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.


How To Remove Allergens from Your Home

Are you struggling with allergies this season? Austin is the allergy capital of the nation; it’s no wonder you’re struggling! But The Steam Team can definitely help you with that- through HVAC cleaning, drapery cleaning, and finally, steam cleaning! Let us explain below, and then you’ll see why it’s so important to hire a professional cleaning company this season!


HVAC Cleaning


When was the last time your air ducts were cleaned? These are often neglected when in actuality they should be cleaned periodically by a professional. Air ducts are notorious for collecting allergens like pet dander, and dust, and causing extra irritation on those in your household with allergies.


Drapery Cleaning


Did you know that our draperies are the best places for hoarding dust, dirt, and pet dander? It’s true- and what’s worse is that we often neglect to clean them on chore day! So let The Steam Team handle your drapery cleaning this season, we can often clean them without even removing them from where they hang.


Steam Cleaning


Steam cleaning can wipe away all of those allergens! Whether it’s dust, pollen, or pet dander, we can tackle it all with our professional-grade steam cleaning equipment. The Steam Team has been at this for over a decade now, and specialize in removing allergens from homes. So no matter what it is that needs to be done, whether it’s eradicating allergens, or cleaning that tile and grout, let us help you out!


If you’re struggling with allergies this season, or your home needs a deep, thorough cleaning, don’t hesitate to call The Steam Team! The Steam Team is a group of trained professionals in cleaning and restoration projects, and we will diligently clean your home from top to bottom using nothing but highly pressurized water, and hot steam! You’ll be surprised at just how clean your home will be once we leave! Check our our website.


All About Cleaning Upholstered Furniture

Upholstered furniture is both comfortable and beautiful- an excellent addition to any family room or sitting room around the house. However, upholstered furniture varies with such a vast selection of fabrics, not every cleaning product on the market is going to target your exact furniture. That’s why we’ve prepared this blog for you- to help you care for your gorgeous upholstery so it will stay that way for as long as it can.


Preventive Tips

First and foremost, avoid placing your 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 the cushions periodically so they wear evenly.


Regular Maintenance

We have one word for you; vacuum. Especially if you have children (and/or pets), crumbs seem to find their way into every crevice of the couch.


Spot treating stains becomes a big part of regular maintenance if there are lots of drinks and snacks around your furniture (a hard thing to avoid with kids). Similarly to spot treating stains on carpet or other fibers, you want to clean up any excess of the spill as soon as you’re able to. And, better safe than sorry, test any product you plan to use on your furniture before applying it in a visible area (just to make sure it won’t damage or discolor the fabric).


When in Doubt, Call the Professionals

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 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 that harsh sunlight we mentioned earlier- so don’t hesitate to give us a call today!


Don't Forget About Cleaning Those Window Treatments

When it comes to cleaning the house, window treatments don’t typically need regular maintenance every day. Over time, however, that becomes a different story. Since our draperies, blinds, and other window treatments are often the most neglected areas in our home when it comes to cleaning, they tend to build up dirt, dust, and other grime quickly. In some instances, this could be contributing to continued dust around the home or even those allergies that have been tickling your nose lately! So, what’s the best way to clean any type of window treatment?


A regular vacuum attachment is a good option for an every-now-and-then clean, but ultimately steam cleaning is one of the best options for cleaning drapes, curtains, and any other type of window treatment.


How It Works

Not only is steam cleaning effective, but it’s an extremely efficient cleaning method. We’re not talking about removing all of your window treatments and hand-washing them (if they’re fabric), nope! Everything can stay just where it is, there’s not much you’ll have to do besides let our technicians handle the job.


We’ll use a low moisture, hot water extraction method, or a dry cleaning method to safely remove dust, dander, dirt and other particles from your draperies. Since steam cleaning uses such low moisture, your window treatments will be dry in no time!


Expert Tips for Ongoing Care

While they’re not the most obvious piece of furniture or decoration around your home that needs to be cleaned, we can’t let you forget about your window treatments and their need for some regular TLC. To best maintain any curtains or drapes and keep them around as long as possible, rotate them every so often just like you might a rug or an armchair. This keeps the harsh sunlight from damaging their fabric so they’ll wear evenly.


If you need any more help with the window treatments around your home, don’t hesitate to call in The Steam Team. We’re here to clean those fabrics and bring them back to life!


How The Professionals Help After Water Damage

Water damage can happen in the blink of an eye- most of have seen it, unfortunately. Whether it’s caused from a storm or other type of natural disaster or it comes from within the home itself- maybe from a broken appliance or busted pipe- it’s all devastating and potentially dangerous. Here at The Steam Team, we handle water damage regularly, so we’re here to give you a few tips!


Removing Water

Most importantly, never try to remove water damage yourself- you always want to call an expert on water removal. They will safely (and efficiently) remove any excess water from your home and ensure that there aren’t any health hazards or mold growth around the home.


Using the Right Equipment

Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to call in the professionals just to be able to use their equipment. An experienced, professional restoration team will have equipment to suction the excess water out of your home.


Knowledge

Apart from having the right equipment, a professional team of technicians will have the knowledge and experience in how to restore your home from flood damage. They’ll move the furniture to the right areas, avoiding already-damaged areas to keep the process moving smoothly. They’ll ventilate the home to help dry out the home faster- these little tips and tricks that professionals have up their sleeves can make the entire process go drastically smoother.


If there’s anything to remember when it comes to dealing with water damage, it’s this: act immediately. The longer you wait, the more bacteria is likely to grow and you face a big chance for mold. Call us as soon as you can, we know how time sensitive these situations can be and our staff is properly trained to deal with any water damage.


5 Unique Benefits of CarpetCleaning

Are you ready to start spring cleaning? This year, as you clean your home, consider steam cleaning. It has several advantages over other methods of cleaning, and here are just a few! We always recommend steam cleaning, especially when it comes to deep cleaning. So let’s take a dive right into how exactly steam cleaning can help us out this season!


Takes Out Allergens


If you’ve had trouble with your allergies lately, fear no more! Steam cleaning does wonders for removing allergens from our home like dust, and pet dander. You can literally breathe easier knowing that your home has been freshly steam cleaned.


Cleans Without Chemicals


You read that right! Steam cleaning doesn’t involve the use of any chemicals. We just use high water pressure and intense heat to do our job! This also saves you money on cleaning supplies, if you’re renting a machine instead of hiring a professional!


Removes Stains and Unsightly Spots


If you have any old stains on your flooring, whether it be carpet or tile and grout, The Steam Team can definitely help you out. Tough stains are no issue for our high-powered equipment.


Eradicates Pesky Pet Odors


Do you have pets? Then you definitely know that they come along with a specific scent, or odor. It can be tough to remove, even with regular cleaning! But with steam cleaning, those pesky odors disappear completely.


Is Completely Safe for the Environment


Because steam cleaning doesn’t involve the use of chemicals, it’s completely safe for the environment. Your pets, your children, your loved ones, everyone will be completely safe! There won’t even be any residue left behind.


This year, put your trust in The Steam Team! We can come out in a jiffy (we’re available 24/7), inspect your home, and get to work! Our team of experts will clean your house diligently and thoroughly.






3 Unique Ways to Keep Carpet Clean

It’s easy to spill a plate of food or topple a glass of wine! And when these spills and stains happen on your carpeting, well, it can be easy to get frustrated. But don’t fret; any stain you can’t remove can be handled by The Steam Team- your leading carpet cleaning and restoration company in Austin, TX! So let’s take a quick look at how we can further our efforts in keeping carpet clean and pristine!


Place Area Rugs Around Your Home


First, place area rugs where your carpet receives the most foot traffic. Placing area rugs around your home will help collect the dust and dirt that we track in on our feet. They also add a personal touch to any space! So you can decorate your living room and keep the carpet clean, all with area rugs.


Remove Shoes at the Door


Our next piece of advice is to simply remove your shoes at the entrance to your home! This way, the dirt doesn’t even have a chance to land on your carpeting. Since most of the dust and dirt that enters our home comes in with us on our shoes and feet, this will majorly cut down on how much dirties up your carpeting.


Wipe Your Pets’ Paws


Fido tracks in a lot of dirt, sand, and dust, as well! And unfortunately, mud isn’t out of the question. So let’s battle dirt and mud by wiping our pets’ paws as they come in from “doing their business!” It can help keep you, your carpet, and your furniture clean.


The Steam Team has plenty of experience when it comes to keeping your flooring clean and looking brand new! From carpeting, to hardwood, to marble and other natural stone, we’ve got you covered. Don’t hesitate to call us out and help take care of your flooring today!



Basic Rules for Cleaning Up Stains on Upholstery

Ah, upholstered furniture… doesn’t it look so great in our homes? We think so. But i looks especially great when it’s kept clean and taken care of! So let’s review a few basic rules for cleaning up stains on upholstered furniture, because no matter how hard we try, we simply can’t prevent accidents from happening!

And don’t forget; The Steam Team is always standing by, waiting to help you out!


Get to Cleaning Right Away!


We’re really hoping you know to do this already, but we’ll remind you: it’s important to tackle the stain as soon as you spot it! Doing so puts you miles ahead in the stain removal game; trust us. When cleaning, start by checking for any cleaning codes or instructions that could be on the label of your furniture. Some upholstery requires specific solvents, or can’t be cleaned with water, etc. If there aren’t any cleaning codes, simply perform a spot test on an inconspicuous area of the furniture.


Blot, Don’t Rub


This is another important rule when it comes to cleaning your upholstery, no matter what material it’s made out of! Blotting a stain instead of rubbing it keeps the stain from spreading! Blot the stain away with a clean white cloth (so that you can see the stain being removed from your upholstery).


Vacuum Regularly


It’s a chore that can’t be avoided or procrastinated: Vacuuming. Upholstery should be vacuumed frequently in order to keep its fabric in good condition, and of course to remove all of the dirt, dust, and crumbs that lurk in its crevices and underneath our cushions. Use your upholstery attachment to reach those tough-to-vacuum areas, and you’re good to go!


Finally, we recommend you call The Steam Team periodically for a thorough, deep cleaning. The Steam Team has over a decade of experience caring for furniture just like yours, so don’t be shy. Give us a call today!


How The Steam Team Can Help With Tile and Grout

Are you struggling to keep that tile and grout clean? Is it in your kitchen, bathroom, or everywhere? Well, you certainly have good reason to struggle; it can be difficult to keep tile and grout looking like new (like the way we want it, we mean). But luckily for you, we at The Steam Team have plenty of experience up our sleeves! We know what it takes to keep tile and grout looking clean all the time.


Why the Struggle?


Yes, it’s very hard to keep tile and grout looking the way we’d prefer it to look: bright and shiny, right? Grout stains easily or becomes discolored because it’s porous in nature, so it easily absorbs spills! But while it’s difficult to keep clean, it certainly isn’t impossible. All you need is a professional-grade steam cleaner, and a company who knows what they’re doing. Like us, The Steam Team!


How The Steam Team Can Help


So, how exactly can The Steam Team help you with your tile and grout? Well, our professional-grade equipment has enough power to effectively and efficiently extract dirt, grime, and other unwanted substances from deep within the pores of grout! And you know what the best part is? We’ll use nothing but hot water, and highly pressurized steam. It’s a completely safe, hassle-free process!


Give Us a Call Today


The Steam Team has been serving the Austin area for over a decade now, and isn’t stopping any time soon! We’re also available 24/7 if you’re ever in an emergency, like a flood, or a fire. We can start the cleanup process right away. So all in all, it’s perfectly safe to give us a call today if you’re in need of a thorough deep cleaning, or even emergency cleanup and restoration!


We truly mean it; The Steam Team is here to help. Don’t hesitate to give us a call ASAP!


Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking Like New

If you have hardwood floors in your home, then you’re likely all too familiar with how difficult it can be to keep them clean! Add on small children who love to make messes, or pets who can’t help but create messes, and you’ve got yourself an even bigger problem. But don’t fret! The Steam Team has the answers. Here’s a cleaning routine for your hardwood flooring that really works!


Dusting Floors Daily


When it comes to maintaining a clean floor, this is where it all begins. So start off on the right foot this time! Dust tends to settle all over flooring and baseboards, especially if you have a fan that runs constantly. We recommend using a microfiber dust mop on your hardwood flooring, as the microfiber material clings to dust and just doesn’t let it go!


Mopping Floors Weekly


Don’t be intimidated by the task of mopping your hardwood flooring. The important thing is that you keep a few things in mind, such as, too much liquid on hardwood floors is not a good thing! It can definitely do some damage. It’s also important to note that some cleaners can damage the finish, so only purchase cleaners that are made for hard floors. Keep these things in the forefront of your mind while you’re mopping and you’ll be good to go!


Polishing Floors Quarterly


If your floors are lacking the shine that you remember from when you first moved in , it may be time for a good polishing! In actuality, hardwood floors should be polished every two to three months. But don’t let that intimidate you, because the professionals can always help out! The Steam Team specializes in caring for hardwood flooring, as well as other types of flooring!


You can put your trust in The Steam Team today! You’ll be amazed at the results, and will never want to call anyone else again!


A Short, Simple Guide to Preventing House Fires & Water Damage

Virtually nothing does damage to a home as quickly or as extensively as an out of control fire or water damage. Unfortunately, housefires are more common than one might think. The National Fire Protection Association says that there are about 365,500 house fires in the U.S. each year! To avoid increasing this horrible statistic, we’re here to provide some information on how to best prevent these fires from occuring in your home. If you have fire or water damage in your hoe in Horseshoe Bay, Texas we can be there in less then an hour to help put your house back together.


Regular Systems Check


When it comes to preventing house fires or water damage, you first need a basic understanding of what appliances and systems in the home are most likely to start fires. Then you need to regularly keep an eye on these systems and ensure that nothing is out of the ordinary. Your home’s electrical system, including the outlets, as well as the natural gas/LP system, and the air conditioning and heating systems, should all be inspected regularly by the homeowner or a hired professional. Horseshoe Bay, Texas water damage professionals for over 36 years.


Proper Alarms


Working smoke alarms are imperative to every homeowner’s safety as the first warning of possible fires in the home. A smoke alarm should be installed at every level of the home and in every bedroom to make sure that any fire outbreak will be detected. These alarms should be tested once per month, and have the batteries replaced if they don't work.


Kitchen and Wire Safety


Proper safety and caution should always be exercised when cooking in the kitchen or messing with electrical wires. Turn off stoves when they’re unattended, and don’t leave flammable items like rags anywhere near the burners. Don’t use wet hands when plugging in or unplugging anything from an outlet, and don’t cover electrical wires with flammable items like rugs.


The Steam Team


We hope these fire prevention tips have been helpful. In the event of an actual house fire, don’t forget that The Steam Team offers full restoration and cleaning to your affected property. For more information on fire damage restoration and our many other services, visit The Steam Team website. Horseshoe Bay water damage experts. Call us today! 512-451-8326



Mold Remediation Horseshoe Bay 101: How The Experts Advise Handling Mold

You know the dangers of mold, and you know how quickly it can spread! So why hesitate when you discover a mold issue in or around your home? As soon as you discover mold growing in your home, contact The Steam Team! We’ll be out in a jiffy to remedy the situation right away. What do we do, exactly? Well, there are 7 steps to our mold remediation process in Horseshoe Bay. We’ll walk you through them. If you live in Marble Falls and need mold remediation call us today.


Mold Damage Examination


We’ll start by examining the area. The Steam Team has the latest, greatest technology to help us examine water damage and detect mold in your home! We won’t miss a thing. We have been doing Mold and water damage in Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay for almost 40 years.


Water Extraction and Drying


Then we’ll move onto drying out the affected area. This includes using commercial-grade dehumidifiers and advanced moisture meters. It sounds complicated, but don’t worry; we’ve got it! Marble Falls water damage and drying experts.


Containment of Affected Area


Next, the affected area must be contained. We’ll seal it off so that everyone’s protected from the mold. We can even stop the spread of mold using negative air pressure. Sounds cool, right? Horseshoe Bay water damage 24 hour service.


Disposal of Affected Materials


Next, we remove all materials affected by the mold. Unfortunately, we can’t hold onto them.


Air Condition Treatment and HVAC


Your HVAC system will be completely evaluated at this point. We’ll check it for mold growth and make sure it’s functioning properly!


Mold Disinfect


Then we’ll move onto disinfecting your home or office. Everything will be cleaned. You’ll love this step of the process!


Mold Damage Repair and Restoration


Remember, no matter how great the project may be, The Steam Team has the capabilities to handle it! You can rely on us to remedy any moldy situation you may encounter.


Like we mentioned before, The Steam Team always has your back! As soon as you detect a mold issue in your house, give us a call. We can be at your house in Horseshoe Bay or Marble Falls in less then an hour.

24 Hour Service for Water & Fire Emergencies Horseshoe Bay, Texas: Here's How it Works

Catastrophes occur more often than we might like to admit. In 2015, over one million homes were damaged by house fires in the United States according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Worse yet, 14,000 people experience water damage in their homes every day in the United States -- that adds up to over five million every year! Because these things occur so often, The Steam Team offers 24 hour water and fire damage restoration services in Horshoe Bay, Marble Falls and Kingsland, and we’re here to tell you how it works.


How We Care


Here at The Steam Team, we have always sought to provide the highest quality service that we can, doing our best to ensure that all of our amazing Austin residents have a positive experience with our technicians and are satisfied at the conclusion of every job. Our care and love for our Austin community is also why we decided to offer fire and water damage restoration and cleanup 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether it’s a sink overflow, burst water main, flooding caused by a storm or extensive damage caused by a fire, we’ll be ready to pick up your call at any day or time. We service Horseshoe Bay, Texas for 24 hour water damage.


Our Restoration Technicians


The backbone of our water and fire damage restoration services are our professional and highly trained technicians. They will always be helpful and highly professional, from the moment that they show up to inspect your damaged property in Kingsland Texas, until the moment they shake your hand and leave you with your newly restored and cleaned one. They’ll be able to help in a number of ways from water extraction, mold remediation, structure cleaning, providing emergency power and even full reconstruction of some parts of the property. Our technicians are the reason we were voted best water damage company in Austin by the Austin Monthly. So if you have been affected by water or fire damage, call The Steam Team today, we’re ready any time! Marble Falls, Texas water damage experts

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.


Combating Allergies? Try Rug Cleaning

Are you battling Austin allergies this season? We know sometimes it seems like you just can’t get rid of them. It’s completely understandable! Austin is the allergy capital of the world! And fortunately, there are some things we can do around our homes to help those allergies ease right up! Let’s take a glance at a few areas to check this season, and let The Steam Team help you spruce them up!


Window Blinds


Dust, dust, and more dust! That’s the downfall of window blinds; they collect dust so easily! But dust is an allergen that we can conquer. It’s time to call in The Steam Team; we can clean your window blinds from where they hang! Steam cleaning is an effortless cleaning process that uses nothing but hot water and high water pressure to remove allergens from your home like dust, dander, and pollen!


Ceiling Fans


Ceiling fans are also known for collecting dust, and once there’s enough dust on the blades all the fan does is circulate it! Can you imagine what that circulation does to your allergies? Definitely not anything that is good for you. So grab your microfiber cloths and wipe away all of those allergens! Once you’re finished, you’ll be so impressed with the results!


Mattresses


Finally, your mattress! It needs your attention. We don’t think about the amount of time we spend in close quarters with all of the allergens that are lurking in our mattresses. But it’s true, mattresses hold in dust, dirt, sweat, dander, and odors that we really don’t want around. So let’s deep clean the mattress by having it steam cleaned by The Steam Team! Steam cleaning is great for mattresses as it helps to remove old stains and odors, as well as allergens!


Let’s steam clean away all of these allergens this season! Give The Steam Team carpet cleaners a shout if your home could use some TLC! We’d love to come help out!


The Steam Team Flood Damage Cleanup

One of the worst disasters that can happen to a home is flooding. And unfortunately, it’s a common occurence here in Texas. Cleaning up after flood damage can be extremely challenging, especially if the flooding was bad enough that the structure of the building itself is damaged. Luckily, The Steam Team can help clean and restore your home after flooding. Here’s some important information to keep in mind.


Water Extraction


The Steam Team’s process for water extraction uses high powered machines to get the damaging water out of your home before it becomes more of a problem. But it’s important to keep in mind that this process takes time. Only a few feet of water can be moved a day, or the rapid change in pressure could cause the walls of the building to collapse. After all water is finally removed, the floors will need a thorough cleaning. And depending on the kind of floor and the extent of the damage, the floors may need to be removed.


Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands


The Steam Team restoration professionals will do everything they can to remove water, clean and restore your home using high powered equipment. But by the time they leave, some aspects of the home may require you to step in. Mud and other contaminants may still be left behind on certain surfaces, and will need to be cleaned off and those surfaces sanitized. Dishes and countertops may also need to be thoroughly sanitized.


Mold Growth


One of the most harmful things that can occur as a result of water damage is mold growth. If tracking down and safely eliminating mold sounds like it may be too difficult of a job to handle alone, The Steam Team offers a professional mold remediation service. For more information on the services we offer, visit The Steam Team website.

3 Signs That Your Hardwood Floor Needs Refinishing

Hardwood floors are a beautiful and long-lasting flooring choice for any home, so long as they are properly maintained. Every once in a while they will need to be professionally sanded and refinished, but what are the signs you should look for to know when to have this done?


Boards Becoming Dull or Gray


When you notice that your hardwood floors have turned gray, that means that the polyurethane has worn off, and your floors are now more susceptible to water damage. As they absorb water from spills or cleaning, the boards will become more and more gray until they eventually turn black. If they’ve turned entirely black, they’ll be too late to save with a sanding and refinishing, and will need to be replaced altogether.


If you have hardwood flooring outdoors or by a window and you notice that they’ve significantly faded in color, this means that they have been damaged by the sun. Having your floors sanded and refinished will easily take care of this dull look.


Water Damage


When water damage occurs, which may happen for a number of different reasons, you may start to see dark spots and separation or cupping of the floorboards. When this takes place, it’s definitely a surefire sign that your floors need to be refinished. Depending on the level of water damage, some boards of your floor may need to be replaced.


Scratches


All hardwood floors get scratched from time to time, it’s inevitable. And most small scratches on hardwood floors are only topical and don’t even go through the seal. But when deeper scratches occur that do wear down the seal, it’s time to refinish your hardwood floors, otherwise they’ll be more exposed and easily damaged.


How The Steam Team Can Help


Here at The Steam Team, we pride ourselves on our ability to sand and refinish hardwood floors. Our qualified, trained technicians use a dust-free process to properly care for your hardwood floor and ensure that by the time they leave it looks good as new. For more information on our hardwood floor refinishing process, and other services, visit The Steam Team website.

The Best Uses for Area Rugs Around Your Home

Are you in search of new ways to spice up your living room, provide your carpet with a protective barrier, or maybe even cover up a couple of old carpet stains? Well, let’s take a look at area rugs! They’re great for all of these uses, and we’re about to dive right into each one of them. Read on to learn how you can best utilize area rugs around your home.


Area rugs…


Protect Your Carpet


Probably among the most important things that area rugs do for our carpet is protect it. Placing area rugs in high-traffic areas around your home will keep your carpet looking cleaner, newer, and brighter for longer. So do your carpet a favor and protect it with a brand new rug! You’ll love the look, the feel, the everything.


Conceal Unsightly Stains


We understand that sometimes stains are just seemingly impossible to get out (without the help of a professional, at least). In these cases, area rugs come into great use. You can easily conceal an old wine stain with a brand new rug. Or better yet- call in The Steam Team to have the stain permanently removed!


Decorate Your Home


Lastly, it could be time to revamp the look of your entire home! What better way to do this than to decorate with area and oriental rugs? You’d be surprised what changing up the flooring in your home can do for its overall appearance and ambience. And it’s a fun and exciting process, too! Who doesn’t love to shop?


Don’t forget! The Steam Team has plenty of experience in cleaning and caring for area and even oriental rugs! For expert rug care, don’t hesitate to give us a call today. We know exactly how to treat your rugs, and you’ll be amazed at our results! We just know it! Call us for the best carpet cleaners in Austin.

Basic Rules to Keeping Carpet Clean

You know the struggle it can sometimes be to keep carpet clean. You knew it before you got into it. But you can’t help but fall in love with it’s soft, cushiony side, can you? We can’t! So instead of feeling frustrated over your flooring, here are five ways you can help keep your carpet clean!


Vacuum Regularly


It can’t be avoided, friends! Your carpet must be vacuumed at least once a week with a quality vacuum cleaner (to avoid the hassle, of course). However, if you carpet experiences more foot traffic on a regular basis, you may need to increase the vacuuming. But don’t worry; it isn’t that strenuous!


House Training: Do it Right


Pet owners, we’re looking at you! If you have a pet, make sure they’re housebroken properly. Do your research and don’t skip any steps! If you have a cat, make sure they have full access to a clean litter box at all times. Make sure Fido is walked first thing in the morning. There are so many things you can do to prevent pet stains and odors!


Utilize Rugs and Runners


Rugs and runners are a great way to spice up your living space, and also help protect carpet! If you have a stubborn stain you can try to hide it with a  rug as well, but we always recommend calling in the professionals for those types of stains!


Treat Stains Immediately


Ah, this one… This one, we can’t say enough! When a spill or accident happens, treat the stain immediately! Keep proper cleaning solutions on hand and stocked up, and of course make sure you have plenty of towels or paper towels, whichever you prefer. Remember friends: the quicker you treat a stain, the more likely it is to come up!


Call in the Professionals


Lastly, give The Steam Team a call! We’ll come out and clean up your carpet in no time! We have plenty of experience in cleaning and caring for carpet and other types of flooring. Never hesitate!


3 Reasons to Start Carpet Cleaning Now

There are many methods to cleaning, but here at TST Total Cleaning and Restoration, we insist that steam cleaning is superior! We’ll give you a brief explanation as to why we think this is. But first, let’s go back to the basics: what is steam cleaning? Well, it’s a method of cleaning that uses nothing but hot water and high pressurized steam to remove grime and allergens from almost anywhere around your home, office, etc! We can’t get enough of it. Here are three reasons to start steam cleaning now. Carpet cleaning Bonita Springs.


It’s Simple and Easy


When you hire TST of Bonita Springs, carpet cleaning requires so little effort from you that it may not even feel like cleaning (until you see the results, at least). We say that steam cleaning is simple and easy because all it requires is hot water and highly pressurized steam! Two ingredients, friends, that’s it! Carpet Cleaning Bonita Springs


It’s Save for the Environment


Do you feel like going green? Because steam cleaning doesn’t involve the use of any harsh chemicals or solutions, it’s completely safe for the environment! If you have pets or children in your family, you won’t have to worry about them getting into any harmful residue. In fact, there won’t be any residue at all.


It Provides a ‘Clean’ You Can Trust


There’s so much more we could cover, but lastly, steam cleaning provides you with a ‘clean,’ that you can trust. When you hire us, there will be no residue left behind, we’ll leave everything dry, and your home will look the way it did when it was brand new! You’ll love the results we leave behind!


Never hesitate to give TST a call! We’ll come out and clean your tile and grout, your kitchen counters, your carpeting, your natural stone- anything. Just say the word! TST Carpet Cleaning of Bonita Springs.