Archives: February 2018

Selecting the perfect area rug for your space takes time and patience, choosing the right colors and style for home along with your price range for example are just a few of the things that you will need to take into consideration before making your final selection. Once you have the rug in place and it becomes a part of the room, you will need to take some important steps to make sure you preserve the beauty of your area rugs along with their longevity. According to the knowledgeable experts at Steam Green Carpet Cleaning, area rugs can trap a large amount of dirt and debris and without proper cleaning they easily become one of the dirtiest items in your home.

Reasons to Get Your Area Rugs Professionally Cleaned

1. A dirty area rug can affect the health of your family. Area rugs collect all manner of dirt including bacteria when they are not cleaned on a regular basis. According to research, dangerous bacteria called mycotoxins which are can weaken the immune system are capable of living in your area rugs.
2. Mold and dust mites can also compromise your area rug, in fact mold growth is known to attract even more bacteria creating a vicious cycle of respiratory problems. Sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, itchy eyes, asthma and a long list of other breathing conditions are synonymous with exposure to mold. Dust mites thrive in dirty area rugs and their carcasses and fecal matter can cause eye and nose irritation especially for infants and the elderly.
3. If you are unsure about the cleanliness of your area rug try picking up one of the corners and dropping it back on the floor. If you see dust or dirt coming off of the rug it’s time to consider getting your area rug professionally cleaned. Your Steam Green Carpet Cleaning professional will clean your rug to perfection along with ensuring that the longevity of your area rug is properly preserved. Once the rug is clean you will notice the colors are vibrant and the rug is soft to the touch, the entire area will also smell fresh and clean improving the overall appearance of the room.

How to Clean Large Area Rugs

Once your area rugs have been professionally cleaned, the upkeep between cleanings is fairly simple. Vacuum both sides of your rugs on a regular basis to stop the buildup of dirt and other debris. Treat stains immediately using a clean cloth and a mild soap solution. For liquids, use a clean white cloth to absorb as much of the stain as you can before treating. Repeat using the soap solution until the stain is removed using clean water to rinse between applications. Make sure the area is completely dry before vacuuming to lift the fibers. For food spills, pick up larger pieces before using a clean cloth to absorb any liquids. Clean the area using the same protocol for liquids. Allow to dry completely before vacuuming.

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The carpets in your home are part of the house that needs to be cleaned and cared for on a regular basis. It is a great idea to add to your budget having your carpets cleaned. There are several reasons to do it. One is that if you have your carpets cleaned you are extending how long the carpets will last in your house. The cost to have your carpets clean is a much lower cost that replacement. It is a great idea to factor it into your budget. The other aspect of carpet cleaning is that your carpets will house allergens that are not good for your health. The allergens will get in the air and agitate your health especially for the people that suffer from allergies or asthma. The carpet cleaning process will get the allergens off the carpet and out of your air. Now you might be wondering what it costs to have your carpets cleaned. Some companies will offer some specials but for the most part there are aspects of carpet cleaning that actually help them come up with a bid. Knowing what they are is a great way to know how much you need to budget for.

Steam Green Carpet Cleaning Explains the Cost of Carpet Cleaning Services

Is the Carpet Stained: One aspect of carpet cleaning is not just the general cleaning we need to look at but the amount of stains that are on the carpet. Even if you clean stains from your carpets they might still be there and that is more work for the technician. The stains are something that we may need to go over and pre-treat prior to starting the actual cleaning. That is why it is important to talk to your technician about what stains you have that you are concerned about.
How Large are the Rooms?: You need to talk to us about the rooms you need to have cleaned. Some people choose to do some rooms and not all and that is why you should be aware of those rooms. If you have a standard size room then you don’t need to make any special notes about it. If you have an oversized or large room such as a living room it is a good idea to let us know. That is because we are going off of the square footage of the house and the rooms are all different in size. The size matters when cleaning the carpets because we are using our equipment as well as our cleaning solutions.
Pet Hair, Stains & Odors: Pets are something that cause two separate problems for carpets. One is that the hair and fur come off the pets and will get stuck to the carpets. This has to be pulled from the carpet and it takes the suction of commercial equipment. The other problem comes from pets that leave stains on the carpet. It will leave a stain as well as odor that is hard to treat. It is best to let the technician know if you have concerns about pet stains and odor.

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Tile and grout can be found in most homes; used for the flooring and surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom at the least. Being especially durable and easy to maintain for the most part, homeowners often select the tile and grout to cover many surfaces. But because grout is especially porous in nature, it collects soil, moisture, soap scum, microbes, and nearly anything else it comes into contact with. Before too long the grout and tile will look dull and dingy, may even be inflicted with stains including mildew stains. When the tile and grout are lifeless, it has a tendency to bring down the overall appearance of the room. In an effort to help you keep your tile and grout clean in between professional cleaning, we at Steam Green Carpet Cleaning would like to list a few methods.

Baking Soda, Dish Soap & Hydrogen Peroxide Solution to Clean Tile & Grout

The ingredients used in this mixture are favorable because of the following:
– Baking soda: To scrub the grout, baking soda is a natural abrasive.
– Dish soap: Dish soap can cut through any grease buildup and loosen dirt.
– Hydrogen peroxide: Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide releases bleaching oxygen ions that remove stains and brightens the surface.
1) Combined ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, 1 tbsp liquid dish detergent, and ¾ cup baking soda; a paste should be the outcome.
2) Wearing protective cleaning gloves use your fingers to smear a thick layer of paste over the grout, fan out the mixture onto the tiles and let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
3) Scrub to agitate the surface with a nylon brush, or designated toothbrush for the corners and edges in circular patterns.
4) After you have agitated the mixture, breaking through the layers of buildup, let the mixture sit for an additional 15 minutes.
5) Repeat scrubbing method in the necessary areas and rinse well accordingly.
6) Use a clean junk towel to dry remaining moisture.

Cleaning Tile Floors with Baking Soda & Vinegar

1) Mix approximately 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water to make a thick paste. Wear protective gloves, smear the paste with your finger directly on the grout and fan out the residue onto the tile. Allow the paste to sit while preparing the next solution.
2) In a squirt bottle mix equal parts warm water and vinegar. Spray the solution generously over the surface of the tile and especially the grout.
3) After about 5 minutes, the bubbling should stop when it does, scrub with nylon bristled brush and a designated cleaning toothbrush for the corners and edges.
4) Ensure to rinse the area well, clearing away the soap scum and dirty remnants.
5) Dry the surface with a clean junk towel.

Powdered Oxygen Bleach to Clean Tile & Grout

1) Mix together two cups of warm water and two Tbsp of oxygenated bleach and make certain it is completely dissolved.
2) Utilize a grid pattern sectioning system for organized and strategic cleaning to apply the solutions and let sit for about 10 minutes. With a nylon brush or designated toothbrush for corners and edges, scrub the grout in circular pattern.
3) On the tougher stains, sprinkle lightly oxygenated bleach and scrub as before.
4) The debris and soap film needs to be rinsed away.
5) Dry with a clean junk towel.

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Tile and grout should be professionally cleaned every 6-12 months to keep the stains clear, increase the vibrancy, and for the longevity. Call in the experts of Steam Green Carpet Cleaning and let our technicians get your tile and grout clean, sanitized, and deodorized.

Ever wonder what’s underfoot in that carpet? Whether a high or low pile, they typically appear as yarn attached to an open weave canvas backing. But how do they get those interesting shapes in a sculptured carpet? Back in the day the primary method of making carpets was by weaving, usually out of wool. Carpets have been with us for some time, dating of some samples place them as far back as 400 to 500 BC. The thick heavy knotted carpets were probably used by nomadic tribes to cover their floors, isolating them from the ground. They were woven on a horizontal loom. By covering their floors with rugs and carpeting they isolated themselves from direct contact with the ground, and thus negating heat loss. Bedouins and Mongols are two nomadic groups that traditionally used rugs and carpets.

Natural Vegetable Dyed & Synthetic Dyes

Originally natural dyes were used, with synthetic dyes introduced around 1860-1870. Synthetic dyes and fibers are almost exclusively used in modern carpets. The primary backing is polypropylene and is used to hold the fibers. Most carpets utilize a pad or padding between the floor and carpet. High quality padding is what makes a carpet feel soft and promotes long carpet life. Many modern color designs in modern carpets are printed or sprayed using the dyes to create multi-color patterns. Most carpet fibers are polypropylene or nylon blends.

Tufted VS Woven Carpet

Tufted carpets are machine made; and incorporate from 800 up to 2000 needles spread across a width of usually 12 feet. As the needles penetrate the backing, hooks on the needles hook the yarn and pull up through the backing. This creates a looped pile carpet. When these loops are cut they create a cut pile carpet, the dominate style used in most homes. The needles are computer guided and capable of creating a sculpted look using various pile elevations. After weaving, the carpets are dyed. Single colored carpets are dyed before other processes are complete, but multicolored carpets are dyed after, and multiple steps are used, each step to add a new color using a silk-screening process. The backing is fused to a secondary backing under pressure using a coat of latex as the adhesive. Carpets then have the stain protection applied.

Warp & Weft Meaning

In weaving you need to know your warps and wefts. Warps are the long vertical strands that serve as the base fibers for the weave. Wefts are laid horizontally across the yarn locking them in place. Woven carpeting tends to be of a higher quality compared to tufted carpets, and this quality is reflected in the price. Woven carpets are usually made from synthetic fibers, polypropylene, nylon and polyester. Natural fibers are generally wool yarns, the most durable and expensive, but silk and bamboo are used as well. Some carpets may still be hand woven, but most are machine made. Traditional rugs still use a lot of manual labor, but again many are machine woven.

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

When purchasing a carpet, you need to weigh the cost versus life of the carpet. The higher the quality the longer the life. Quality usually also translates to holding its “look” far longer than a cheaper carpets. Shorter fibers weather foot traffic better. Long shags can “mat” and look tatty if not well vacuumed to “fluff” the fibers.
Steam Green Carpet Cleaning offers expert steam carpet cleaning for all kinds of carpets and rugs. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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