Archives: April 2016

Tips on Cleaning a Neglected Area Rug

We have all been there, we are ecstatic with our flooring and our beautiful area rug adorning the surface as the perfect touch. But alas, it is perfectly placed in a high traffic area, where not only does it get abused by walking and playing on it but, but dirt is trailed in, or mud, beverages are spilled, food is splattered, and pets can’t seem to make it out on time to do their business. Though you fancied yourself on being on top of the chaos, one day you realize just how filthy and stained your area rug actually is, and you lose sleep over fretting about getting those stains out.
 

Steam Green Carpet Cleaning offers some tips on getting your neglected area rug clean and revitalized.

1. Vacuum Area Rug. Many folks often are so concerned with getting the stains and deep rooted grime out, that they will forget the first step in tending to stains, and that’s vacuuming. Vacuum the area rug thoroughly and meticulously to ensure all loose dirt and debris is sufficiently sucked away. Skipping this step can make for even a messier and extended process.
2. Select an appropriate cleanser for area rug. Be sure to read the label of your area rug for any warnings or specific cleaning instructions. Conduct a patch test in an inconspicuous spot to confirm the DIY or commercial premade cleaner will not compromise the color or integrity of your area rug. Below are a few suggestions for DIY cleaning solutions.
Shaving cream removes rug stains: Shaving cream is a beast at obliterating the worse of the worse of stains. Red wine was used to test the theory, apply shaving cream, and allow it to lift the stain and bam, no more red wine.
Brown paper and flour removes rug grease stains: This concoction is excellent on grease stains. Simply sprinkle flour on the grease, place the brown paper on top, place some weight on top and wait 20 minutes. Grease is transferred to the brown paper.
White vinegar removes rug odors: White vinegar isn’t just good for removing stains, but it also has the power to remove odors and disinfect germs. Avoid other vinegar’s as they have color to them that can cause other stains. Depending on the severity of the stains is how to determine the potency. For severe stains use white vinegar without diluting it. For mediocre stains 2 parts white vinegar and 2 parts water. And stains that are mild 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water. AVOID hot water as the heat can potentially make the stain permanent.
Mild dish soap removes many rug stains: Mild dish soap can work wonders, it can be added to vinegar solutions, combined with just water, or help other mixtures. Just use a minimal amount to your solution as too much soap can cause residues and be difficult to rinse away. For example, you can combine 2 cups water with 2 tsp liquid dish soap in a squirt bottle for easy application.
3. Rinse rugs after spot cleaning. It is always a safe step to gently rinse solutions away with pure water to eliminate possible residues. In a squirt bottle, spray down treated areas. Do not soak, soaking can contribute to mold or mildew.
4. Towel dry rugs. Dry the damp areas as best you can with a clean towel. Open a window, flip on a fan (ceiling or room fan) and allow the rug to completely dry.
5. Vacuum rugs again. The full circle has been made, vacuum again to remove any lingering offenses along with ensuring the fibers are relaxed.
 

Rug Cleaning, Stain & Odor Removal in Valley Village, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Burbank, Calabasas, Beverly Hills, Thousand Oaks & Los Angeles CA

Rugs and carpets can be challenging to clean. If it overwhelms you, enlist the professionals. Our experts at Steam Green Carpet Cleaning have been expertly trained to clean rugs and get them vibrant again. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

Your dryer is one of the most important appliances in your home and if you are like most families in America, you put it to good use if not daily, then at least several times a week. Over time, lint builds up within the dryer vents which can decrease the efficiency of your clothes dryer and cause fire hazards. According to statistics there are over 15,500 dryer vent fires in the United States each year which is why it is so important to keep your dryer vent clean.
 

Steam Green Carpet Cleaning are the experts when it comes to dryer vents and keeping them clean and maintained.

The benefits of a professional dryer vent cleaning include:

Dryer Cleaning Reduces Fire Hazards: There are approximately 34 deaths, 430 injuries and millions of dollars in property damage each year caused by dryer fires. A clogged dryer vent is the leading cause of dryer fires, with dryer lint being the primary source of ignition. At Steam Green Carpet Cleaning, our professionals cleaning service is designed to remove blockages caused by lint therefore reducing the risk of fire.
Dryer Vent Cleaning Eliminates Heath Risks: Clogged dryer vents do not allow for the correct ventilation of carbon monoxide. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can be fatal. Build-up of lint can also lead to the production of mold spores. The knowledgeable experts at Steam Green Carpet Cleaning will remove clogs to allow for correct air flow to prevent dangers from carbon monoxide and mold growth.
Dryer Cleaning Saves on Utility Bills: It’s really quite simple, the longer your dryer operates, the more energy is used. A clogged dryer vent equals a dryer that runs less efficiently resulting in increased energy consumption. The bottom line is you spend more money on utility bills. Also consider the amount of money you spend on replacing clothes that wear out quicker because they tumble in the dryer longer than necessary. Clean dryer vents allow the dryer to work more efficiently, using less energy while extending the life of your clothing.
Dryer manufactures are in agreement that your dryer vents should be inspected and cleaned on an annual basis.
 

Some of the warning signs of a clogged dryer vent include:

An excess amount of lint behind the dryer – when your dryer vent becomes clogged it can prevent lint from passing through the vent system causing an excess build-up of lint behind your dryer.
Unusually long dry time – if your clothes take more than one cycle to dry there may be an obstruction in the dryer vent that is preventing the correct airflow needed to work efficiently.
Overheat shut off – If your vent line should become clogged, your dryer has to work twice as hard which does not allow heat to be properly vented resulting in your dryer overheating. When a dryer overheats it will shut off in an attempt to prevent a fire.
Other warning signs include: excess lint on clothing, moldy smell and a dryer that is very hot to the touch or clothes that are extremely hot after a dry cycle.
 

Dryer Vent & Air Duct Cleaning in Valley Village, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Burbank, Calabasas, Beverly Hills, Thousand Oaks & Los Angeles CA

Keeping your home clean throughout the year can be a challenge, especially when you have heavy traffic flowing in and out all the time. Homes that have high occupancy, regular guests and household pets fall victim to more spills, stains and accidents than other homes. If you host parties at your home often, then you know that wine can easily get spilled on your favorite antique sofa. If you have a four legged friend, then you know that accidents do indeed happen and can be extremely difficult to completely remove. Steam Green Carpet Cleaning will professionally clean your upholstery and remove any stains that you cannot seem to on your own.
 

Improve the Appearance of Your home With Upholstery Cleaning

A home that has unattractive furniture due to dullness, stains and dirt is no fun to be in. Dirty furniture can give an awful first impression and leave your guests feeling uncomfortable and planning never to return. When you have your upholstery professionally cleaned by Steam Green Carpet Cleaning you will immediately improve the look of your furniture and your home. Your furniture will have an immediate improvement in appearance and any dirt or stain will be removed, leaving your furniture looking its best.
 

Upholstery Cleaning Will Improve the Smell of Your Home

If you have pets, then you know that sometimes certain odors can begin to crop up and make your home smell more like a pet shop than a home. Pets sometimes have accidents and we are not always aware than an accident has occurred until we begin to smell it, then begin quickly searching for the exact area that accident happened. Often times these accidents occur right on top of your sofa or love seat. Pet urine can leave a terrible stain and an even more terrible odor, especially if it was left sinking into the fabric of your furniture for an extended period of time. Steam Green Carpet Cleaning will not only remove the stain from your furniture, but it will also remove the odor, making your home comfortable to be in with a fresh new smell.
 

Sofa Cleaning will Eliminate Harmful Allergens Inside of Your Home

When you hire Steam Green Carpet Cleaning to clean your upholstery, you will also be eliminating a great deal of allergens that sit within the fabric of your furniture. Dust, dirt, grime and other allergens can sink into the fabric of your furniture and anytime anyone sits down, those harmful allergens are released into the air for you and your guests to breathe in. Steam Green Carpet Cleaning will remove these allergens and improve the air quality with in your home.
 

Contact Steam Green Carpet Cleaning today to have your upholstery professionally cleaned and left looking like new in Valley Village, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Burbank, Calabasas, Beverly Hills, Thousand Oaks & Los Angeles CA .

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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