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! 


Protecting Carpet 101

Carpet is one of the most widely used types of flooring, but it’s also one of the most easily ruined. This is often due to the lack of maintenance over the years because many homeowners don’t realize how tiny dirt particles get stuck deep into the carpet fibers and they end up causing damage when they’re moved around from foot traffic. That’s why we’re here to help educate you on the best way to care for your carpet!


Start With Carpet Padding

First thing’s first: make sure your carpet has the proper padding underneath. Carpet padding increases longevity in your carpet by absorbing the shock of human foot traffic. It protects your carpets binding and backing and makes your carpet much softer to walk upon.


Finish With Carpet Protectant

If you’re installing new carpet, just after it’s laid- don’t forget the protectant! It’ll add an extra layer of protection between your foot traffic and your carpet fibers before there’s any chance for damage.


If you’re dealing with older carpet, call in the professionals to take a look and see if you could benefit from carpet protectant. It helps to keep the tiny dirt and grime particles from causing any damage beneath the surface of your carpet.


Thorough Cleaning and Maintenance

Aside from regular, weekly (or bi-weekly, depending on how heavy your foot traffic is) cleanings, are the semi-annual thorough (read: professional) cleanings. We recommend steam cleaning because of how easily it extracts dirt and debris from carpet, leaving little moisture behind- and absolutely no residue. The Steam Team recommends steam cleaning once a year, but if your carpet endures extra foot traffic, or you have a few stains you’d like to finally clean up, twice a year could be sufficient.


If you’re ready for a professional carpet cleaning or need the professionals to take a look at your carpet, give us a call today. We’re always here to help!

Disinfectant Electrostatic Cleaning From The Steam Team

Do you clean your home or business in the Austin area by yourself with standard house cleaners? If so, you’re probably doing a fine job, but you might not be able to achieve a complete clean. Thousands of harmful microbial organisms will still be lurking around, unless of course you call in The Steam Team. We have an anti-microbial process that involves a powerful disinfectant, light-activated coating and electrostatic application that will rid your property of these harmful organisms.


Our process will start with our technicians showing up to apply a mist-like EPA approved solution that is completely non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and safe for pets and children. This solution will be applied to every accessible surface in the building, and works on any material, porous or non-porous.


The thing that keeps most cleaners from dealing with germs effectively is the protective layer around the germ called the “biofilm”. The biofilm protects the germ and allows it to double every twenty minutes or so. Our process will break down this biofilm quickly, and without any toxic chemicals.


Our next step will be to use a powerful deodorizer. This will neutralize any traces of ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, gasoline and formaldehyde, eliminating any odors that come with them such as the smell of cigarettes, pet urine, feces, skunk and decay.


The last step in the process is to ensure lasting protection for your newly disinfected property. That’s why our professionals will apply a microbiostatic antimicrobial coating to your surfaces, using our electrostatic spraying process, ensuring 90 days of protection. This coating will fight microbial growth and control bacteria and germs.


So if you need your home fully disinfected, you need The Steam Team’s process. For more information on electrostatic cleaning, steam cleaning, fire and water damage restoration, or any of our many other services, please visit The Steam Team website.



3 Reasons to Start Steam Cleaning Now

Have you been looking into steam cleaning as a new method of cleaning in your home or office? We’re happy you’re interested! We think steam cleaning is the best way to remove unwanted substances from your home; it’s just such a simple and effective process, we’re so in love! So if you’re still on the fence when it comes to steam cleaning, consider these three facts:


It’s Safe For You, Your Pets, and Children


You read that right. Steam cleaning is completely safe for the environment! How is this the case? Well, a professional grade steam cleaner uses nothing but hot water, and highly pressurized steam to lift spots, stains, and grime from dozens of places around you home. You’ll fall in love with the process instantly.


It Cleans Efficiently and Effectively


We don’t think you’ve ever known a clean like the clean that a steam cleaner provides! That is, if you’ve yet to steam clean your home. Gone are the days of residue, unfinished jobs, and general cleaning mistakes! With a professional grade steam cleaner, you’ll be able to tackle spills, spots, stains, and you’ll do it with ease!


It Can Be Done By the Pro’s


Lastly, steam cleaning can all be done by the professionals. The Steam Team, for example, is your leading professional steam cleaner in the Austin, TX area! We can take over any project for you while you sit back, relax, and watch your home be transformed! Once we’re finished it’ll look like it did when it was brand new!


Here at The Steam Team, we’re thrilled to help out in your home! And it’s not just cleaning that we do. We also take on many different restoration projects, and we’re available 24/7 for emergency situations! So don’t wait! Contact The Steam Team today!



Marble Polishing 101: A Short Guide from the Experts

Have you ever heard of marble polishing? It’s a great way to change up the look of your marble! Marble may look sturdy and durable, but it’s actually quite delicate! Because marble is calcium-based, it’s prone to acid damage. This is why it’s important to take proper care of our marble surfaces and flooring. Below, we’ll delve into what marble polishing is, when you should have your marble polished, and finally, how The Steam Team can help!


What is Marble Polishing?


To put it simply, marble polishing helps to reverse the damage of wear and tear on your marble surfaces and flooring! The treatment that is used is pure and tested, and doesn’t involve any artificial coatings! It helps to bring back that shine you remember from your marble’s “younger days!”


As always, for best results, contact your local cleaning and restoration company (like The Steam Team) for a polishing you can trust, one that’s installed correctly and efficiently, and one that will last you a really long time!


When Should You Polish Your Marble?


So, when should marble be polished? Well, it’s pretty simple: just keep an eye out for dull spots or scratches. Or, when you’re cleaning your marble flooring or surface, is it difficult to keep it clean? If this is true, it may be time for a good old fashioned marble polishing, friends!


Until the professionals come out to polish your marble, keep it clean by dry dusting, mopping, and using only cleaning supplies that are safe for marble.


Call in the Professionals


Whenever you’re in doubt, or you know your marble is due for a thorough polishing, don’t hesitate to call in The Steam Team! We’re a team of trained professionals who have years of expertise on polishing marble and taking care of other types of natural stone! You can rely on us to get any job done efficiently and correctly.


Marble Polishing 101: Call in the Professionals

Marble is a natural material that is used to produce beautiful kitchen countertops, tile floors, marble bathroom vanities, marble wall tile and even columns. If you have marble in your home, you probably want to do everything in your power to take the very best care of it and ensure that it stays clean and undamaged. If you follow our advice carefully, you’ll be able to do just that!

 

Why Professionals?

When it comes to any home cleaning, the job will almost always be done better with the help of professionals. This is especially the case when it comes to marble polishing. If you’re wondering why, it’s because marble can be rather tricky to clean and maintain.

 

When you’re cleaning or polishing other surfaces, you might be able to just buy any generic product or use your own DIY concoction, this is not the case with marble. That is because marble is more sensitive to acid than other surfaces, making it more sensitive to cleaning products and even some foods that contain acid like citrus products and sodas. Marble is also softer and more porous than other stone, meaning it scratches and etches much more easily than other surfaces might. For these reasons, marble requires great care- and you can never go wrong with a professional!

 

The Steam Team

When it comes to marble polishing, you won’t find anyone that does it quite like The Steam Team! Luckily for you and for your marble, The Steam Team has their own complete line of products for marble floor tile, marble countertops, marble vanities and even shower walls. These specialized products will be used carefully and thoroughly by the professionals to ensure that the job is done right.


When you call in The Steam Team, the most suitable method will be chosen according to the level of wear on your marble, and the professionals will take it from there; removing dirt, erasing stains and restoring the worn protective layer. If your marble needs polishing, call The Steam Team today!

Maintaining Natural Stone Flooring Over the Years

Over time, our natural stone floors begin to reflect the foot traffic and damage they’ve endured. We can’t avoid natural wear and tear, but we can certainly make the right steps when it comes to caring for and cleaning our natural stone flooring. Below you’ll find five easy peasy steps you can take that will hopefully improve the quality and aesthetic appeal of your flooring! The leader in Austin Texas for natural stone cleaning and sealing. 

 

Sweep and Mop Frequently

 

This can’t be avoided! Sweeping and mopping will help control the grit and grime that accumulates on your flooring.

 

Utilize Area Rugs and Door Mats

 

Rugs and mats help to catch dirt that clings to the bottom of our shoes- before it reaches our flooring. You’d be surprised at how much they help out!

 

Daily Spot Clean

 

Spot cleaning will cut down on the amount of work you have to do when you set out to sweep and mop. Use your trusty cleaning solution or a mild detergent.

 

Clean Up Stains, Drops, and Spills Immediately

 

We can’t stress this enough! Drops, spills, stains and accidents should be tended to immediately after they occur in order to keep your floor in tip top shape, and avoid etching and discoloration.

 

Steam Clean

 

And lastly… steam cleaning! Steam cleaning natural stone floors really helps to keep them looking new and well, clean! If your floors are in need of a deep cleaning, you know who to call: The Steam Team.

 

We hope these tips help you take superb care of your natural stone flooring! If you need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to call in The Steam Team Tile Cleaning! We can help clean and care for your flooring- even if it’s not natural stone. We have plenty of experience with carpet, hardwood, tile and grout, and many more types of flooring and surfaces! Give us a call today! 9901 Burnet Rd. Austin, Texas 78758.

How Does Cleaning Effect Hardwood Flooring?

Do you have hardwood flooring in your home? Perhaps it’s cleaning day, and you’re wondering which method you should use! While we usually promote steam cleaning as the number one method of cleaning, we won’t be doing that this time around! In fact, hardwood flooring is a naturally absorbent material, and since steam cleaning uses a lot of water, it can cause a lot of damage. Let’s take a look at what exactly happens when we steam clean hardwood floors.

 

What is Steam Cleaning?

 

First, let’s explain how steam cleaning, or hot water extraction, is used to tidy up our homes. It uses nothing but hot water and extreme pressure to eradicate dirt, dust, grime- you name it! It extracts these nasty materials from many different types of flooring and surfaces- carpet, natural stone, tile, and even the infamous, hard-to-reach grout! It’s completely safe for the environment and won’t leave behind any residue at all. This is why we typically encourage you to steam clean your home!

 

How Does Steam Cleaning Effect Hardwood Flooring?

 

Hardwood flooring is simply too absorbent! A steam cleaner’s vapor can reach deep down into cracks and crevices of flooring, but when it’s used on hardwood flooring, it can cause many problems in the future, such as warping, molding, or plumping. We certainly don’t want your beautiful hardwood floors to be damaged, so it’s wise to use a different method (and yes- even try to avoid steam cleaners that are “safe,” for hardwood floors; you just never know!).


If your floors are looking dull and your normal cleaning routine is no longer cutting it, contact The Steam Team! We have the best products available to clean and restore your hardwood floors to their original condition without harming them. So don’t hesitate- give us a call today!

3 Ways to Clean Your Flooring - The Steam Team of Austin

Cleaning Floors

Cleaning Floors

Are you having trouble keeping your floor looking clean and bright these days? Well don’t worry; we’re here to help! The Steam Team has years of experience in brightening up flooring, restoring damaged flooring, and even installing new flooring! But today we’re going to discuss several ways in which we can bright our floors, no matter what material it’s made of!

 

Tile Flooring

 

Steam cleaning is your best bet for cleaning tile flooring, as it reaches deep within the pores of grout, and erases stains and discoloration from tile, brightening your flooring. But if you don’t have a steam cleaner, can’t find one to rent, or haven’t called the professionals, you can also use a scrub brush and a formulated tile cleaner.

 

Carpet Flooring

 

Vacuuming is the best thing you can do for your carpet. Not only does it pick up dust, dirt, dander, and other substances, but it also keeps the carpet fibers from becoming matted and worn down. Vacuum at least once weekly to keep your carpet in tip top shape- and looking its best!

 

Natural Stone Flooring

 

It’s time to grab your mop, water bucket, and all purpose cleaner! After you’ve swept and vacuumed your floor, dip a microfiber cloth into a solution of warm water and your favorite cleaner (or the manufacturer's recommendation). Clean the floor thoroughly, ringing out the mop and changing the water whenever it becomes murky. Your floor will look nice and bright when you’re finished!

 

No matter what type of flooring you have in your home, The Steam Team can help keep it clean, and even restore it back to its original condition! We have years of experience cleaning tile, grout, natural stone, carpet, air ducts and so much more. Don’t wait- just give us a call! We even clean high-rise buildings

Choosing the Best Rug Cleaning Method Austin Texas

Rug Cleaning Austin

Rug Cleaning Austin

When you set out to clean your rugs, you have a decision to make. Which method of cleaning should you choose? Shampooing, steam cleaning, dry cleaning? Another method? There are several options when it comes to rug cleaning, and below we’ll review each one- so you can easily make a decision when you’re cleaning your flooring! We hope this helps for all your rug cleaning needs in Austin, Texas! 

 

Shampooing

 

Shampooing involves scrubbing your carpet in a circular motion, using liquid detergent. The foam that’s produced from the detergent absorbs dirt and debris and is vacuumed away after drying! Shampooing also helps with carpet odors, and you can buy or rent a machine to do the heavy work for you.

 

Foam Cleaning

 

While this isn’t the best method for removing stains, it works well for removing dirt from your carpet. A machine is used to stir foam into the carpet fibers. This foam picks up dirt, dust, dander, and other debris, leaving your carpet clean and fresh again. Only a small amount of water is used.

 

Dry Carpet Cleaning

 

In this process, a machine uses rotating absorbent pads to extract oils and debris from areas in the carpet that are stained. So if you’ve got a nasty one hiding underneath the couch, you might want to break out the dry carpet cleaning machine!

 

Steam Cleaning

 

When it comes to your carpet, The Steam Team strongly recommends choosing to steam clean. A professional-grade steam cleaner easily extracts debris from deep within your carpet fibers,  using nothing but hot water and intense pressure. Steam cleaning is 100% safe for the environment, your pets, and your family. And it leaves no residue behind, and very little moisture. Your carpet will dry remarkably quickly, and we’ll never leave you with wet flooring! We hope you choose this method- we know you won’t regret it!

Cleaning 101 from The Steam Team of Austin Texas

Spring Cleaning Austin TX

Spring Cleaning Austin TX

 

Having both carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned can make quite a difference in your home. Not only is everything clean and sanitized, but pairing these two chores does wonders for brightening up your environment! Below you’ll find a few simple ways to clean and care for your upholstered furniture- so hopefully while we’re out to clean your carpet, we can tackle your upholstery, as well!

 

Avoid Placing Upholstered Furniture in Direct Sunlight


 

Direct sunlight can be harmful to our furniture, as it causes the fabric to fade and discolor. Avoid placing upholstery near bright, sunny windows, and rotate cushions periodically.

 

Vacuum to Remove Dust, Crumbs, Etc

 

Especially if you have children, crumbs seem to find their way into every crevice of the couch. Even if you vacuum the surface of your upholstered furniture, you’ll often have to remove cushions to get t

o the root of the issue. You certainly don’t want ants and other “creepy crawlies,” feeling attracted to your couches and loveseats…

 

Clean Stains- Spot Test First!

 

When it comes to your precious (expensive…) furniture, it’s better to be safe than sorry. With any cleaning solution it’s best to perform a spot test before moving forward. Test an inconspicuous area of the furniture first (on the bottom, or backside of the piece) to make sure that the solution is appropriate. And of course, don’t waste your time with solutions that aren’t made specifically for upholstered furniture.

 

When in Doubt, Call the Steam Team


The Steam Team can help by treating your upholstery with a fabric protectant! We strongly encourage our customers to contact us about how they can preserve their beautiful, treasured pieces of furniture and keep stains, pets, and traffic from damaging their appearance. Not only does our fabric protectant help to resist spills, but it also protects against ultraviolet radiation. So don’t hesitate to give us a call today! Our phone number can be found here