Archives: January 2016

When it comes to flooring options, a large amount of people have chosen to go with hardwood. Hardwood floors are a great flooring option that can be durable and will last a long time as long as they are taken care of. Hardwood is a substitute for tile flooring and even for carpeting. Hardwood floors come in many colors and stains and you can choose what you want that fits the décor of your home. You also will have to consider the type of wood that you want as well. Some show more grain and some show less so be sure to know what is best for you in terms of what is most desirable.
 

Steam Green Carpet Cleaning has a list of ways that you could be damaging your hardwood floors and how to stop it so you don’t need hardwood floor refinishing prematurely!

 
Stopping rugs from moving freely on your hardwood floors: When you have an area rug, the first thing you probably do is add some type of adhesive to the floor to attach the rug so that it doesn’t move around. This is the problem. The sticky adhesive that you are going to use will stick to the floor and it can be hard to remove. When the tape is removed it can also remove parts of the finish and varnish with it. The rug will need some freedom to move even though it can become annoying and you will have to set it back in place.

Chairs and tables with no padding can scrape hardwood floors: This is a huge problem and many people don’t realize that sliding the chairs and tables around even slightly can cause scratches and damage to the floors and finish. When you have furniture on the hardwood floors you want to be sure that you add small amounts of felt to the feet of all the pieces of furniture to protect the floors when they are moved around.

Dirt and dust buildup on hardwood floors: When the dirt and dust is left on the floors it can actually lead to scratches that will need to be buffed out and maybe even refinished. Make sure that you take time to dust and sweep the floors often to keep the dirt out. The dirt acts like sandpaper when you walk on it and will cause areas of damage. The hardwood is left looking bad in high traffic areas.

Pet damage on hardwood floors: The problem with most pets is that they have long nails and when they come running through the house and across the hardwood floors they can start to scratch the surface of the floors. The best way to stop them from scratching the floors is to be sure that the nails are treated and filed down.
 

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The very best way to stop damage to your hardwood floors is to have them cleaned and polished on a regular basis to ensure that any dirt and debris is removed and the finish is kept looking like new. If you are ready to have your hardwood floors looking and feeling great give us a call today!

Mechanics, whether professional or hobbyist, usually trail engine oil on them everywhere they go. No matter the attempts to keep oil out, somehow it manages to be tracked in through your carpet. A path to the culprits whereabouts are often evident. So after a well deserved tongue lashing, it is time to attack the blemishes adorning your beautiful carpet.

Steam Green Carpet Cleaning would like to offer some tips and steps on removing engine oil stains that are spoiling your carpets.

1. Gather the following cleansers:
– For Synthetic Fiber Carpet: Rubbing Alcohol.
– For Wool Fiber Carpet: Aerosol brake parts cleaner, and dry-cleaning fluid.
– Oriental Rugs: prepare a mixture of 1 quart of water with 6 drops of mild, liquid dish soap.

2. Gather the below cleaning aids:
– White paper towels. (DO NOT use printed or colored paper towels as you risk transferring the dye from the paper towel to the carpet).
– Clean, white cloths or rags. (Same rule applies for using printed or colored towels).
– Plastic spoon. (Or a spoon you do not mind besmirching.)
– Weights. Such as heavy books, cast iron pans, etc.
3. If the oil is in a puddle, begin spooning the oil onto a handful of paper towels or disposable container, and remove the excess swiftly. If the oil has become dry it may be easier to use a hand held vacuum to remove the bulk. If all you have is an average household vacuum, only use the hose attachment, as using the spinning brush on a regular vacuum will just spread out the mess.
4. Using a few folded up paper towels, gently blot up the stain. Do not rub, as this will only push the stain deeper into the fibers. Work from the exterior of the stain towards the center. Continue blotting until you have blotted out as much oil as you can. As the paper towels absorb the oil, be sure to use clean sections and additional paper towels as needed.
5. On your white, clean cloth, apply the appropriate cleaning solution.
6. CONDUCT A PATCH TEST. When cleaning stains from your carpets, always perform patch test in an in conspicuous place, with any commercial cleaners or home remedies. You want to ensure it will not compromise the color or integrity of your carpet.
7. Using a lifting motion, blot out the stain with treated cloth. As you did earlier, work from the outside in. DO NOT scrub or rub in the stain.
8. Repeat until stain has been lifted, or stain no longer transfers to your cloth.
9. If stain persists, put the cleaning method directly onto remaining blemish, and allow to set for 5 minutes. Blot stains with a new, clean cloth until stain has be removed.
10. For rinsing, place a dampened cloth on the treated area, and place the heavy weights. Allow the set in overnight.
11. If the area is dry, vacuum to relax fibers.

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If stain is still presents, contact our experts at Steam Green Carpet Cleaning. Our professionals offer the training and expertise, along with superior equipment and top quality detergents to remove most stubborn stains. Call us today for your next appointment.

Let’s be honest, about 90% of the population loves dessert and what better way to enjoy your dinner party desserts than to include pies, cakes, cookies and pastries in your cooking repertoire. And if you are one of the few members of the populous who doesn’t like dessert, what about baked turkey with compound butter or corn-on-the-cob dripping with warm melted butter? Either way, you get the picture – from thanksgiving to Christmas and even into the New Year and beyond, we all enjoy eating recipes that include butter as one of the ingredients. With this abundance of butter at every meal it’s inevitable that you will have a butter-related accident that involves a spill on your carpet or upholstery. Getting butter out of your carpet or sofas can be a tricky and time consuming proposition, especially soft butter that melts into the fabric fibers leaving a greasy mess with a sour smell long after your dinner party is complete and your guests are gone.
 

Luckily, there is a solution and the experienced carpet cleaners at Steam Green Carpet Cleaning are available to help you get your carpets back to looking just like new.

 
If you spill butter on the carpet or couch, remember to act quickly. Time is of the essence and the longer you wait before attempting to dissolve the stain, the harder it will be to completely remove it. Before using any cleaning products on your carpet always remember to spot test a patch of carpet in an inconspicuous area. Should the product cause damage to your carpet it will be in an area that cannot readily be seen.

Step One: Scrape the Butter from your Carpet or Sofa – the first step is to remove as much of the butter as possible by gently scraping with a blunt tool such as a spoon, or ironically a butter knife being careful to avoid causing damage to the carpet fibers.
Step Two: Absorb Excess Butter from Carpet or Upholstery – lightly sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch over the stain to soak up the excess butter. Both are inexpensive and can be found at any supermarket or drug store. Allow to sit for 15-30 minutes and then vacuum. The powder will help absorb the grease left by the butter. Repeat if needed.
Step Three: Clean Carpet or Couch Stain – using a soapy mix of dishwashing liquid and water, carefully blot the area over the stain being careful not to saturate the carpeting. When you have completed this step, remember to rinse the area with water making sure to remove the soap reside. Carefully blot the entire area with a clean white rag to absorb the excess water.
Step Four: Sponge the Butter Stain from Carpet or Sofa – Should the stain continue to be visible, apply a tiny amount of dry-cleaning solvent with a clean sponge. Spot test before treating and even then use the product a little at a time to avoid damaging your carpet.
Step Five: Repeat Carpet or Upholstery Stain Removal Steps – If you act quickly, you can reduce the damage caused by butter stains. Keep in mind that some stains may be more difficult to remove than others. If the stain is still visible complete the four previous steps a second time.
 

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If you are unsure you want to proceed with these helpful cleaning tips contact the professional carpet cleaning technicians at Steam Green Carpet Cleaning to assist you. Our technicians will utilize a state of the art deep clean truck mounted water extraction system and specialized environmentally friendly cleaning solutions to ensure your precious carpets are clean, sanitized, renewed and in better condition than before your accidental butter spill!

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You had to skip the your appointment with your hair dresser this month due lack of funds or other reasons and time is working against you. The thing is, you can’t stand the roots hanging out there and you think; just this one time I will do it myself with store-bought hair dye and my hairdresser will forgive me. Only to have karma work against you, you managed to get some dye in your hair, when you realized you got most of it is everywhere but your hair, and you notice some of the hair dye has even landed on your carpet. After you have vented and let loose with your therapeutic release, you know you have to act fast in removing the stain from your carpet before it becomes a permanent reminder of your blunder.
 

Steam Green Carpet Cleaning would like to offer you up some advice on getting that hair dye stain removed from your carpets and rugs.

1. In a spray bottle or cleaning bucket, mix together 2 cups of warm water (not hot) with 1 TBS liquid dish soap and 1 TBS white vinegar. Be sure to mix well.
2. Having two cloths prepared, use one to sponge on the mixture and blot at the stain. As it becomes more saturated, use the second cloth to blot up moisture to keep the saturation under control.
3. Continue repeating until stain has become faded.
4. Sponge cold, clear, clean water onto the blemished area and continue blotting.
5. With a dry, white cloth, blot up the liquid.
6. Using rubbing alcohol, blot at the stain by applying the alcohol with a cloth or cotton swab.
7. Rinse the area by sponging more clean, cool water. If stain persists move on to the next step, if it has been removed, be sure to blot the area well and allow to dry.
8. Mix in your container of choice two cups of warm water, 1 TBS ammonia and 1 tsp of liquid soap. Be sure solution is well mixed.
9. Sponge the solution on generously, but do not over saturate. The cleaning agent will need to sit for thirty minutes. However, consistent blotting every five minutes with a clean, dry cloth is crucial.
10. Again, be sure to rinse area with cool, clear water and blot up all liquids. If stain is still visible continue.
11. Using an eye dropper or medical syringe, apply a stingy amount of hydrogen peroxide overnight. Repeat as needed. Once stain is lifted be sure to rinse well, blot up all liquid remnants and allow to air dry.
 

Carpet Cleaning and Stain Removal Warning:

– Do not rub, scrub or apply too much pressure when removing the stain. Aggressive attacks only push the stain deeper into the fibers, and could potentially spread it out as well. Keep it contained by blotting at the stain.
– ALWAYS conduct a patch test on any homemade remedy or commercial products in an inconspicuous area to ensure it does not compromise the integrity or color of your carpet fibers.
 

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Steam Green Carpet Cleaning has the state of the art equipment and high quality detergents to remove most stains. If your stain persists or tending to it makes you uneasy; hire the professionals. We have experts ready to help you handle the stains, or even simply get your carpets vibrant and fresh. Call us today for your appointment!

Clients Testimonials

We didnt have the funds to buy new carpet so we thought we would try them. They were able to get the pet smell out and they even were able to get oil paint from my 2 year old out of an upstairs bedroom carpet. Would use again.

Chris. S. Agoura Hills, CA
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