How to Help Your Tile Look its Best

Tile and grout are often neglected on chore day due to the effort that goes into cleaning them; we totally get it! That’s why we offer our services to anyone in need of tile and grout cleaning! The Steam Team is an experienced group of professionals who’ve been serving the Austin community for over a decade, so we know exactly how to treat your tile and grout. But until we arrive, here are a few tips for keeping your tile looking its best!


Sweeping and Mopping


When it comes to keeping tile clean, sweeping and mopping are essential to your cleaning routine. You simply can’t escape it! Use your trusty floor cleaner, as long as it’s approved for tile and grout, and get to mopping! Make sure you’re changing out the water as frequently as it becomes dirty to prevent smudges on your flooring.


Scrubbing


Every now and then, you have to get out the old scrub brush and get to scrubbing on your tile floor! Just make sure you aren’t using anything that’s abrasive, so that you don’t scratch or damage your beautiful tile!


Steam Cleaning


Steam cleaning is by far the best method of cleaning for tile and grout. Only a steam cleaner can reach deep within the pores of grout and extract dirt and debris, and by using nothing except hot water and high water pressure! We always recommend steam cleaning over other methods of cleaning.


If your tile and grout is in need of some TLC, don’t hesitate to give The Steam Team a call! We’re available 24/7 to come help you out. You don’t even have to worry about scrubbing your tile; you can skip that step altogether and move onto steam cleaning! So don’t wait! Give The Steam Team a call today.




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

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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!