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Are there Bed Bugs in Your Carpet?

Have you been experiencing little bites or unexplained rashes? Are you noticing damage to your carpets, textiles, and clothing? You may want to read this article and see if you might have one of these common annoying pests.

Testimonial from Erik M

We had these guys out to clean our carpets and Arlando impressed my impossible to please wife! Ryan and Russ are two great people who have built an extremely reputable business with essentially no advertising. Only way to do that is by executing at a very high level and these guys do! In my business […]

Carpet Cleaning Testimonial from Mortgages Unlimited

This company does an incredibly thorough job – I recommend them to all of my clients who purchasing a new home with existing carpet. They are outstanding! I love the positive attitude, professionalism and attention to detail of this company’s employees! Jackie LaLonde Mortgages Unlimited

Testimonial from Derc T

I have a home office and was dreading having someone come in to clean my carpets because I thought it would interfere with my day. To my surprise, the Commercial Steam Team was in and out and I almost didn’t even notice they were here. They did a great job and even spent extra time […]

Carpet Cleaning Tips

A few quick carpet cleaning tips for Minnesota winters: Looking for health benefits? Use hot water extraction carpet cleaning instead of dry carpet cleaning. Avoid chemical buildup – steam clean carpets every month during winter months. Clean spills immediately to minimize chemical bonding with carpet materials. Blot spills, do not scrub them. Call Commercial Steam […]

Testimonial from Mary C

I give them high ratings! (5 stars on Service, Total Experience, and Will Recommend) Commercial Steam Team was wonderful. They came to help clean up after my dog multiple times because she had diarrhea from her medication. They had to come three times. Mary C. Farmington MN

ECM Publishers Testimonial

Russ, I wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the professionalism of Joseph and Ryan who cleaned our carpets recently. Many carpet cleaning companies can do a good job with the cleaning, but it’s rare to find employees like yours who are friendly, informed, and so obviously enjoy doing the work. You […]

Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

According to the Mayo Clinic cold or flu germs can live outside of the body anywhere from a few minutes to 48 hours or more. Germ droplets from a sneeze or cough can be deposited on a hard surface like stainless steel, plastic or wood and stay active longer than germs on fabric, carpet and […]

Winter Carpet Care for Facilities Managers

Now that it is cold outside more people are catching colds, the flu and viruses. If you manage a commercial building where many people visit every day such as a medical building, school or daycare it is important to steam clean carpet in the building to kill bacteria and germs to keep visitor and employees […]

Vikings Giveaways, Free Gear and Prizes

Lots of great stuff going on if you are a Vikings fan. Follow the following links for free Vikings gear, promotions and cool prizes. Win Vikings gear – # PURPLEFRIDAY just submit your photo here http://www.vikings.com/fans/purple-fridays.html Fan promotions and cool prizes page http://www.vikings.com/fans/promotions/all-promotions.html The Vikings official website is http://www.vikings.com/ For Vikings game schedule visit http://www.vikings.com/schedule/season-schedule.html

New Challenges Testimonial

“Hi Russ, Your team is doing a fabulous job cleaning our carpets! Thanks so much for your consistency and perfection.” Sue Fries Eagan, MN

Juan R. Testimonial

Great, very good. This is not the first time that Commercial Steam Team has provided their carpet cleaning services. They do a good job with everything every time, so I know that we hire them that they’re going to do quality work. The people who come do a good job and they’re friendly. If something […]

CST Quality Control Means The Best Job For You

Did you know that we have a Quality Control System in place at CST? Aimed at making sure that every job we do is the BEST job, our Clean Carpet Quality Control (CCQC) System has been in place for years, and monitors every aspect of each project. From initial calls and scheduling, through the actual […]

Massage Envy Testimonial

“Hi Ryan, Thank you for doing a great job cleaning our carpets again! Your company always does excellent work and makes the process easy for me. Thank you.” Laura Massage Envy Lake Calhoun

Ellis Properties Testimonial

Ryan, Good afternoon! I just wanted to say Thank You again for the flawless service! The guys did a fantastic job yesterday and ‘field’ Ryan was kind enough to give me a little walk-through when they were done to let me know how everything went. They did fantastic and quick work and I think my […]

Dog Feet and Carpet

Now that it’s summer you will be spending more time outdoors with your pets. Keeping your carpet clean after your outings is simple if you remember to remove your shoes before entering the house. You can’t take off your dog’s shoes but you can have a prep area where paws can be cleaned. When your […]

Things to Do with Kids in Minneapolis

There are lots of fun kid things to do all over Minneapolis and the Twin Cities. We’ve put together a list that we hope you’ll enjoy!   Minnesota Zoo May 24th – September 1 Big Bugs exhibit featuring giant robotic bugs and a live bug display showcasing how bugs live and why they are important. […]

Hotel Carpet and Vacation Season

Minnesota has had a late spring and that has put most businesses behind schedule with getting the winter salt and sand out of their entrance ways and carpets. June is just around the corner; once schools close for summer people start traveling and the peak season for hotels start. It may be a good idea […]

Carpet is Made in America

Did you know that, according to the Carpet and Rug Institute, 98% of carpet in use in the U.S.  is manufactured in the United States? Remember to keep your American-made carpet clean with a local American company – Commercial Steam Team!

Pet Odor Removal

Dogs and cats can bring such joy into your family and also some of the most difficult carpet odor, hair and stain problems.  We train our pets to behave indoors but occasionally there are accidents which have us looking for how to remove dog odor from carpet and asking, how do I get urine smell […]

Kids, Carpet, and Spring

It’s spring time, and with the welcome weather comes an unwelcome party crasher: mud! Oftentimes this unwelcome intruder brings along another unwanted guest when road salts and de-icers combine with dirt to make a particularly toxic mix. Make sure you keep as much as possible of this unwelcome combination out of your home by encouraging […]

Dusty Drapes and Your Carpet

It can be frustrating to clean a carpet and have it be seemingly full of dust within a few days. Many of the things in your home can collect dust and when you walk past that dust it gets stirred up in the air where it then falls back on furniture or on your carpet. Your […]

How often should you clean your carpet?

Fiber producers and carpet manufacturers recommend that a residential carpet should be professionally cleaned at least every 6 to 12 months for best performance.  Soil that is not removed from the carpeting cuts and slices on the carpet fibers, breaking down the carpet yarn. The result is that even with restorative cleaning, it won’t correct the damage that […]

Carpet Materials – Olefin

If you need a great indoor-outdoor carpet, then olefin may be the best option for you. The second-most common carpet in American homes, olefin, also known as polypropylene, is a stain-resistant, fade-resistant, moisture-resistant, and static-resistant colorfast synthetic carpet. Olefin is often used for entryways. Because it is moisture-resistant and fade-resistant, olefin carpet is a good […]

American Carpet in the Early Years

The American carpet industry started in 1791 with William Sprague’s carpet mill in Philadelphia and for most of the next century skilled workers produced carpets with hand looms. Congress first began protecting the industry in 1816. By 1834 there were about 20 carpet mills producing about 1 million square yards of carpet. By 1850 that […]

Summer Baseball Fun

If you like to get out and play ball, do you know how many fields are in your community? Here is a great directory of Minnesota ball fields from isport: Baseball Fields in Minnesota Guess who shows up as having the most fields?

Trish Graham Testimonial

Chad and Joseph cleaned the carpet in my son’s townhouse. I was pleasantly surprised that they were able to remove all the spots. The carpet looked wonderful. I will recommend the Commercial Steam Team to all my family and friends. Thank you for a job well done. Trish Graham Lakeville

Spring Planting

The ground is still wet from all the rain and there are many plants available from local garden centers, so it’s a good time to put in a few annuals if you haven’t done so already. Large retail chains usually carry plants from one or two national suppliers. These large suppliers provide massive numbers of […]

Rain Rain Rain

It looks like most of the next week will be wet throughout the Twin Cities. Do you have your rainy day activities planned? Here are a few great theater companies to check out… Chanhassen Dinner Theatre – ?www.chanhassentheatres.com/? Children’s Theatre – ?www.childrenstheatre.org/? Fitzgerald – fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org/ Guthrie – www.guthrietheater.org/ Ordway – ?www.ordway.org/? Orpheum Theater – www.orpheum-theater.com/ […]

Has Spring Sprung?

Finally after several days without white stuff falling from the sky can we assume that spring is finally here? It’s time to celebrate the arrival of warm weather! Let’s put the last of winter behind us and start our spring cleaning both outside and inside. This is the perfect time to get all the winter […]

Grease and Oil Attract Dirt on Commercial Carpet

Commercial carpets can get really greasy with high foot traffic from greasy or dirty areas. Restaurant kitchens, auto repair shops and manufacturing facilities track grease in and out from work areas. The grease is deposited on the carpet and then dirt gets tracked in and it builds up. Not only do you have grease and […]

Russian Meteor Fragments?

It almost seems like an April Fools event of interstellar magnitude. The meteor that landed in Russia is stirring up quite a lot of modern day prospectors looking for pieces of the shattered meteor. Whole families travel to the Chelyabinski region of Russia to hunt for the meteors fragments. A local homeowner at the crash […]

Super Bowl 47 Info

On February 3, 2013 the NFL will host the 47th Super Bowl at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Coming up are the Divisional Rounds on January 12-13th. The AFC & NFC conference championships take place January 20th. Here are some links to help you plan your Super Bowl schedule: http://www.nfl.com/news – Official […]

Winter Solstice Today!

Today is the winter solstice: the shortest day of the year. In Minneapolis, that means there are 8 hours, 46 minutes, and 9 seconds between sunrise and sunset. Just think, from now on it only gets better as the daylight get longer every day!

Pet Odor Indoors

Now that the colder weather is upon us were spending more time indoors and keeping the windows closed which can make your home smell pretty stuffy. If you have an indoor pet they can shed dander, hair and oils which can accumulate in your carpet and cause odor. Because you live in this environment every […]

Fall Leaves and Boot Trays

Many people think that winter and spring are the seasons that can result in the most damage to your carpet. Autumn completely falls under the radar, yet fall can set the stage for mold and mildew growth throughout the winter. Dry fallen leaves are easily crushed by shoes and the resulting small debris and dust […]

Meet the Team at Commercial Steam Team

We provide the best service possible by offering you thoroughly trained staff, high quality equipment, superior service and a nice clean carpet! Meet our team of skilled professionals and see how we can improve the look of your carpet. Our company has such pride in the job that they follow up with a phone call […]

Traveling Pet Lovers – Bring Fido Review

We’d like to share a pet travel site that has a giant database of pet friendly hotels & motels, bed & breakfasts and vacation rentals. If you are a traveling pet owner then Bring Fido is the info site for you! You can browse pet friendly destinations worldwide and find the best pet friendly places […]

10% Off Carpet Cleaning

For our Facebook customers only – now for a limited time get 10% OFF* your carpet cleaning job with the award-winning team at Commercial Steam Team! Call us at 952-224-7222 to find out how! *Offer expires September 4, 2012. Offer applies to carpets within our service area and must meet conditions as described when you […]

Pet Show Minneapolis MN – March 2013

The largest Pet Expo is coming to Minnesota! The Twin Cities Pet Expo will be held March 23-24th, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. There will be 300+ vendors, world class entertainment, demos and contests to educate and entertain you.  For more info visit http://www.twincitiespetexpo.com/ Have a fun day watching dogs and other animals compete, […]

Frisbee Golf History and Resources

We love disc golf at Commercial Steam Team so we’d love to share some disc golf facts with you. Did you know that the Disc Golf Association was established in 1975 by Ed Headrick the guy that invented the Frisbee? The first disc golf park was opened in 1974 in Oak Grove Park, in Los […]

Hot Links for Football Season

August 5th started off the football pregame season with Arizona Cardinals vs New Orleans Saints at Fawcett Stadium. With football season quickly approaching you’ll find these links to the NFL’s preseason and season game schedule handy. NFL Preseason Schedule http://www.nfl.com/schedules/2012/PRE0 August 5th NFL Regular Season http://www.nfl.com/schedules/2012/REG1 September 5th  Sunday Night Football http://www.nfl.com/schedules/2012/SNF September 5th Monday […]

Free House Repair Calculators

Just stumbled across some free calculators that help you estimate the amount of materials you’ll need for remodeling projects. Some the online calculators include carpet, ceramic tile, drywall, grass seed, insulation and paint material calculators. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=Calculators&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&cm_sp=project_guides-_-left_nav-_-calculators

How to Make a New Carpet Last

You spent a lot of money on your new carpet so you’d like to protect your investment. There are two things that you can do to extend the life of your carpet. First, have a strict policy of removing shoes at the entry of your home to prevent dirt from coming indoors on the bottom […]

Cleaning Your Computer Screen

Computers are delicate machines but they sure do get dirty. To clean your computer screen, first turn off your computer and monitor. Dampen a clean, soft, lint-free cloth with plain water and wring it out. Wipe the screen with the cloth. Do not spray Windex or other sprays on the screen of your monitor. After […]

Reaching Cobwebs

Spiders spin webs that collect dust and make a room look messy. You can go get yourself a fancy cobweb-removing telescope extension duster or you can make one at home that gets you into the high places to collect cobwebs.  Keeping your home free of cobweb buildup will make it cleaner and healthier to live […]

Kids, Recliners and Carpets

If you have kids then you know that every time you clean you find the craziest things in the most unusual places. When doing the weekly vacuuming you can find all kinds of stuff under the couch from fruit snacks to toys. Another piece of furniture that is a collector of debris is the recliner. […]

Protect Your Hardwood Floors

If you protect your hardwood floors from dirt, oils and water they will last longer. If you have hardwood floors you should use floor mats at each of your entry doors to collect dirt and debris from shoes. Tiny particles of dirt can scratch wood flooring and damage the finish. Place mats near any work […]

Watch Your Footing

It may seem silly to take precautions before going out the door on your way to the car but it can be more important to be careful at this time than at almost any other. When you go outside your shoes or boots have been indoors and are warmer than the temperature outside. This means […]

Lake Home & Cabin Show

If you are really missing summer and have cabin fever you may want to head out to the Lake Home & Cabin Show February 10-12th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. If you want to decorate your home in Northwoods décor this is a great place to get ideas and pick up a few tips on […]

Party Survival Plan for Carpeting

If you are planning a party and you’re worried about your new carpet, one of the best protections is to have a plan. Let’s face it, people spill things when you serve food or beverages at a party so the best solution is to be ready if a spill happens. Here are some ideas to […]

Dents in Carpet Under Furniture

If you’ve just moved your furniture you will notice dents in the carpet where heavy furniture legs compressed the fibers. You can fluff up the dents in carpets by using a steam iron or a steam cleaner. If you are using an iron don’t touch the carpet with the iron, simply hold the iron so […]

Carpet Cleaners And Good Choices

Everyone has seen the cartoons where the angel sits on one shoulder and the devil sits on the other fighting over the conscience of a wishy washy mind.  Carpet cleaners, like everyone else, are not immune to temptation.  I own a commercial carpet cleaning company in the Twin Cities Area (Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding […]

Vacuuming Carpet is Important

Vacuuming carpet is essential for several reasons, but not everyone does this.  Whether they are too busy, lazy, or think it is unnecessary, many people neglect the maintenance of their carpet.  Vacuuming is important for multiple reasons; Allergens reside in the carpet and vacuuming greatly decreases their volume. Dirt and dust are sharp particles and […]

Reliability in Carpet Cleaning

I own a carpet cleaning company in Dakota County, Minnesota.  The other day, the head of public works for the city of Hopkins informed me that the last company he hired to clean the carpets stood him up.  This was a job large enough to send two vans out.  Neither van showed up.  He was […]

Who Starts Carpet Cleaning Companies?

To understand the carpet cleaning industry in Minnesota, it is important to understand the different types of people who start carpet cleaning companies. The first is the most common type of carpet cleaning company owner.  This is an easy industry to get started in.  For as little as a few thousand dollars, anyone can buy […]

Tips for Reducing Minnesota Allergy Symptoms

Allergens are everywhere in the Twin Cities Area of Minnesota. These Allergens can be nearly impossible to avoid on a daily basis.  However, you can greatly reduce the volume of allergens you breathe in within your home.  The majority of allergens that we breathe every day reside in the carpet and upholstery in our homes. […]

Tips: Allergies and Mattresses

With fall approaching, it’s time to get serious about allergy control.  I live in Rosemount, Minnesota and I can personally testify to the fact that the Twin Cities can be an allergy knockout around here.  The pollen, dust, and dander that cause those puffy, running, painful noses and swollen eyes like to hide in the […]

Property Managers Can Avoid Billing Headaches!

Businesses, especially property managers, tend to have a lot of problems setting up their billing with residential-heavy carpet cleaning companies.  Often, these companies force these property managers into yearly contracts.  Now these property managers can be stuck with these headaches for at least a year: Bills being sent to the job site instead of the […]

Boycott Silent Letters!!!

As one of the owners of a family owned commercial carpet cleaning company South of the River in Minnesota, I write a lot of blogs based on the carpet and upholstery cleaning industry, especially about what is of particular concern to the Twin Cities Area.  Today I have stepped outside that direction to cover a […]

What is a Residential Carpet Cleaning Company?

What is a residential carpet cleaning company? What are the differences between a residential carpet cleaning company and a commercial carpet cleaning company?  What are some of the problems that come up when hiring a residential carpet cleaning company? Carpet cleaning started in the residential districts and residential carpet cleaning continues to be the lion’s […]

What is a Commercial Carpet Cleaning Company?

What is a commercial carpet cleaner?  What do commercial carpet cleaners do?  What is the difference between commercial carpet cleaners and residential carpet cleaners?  These are all good questions. The difficult part of the explanation is that commercial carpet cleaners can clean residential and residential carpet cleaners can clean commercial carpets.  The question is, “who […]

Who Will Be in Your Business

I own a successful commercial carpet cleaning company in the Twin Cities Area of Minnesota.  After scheduling a 100,000+ square foot carpet cleaning job for a large defense contractor in Plymouth, which will remain nameless, I thought to myself how glad I am that I can send in my employees’ background checks without worry.  This […]

How Sand Affects Carpet Fibers

Sand is to carpet what saws are to trees.  I own a carpet cleaning company in the Minneapolis – St. Paul Area and Minnesotans track a lot of sand onto our carpet.  Carpet fibers are very thin strands; thinner than the hair on you head. The fibers are woven and spun together for strength in […]

The Truth About Carpet Protector

Did you know that every inch of Commercial and Residential Laid Carpet has Carpet Protector applied to it at the factory during the manufacturing process?  This is because the companies who make the carpets understand that their carpet will not live up to the warranties without this protector coating the carpet fibers.  Carpet manufacturers don’t […]

Salt Build-Up In Carpet

If you live in the Twin Cities Area of Minnesota, or any community that salts their icy roads, then you know that salt coats your car and needs to be rinsed off regularly to avoid rust.  The truth is that this salt coats the bottom of our shoes as well.  We don’t notice how much […]

How Sand, Dirt, and Dust Wear Out Carpet

Have you ever had your carpets cleaned in your home or business and the carpet didn’t look as good as you had hoped in the high traffic areas?  This could be because your carpet cleaner didn’t do a sufficient job, but it could also be permanent fiber damage.  If it didn’t look like there was […]

Networking in the Carpet Cleaning Industry

Why are networking groups wonderful for carpet cleaners?  For those of us carpet cleaners that “walk the walk”, networking is a forum for educating the public and also a chance to spread the word about what an amazing job we did for Bob’s mother in law’s sister’s cousin’s fiancé’s best friend’s boss.  First-hand knowledge is […]

Meet The Team: Russ Jr.

Carpet cleaning can be frustrating, but it can also be the easiest thing in the world.  Getting to know who you will be working with can help ease the stress of deciding who to choose for your carpet cleaning needs.  Who better to get to know than the president of the company? Russell Hamline Zakariasen […]

Why Even Have Carpet In Minnesota Homes

Born in Edina and raised in Burnsville, I have lived my whole life in Minnesota.  With all the salt and sand, the sloppy slush, the muddy springs, why install carpet in our homes?  Before becoming a carpet cleaner I didn’t give it much thought, but I might have chosen hardwood or laminate flooring.  Hard floors […]

How Mass Advertising Can Lower Quality

Have you ever been to a fast growing franchise restaurant and felt like the person helping you either doesn’t know what they are doing or just doesn’t care?  Of course you have, we all have.  Unfortunately this isn’t exclusive to the fast food industry.  It can happen in any industry when a company grows “too […]

Two Man Crews Vs. One Man Crews

In the carpet cleaning industry, you often hear of one man crews being better than one two man crews.  In truly selfish terms, the employer can make a lot more money with one man crews.  The cost to the employer is less with one man crews.  Also, they spend longer in the presence of the […]

Rapid Re-Soiling After Carpet Cleaning: Professional Carpet Cleaners

  Professional carpet cleaners stopped using oil based soaps or “shampoo’s” decades ago.  Some less experienced carpet cleaners still have a problem with rapid re-soiling.  Why is this?  Proper training and equipment eliminates this problem for those companies that understand how it works. State-of-the-art direct drive truck mounts are important to get the carpet dry […]

Commercial Steam Team In Your Home

Did you know the Commercial Steam Team also cleans homes?  Many people don’t know this.  In fact if you don’t work at one of the many businesses they clean, you might not even know they exist.  The Commercial Steam Team has been cleaning for some of the dirtiest companies in the Twin Cities Area of […]

Carpet Cleaning Quality Control Calls Are Key

Did you know that Commercial Steam Team calls every client the week after we do a carpet cleaning job? It’s critical not only to help ensure that every client is happy, but it also makes good business sense in other ways. For instance, in spite of regularly scheduled maintenance and a high attention to detail, […]

Brief History of Carpet Cleaning

Carpets made walking barefoot in our homes a reality.  Carpet is also responsible for laying in front of the fire or the T.V.  And as I can speak from experience here in Minnesota, carpet also lowers heating costs in the winter.  The one thing people realized early on was it gets dirty and it’s not […]

Minnesota Carpet Cleaning

Minnesota is a unique and wonderful market for carpet cleaning.  Everyone wants carpet on their floors because the floor gets too cold in the winter and it helps keep our toes warm and heating costs down.  However, our de-icing methods and sanding the streets, not to mention mud during the spring thaw, contribute to Minnesota […]

Meet The Team: Russ Sr.

Hiring a carpet cleaning company is a big decision, and we want you to know who you will be working with.  Today we focus on Russ Sr.  He is one of the owners and does the carpet and upholstery estimates for commercial clients. In addition to my business partner Russ Sr. is also my father.  […]

Recurring Spots and How To Prevent Them

No one likes having to return to a job days or longer after a carpet cleaning job to get one or more spots out.  Even worse, no customer likes the inconvenience of a second trip either.  This cannot be eliminated entirely, though there are some steps that can be taken to greatly reduce these occurrences […]

Holiday Home Remedy For Red Wine Spills

The holidays are wonderful in so many ways, from stockings filled with drug store impulse items to selections of food and drinks that we don’t even consider consuming the rest of the year (eggnog / lutefisk), but for some reason find irresistible while high on Christmas cheer.  That being said, there are staples at nearly […]

Welcome to Carpet News!

At Commercial Steam Team we feel it’s important that people know about carpet, how carpet can impact quality of life, and learn strategies to get the most out of your carpet. Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to having you visit again!