Tiles, vinyl, hardwood or carpet - how to maintain your flooring

Tiles, vinyl, hardwood or carpet - how to maintain your flooring.

Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home
Hardwood floors, carpets, vinyl and tiles all have their benefits and drawbacks, and their suitability totally depends on your lifestyle, your budget, the style of your home, the amount of effort you want to put in to maintaining your floor and let’s not forget the most important one, the cleaning maintenance of your chosen flooring.

Your flooring choice sets the scene for your home, and it’s one of the first things you and your visitors will notice as you open the front door and enter your home, so it’s important to get it right.

Carpet
Carpet is the most comfortable and welcoming flooring type, and instantly adds warmth and texture to your home. Carpet requires more maintenance than other flooring options, as carpet spills and stains require extra elbow grease, or a trained carpet cleaning professional, like Drytron, in order to get them back to looking like new. You need to act quickly when it comes to spills to prevent carpet stains and try to vacuum them weekly. Take a look at our carpet stain removal tips and tricks.

Carpets can be a great option for all households, especially for those with young kids. With carpet you pay for what you get, so consider your carpet an investment if it is for your own home. You want the carpet to be clean, comfortable and of a high quality for your family.

Hardwood floors
You might be renovating your home and peel off some old carpet to find some stunning hardwood floors underneath – jackpot! They are incredibly low maintenance and easy to keep clean with a broom, mop or vacuum. You should sweep or dust daily and vacuum them weekly.

Hardwood floors are a great way to add value to your home in a cost-effective way (if you already have hardwood floors you can work with). While it can be a bit of a process to sand, polish and dry your hardwood floors, often with a professional needed, it may be worth it.
Also, if you like the idea of hardwood floors, but love the comfort of carpets, you can always add a rug for layering, texture and warmth so you get the best of both worlds! Adding a rug creates a different feel and can easily be vacuumed or dry cleaned by the carpet cleaning professionals, Drytron.

Vinyl Floors
Vinyl flooring is a low cost, low maintenance option for those wanting to emulate hardwood floors or tiles without the price tag. Like hardwood floors, they are easy to keep clean with a broom, mop (not too much water) or vacuum, yet don’t require as much maintenance as hardwood floors do. This flooring needs frequent light cleaning and abrasive cleaners should be avoided.

Vinyl flooring has a bad reputation for being synonymous with cheap and tacky, however some vinyl flooring options are incredibly stylish and high quality and will fit right in with your new build or renovation. Some timber look vinyl tiles look just like the real deal. And as they are a lot cheaper than other flooring options, they are easier to update when you decide it’s time to freshen up the bathroom again.

Tiled Floors
Tiles are the perfect way to add style and pizzazz to your home, with so many patterns and tile shapes to choose from. You can even jazz it up by opting for a coloured grouting!

Tiles are also easy to keep clean, and like vinyl and hardwood floors only require a mop or vacuum to clean. They should be vacuumed or dusted daily and then mopped once a week. Clean up spills immediately, to prevent stains and discoloration of your tiles. Tiles can be a lot tougher than vinyl and hardwood floors though being super heavy duty and requiring little maintenance over its lifespan. They should also have a deep clean every so often, to get rid of any stains or greasy residue.

Tiles are a lot more permanent than vinyl due to the cost and time involved in installation (professional tilers required), however they are a lot more durable and last much longer than vinyl.

If you are ever unsure of what to do or feel your floors need a deep clean, then don’t hesitate to call in the Drytron cleaning experts. Regardless of which flooring option you select, the most important factor in its quality and longevity is the amount of energy you put in to maintaining your flooring. It’s all well and good to choose the highest quality tiles or carpet, or paying a professional to transform your hardwood floors, but all that is lost if you do not put in the effort to maintain it. Keeping your flooring clean and preventing stains, is a very important part of this.

If you’ve decided on carpet or rugs anywhere in your home, you should consider consulting with a carpet specialist on an annual carpet clean to ensure a healthy and clean home for your family. Drytron are the experts in carpet cleaning in Melbourne, and can ensure the longevity of your carpets and keep them looking like new.

Call the friendly team to discuss your needs.

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Spring Clean your home with our handy checklist

Spring Clean your home with our handy checklist

Sometimes you look around and feel your home needs a good old Spring clean, but you don’t know where to start.

With Autumn coming to an end and Winter approaching fast, why not make “Spring cleaning” something to do at the end of every season. Here’s ten things you might want to consider doing, to Spring clean your house, carpets and upholstery.

First, get a little green by turning your old clothes, t-shirts, etc, into cleaning rags.
There’s no point buying disposable wipes or cloths, when you’ve probably got at least a couple of old shirts hanging around that you’re never really going to wear again. Simply tear them up into rag-sized-bits, and you’re good to go. Be careful not to use brightly coloured clothes as they may have dyes that run, which won’t really help with your cleaning mission! You don’t want to end up leaving a stain on the carpet you have just cleaned.

Clean your appliances, and run vinegar through your washing machine, dishwasher and kettle.
Now is the perfect opportunity to make time to do a little maintenance on your home appliances, by running a splash of white vinegar through your Washing Machine, Dishwasher and Kettle. First, run your Washing Machine with water only, plus two cups of white vinegar, then do the same for your Dishwasher but with one cup of vinegar, and fill your kettle to boil with one cup of white vinegar also. Running the vinegar through the appliance will clean it internally, remove any odours or mould, and generally just give it a new lease on life.

Give your fridge some attention.
Do you know that food poisoning most commonly occurs in the home? Avoid accidentally making yourself sick, by giving your fridge a thorough clean. Take all the contents out, throw away anything that’s been hanging around past its use by date, and disinfect and thoroughly wipe down all of the inside. Don’t forget the doors and drawers, to make sure no hidden germs are left lurking undetected.

Move spare furniture to storage, or better still, give what you don’t use away to charity.
Sometimes you can love pieces of furniture, but realise they have no place in your current home. Perhaps you’ve got relatives riding out isolation with you and limited space, or they simply don’t suit your décor. Either way there are times when you need to make the difficult decision to store some of your belongings. When you do so, make sure you know how to store them correctly. Anything you really don’t use, might be nice to donate to your local charity centre, particularly considering the tough times we are all going through.

Clean your carpets and upholstery.
You can probably do a pretty good job yourself of giving your carpets and  upholstery a rudimentary clean, but sometimes it pays to call in the professionals and have a thorough deep carpet clean done. When you call upon Drytron, the carpet cleaning professionals, to come and take care of your carpets and upholstery cleaning, you know that you’ll be coming back to a clean, fresh home with carpet that’s ready to walk on in just a matter of hours. 

Drytron are Melbourne’s couch cleaning experts. Save money and maintain your upholsterycurtains, and carpets with Drytron’s expert, friendly service. Give our friendly team a call today.

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