Archives: January 2017

Having pets means dealing with carpet stains and odors. From vomit, mud, blood, urine and feces, we need to stay on top of it. Before you try any methods you always need to do a color-fastness test to make sure you won’t change the color of the carpet and always blot as much of the mess as you can before cleaning it. You probably have many items at home already that will work great.

Three Natural Ways to Remove Pet Stains & Odors from Carpet

1. Vinegar with baking soda stain and odor remover. Simple, inexpensive and great for blood and urine stains. White vinegar is a miracle worker and will even take care of old stains. Baking soda is also known as nature’s odor remover. These two together create a powerhouse in cleaning.
Method #1- 2 cups of distilled vinegar, 2 cups of lukewarm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda with a spray bottle if you want to use one. Pour the solution on the stain or spray it thoroughly and blot.
Method #2- put the baking soda on the stain and let it breakdown and deodorize for five minutes. Vacuum and apply the water and vinegar solution and blot.
Method #3- after blotting the stain up first, sprinkle the baking soda over the stain and the pour the solution right onto the stain. This will create a little cleaning volcano to “eat away” the stain. Blot and rub gently with a clean soft cloth after about 5 minutes.
2. Hydrogen-peroxide & baking soda stain and odor remover. Urine has “crystals” in it and hydrogen peroxide is a great substance to break them down and will also pull stains out. Mix it with naturally deodorizing baking soda to create another great cleaning solution. You’ll need rags or paper towel, a cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1 teaspoon of dish soap and a bowl. Sprinkle the baking soda on the stain after you soak up any extra liquid. Spray the solution on the stain and then the baking soda and scrub it gently into the fibers with a scrub brush or rag. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and vacuum thoroughly. If the stain is tough, you may need to repeat these steps.
3. Citrus-enzyme carpet cleaner. If you read the labels of many popular stain removal products, you’ll see the use of the word “enzymes” that are made to digest and breakdown stains and odors on a molecular level. If you have time and patience, you can formulate your own. You will need 1 ½ cups of lemon, orange peels/scraps, 1 liter of water, 7 tablespoons of brown sugar and a bottle big enough to hold the liquid and peels/scraps. Combine everything in the bottle, tightly screw the cap on and shake it well. Loosen the cap halfway to release the gases and to make sure the bottle won’t explode due to the build-up. After about three months you’ll have a natural enzymatic cleaner all ready to use!

Pet Stain & Odor Removal in Valley Village, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Simi Valley, Burbank, Calabasas, Beverly Hills, Thousand oaks & Los Angeles California

Our pets are part of the family and we love them but the stains and odors they leave behind, we could do without. No matter how well trained they might be there are bound to be accidents. Make sure stains and odors don’t stick around and clean them up a soon as possible. When it’s time for the professionals to come in, give Steam Green Carpet Cleaning a call!

Repainting your house allows you to express your personality and revitalize your home’s look. However paint doesn’t look so good on your carpets and sometimes it seems there is more paint on your carpets than on your walls! Steam Green Carpet Cleaning will share a few tips on how to remove the different kinds of paints from out of your carpets.

General Tips for How to Remove Paint from Carpet

There are a few things to keep in mind when cleaning any stain. Always clean paint or any stain while it occurs or still wet. You will find you will have better results than waiting to clean up after it is dry. At this stage, it can be difficult to properly clean. Another thing is to never scrub a stain, instead blot at stains or you will just spread the paint around making the stain worse. Finally know what kind of paint you are dealing with. Each requires its own formula and process of cleaning.

How to Get Acrylic Paint Out of Carpet

Acrylic or water based paints are one of the easiest kinds of paints to remove. Again this type of paint is easiest to remove when the spill occurs. Start by using nail-polish remover or acetone. Dab with a white paper towel, saturated with the nail-polish remover, at the paint. This will help to break down the paint and lift it up easier. Then use warm water with a cleaning solution, either commercial carpet cleaner or even liquid dish soap and blot at the stain until it lifts out of the carpets. That should remove the stain out of your carpet.

How to Remove Wet Latex Paint from Carpet

Latex is also a water based paint, but instead of it being acrylic it’s more vinyl resin. So similar to acrylic paint, you will want to clean it up quickly. Instead of using nail-polish remover, use vinegar with a paper towel and dab at the paint. Then again, use warm water with a cleaning solution and blot at the remainder of the stain until it’s gone.
How to Take Oil Paint Out of Carpet

If you’re dealing with oil based paint, you must be very careful. You’re going to need to clean your carpets much the same way you clean a paint brush. You will need to use a dry-cleaning solvent or mineral spirits, acetones and lacquer. However as these cleaners work great to remove the paint, they also can discolor or lighten the color in your carpet. Try to keep the stain contained as much as you can while you attempt to clean the paint. Again use one of these cleaners to clean up the stain. Dab at the stain and be careful not to over soak the area for you might cause too much discoloration. After dabbing at the paint then use liquid dish soap and water to blot at the area to remove the solvent or cleaner out of your carpets. If you’re dealing with an oil based paint, you might want to leave it to a professional carpet cleaner to prevent a further mess.

How to Remove Dried Paints from Carpet

If you notice some paint after it has already dried then you will need to take the following steps: Any type of paint after it is dry will remove the same way. Start by use a scrapper of some kind to remove as much of the dry paint as possible. Then use WD40 and spray on the remainder of the paint. You can also use a citrus based cleaner as well. Then allow it to set for 30 minutes. This will soften the paint so you can scrap the rest way. Use warm soapy water to clean the rest of the stain.

Carpet Cleaning & More in Valley Village, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Simi Valley, Burbank, Calabasas, Beverly Hills, Thousand Oaks & Los Angeles California

There comes a time for every home to renew its look and the quickest and cheapest ways is to repaint. However our floors can suffer from our desires to revitalize our homes. If you were undergoing a major painting project and caused a few paint spills, Steam Green Carpet Cleaning hope we were able to help you clean and remove the paint. If you need some assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Have you noticed there are some parts of your home where the carpet is quite shocking? Or maybe that freshly laid carpet can give you and others a jolt. This is not an expression. Some carpets have the knack for building up a static charge that can create a surprising zap from time to time. There a few reasons why this happens, but when it does it can make those rooms rather annoying to be in. Steam Green Carpet Cleaning will share why some carpets carry static and provide some remedies you can try to stop those shocking moments.

Static on Nylon VS Polyester Carpet

Remember what your mom used to say? Never drag your feet. Well, the dragging of your feet will create an electrical charge that will disperse when you come in contact with a proper conduit. So keep that in mind in those rooms that naturally have more static in them. Now there are some carpets that just develop static better then others, like nylon carpet makes much more static than polyester carpet will. But don’t just blame the type of carpet. There are other reasons to blame.

Humidity & Moist Static Electricity Energy Relationship

Rooms with less humidity or moisture in the air will have a static problem. The moisture that builds on top of the surface of carpets acts as a protective layer or barrier between you and the static that is inside the carpet. Sometimes just opening a window from time to time will help reduce the static problem in a room. However it’s not energy efficient when you need to keep your home warm or cooled down. You can also use a humidifier to add your own moisture to the room reducing the amount of static in that room.

Carpet Anti-Static Spray

Another method is to use commercial products. You can find in many stores a spray-on anti-static agent that makes a protective layer for you. Some of these commercial products are ACL Staticide and Shadow FX. But there is a downside to using these commercial products. Many of those spray-on products leave a sticky surface that will attract dirt that makes carpets very dirty. You will have to regularly clean your carpets, not to mention reapply the anti-static spray each time you do. There are some better ways to deal with static on your carpet than using a sticky product!

Homemade Anti-Static Spray for Carpets

What is that you might ask? You can make your own anti-static spray that won’t leave your carpets sticky and dirty. To make you own anti-static spray start by use a spray bottle with 8oz. of water, then mix a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol with another tablespoon of fabric softener. You will find this will reduce the static on the carpets and it will also make them smell clean.

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

You don’t have to deal with static in your carpet whether they are new and freshly installed or that room that just has no air flow or moisture to it. All it takes is a few simple steps to reduce that static charge. Steam Green Carpet Cleaning hopes we were able to help with this problem. For all of your carpet care needs, we are just a phone call away.

Christmas trees are a major part of the tradition during this magical time of year. Some folks are over the top excited and have their tree up before Thanksgiving where some don’t bother until Christmas Eve and others are somewhere in between. No matter where you fall in the spectrum, you still need to protect the floor, whether you have carpets, hardwood floors, or specialized tile. Today, we at Steam Green Carpet Cleaning would like to share some basic tips on how you can protect your floor from the negative aspects of having a live Christmas tree up in your home.

Christmas Tree Floor Protector Tips

1. Falling Needles on Carpet. Just as you put freshly cut flowers in a vase full of water in an effort to preserve their beauty, the same principle applies to cut trees. Trees not submerged in water will dry out extremely quickly and dry trees will lose their needles in excess. If there needles continue to fall, keeping them clean can prove to be a challenge. To avoid the needles from falling to the floor before the big day, keep your tree well hydrated and away from heat sources that will contribute to tree drying out quickly.
2. Use Waterproof Barrier. While keeping your tree well watered is important and crucial, your carpets and hardwood floor do not do well with over exposure to water. Water damage can cause significant damage and cost to repair or even replace. Instead of risking any leaks or spills around the stand, place a plastic sheet or something waterproof under the tree that is discrete but can still catch any water accidents that might develop.
3. Avoiding Tree Stand Stains. In many instances, the stand; especially if influenced by water, can create stains on the various surfaces. Whereas the stands are generally painted variations of green, red, and black, the stains could prove problematic. Having the implements to contain any water issues from occurring should also be hardy enough to deter any staining from the stand from besmirching your carpets, tile, or hardwood floor surfaces.
4. Cleaning Sap Stains. Sap is one of the hardest things to contend with if your tree is making a sappy mess all over the place. Sap is extremely sticky and thick and if any messes should occur, rubbing alcohol is one of the most effective agents that dissolve the sap from off of the surfaces. Simply apply a few drops on a clean cloth and blot up the stain. Make sure to perform a patch test in an inconspicuous area to insure it is safe to use.

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

Christmas trees are a lot of fun, but always remember to practice safety with them; not for the sake of avoiding messes but also avoiding fires or bodily harm. If some stains do occur and you are having a hard time contending with them, contact Steam Green Carpet Cleaning and are skilled experts can assess the problems and get the stains removed quickly and efficiently. Call us today to get started!

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