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As you look around your home at the possible projects that you want to do in your home there are probably lots of things that you would love to do. Is new flooring on the list? If you are thinking about new flooring Steam Green Carpet Cleaning wants to give you some reasons that you may want to consider hardwood flooring.

Durable Hardwood Floors

There are many different reasons that hardwood flooring is a fantastic option for your home. The first reason we want to talk about today is that wood flooring is extremely durable. Durability is one of the top reasons that homeowners choose to install wood flooring. Wood flooring withstands the wear and tear of everyday life better than other types of flooring options.

Hardwood Flooring is Easy to Take Care Of

In addition to being durable wood flooring is also easy to maintain. Wood floors can be swept or vacuumed to remove any dirt or debris that gets on the floors. You will also need to use a wood cleaner once a week to help remove dust from your flooring. If you spill something on your wood flooring you do not have to panic about it staining the floor. Simply wipe up the spill and you are good to go.

Hardwood Flooring Elegance

Next we want to talk about the elegance that wood floors bring to your home. Wood floors bring beauty to your home that other flooring options just cannot compete with. Installing wood flooring also makes your space look bigger than it looks with other types of flooring.

Hardwood Floor Colors

Many people resist considering wood flooring because they think that they will not be able to find a color of wood flooring that they like. Years ago this may have been true but it is not true now. Wood flooring is available in an extremely large array of colors, sizes, and patterns. You can find a wood flooring that will enhance the style that you have in your home.

Hardwood Flooring Good for Allergies & Pets

If anyone in your home suffers from allergy or asthma, wood flooring is an option that you will definitely want to consider. Carpet traps dust, animal dander, pollen, and other allergens in its’ fibers. Wood flooring is not capable of trapping these items in it. You can help reduce the allergy and asthma symptoms by installing wood flooring.

Hardwood Floors Increase Home Value

Last up on our list today is that installing wood flooring will increase the value of your home. Studies show that potential buyers will pay more for a house that has wood flooring installed. Your home will sell for a higher price and will sell quicker with wood flooring.

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After seeing all of these benefits of installing wood flooring in your home we hope that you are ready to take the plunge. Give Steam Green Carpet Cleaning a call today. We can come out install your new flooring for you!

Walking in the door to a little gift from your pet is one of the worst things! When it comes to keeping your home clean and tidy carpets are a huge part of the list. The carpets make up a lot of the area in a home. That is why cleaning them is hard to keep up with. The problem is that carpets are not the only part of the home that needs cleaning. That means that you need to keep up on a lot of other areas of the house which means that you need to be efficient when cleaning. The same goes for cleaning spots on the carpet that include stains. When it comes to stains on the carpet they each need to be cleaned in the right manner. The process to clean them are important and when you choose the wrong method it can cause damage to the carpet as well as spread the stain out even further.

Steam Green Carpet Cleaning Outlines How to Clean Common Carpet Stains

Pet Urine & Poop Stains on Carpet: If you are one of the millions of homeowners that have a pet and love them then you know that they can leave stains on your carpet. The pet that we love is often allowed to go anywhere in our home. When they do that even the best trained pets can have an occasional accident. If you add having a pet that is new to the home the accidents can be more substantial. The problem that comes with pet stains is that they are hard to treat for one reason. Pet urine specifically has ammonia in it which soaks into the padding and backing and that causes odors to linger. You need to treat not only the stain that is left behind on the carpet but you need to neutralize the odor as well. You can do this by layering baking soda on the spot. This will help to soak up the liquid and prevent the odor from staying behind. Then use warm water and soap to clean the stain that may still be left behind. You can use a clean cloth to soak up the cleaning solution and the stain.
How to Remove Red Wine & Juice Stains on Carpet: One of the other stains that is common in a home are from liquids that are dyed red. The red stains are hard to get off the carpet and you need to be sure that you treat them so that you don’t end up with a larger pink stain. Red juice can come from a child walking around or an adult spilling their wine. To clean the red stain it is important to use a small amount of liquid at a time. This will help to stop the stain from spreading. The best solution is to use warm water and vinegar on the space. You may need to work the area and repeat the cleaning process more than once.

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Every pet owner must always be ready for those accidents caused by our dear companions. These little accidents leave behind nasty stains and odors that can be tough to get out. Steam Green Carpet Cleaning is here to share a homemade cleaner and deodorizer to help maintain your home and its carpets from those accidents left behind by your pets. Additionally, we will walk you through the steps of proper cleaning methods when it comes to urine stains and odors.

How Do You Get Pet Stains Out of Carpet?

To properly clean pet stain and odors you don’t always need the expensive cleaners found at the market. Sometimes all it takes is some water, vinegar and baking soda. For severe stains you may need to take it up a notch and use some hydrogen peroxide. To begin cleaning pet stains you may also want to have some white paper towels or a white cloth and rubber gloves.
Step 1. When you first notice the stain, and if it is still wet, use a paper towel or cloth and soak up as much of the urine as possible.
Step 2. Next, mix together 1 cup of water with 1 cup of vinegar in a spray bottle. Then spray the cleaner deep into the carpet fiber. You want the vinegar to cover the urine you may need to work the mixture in with your finger tips or with a toothbrush.
Step 3. Once the mixture has had time to soak in, use paper towels or cloth and press down on the stain. Soak up as much of the fluid as possible. You may want to use a shop vac to help extract as much of the moisture as possible and let the area dry.
Step 4. Once the area has had time to dry, sprinkle baking soda on top of the stain and then vacuums it up.
Step 5. For tougher stains, pour the hydrogen peroxide on top of the stain followed then by baking soda. This will create a fizzing or bubbling which helps lift the urine out of the carpet. Give it a few minutes to work and then use paper towel to soak up most of the liquid.
Step 6. Vacuum up the area after the stain has had time to dry to restore the cleaned areas.

How to Make a Homemade Room Deodorizer

It really helps to freshen up a room that was victimized by your pet if you follow the cleaning with a deodorizer. Here is a great carpet recipe to make your own deodorizer. Mix together 3 cups of baking soda with 20 drops of your preferred essential oil. Some great examples are lavender, jasmine, or even vanilla. However, if you have a cat we urge you to use a citrus oil to prevent future accidents. Pour both contents into a bowl and use a fork to mix them together. Once the two are mixed together, put the powder into a jar with a sprinkle lid and lightly sprinkle the powder on the carpet. Make sure to sprinkle it lightly. Let the powder sit on the carpet for 30 minutes then vacuum it up and enjoy the fresh scent.

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When pet stains get out of control, it is best to contact the professionals. Steam Green Carpet Cleaning provides many services. We can help remove the toughest pet stains and restore your carpets. Contact Steam Green Carpet Cleaning to schedule your carpet cleaning today!

Area rugs are utilized in homes and businesses for practical, functional, and designing purposes. Though area rugs are a nice touch to any room, they can be a bit of a challenge to keep clean, which is why we at Steam Green Carpet Cleaning composed a basic area rug cleaning guide to help you in your efforts.

Tips for How to Clean an Area Rug

Below you will find a few quick tips to better care for your area rugs.
1) Larger rugs that are too big to be manipulated can be treated and cared for like wall-to-wall carpeting. Be sure to vacuum daily or as often as you can.
2) Smaller rugs should initially be taken outside shaken, beaten vigorously, and the vacuumed.
3) Vacuum both sides of the rug and be sure to clean under them when you vacuum the rugs.
4) Resist removing the labels and remind yourself the cleaning methods recommended by manufacturer printed on the tag.
5) The vacuum may struggle removing pet hair, use a stiff brush in the direction of the rug’s nap to get them embedded pet hair loose.
6) It is optimal to rotate your rugs every 6 months, or at least once a year to even at the wear from daily use as well as the fading caused by direct sunlight shining through the windows.
7) Annually, or as frequently as needed, your rugs, no matter their type, should receive a deep cleaning from a dependable professional.

Cleaning Methods for Specially Designed Area Rugs

Specially made rugs require specific cleaning techniques, below you will find the basic methods for common types of rugs.
Rush/Sisal Coir/Grass Area Rugs: These rugs are comprised from natural fibers and are woven in such a way that dirt and debris can sift through it easily, depositing on the primary floor. Not only should these rugs be vacuumed daily, or at least frequently, but the primary floor should be as well. Because these rugs are typically designed to be reversible, every time you vacuum, be sure to alternate sides to equalize the wear. When these rugs need a good surface cleaning, use soapy water and a soft brush to scrub them clean. Be sure they are placed somewhere they can be wet or at the very least, put a plastic drop sheet under it. Because they susceptible to damage when they are wet, it is important to expedite the drying process in any way you can.
Hair-on Hides/Fur/Sheepskin Area Rugs: Completely layer the rug with unscented talcum powder and let it sit for several hours. Thoroughly brush the talcum powder through the hair and then shake it well outside, repeat until the powder is removed. To clean the back of these rugs, which is prone to filthy films, use a cotton cloth dipped in lukewarm soapy water to wipe the surface clean and be sure to let it fully dry before putting the backside down.
Braided/Woven Area Rugs: If the label indicates the rug is machine washable; place the rug in either a pillow case with a zipper or mesh laundry bag. With the washing machine set to cold water and gentle cycle, allow the rug to wash and rinse, followed by a low tumble dry setting, your rug will be clean and ready to use. If it is not machine washable, follow manufacturer’s direction on cleaning.
Antique/Handmade/Hand-Knotted/Oriental Area Rugs: Only vacuum these rugs when it comes to maintenance; they are delicate. Pace a nylon screen on top of the rug or tie down some nylon mesh over the vacuum to protect the rug; change the mesh as needed. Professional cleaning is recommended at least once a year.

Area Rug Stain Removal

Below you will find basic remedies to common stains; like carpet they can be challenging. Never over saturate your rugs and blot dry in between application of cleaner as needed. Never use hot water to treat a stain and avoid scrubbing and rubbing motions, blot only.
Basic DIY cleaning solution: Mix 1 tsp liquid dish detergent with 2 parts warm water, and 1 part white vinegar in a squirt bottle.
Vomit or pet accidents: Utilize your preferred choice of either the DIY solution or a citrus-oxygen cleaner, and spray the affected area after you have blotted with paper towels to remove as much as the moisture as possible and removed the chunks. Blot with a light dampened cloth until stain is diminished. Follow with a damp cloth of pure water, and use a dry cloth to blot the area dry.
Drinks such as alcoholic beverages, soda, coffee, and tea: With the DIY cleaner, treat the liquid stain after blotting up excess moisture and ensure to lightly rinse with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly.
Gum or wax: Peel off what you can of the bulk. With the remaining gum or wax, place ice cubes in a plastic bag until it is melted to harden the gum. Once it is hard, scrape the gum or wax off with a spoon or dull knife. Vacuum the remnants and if there is any remaining residue, use a dry-solvent spot cleaner.
Fat-based stains: For gravy, butter, or margarine and other fat-based stains, use a dry-solvent spot carpet cleaner.
Paint: On oil-base paint, carefully sponge an odorless mineral spirits or a citrus-oxygen cleaner; be extremely careful not to soak through, rinse, and blot until dry. For acrylic and latex paint, you can try the DIY solution with the paint still wet. If after treatment a residue remains, use cotton balls that have had rubbing alcohol applied for removal.

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If you are having stubborn stains or the rugs are due for a cleaning, call Steam Green Carpet Cleaning and let our experts do the rest.

Are you sick of your old carpet? Do you want to update the look and feel of your home with something different? The three main flooring options are carpet, tile and hardwood floors. Of these three, hardwood floors are a great timeless option that no matter what style you choose it will look great for years to come. Hardwood is preferable because of the amount of options you have to choose from. You can use plank size, color and wood type just to name a few when perusing through the many options available to you. If you are interested in hardwood floors it is always best to consult a professional that has expertise in installation. There are some hardwood floor trends that may be great in your home while others may be just what you are looking for.

Steam Green Carpet Cleaning Lists Different Colors Of Hardwood Stain to Choose From

Light & Natural Hardwood Stained Floors: When you are looking to install a new hardwood floor in your home, one of the aspects that you need to consider is color. Although it is not the only aspect it certainly is an important one. The color that you choose will go from each room in the home and may change how you decorate the room. A light colored stain or a natural stain might be a great option for your home. One of the best parts about a light color is that the house and room that it is in will look brighter and in turn seem larger. The light will reflect easier off the light colored wood. Another added benefit is that the dust particles don’t show up as much as they do on a darker stained floor. When you choose natural wood stain you want to really love the wood you choose which is why a bamboo floor is a great option.
Dark Stained Hardwood Floors: If you have a room that lets in a lot of natural light and you want to have a more elegant look to the room you might want to choose a dark stained floor. Dark floors can be black as well as other darker wood stains that are in the red and brown family. This color option works well when you want to accent the house in lighter colors such as white and grey. It is also a more modern approach to hardwood floors but can make the room look small. Be sure that you have a large enough space when choosing this type of color for your home.
Grey Wood Stain: If you want to go with one of the more modern trends for hardwood floors then a grey stained hardwood is the way to go. The great thing about grey hardwood is that it is a neutral color and therefor it goes with many décor styles and types. It can be used in a more elegant setting or a fun room full of color. The grey stain can be dark or light depending on your preference.

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The summer is finally here and it is time to enjoy the warm weather, long days and kids home from school all day! Those quiet mornings after school drop offs are no more and running in and out of the house is here. It always starts off really great and fun until you start to notice the messes that are left all over the house. It also seems that they are tracking in more and more mess from outside into your home and on the carpets. You have to come up with ideas on how to deal with the messes during the long summer and especially the ones that cause damage to your carpets. There are several ways that you can stop some of the dirt from damaging your carpet and staining it.

Steam Green Carpet Cleaning Lists Several Ways To Stop Dirt From Damaging Your Carpets This Summer

Keep Shoes Off of Carpet: One of the biggest ways that dirt and debris ends up in your house this summer is on the bottom of shoes. This is for several reasons. One is that the shoes are what you are walking on outdoors and that happens to be dirt, grass and other debris. The shoes can collect all these types of debris and when someone walks through your door the dirt can easily be wiped on the carpet. The best way to combat it is to have a place for shoes to go. One great way to do that is to have a sign by the entry door that tells people to remove their shoes. Then of course you need to have a place for them to go which can be as simple as a plastic bin or shoe rack. This will encourage people to remove their shoes before they walk on your carpet.
Vacuum Carpet Regularly: One common mistake that people make during the summer and caring for their carpet is not vacuuming enough. You cannot continue to vacuum like you did before because you now will have more foot traffic in your home. It is best to remove as much of the debris and dirt that makes its way in your home before it gets grown into the carpet fibers. Be sure to step up your vacuuming game during the summer.
Dirt Trapping Door Mats & Runners: You also want to look at any entry points around your home and add a mat. The mat is a great place for people that are coming over to wipe their shoes off. That will help if they choose to keep their shoes on. It is also a great idea if you have four legged family members. They obviously can’t have them take off their shoes so a mat will stop some of the debris before it makes it to your carpet.

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Steam Green Carpet Cleaning also suggests carpet cleaning this summer to remove dirt, debris and stains. Contact us to schedule your next 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