Dealing with Pet Urine on Carpet

As pet owners we love our pets, but when it comes to keeping house, we don’t love their bad urination habits, leaving smelly, ugly spots all over the carpet.  When your pet first urinates on the... Read More »

Upholstery Cleaning Problems & Solutions, Ankeny, IA

Although upholstery cleaning is often necessary, there are several issues that may arise during the cleaning process.  Fortunately, there are solutions for these problems.  I’ve listed some of... Read More »

Before & After, Tile & Grout Cleaning by Steamway Craftsmen, Ames, IA

This is a tile & grout job we did recently for a local bank.  Russ is scrubbing away with the Turbo.  It’s easy to tell what’s been done and what hasn’t!   Here’s Russ, getting into... Read More »

Dryer Safety Tips

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2010 an estimated 16,800 home fires involved laundry machines, resulting in 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property... Read More »

The High Cost of Cheap Carpet Care

We all want to save money, but how cheap is “cheap?”  There can be costly consequences for doing things the “cheapest” way.  Let’s look at what could happen under the following... Read More »

Ottoman Before & After, by Steamway Craftsmen, Ames, IA

           This is an ottoman that we recently cleaned at Steamway Craftsmen, in Ames, Iowa. In these pictures we had stopped halfway through to compare the two sides and see the amazing... Read More »

Knee Kicker vs. Power Stretcher, Steamway Craftsmen, Des Moines, IA

  Professional carpet installers should use both a knee kicker and a power stretcher.  So, what’s the difference?   A power stretcher is a long tool that stretches from one side of the room to... Read More »

How to Remove Wax from Carpet

  If you’ve spilled candle wax on your carpet there’s no need to worry.  You can save your carpet with these four simple steps: 1.      Scrape up any excess wax with a dull knife or other... Read More »

Before & After, Another Carpet Cleaning Job by Steamway Craftsmen, Ames, IA

This is a white carpet BEFORE it was cleaned.    This is the same carpet AFTER it was cleaned by Steamway Craftsmen Cleaning Services, located in Ames, Iowa.   It’s recommended that you have... Read More »

Strategies to Keep Your Carpet Looking New, Des Moines, IA

Carpet is a big investment and you want it to keep it clean and looking new for as long as possible.  Here are some simple tips to keep your carpet looking its best. 1.      Keep dirty shoes... Read More »

Before & After: Carpet Cleaning Jobs by Steamway Craftsmen, Ames, IA

You can see the spot in the middle that hasn’t been cleaned yet.  What a difference! Steamway Craftsmen can save your carpet, too!   This carpet looked beige, but see the top that we cleaned? ... Read More »

What is Delamination? - Steamway Craftsmen, Ankeny, IA

Delamination is the separation of a carpet’s backing, when the secondary backing separates from the primary.  When a wall to wall carpet delaminates you end up with carpet rippling/wrinkles that... Read More »

Carpet Burn Spot Repair, in Ames, IA

Think that burn, hole, tear, or bleach spot is a permanent problem? Check out this repair Russ did.  There was a small burn spot on this carpet, as you can see in the first photo.  We had a... Read More »

Strategies to Keep Your Carpet Looking New, Des Moines, IA

Carpet is a big investment and you want it to keep it clean and looking new for as long as possible.  Here are some simple tips to keep your carpet looking its best. 1.      Keep dirty shoes... Read More »

Caring for Rug Fringes

  Russ, in Rug Rehab at Steamway Craftmen Cleaning Services, Ames, IA.   Many area rugs have fringes. Fringes come directly from the basic structure or “skeleton” of the rug.  They are those... Read More »

The Pros & Cons of Moisture Barrier Carpet Padding

The Pros & Cons of Moisture Barrier Carpet Padding, Steamway Craftsmen, Ames, IA   Padding with Moisture Barrier     Moisture Barrier Carpet Padding is a padding which is sealed with a water... Read More »

How to Choose the Right Carpet Padding

 There are several benefits to carpet padding.  It ads comfort under foot, can help provide thermal insulation, lets the carpet breathe so dirt can be vacuumed up better, and can supply minor... Read More »

What Causes Carpet Yellowing? Ankeny, IA

  There are several reasons a carpet may yellow.  Sometimes it can be treated, other times it can be lessened but, unfortunately, sometimes it’s permanent.  Here are a few reasons you may be... Read More »

Custom Made Rug Cleaning, Ames, IA

Custom Made Rug Cleaning, Ames, IA   Rug Rehab at Steamway Craftsmen, Ames, IA   Custom made rugs are becoming increasingly popular and are available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. ... Read More »

What Causes Carpet Rippling? Des Moines, IA

  1.       Humidity.  Carpeting is made and installed with tension.  The loom it is made on must have tension in order to produce a carpet which is uniform throughout. However, the backing... Read More »

What is Carpet Shading? Ankeny, IA

  Carpet pile lays in a certain direction.  As long as all the pile lays in the same direction everything looks normal.  However, when a certain area decides to slant in a different direction... Read More »

How to Get Rid of Reappearing Stains, Des Moines, IA

  Sometimes a carpet can be cleaned only to find that a mysterious stain appears after the cleaning, which wasn’t noticed before.  Other times it looks like previous stains were removed only to... Read More »

What are Soil Filtration Lines? Steamway Craftsmen, Ankeny, IA

  Soil filtration lines are dark areas that gradually develop on a carpet over time.  They are usually seen around walls, under doors, or under long draperies.  They can also develop where there... Read More »

Pet Stains Defeated! Ames, IA

  We have a big, friendly chocolate lab named Fudge.  The other night he got sick.  We are still not sure what he ate, but it didn’t agree with him.  At Steamway Craftsmen we get calls all... Read More »

How to Eliminate Mildew from Your Rugs and Furniture, Des Moines, IA

  Oriental rugs, furniture, and fabrics are all frequent victims of mildew.  This is because mildew feeds on organic materials, such as cotton, leather, and wood.  Mildew growth is increased by... Read More »

How Does No-Sanding Wood Floor Refinishing Work? Steamway Craftsmen Cleaning Services, Des Moines, IA

    We previously told you about our no-sanding wood floor refinishing process.  It’s an easy way to have beautiful wood floors without all the hassle of the old sanding process.  But how does... Read More »

How to Care for Your Upholstery, Des Moines, IA

    Upholstered furniture adds a certain softness and style to your home.  You can invest a lot in your furniture and you want it to last and look new for as long as possible.  Here are some... Read More »

How to Remove Red Wine from Carpet, Ames, IA

  Accidents are a part of life.  If you’ve spilled red wine on your carpet, don’t worry.  Here’s a simple method for getting it out. The best thing to do is to act quickly.  Letting the... Read More »

Why You Need Your Air Ducts Cleaned, Ames, IA

The Shocking Truth about the Air You Breathe, Ames, Iowa   The air quality in your home is important to your health and that of your family.  The truth is the air in your home may not be as clean... Read More »

How to Easily Remove Stubborn Pet Hair From Your Home, Ames, IA

  If you have a fuzzy pet, you know how frustrating it can be to live with pet hair all over your home.  Here is a simple way to remove that stubborn hair from your furniture and carpet. Use a... Read More »

Three Reasons You Need To Have Your Carpets Cleaned Now, in Ames, IA

If you haven’t had your carpets cleaned in awhile, or you can’t remember the last time you had them cleaned, it might be time for a professional cleaning.  Here are the top three reasons you... Read More »

Why You Should Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned by Steamway Craftsmen, Ames, IA

  1.    Prevent a House Fire.         The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 15,000 fires start every year due to build up of lint causing airway obstruction in clothes... Read More »

Hot Water Extraction vs. Steam Cleaning, Ames, Iowa

  You’ve more than likely heard about “steam cleaning” more than “hot water extraction.”  That’s not surprising, as many carpet cleaning companies have begun using the term “Steam... Read More »

How to Remove Nail Polish from Carpet, from Steamway Craftsmen in Ames, IA

Spilled nail polish on your carpet?  No Worries.  Steamway Craftsmen is here to help! Here are some Do-It-Yourself tips for getting nail polish out of carpet:   1.        Act quickly. ... Read More »

Hot, Humid Days Can Activate Pet Odors, Ames, IA

Odor causing bacteria is present in everything that gets into your carpet, whether it be spills, pet stains, or tracked-in soil and mud.  These bacteria will linger in your carpet until they get... Read More »

Caring For Your Area Rugs in Ames, IA

Russ, in Rug Rehab at Steamway Craftsmen, Ames, Iowa   Can your fine area rugs last a lifetime? Vacuuming alone never removes all the dry soil. But now, you’ll have a soil-free rug with our new... Read More »

Hardwood Floor Refinishing with No Sanding Technology in Ames, IA

Many people agree that there is nothing more beautiful than wood floors. However with normal use, the beauty and luster of your wood floors will eventually be diminished by scuffs, scratches, gouges... Read More »

Benefits to Regular Carpet Cleaning, Ames IA

Regular Carpet Cleaning - The Benefits     Regular carpet cleaning is an essential job for all household owner or renter. Allergens and dirt can hide out inside the carpet and lead to considerable... Read More »