Stain Removal Tips: Tomato Sauce

Stain Removal Tips: Tomato Sauce

Tackle those stains!

Let’s face it, getting stains on your clothes, carpet or any other surface is just a fact of life. It doesn’t matter how careful or diligent you are, or even if you think you have escaped a saucy dinner unscathed, they always seem to happen no matter what. Carpet stains are not all made equal and tomato sauce stains can be some of the worst – whether it’s pasta, pizza, lasagne or even just plain old baked beans, tomato sauce has some special super power to make a real mess. Getting it off clothes is one thing, but getting those red, oily stains out of a carpet is a completely different ball game. This is where Drytron Carpet Dry Cleaning comes in handy.

It’s important to point out the difference between a spot and a stain. A spot can be a result of an incident that just happened and can be cleaned very easily if it hasn’t soaked into the carpet fibres. Stains, on the other hand, are typically older and more permanent. These have got into the carpet fibres and have the power to change the colour of the carpet forever.

While it’s sometimes possible to get them out, taking on those greasy, orange spots out of a carpet can be a real hassle, and not every carpet cleaning method works as well as you’d like it to. Here are a few stain removal tips you can try to get rid of those damned tomatoey spots (even those dried on ones!). If you are not sure you can tackle these alone, call in the carpet cleaning experts. Just remember, before attempting any stain removal technique, you should always check with the manufacturer’s guidelines and do a cleaning test on a small inconspicuous area first.

Ice, dish detergent and vinegar

This home remedy can be used on most surfaces, however it works best on clothes or other easy-to-wash items. Carpet stains can be removed this way but it can get a little tricky getting it dry afterwards. All you need for this is an ice cube, dish detergent and white vinegar.

First, make sure you have scraped off any excess tomato sauce, then go ahead and apply a little of the dish detergent to the carpet stain. Second, place an ice cube on top of the stain and let it sit for 2-3 minutes or so. Third, drop a few drops of vinegar onto the stain and, once again, let it sit for a short while. Lastly, using a clean cloth, spot clean the area and the stain should be all gone. This one can be a little fiddly, but the dish detergent can be great on those oily stains that tomato sauce usually leaves behind.

Baking soda and lemon

This next home remedy is one of those Grandma tricks that everyone seems to know, but does require a lot of time, reapplication and elbow grease. All you need is salt, baking soda and water. Simply mix equal parts salt and baking soda together in a small bowl, then add a little bit of water to form a paste. Once combined, rub the paste into the stain and let sit until dry. This trick can require multiple applications and sometimes isn’t strong enough to get the stain out, so you may be best using another method.

Store bought stain removers

This last one is almost always more effective than the ones above as store bought stain removers are typically faster, cleaner and stronger for getting out even the worst of tomato stains (we’re talking the full plate of spaghetti on the floor kind).

The Stain Buster or Wee Buster packs from Drytron Carpet Dry Cleaning are known for their ease of use and ability to remove even the toughest of carpet stains. First, try your best to scrape or scoop up any solids first. It’s really important not to scrub the stain further into the carpet at this point as it can push the stain deeper into the carpet fibres.

Second, blot out the liquid with any clean towelling material – and act fast. The earlier you get to the spot or stain the better. Third, making sure you follow the cleaning instructions carefully, apply the cleaning product to another clean towel or cloth and get to work on the stain.

Applying the cleaning product to the carpet can discolour the carpet if too much is used. To keep the stain in one spot, dab and wipe from the outside of the stain inwards in small, light motions. Then rinse the area with cold or lukewarm water. Lastly, gently blot the area with a white paper towel. You are essentially trying to ‘pick up’ the stain with a paper towel. Keep dabbing the area until the stain has been lifted off.

If these stain removal tips still aren’t getting rid of that damned spot, you might need to get someone in to give you a hand. For professional carpet cleaning help, cleaning advice and even more carpet cleaning tips and tricks, Drytron offer excellent professional carpet cleaning services. We even offer personalised carpet cleaning consultations to make sure you get those pesky tomato stains out for good.

Call our friendly team to discuss your cleaning requirements:

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How does Carpet Dry-cleaning work?

How does Carpet Dry-cleaning work?

Cleaning Helps Ensure Your Carpets Remain Fresh

When you think of the dry-cleaning process, what usually comes to mind? Most assume that it’s a luxury only necessary for that delicate silk dress you need to freshen up for an event, or the kid’s school blazers that aren’t resilient enough for the household washing machine. What a lot of people fail to realise, is that dry-cleaning isn’t just specific to special clothing items or heavy household linen. What about the withstanding carpet you laid down years ago, that endures hours of foot traffic a day, while continuously insulating your floors and keeping your home cosy? Surely this feature of your home deserves the same care and attention as a dress or blazer?

The bottom line is – your carpet needs to be maintained if you want it to remain in good condition. The same goes for almost anything you own and use daily. And don’t worry if you’ve neglected your carpet cleaning and care habits up until this point – it’s better to start now but be informed before you do so. Carpet cleaning needs to be a process that is carefully researched and understood, so that you don’t choose the wrong method. Dry versus steam clean can be a very bad oversight if you don’t know the right questions to ask and the right people to speak to.

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What does the carpet dry-cleaning process involve?

Well to really state the obvious, your carpets are left dry. This may seem like a given, but ironically a lot of people aren’t aware that there isn’t water actually involved from start to finish. You see a stain and instantly think you need to douse it with bubbly detergent – but this is not an effective long-term practice. A professional dry-cleaning service entails a thorough, complete maintenance of your carpet that won’t leave one area in particular more saturated than others. Stains can be removed from different spots without it changing the appearance or quality of that particular area. Sure, DIY stain-cleaning efforts can seem instantly effective, but it’s far better to know your facts and identify when you might need to call on a professional carpet cleaner.

Rolling out the process

Carpet dry-cleaning includes a pre-vacuum of your carpet to remove any dry surface dirt such as dry-cleaning mud or sand. This step is also applied to the steam cleaning process as well – because regardless of the technique implemented; dry surface debris can be incredibly hard to remove if it has become wet, compacted and somewhat solidified. A professional carpet cleaner will still give it a good go, but they will likely warn you that there is potential for lasting surface abrasion due to the way the dirt is now embedded in the carpet.

The solution to the problem

After vacuuming, the carpet is then treated with a special cleaning solution; a gentle yet effective combination of dry-cleaning solvents mixed in with water. The solution breaks down the oily residue contained within the carpet – this residue is what enables the dirt/debris to be held into the fibres, hence why you often spot-treat a stain but can’t seem to get rid of a residual stain shadow. Therefore, when the solution removes this obstructive oily residue, the carpet is now in a condition for easier removal of engrained dirt.

The importance of cottoning on

As unusual as it may seem, cotton plays an important role in the final stages of the carpet dry-cleaning process. Large absorbent pads are saturated in hot water that has been blended with a conditioning rinse, and then these are placed on the carpet under a rotary machine that acts in a similar way to that of a floor polisher. The pads are spun around on the carpet at high speed and the dirt is released from the carpet onto the pads. These pads are continually changed in the cleaning process and in some trickier cleaning situations, this will be done a second time.

What else do you need to consider?

Just because you understand what the carpet dry-cleaning process entails, doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you will have an end result that is professionally acceptable. That’s because every carpet cleaning business will claim to be “professional”, but this won’t be known to you until you’ve actually witnessed the finished product. Doing your research of, not only the technique that will be used, but also being careful about who to trust with facilitating this, can be the difference between an average end result or an exceptional one. If a company aren’t friendly, informative or willing to provide a reasonable quote from the get-go, the chances are that their attitude to the dry-cleaning process will reflect this sub-par service. Other factors to keep in mind:

Ask questions

Make sure you understand what exactly their “solution” contains within its ingredients. Be alert for chemicals you’ve never heard of and don’t be afraid to ask why they use this product. Not every company will necessarily use the solution that they should be. Or, the solution appropriate to the material of your carpet.

Read reviews online

You’ll probably always find one or two customer reviews that give aggressively negative feedback, these people may or may not be justified in what they are saying. Make sure to read reviews across the board, take into consideration both positive and negative comments, and look at the context within the comments too. Bad customer service is unacceptable; however, this may be an unfortunate one-off situation that doesn’t reflect the company as a whole. How you yourself are treated as a new customer is what is most important. Go with your instincts.

Why do I need to go to this much effort?

Well, you don’t really – the carpet cleaning professionals will do the hard stuff. Your efforts will be rewarded if you can understand and value the importance of booking in periodic carpet dry-cleaning jobs. You paid good money for your carpets, they look beautiful, they feel soft and healthy. Therefore, establishing a solid business relationship with a trusted carpet cleaning company is the key to ensuring your carpets remain beautiful both on the visible surface and within the fibres you can’t actually see.

Carpet Cleaning Melbourne – who do I choose?

Drytron Carpet Dry-Cleaning in Melbourne specialise in the dry-cleaning process, and you’ll find instant relief with the quality of the service you receive. Drytron are dedicated to their customers from the initial consultation through to the pre-assessment and then the exceptional final result. Carpet dry-cleaning bookings can be made online or over the phone, and in no time at all, you’ll add extra time to your carpets – the only choice you need to make is whether to do it today or tomorrow!

Complete a quote using our booking here or call our friendly team to discuss your carpet cleaning requirements:

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How to arrange wall art in your home

How to arrange wall art in your home

Having artwork in your home is a great way to add life to a room, showcase a beautiful piece, or tie your décor together. Your choice of artwork can really affect your mood, so when you’re shopping for art, choose something that truly resonates with you. You might create a wall of family pics to remind you of special memories, or jazz up a drab room with some colourful statement pieces. Have a look at how colour can affect your mood.

There are so many options, and so many superb wonderful artworks and styles. Once you’ve made your choices, it can also be a little daunting to decide how to arrange your art, particularly if you’re buying more than one artwork and need to figure out how it all fits together. We’ve put together a few tips to make the art-arranging process a little bit easier for you.

Choose your wall:

Consider the size of your wall and space in the room. What pieces do you have to display? What is the size of your artwork? Consider the furniture in the room and if your piece will go with it. If you’re styling a room from scratch, then match the colours and design with your artwork, especially if it’s a showstopper piece.

Smaller spaces could be the perfect place to display your smaller artwork, and a great opportunity to create a gallery wall. Use smaller pieces between doors, windows or on a stair landing. Check out our other ideas for small spaces. For larger walls, don’t be afraid to go for one big piece or do a group of pieces together.  If these are on a larger wall, then these can be spaced out more too.

If you have a feature, like a fireplace, with a naked wall above it, a great piece of artwork above could change the room completely and make the entire space feel finished and welcoming. The same applies to the space above your couch; just remember to leave enough space between the couch and picture so that you don’t end up resting your head against your artwork or frame.

Arrangement styles:

Once you have chosen your wall and know which pieces you want to use, you need to decide how you’ll arrange the works.

Symmetrical arrangements: This is a more orderly style, traditional and formal. These pieces are best placed in a grid formation. This is normally a group of 4 to 6 pictures (two at the top with two below or three at the top with three below), with the exact amount of space between each picture. They are also generally the same size and often even have the same frames. Perfect for above a couch, fireplace or in a hallway, this arrangement creates a nice balance in the room.

Asymmetrical arrangements: This is ideal if you have a variety of different sizes of artwork or pictures with different frames. Mixing different styles and orientations allows more room for creativity. Try and have the heavier, busier pieces in the middle of your arrangement. Use this as a focal point, and then arrange pieces around this.

If you have two pictures that are not identical in size, then stagger them, by hanging one higher than the other so the top and bottom don’t match.

Plan where your artwork will go:

If you’re doing a group of pictures, then lay all of them out on a table or floor and move them around until it looks good to you. Don’t be afraid to mix things up and try something different, it may just work, but do this BEFORE you bring out the hammer or drill!

Get out the tape measure and plan where your pieces will go. If you would like to visualise the artwork on the wall, then get some kraft paper, measure the size of the artwork or framed picture, cut the exact size out of kraft paper, and stick these on the wall with a little masking tape. This way you can also get the spacing right in between each piece, and you can even make a mark on the craft paper as to where the nail should go. You will also feel more confident when hammering or drilling the nail into the wall.

A wall full of art can add personality and life to your home, and give you joy every time you see it. Don’t be daunted by the process of hanging your artwork; with these tips you can really enjoy creating your wall of memories or hanging up that masterpiece.

Now that you have finished putting up your display of artwork and have carpets full of dust, why not give Drytron a call to give your carpets a deep clean.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50

Home cleaning tips to make life easier

Home cleaning tips to make life easier

We all love living in a clean home, even if we don’t necessarily enjoy cleaning it. So we’ve put together some tips to make cleaning easier, while delivering great results. These smart cleaning tips mean less elbow grease — and more time to get on with the things you enjoy!

Cleaning your oven:

If you would prefer not to use oven cleaner or don’t have any at home, you can mix some baking soda and vinegar together and use that. Apply the mixture as a paste to your oven, leave it on for 30 minutes to soak in, and then scrub the dirt off once it’s softened.

When oil splatters on your splashbacks or around your stove top, you can use baby oil or a little olive oil moistened paper towel to rub off the splatter. This may sound strange, but remember, oil removes oil. Wipe with a clean cloth until the oily residue has disappeared.

Steaming your microwave:

Instead of scraping off the food mess that’s coating the insides of your microwave, utilise the power of steam to clean your microwave instead. Place a microwaveable bowl with water and lemon inside your microwave and turn it onto high for 3 – 5 minutes. The steam created will loosen the grime and make it easy to clean off with a paper towel or soft cloth.

Burnt pots & pans:

You can clean a burnt pan with water, vinegar and baking soda. Half-fill the pan with water and then add a cup of white vinegar. Bring it to the boil, remove from the heat and then add two tablespoons of baking soda. Let it sit until cooled and then wipe the mixture out of the pan.

Wooden cutting boards:

Lemons are great for both cleaning and sanitising. Place some coarse salt on the cutting board then use a lemon that has been cut in half and rub it over your cutting board. This will help remove stains and clean it at the same time. Then rinse with water.

Disinfect your keyboard:

Most of us never think to do this, and we should probably be cleaning our keyboards more than ever with COVID around. This is an easy task to do with an old toothbrush and vinegar. Dip a toothbrush in a cup of half-water, half-vinegar mix and use it to clean on and between the keys. Don’t get too liberal with the liquid though- water and electronics do not mix!

While you’re there, use a spare coffee filter to clean the screen of your computer or laptop; the filters trap dust without leaving any fibres behind.

The wonderful lint roller:

Lampshades and upholstery can gather a lot of dust and pet hair over time. One of the best ways to remove this is with a lint roller; just roll it over the lampshade or upholstery and you’ll be amazed at how much comes off!  Take a look at our other upholstery cleaning tips.

Craft time with glitter can be a child’s dream and a parent’s nightmare. It turns up for months after the event —if not years!  Instead of trying to sweep the glitter up and spreading it, use your trusty lint roller once again. Here are some other tips for removing craft stains.

Removing water spots:

Water stains on surfaces can be removed using white vinegar. A solution of half water, half vinegar can also be used on water stains on glasses. Spray the solution on, leave it on for about 15 minutes then wipe it away and give the glass a clean or rinse.

Hard water stains such as limescale can be removed with a lemon. Cut the lemon in half and rub it onto the areas around taps in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry and let the juice soak in for 10 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.

Now that you have some handy tips to make your cleaning easier it’s time to get started. So switch on your favourite playlist, get your marigolds out and get cracking. Here is our ultimate cleaning music playlist for you.

If you’d like your carpets professionally cleaned, why not get in touch with Drytron carpet cleaners. This will save you a lot of time and energy and leave your carpets looking as good as new.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50