Archives: April 2018

If people knew what was lingering in the carpets, they would probably be more diligent with their vacuuming and professional deep cleaning. To help encourage folks to clean the carpets more regularly, we at Steam Green Carpet Cleaning would like share some of the common things lurking in carpet.

What Germs & Contaminants Live in Carpet

1) Dust Mites and Allergens: Dead human skin cells are primarily what comprise of dust and it collects in your home settles on the carpets. The average person sheds nearly one million skins cells per day and by within a year’s time, comes to just over eight pounds. Not only is dust buildup the allergens that float throughout the year will also deposit onto the carpets. They are brought on your shoes, pet’s paws or just through the central air system.
2) Rotting Food: The dropped food that falls on your carpets isn’t completely removed. There is tons of microscopic rotting food particles trapped within your carpet. Not only is there rotting food lodged between the fibers, but the remnants provide sustenance nasty organisms as well as a habitat for them.
3) Dust Mites: Dust mites are little microscopic organisms and there are millions of them in the carpets feeding on your dead skin cells. They are everywhere, dwelling in upholstery, mattresses, and air ducts.
4) Pet Accidents: Having pets likely results in accidents, which contributes to the buildup of fecal and urine matter left behind in the fibers. Even if your pet doesn’t have any accidents, they still bring the remnants inside and transfer it to your carpets. Cats especially are guilty when they use the litter box and then walk along the carpets. It invites nasty bugs and bacterial growth as well.
5) Bacteria: Carpets that do not get cleaned and vacuumed regularly create the perfect habitat for an assortment of germs. Escherichia Coli (E. Coli), Staphylococcus Aureus (STAPH), and Salmonellosis (Salmonella) are all included in the common types of bacteria found in your carpet. Stomach aches, diarrhea, and intestinal infections are caused by E. Coli. The poop from mammals such as dogs, cats, and humans contain E. Coli. Living on the skin of a lot of mammals is Staph, a bacterium that easily transfers onto carpets. It gets on the carpet from skin cells, dirty hands/feet, or blood. Depending on the exact strain of the Staph bacteria, Staph could be harmless or even life threatening. Though most cases of Staph can be treated with antibiotics, in recent years, Staph is become a serious problem as it resists the antibiotics. From fecal matter of pets or people Salmonella is transferred to carpet. Particularly dangerous, Salmonella causes people to experience fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Salmonella can also be treated with antibiotics, but can still be a serious risk to those with weaker immune systems such as seniors and children.

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Vacuuming your carpets daily and professionally deep cleaning the carpets one to two times a year can significantly reduce the allergens, contagions, and pollutants that end up on your carpet. For when your carpets need the deep cleaning, call Steam Green Carpet Cleaning.

Since you spend roughly 1/3 of your life on your mattress, you want to make sure that it wears well and will last as long as possible. There are many measures you can take in caring for your mattress that will extend its life. You want your mattress to not only be comfortable, but clean as well. Steam Green Carpet Cleaning is here to share some mattress maintenance tips that will help you have the best night’s sleep possible.

Mattress Rotation Schedule

All mattress manufacturers will tell you how important it is that you rotate your mattress. Older mattresses used to be able to be rotated as well as flipped. Now mattresses are made with a “one side up” and you can no longer flip them over. The most important time to rotate your mattress is when you first purchase it. They say you should rotate it every couple of weeks for the first four months after purchase. Once that time frame has come and gone, it is okay to start rotating every three months. If your mattress has a box spring, it should be rotated twice a year as well.

Mattress Protectors

Sheets offer a certain amount of protection for your mattress, but a mattress cover will take it to the next step. You want to keep your mattress protected from bodily fluids as well as dust and debris that could cause damage. Some mattress covers will go as far as protect your mattress from bed bugs.

Don’t Jump on the Bed

There’s a reason your mom told you not to jump on the bed all those years. Jumping on your bed will ruin the coils if you have them in your mattress. Even if you don’t have coils in your mattress, it will wear out the fibers of your mattress and cause damage.

Vacuum Your Mattress

As you vacuum your floor, have you ever thought of vacuuming your mattress? Vacuuming your mattress is an excellent way to keep the dust mites and other debris from breaking down your mattress prematurely. One step beyond that, you should have your mattress professionally cleaned at least once a year to give it the deep clean that it needs.

Clean Your Mattress with Baking Soda

If you notice that there are any odors on your mattress, one of the safest ways to get rid of it is with baking soda. This miracle powder will absorb and neutralize odors if you let it sit on your mattress for several hours before vacuuming it up. Adding a couple of drops of essential oils can help give you a nice aromatic effect as well.

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If you haven’t had your mattress professionally cleaned before, let the cleaning professionals at Steam Green Carpet Cleaning handle it for you. We offer mattress cleaning that leave your mattress free of odor or dust mites. You will be able to rest easy knowing your mattress is free of odors and dust mites. Call us today!

Soda, pop, colas, are all one in the same and no matter what you are use to calling it, they all stain. Pop stains can be a little tricky to remove and the longer they are left to fester, the more difficult they are to get out of the carpets. Today, we at Steam Green Carpet Cleaning would like to offer a method on how you can get the soda stain your of your carpets.

General Carpet Stain Removal Tips

Quick Tips: When treating carpet spills it is important you apply the following the fundamentals, otherwise you can cause damage to the carpets in an attempt to rectify a potential stain.
A) Tend to spills promptly. The longer they sit, the harder they are to remove, especially soft drink stains.
B) Do not let the area become over saturated with fluid. Absorb as much as the soda as you can with paper towels or rags before treating the spot. In between cleaner applications, use dry towels or paper towels to mop up the excess moisture; too much moisture can cause water damage.
C) Avoid using steam machine and do not use hot water, it could cause stains to set in.
D) When adding liquid dish spa to DIY solutions, do not over indulge, too much attracts dirt as it leaves behind a film that is difficult to remove.
E) Never rub and scrub, only blot and pat, otherwise you will just spread the soda out and push it deeper in the carpet.
F) Stick to using only white cloths, rags, towels, and paper towels. Dyes and prints can inadvertently be transferred onto the carpet while you try and treat the stain.
G) Always perform a patch test, whether you use a DIY homemade solution or a store bought carpet stain cleaner in an inconspicuous area to make certain the fibers will not lighten or the integrity rill not be compromised.

How to Clean Soda Stains out of Carpet

1) In a pale or squirt bottle, combine 1 cup white vinegar, 2 cups of cool water and 1 TBS liquid dish soap. (This formula is for the colored soda; red, purple, and orange. For cola and other caramel colored sodas, use a dry cleaning solvent and follow the manufacturer’s directions.)
2) Use paper towels to gently blot and absorb the excess soda from the carpets if the stain is fresh. If the stain is dry, lightly mist the stain with water.
3) With a clean cloth, dampen it with the prepared solution, and beginning blotting and dabbing at the stain. You may have to rinse out the cloth in between blotting as it becomes saturated with soda. Don’t forget to blot with a dry cloth in between to avoid getting the carpets wet. Repeat until stain fades.
4) Once the soda stain seems to be removed, use a damp cloth from straight water to rinse away the cleaning formula residue, using the blotting technique.
5) To the best of your ability, dry the area with a towel.
6) If after the stains seems to appear when the carpet is dry, use cotton balls treated with rubbing alcohol to dab it away.
7) With a damp cloth, light blot the area, removing the alcohol residue.
8) Once the area is full dry, vacuum.
You can add few tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia to the above mixture and repeat the procedure in the event the stain persists, but be warned, that these chemicals can easily lighten your carpets so use at your own risk.

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If the soda stains becomes a challenge to remove, play it safe, and let the experts of Steam Green Carpet Cleaning to effectively remove the stain along with extracting any dirt and neutralizing the odors, leaving your carpets vibrant and fresh. Contact us today!

When it comes to removing stains from carpet, there are some basic rules that should always be followed. Many people make the same mistakes when cleaning their carpet and they result in long term consequences. For those who have never taken the time to learn how to properly clean carpet stains, Steam Green Carpet Cleaning would like to share the basics of stain removal to help you properly remove stains.

Tips to Get Old Stains Out of Carpet

1. Clean Stains Fast – The longer a stain remains on your carpet, the harder it is to clean. When a stain first occurs react to the situation quickly and don’t let the stain dry or sit too long. However, we don’t always know when a stain occurs, so do your best in each situation.
2. Test Carpet Cleaners – There are a number of ways to remove a stain. It usually depends on what the stain is and what type of carpet it’s on. Before using any commercial cleaner or homemade cleaner, you will want to test the effects first. In a discrete area that is out of sight is the recommended testing site. Always give it about 30 minutes to see the cleaner’s reaction to your carpet.
3. Blot Carpet Stains – When cleaning a stain you will hear never to scrub at a stain which is what most people do. When you scrub at a stain you do two things. One, you spread the stain making it bigger and two, it pushes the stain deeper into the carpet making it more difficult to remove the stain.
4. Blot from the Outside – Another common stain cleaning technique is to blot on the outside of the stain with the cleaner and work your way into the center of the stain. Again, this technique helps prevent the stain from spreading and contains the stain better while it’s being cleaned.
5. White Cloth – With clean a stain you always want to use a white cleaning cloth or paper towel. Never use paper towels or cleaning cloths with any color in them because they contain dye. Most cleaners will lift the dye out of linens or paper towel and transfer it to the carpet. Instead of cleaning a stain you’re adding to the problem.
6. Rinse Carpet – When rinsing your carpet or when water is added to a cleaning solution, always use distilled water. Tap water contains minerals that create white ring stains due to the minerals in the tap water. This is why when making your own cleaning solution or rinse, use distilled water.
7. Baking Soda Absorbs Carpet Odors – If your carpet suffers from odors, baking soda is your best ally. Baking soda has the power to absorb odors and remove them from the carpet.
8. Vacuum Carpet – Always vacuum before cleaning a stain if it’s dry, and after the stain was clean and had time to dry. When the stain is dry, vacuum the area to remove all the dirt and debris which helps prevent another stain from occurring. Always vacuum after a stain has had time to dry to restore the carpet pile.

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When it comes to cleaning any stain the same basic rules always apply. You never know when stains occur and you want to be ready with these basic cleaning techniques. For all of your carpet cleaning needs, along with many other valuable services, contact Steam Green Carpet Cleaning 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