Questions (And Answers) About Steam Cleaning

At Alamo Steam Team, we think it’s high time that you know steam cleaning services can completely revitalize your San Antonio home, commercial space, and more.

Steam cleaning is among the most efficient, safe, and downright effective methods for cleaning home carpets, commercial flooring, tile and grout, upholstery, mattresses, and other household fabrics.

When you employ the services of a licensed, certified professional cleaning company, you can ensure that your carpet or furniture is getting the best spotless cleaning system in order to help extend the lifespan and freshness of your favorite furnishings.

However, we still get a lot of questions about the ins and outs of steam cleaning services, which is why we decided to host our very own Q and A right here in this blog post to help you understand more about steam cleaning and why it might be right for your home.

Let’s get started.

Q: How Does It Work?

Answer: This is a great question! Steam cleaning is also known as hot water extraction, and the reasoning behind it is simple enough to understand. Essentially, a truck-mounted steam system blasts hot water (heated to about 220 degrees) into the carpet, and then uses suction to extract dirt, pollutants, and other grime that was embedded in the carpet’s fibers.

Q: How Often Should I Clean My Carpets?

Answer: Because your home’s flooring is such an investment, it’s imperative that you have your carpets cleaned on a regular basis. While you can perform your own routine maintenance such as vacuuming (hopefully at least once per week), there is still a need to provide some tender, loving care to your carpets in order to get that required deep cleaning which will help them look better and last longer. Having your carpets steam cleaned by a professional at least once per year is our recommendation, though that may vary depending on the need for spot cleaning (if you have pets or kids who tend to spill and stain) or if you have areas with high foot traffic.

Q: How Long Will My Carpets Remain Wet/Damp?

Answer: A common criticism about steam carpet cleaning is that it takes a long time to dry, therefore inviting things like mold or mildew to grow. Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth at Alamo Steam Team. Because of the heavy duty steam techniques which blast hot water to remove dirt and grime, you can expect the drying time to hover between six and eight hours on average. However, times may vary based on the levels of that famed San Antonio humidity, as well as if you have windows or fans which can remain open/on to help speed up the process. Additionally, our professional steam cleaning services include add-ons which can help expedite the drying process.

Q: How Can I Keep My Carpets Protected After A Cleaning?

Answer: You should always treat your home’s carpet with the utmost respect and care. That means routine cleaning maintenance, as well as preventative techniques to help repel stains. Applying Scotchgard or other stain-resistant compounds can help ensure that your carpet is protected in the long run.

Q: Does Steam Cleaning Work On Stains?

Answer: Yes, of course. Steam cleaning is great for more than just a routine cleaning. In fact, the deep-penetrating steam and highly efficient biodegradable enzymes we use allow for a quick, effective removal of carpet stains. That means even if you have pets, kids, or the occasional glass of wine, you can rest assured that the mess will be cleaned up with steam cleaning.

Q: Where Can You Perform Steam Cleaning?

Answer: Steam cleaning is great for a variety of applications. Obviously, it’s great for highly soiled carpets in homes and offices, but can also be used to remove dirt, stains, odors, and allergens in:

  • Upholstery (couches, chairs, love seats, etc.)
  • Mattresses
  • Natural Stone
  • Tile and Grout

Q: Who Can I Trust?

Answer: In San Antonio, you can trust Alamo Steam Team to provide all of the top-notch steam cleaning services and more at a level that is unmatched. Our licensed, certified steam cleaning technicians have years of experience and customer satisfaction behind their work. Contact Alamo Steam Team today to learn more about steam cleaning services that will transform and revitalize your living space!


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