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!

House Fires & Soot: Damage Restoration by the Professionals

When the colder months blow through, many of us begin to light fires in our homes or outdoors. While most of these fires are contained, they can get out of hand sometimes, especially if not built and watched properly. House fires can be costly and devastating to our homes and families- in fact, nearly 15,000 people were injured from fires in 2016 that cost roughly $10.6 billion in property damage. And, not only that, like any natural disaster, fires leave a long lasting effect on our homes. After the fire trucks leave, we return to our homes to find the stench of smoke and water, the visual impact of fire, and of course, soot. Soot everywhere.

 

Removing soot after a fire is an extremely difficult task- both dry and oily soot cling to the walls, floors, ceilings, and other surfaces around the home. So what’s the best way to get soot out of your home? Today we’re going to tell you three ways that we, The Steam Team, take care of your home following a fire.

 

Cleaning the Walls and Ceilings

Taking care of your walls and the structure of your home following a fire is of utmost importance. First and foremost, determining what kind of soot is where will help you to decide the best method of cleaning. With dry soot, you’ll be able to vacuum the areas it covers- but on the other hand, with oily soot, you’ll need to use a degreasing agent in order to fully remove its remnants.

 

Start with the walls first, working through them one small area at a time and leave the ceilings for last.

 

Professional Tips for Furniture and Floors

The best way to begin caring for your flooring and furniture after fire damage is with a mild soap, washing the soot away. If you’re dealing with more extensive damage, it’s best to call in the professionals because when soot is left behind it can be harmful.

 

The Steam Team has been serving the Austin area through thick and thin for several years now. Give us a call any time!

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!

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. 

The 3 Easiest Ways to Clean Upholstered Furniture

Rug Cleaning Austin

Rug Cleaning Austin

Life is busy and unpredictable, and keeping your upholstered furniture spotless is probably not at the top of your priority list. Before you donate your cat’s favorite armchair or discover a wayward chip in the sofa cushions, consider these tips that make cleaning your upholstered furniture easy enough to fit in before your next Netflix marathon.

1. Vacuuming

Using the upholstery attachment, vacuum on low power. If the material has texture, such as corduroy or velvet, use left to right strokes to make sure you’re getting any dirt and dust caught in the material. Next, use the crevice attachment to vacuum under cushions and along seams. You might want to check first for any larger items, such as coins, before vacuuming. Use a can of compressed air for harder-to-reach nooks, such as button tufting. Be sure to vacuum at least once a week to best maintain the fabric. A good vacuuming might also help fade old stains!

2. Spot Cleaning

In the event of a stain, first check the furniture item’s cleaning tag. You can find this under the cushions or on the manufacturer’s website. W means it can be cleaned with water-based products, so it’s a good option for DIY. An S means use only water-free products, like a dry-cleaning solvent, but be careful, as the chemicals used in these products might be hazardous. WS or SW means that W or S may work, but run the risk of damaging the fabric (in this case, spot test in an inconspicuous area before using the product). An X means professional cleaning only. Be sure to check your warranty: a professional cleaning might be required, or you run the risk of invalidating the warranty.  

If you can use water, mix it with some dishwashing soap in a bowl until frothy. With a clean, damp cloth, blot—don’t scrub—the stain. Avoid soaking it, as too much water could damage the material. In the case of leather or vinyl upholstery, wipe with Pledge (avoid products with silicone, which may cause cracking). For grease stains, try sprinkling a bit of cornstarch or baking soda on the stain and let it sit for half an hour to absorb the oil, then vacuum and spot clean.   

3. Professional Steam Cleaning

This is your go-to option for antique furniture or stubborn stains, or if it’s required by the manufacturer’s warranty. Even if you’re able to DIY for most of the year, consider paying for a professional cleaning for periodic maintenance, to make sure your upholstered furniture is looking its best — and to give yourself a much deserved break!

The Steam Team is a professional cleaning and restoration service, with years of experience handling water and fire damage, disaster cleanup, mold, household odors, and much more. We have the expertise and professional-grade equipment to finish any job, the right way. Don’t wait—give The Steam Team a call today!