24/7 to help out!

 

Changes the Look of Your Backyard

 

Are you craving a change? Everyone does from time to time! Concrete staining is a great way to change up the look of your whole backyard! You can customize the color and everything! You can even find furniture to match the color of your patio stain. It can be fun for everyone in the family!

 

Rids Patio of Eye Sores

 

Concrete staining will, in the process, rid your patio of eye sores like cracks and bumps! When the pros are done with your patio, it’ll look brand new! And don’t forget- your patio is subject to the weather, so applying a sealant is a great idea. It’ll help the stain to last longer!

 

The Professionals Can Do it For You

 

This is one project that you won’t have to DIY! The professionals can do it all for you. Just rely on us, The Steam Team, and we’ll have the job done in no time! And what’s the best part? The fact that everything will be done correctly the first time around, and nothing about the project will have to be redone. That’s the beauty of hiring the professionals.

 

The Steam Team has been serving the Austin community for over a decade now, and we’re not stopping anytime soon! So if your backyard is in need of a good old fashioned revamping, concrete staining is where it’s at! Contact The Steam Team for more information! You’ll love our results, we just know it!

The Benefits of Steam Cleaning Versus Other Methods

If you have carpet in your home, it’s likely that you’ve heard the news that more and more people are choosing steam cleaning as the prefered method for keeping their carpets in great condition. But why? Does steam cleaning really make such a drastic difference? Well, yes! And here are just a few reasons why;

 

Safer for the Home

 

When using a steam cleaner, the only forces at work are water and heat. This means that you’re able to avoid using cleaning agents that could have potentially harmful or toxic chemicals in them, while still killing 99.99% of bacteria. Essentially, you’re able to get the job done right without harming any children, pets, or causing any allergic reactions that you might get from other methods.

 

A Cheaper Alternative

 

A steam cleaner is not only safer for the home, but easier on the wallet as well. The repeated costs of having to restock on detergents or other cleaning products far outweigh the cost of the steam cleaner itself. And the only payments you’ll need to make for the steam cleaner are water and electricity.

 

Why Not Just Vacuum?

 

Unfortunately, many people rely on vacuuming alone to clean their carpets. What they don’t realize is that a vacuum cleaner can only collect a small fraction of the dirt, dust, and other allergens left behind in the carpet. Another issue with vacuum cleaners is that they won’t be able to get rid of dust mites, which may be living in your carpet and eating the residue left behind that a vacuum cleaner just can’t reach. The only method for a complete clean is high pressure steam!

 

Professional Steam Cleaning


While such methods can be carried out by the homeowner, most people find that a trained professional with more powerful equipment can achieve even greater results. If you’re looking for top-notch professional carpet cleaning, be sure to contact The Steam Team.

Cleaning Up After the Holidays

The holidays are full of fun and festive activities, some of them more messy than others. Guests parade through our homes, also some more messy than others! Here are quick tips for cleaning up your home after the holidays. We hope they’re helpful!

 

Work From the Top Down

 

When you start to clean up after the holidays, start from the top and work your way downward. This means, don’t start with the flooring, as things might drop onto the floor while you’re cleaning. Start with countertops, furniture, and other surfaces.

 

Steam Clean Counter Tops

 

Who knows what was on those counter tops after holiday festivities? Food, drinks, liquor, dessert, everything… It’s time to get down to business and steam clean them back to their original condition!

 

Organizing

 

Everything has its own place! Slowly but surely, you can put everything back where it belongs and decrease clutter. Once this is done, it’s time to move onto the flooring…

 

Cleaning the Carpets

 

Finally, the bottom: the carpet. After you’ve removed whatever debris may be laying around after the party, give the carpets a good vacuuming. Then, we always recommend steam cleaning to thoroughly remove dust, dirt, dander, and other debris from your carpet fibers. It’s an easy way to restore your carpet to a newer, pristine condition.

 

Calling in the Professionals

 

Sometimes a job is just too big, and we need help from the professionals! There’s no shame in that. A cleaning and restoration company (like The Steam Team) can really help you out! Consider hiring the professionals for a solid deep cleaning after the holidays!


Don’t forget… The Steam Team has been serving the community of Austin, TX for well over a decade now; we’d be absolutely thrilled to come out and help restore your home to its original, cleaner condition. Don’t hesitate! Just give us a call.

The First Steps in Fire Damage Restoration

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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!

Pets and Cleaning: How Do You Get Rid of Fleas in Your Carpet?

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carpet fleas cleaning

Ah, fleas, those pesky little creatures! It always seems like once you have an infestation, it grows, and grows, until you’re on your third flea treatment and you’re still finding them all over Fido. And in Texas especially, flea seasons lasts pretty much all year long. So we’re here today to talk about a different method of treating fleas, and that’s steam cleaning! You’d be surprised at how effective this method is, even when it comes to these little buggers!  “Our professional carpet cleaning is more effective at removing fleas than regular vacuuming. “

 

The Scoop on Steam Cleaning

 

There are many reasons as to why steam cleaning is so effective, and thus the leading choice of cleaning methods among homeowners! First, it cleans without harming the environment, or any family members or pets. Second, it doesn’t leave any harmful residue behind, because all that is required is hot, pressurized water. And third, it cleans- the kind of clean you can thoroughly trust. And we could go on and on, truthfully! But let’s get down to the dirt: fleas.

 

Steam Cleaning v.s Fleas

 

If you have a flea infestation, it’s imperative that you vacuum every single day. If you’re already doing that and having no luck, then we recommend steam cleaning. Steam cleaning kills larvae,  adult, and flea eggs with no problem! Looks like fleas simply can’t handle the heat! You may have to repeat the treatment more than once, but we promise- it’s a great method for ridding your home of these nasty, annoying creatures.

 

See, it’s not just carpet, or upholstery, or hardwood flooring all of the time. We can also help assist you in ridding your home of pesky fleas! Just give The Steam Team a call today and we’ll be out in a flash! You won’t regret it, but the bugs will!  “Our professional carpet cleaning is more effective at removing fleas than regular vacuuming. “

How to Remove Water Promptly After Damage

Water Damage Austin Texas

Water Damage Austin Texas

Water damage is often out of your control as a homeowner, whether caused from a natural disaster or broken pipe. There’s no doubt in our minds that, by now, you’re familiar with the dangers of leaving excess water to sit - especially for extended periods of time. We’ve previously covered how damaging it is to your belongings, the entire structure of your home, and can even be detrimental to your health! We know how upsetting and scary this whole process can seem - so we’re here to help you along the way. The first step you’ll need to take, is to call a professional to remove all of the water from your home immediately.

How the Professionals Help

The primary goal when restoring a home after it’s been damaged from floodwater (or any excess water), is to prevent (or stop) the growth of any mold, mildew, and other bacteria. The earlier water is removed, the easier it is to prevent these dangerous factors from your environment and belongings.

 

 

Experienced technicians are trained and equipped with “wet” vacuums and pumps with a high amount of suction to properly dry every surface. When carpet flooring has been affected, they’ll use large fans to reduce drying time and further prevent bacteria growth.

Determining the Salvageable Items

Although it may be tempting, it’s just not safe for homeowners to make this determination on their own. Certain items can hold sentiments - but if damaged too much by the water, could continue to grow (and spread) mold and other bacteria.

 

While many people think of salvaging their items after a tragedy like this, the flooring and even walls of your home may be overlooked. Carpeting is always pulled up to ensure that the padding (or subfloor) beneath it aren’t damaged beyond repair - but unfortunately, it doesn’t take water long to ruin them.


If you’ve experienced flooding recently, don’t let the water damage take over your life - leave it to the professionals, we’re happy to help!