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Some of the next steps to take after flooding damages your home.
2113 Wells Branch PkwyAustin, TX 78728
From Business: SERVPRO of North Central Austin provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency. 24-Hour Emergency Service Faster to Any Size Disaster Highly Trained Restoration Technicians A Trusted…
1029 Reinli St Ste 11Austin, TX 78723
From Business: As a trusted leader in the fire and water restoration industry, SERVPRO of East Central Austin provides 24-hour residential and commercial services. As a locally owned and operated business, we're dedicated to being faster to any size disaster, with the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and clea…
2800 Longhorn Blvd Ste 102Austin, TX 78758
Andree Sr #4305 and Shannon #2649 were both blessings to me today. After a frozen pipe burst and furnace issues, the last thing I needed was for my tenant's toilet tank to overflow. But, they came out fast on a Saturday and listened to what previous attempts we had made to fix it and were able…
14955 Bulverde RdSan Antonio, TX 78247
From Business: The GERLOFF Company is experienced in damage assessment. Demolition requirements assessment and the spectrum of repair services necessary to restore damaged facilities and its contents. The Company offers fire and water restoration. Interior and exterior reconstruction. Structural cleaning and deodorization. It offers a ON…
1904 W Koenig LnAustin, TX 78756
This is the second time I have used the Steam Team. In both cases, the results went beyond my expectations. I also needed some re-stretching done, and they also referred me to a local company to take care of that. Fair price and quality work.
100 Congress Ave Ste 2000Austin, TX 78701
From Business: Elite Restorations Inc. was established in 1993, after much hard work we've grown throughout the country with special Disaster Recovery Teams that respond immediately to catastrophes nationwide. The Elite team has contractors who are experienced and licensed to do work throughout the country. Whether simply Shingles, Slate…
5114 Balcones Woods Dr Ste 308Austin, TX 78759
From Business: Austin's Disaster Cleanup Service Pros is here to help! We are the local leader in Disaster Cleanups and deliver excellent results!Our services are carried out by our highly professional and friendly technicians. We can handle everything from Flood Cleanup to Sewer Backup Cleaning.We are available 24 hours seven days a wee…
2512 S Interstate 35 Ste 110Austin, TX 78704
From Business: MIS is a mold inspection company committed to helping its valued clients discover, document, and understand mold related issues. MIS specializes in providing professional mold inspection services in Southern California, Austin, San Antonio, and Central Texas. We specialize in the unique needs of our neighbors. We have the …
Austin, TX 78737
These guys did the best carpet cleaning I have ever had! And the new floors they installed in my kitchen look AMAZING!! best of all they gave me the best price I could find!! Thanks so much KOLORKIST!!
8711 Burnet Rd Ste H96Austin, TX 78757
From Business: Serving the Austin area, Restoration King specializes in all of your water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, and carpet cleaning needs. Restoration King offers expert service 24/7, to assess the damage and begin restoration whenever disaster strikes.
915 W Howard LnAustin, TX 78753
This is the first time that I have used a professional carpet cleaning service. I typically have cleaned the carpets myself with a Bissell home machine. I decided to use a professional as there were several areas that I could not get clean. Stanley Steemer did an excellent job cleaning the carpe…
Some of the next steps to take after flooding damages your home.
After speaking with dry time they have the upmost consideration with my issue and they arrived as soon as they could... to analyze and take care of the issue at hand I highly recommend them
Wow! My carpet looks great and my stairs look brand new. Service was good and much care was taken to protect door frames and woodwork. Will definitely use The Steamery ATX again!
My office is back! Great people- hard work and great results!
Great service! Friendly and helpful appointment setup and they did a great job cleaning my carpets as well as my wool area rug. I highly recommend The Steamery ATX and will be using them again.
These guys are the highest rated restoration outfit in Austin. I used them for a small clean up job and they rocked it. They were quick, very professional, organized and friendly. Sprinkler system leaked into a window well, causing flooding in part of the basement. They came out the next morning and put the blowers/dehumidifiers to work. They wrapped it up a few days later and you couldn't tell they were there. They even steam vacuumed the rugs in the foot traffic areas. This is a class outfit. I am not a surprise they rate so highly.
Able Water Damage Restoration took what was a major problem at one of my managed properties and set the homeowner's mind at ease. They were able to handle all aspects of what became a major water damage issue. The end results are spectacular and were delivered to us ahead of schedule
Our house was flooded in October and we called Able Water Damage Restoration to help us out. They were great! They were at our house promptly after our call and their work was professional, dedicated, and compassionate. Our neighbors couldn't get their company to return once the drying machines were set up but Dwayne was our daily visitor for the next 4/5 days, making sure the machines were working properly and were moved where they could best dry out our wet house. I definitely feel they were the right company to use for our flooded house.
A few weeks ago my mechanic accidentally left my car window open in a rain storm, I didn't find out for several days. By the time I got my car it stunk and was growing mildew! I would like to send a HUGE thank you to everyone at Able Water Damage Restoration for working their magic and returning my car to me as good as new.
Mistakes happen, and when it comes to owning a carpet or rug, mistakes usually mean stains. The plush softness of carpet and rugs comes with a price: the time and care required to clean them. Cleaning your carpet or rugs can require some extra work and special techniques that differ from typical hardwood or tile floors. In some cases, you may even need to hire a professional to get the best results.
For minor stains or routine cleaning, it's possible to effectively treat a carpet or rug yourself. If a thorough vacuuming doesn't get rid of dirt in certain areas, here's how to tackle them on your own.
A number of liquids can stain carpet or rug materials, including wine, coffee, nail polish, or blood, to name a few. Depending on what caused the stain, the carpet or rug's material, and how long it's been there, you may need to use different techniques or cleaning supplies to get rid of it. In general, though, keep the following ground rules in mind for stain removal:
Take these steps to remove a stain as soon as possible to prevent drying.
Some stains may come out with little more than water or a mild soap. More serious stains may require a solvent to make removal easier. The best solvent to use depends on what caused the stain.
-Water-soluble stains: These include berries, cola, food dye, jelly, mud, washable ink, or wet paint. Mix a solution of 1/4-teaspoon nonbleach detergent (or white vinegar) with 32 ounces of water.
-Dark water-soluble stains: Chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, wine, and bodily fluids often stain much more readily than other water-soluble materials and need a different solvent. Use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed in 1 cup of water first. If this doesn't work, try combining one part chlorine bleach with five parts water. These solvents may remove color from certain fabrics like wool, so check with the manufacturer for the best cleaning method.
-Oils and waxes: This would include glue, gum, nail polish, and cigarette residue. The best way to clean each of these varies - some may need to be simply scraped off or, if possible, frozen to make it brittle and then chipped away. Most glue can be dissolved and removed using a solvent like rubbing alcohol. Nail polish may also be dissolved using rubbing alcohol or with nail polish remover containing acetone.
Unfortunately, some stains may prove difficult to remove using household products. In any case, vacuuming and spot cleaning may not be enough to get your carpet or rug looking like new again. That's why many homeowners opt to hire a professional carpet cleaning service on a regular basis, around once every 12 to 18 months.
When it comes to heavy-duty carpet cleaning, you have many options to pick from. The two most common methods for cleaning carpets are steam cleaning and dry cleaning.
Steam cleaning is a common method for professional carpet cleaning, but the name is somewhat misleading. Steam-cleaning services use machines that utilize hot (but not boiling) water in combination with a vacuum. The water is heated inside the machine and sometimes mixed with detergent before being sprayed directly onto the carpet. At the same time, a vacuum sucks up the water almost immediately after hitting the fabric. The hot water extracts far more dirt and stains than would be possible by hand.
Cleaning machines using hot water extraction can be purchased or rented for home use, but they aren't always as powerful as what professional cleaning services use. Improperly drying the carpet may also cause bacteria or mold growth. Professional cleaners also employ a number of other methods to pre-treat the carpet and ensure adequate drying. For these reasons, professional carpet cleaning may be preferable to do-it-yourself methods.
Carpets or rugs can also be thoroughly cleaned using a dry-cleaning method. As the name suggests, there is much less water involved in dry cleaning, which means the carpet can be ready to use in less time. Using powerful solvents to break down dirt and stains, dry cleaning puts less physical stress on the carpet, and thus might be better in the long run. However, dry cleaning is usually more expensive than hot-water cleaning services. In addition, the chemicals used to dry clean carpets might irritate pets, people with sensitive skin, or anyone sensitive to strong odors.
Before choosing a professional carpet cleaning service, make sure you will be getting what you paid for by asking the right questions and doing your homework.
Again, there are pros and cons involved in using a hot-water-based cleaning service or dry cleaning. Take into consideration not only cost, but how long the process will take from start to finish, including drying time. Also take note of the material your carpet is made from, and consult the manufacturer if possible to learn about the best ways to clean it. If you or your family is sensitive to any chemicals, be sure to keep this in mind and ask about what chemicals are used.
You can find reviews of most professional carpet-cleaning services online, as well as information about a company's specific process, the chemicals used, and cost. It's also wise to ask friends and family members about services they've used in the past to get a recommendation. Don't always go with the service offering the lowest price, or hire a service who advertises door-to-door or over the phone, unless you have done thorough research on them.
Carpet cleaning services will be entering your home, potentially while you aren't there, so you want to feel comfortable with the business you trust with this responsibility. Ask if the company conducts background checks on employees, as well as if they are insured in your state. Without liability insurance, a mistake that results in damage to your home or furniture may be your responsibility to pay for.
If you've found a carpet-cleaning service you can trust, ask to get a quote. This may involve specifying exactly what services you would like performed, as well as the size of your home's carpeted area. Make sure you understand exactly what is included in a quoted price. Some businesses may charge extra to move furniture, clean stairs, or use special treatment methods. It's also common for businesses to sell customers on products and services they don't need. Don't hesitate to ask questions if any detail about the quote is unclear.
If you instead want to rent or buy a carpet-cleaning machine to use yourself, you have many options to pick from.
Since heavy-duty carpet cleaning isn't a frequent activity for most homeowners, many choose to simply rent one of these machines. Of course, renting is usually much cheaper than owning a machine or hiring a service, which is the biggest advantage in this situation. But not all rental units perform equally, and some might require extra drying time or the use of special solvents that will cost more. There's also the time and effort that goes into carpet cleaning - renting a unit means you must also move furniture yourself and pay close attention to ensure you're operating the unit correctly. Making a mistake could mean damaging your carpet or the unit itself. Also, improperly drying carpet could allow harmful bacteria and mold to grow. Before renting a carpet cleaner, make sure you're up for the task at hand.
Homeowners can purchase carpet cleaners ranging from compact units to full-size industrial-strength machines. Besides price, take note of the features of a unit and compare them to what you most need from a carpet cleaner. Some models specialize in removing allergens from pet hair, while others may work better on tough stains, for example. Another key consideration: Make sure you have room for it. Some carpet cleaners can be bulky and require ample storage space.
Other features you may want to look for in a cleaning unit include:
Make the right choice in carpet cleaners by considering all the options available to you and how they fit into your needs and budget.