Carpet Cleaning 101 - Vacuum often and where it counts

Carpet Cleaning 101 - Vacuum often and where it counts

Carpet functions like a giant air filter, collecting our home’s dirt and dust. Those two Ds act like fine sandpaper, wearing down carpet fibres over time. If vacuuming is not your passion, and we’re guessing it’s not, our advice is to focus on vacuuming the high-traffic areas once a week or more. Carpet cleaning is an important process, by simply vacuuming the high-soil areas in the entrances and toward the front of your home, you can add years to the life of your carpet.

Go Slow
While vacuuming your carpet, take your time and use overlapping strokes. Even counting slowly with each forward and backward stroke allows time for the vacuum to do its work.

Treat Stains Immediately
If possible, take care of stains as soon as they happen. Most carpets today are made to resist liquid penetration for a time, so if you simply blot (don’t rub!) it dry with a clean cloth right away, the stain may not have a chance to set. If blotting alone doesn’t do the trick check out our Drytron carpet dry cleaning process and call in our professional carpet cleaners to get the job done.

Match Your Vacuum to Your Needs
Choose your vacuum based on its functions rather than price tag. Have shedding pets, for example? Choose a vacuum with a hose and multiple attachments. Stairs? Go light or find one with a removable stair-cleaning attachment. Choose substance over flashy, make the cleaning process easier.

Maintain Your Vacuum
Keep your vacuum clean. A dirty vacuum will give your carpet a compromised result. Empty the canister or bag frequently, check hoses for clogs, and change the filter when it starts to turn grey and clean the vacuum heads regularly.

Go Pro
Consider having your carpet professionally cleaned once or twice a year depending on the size of your household. Rental machines that require special solutions can leave dirt-attracting residue. Use a reputable professional service instead. Check out Drytron’s recommended cleaning process here.

For more great carpet cleaning tips and tricks click here! Of course, if you need to get the carpet cleaning experts in to get your carpet, upholstery and rugs looking their best, simply contact us or give us a call in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50


New year, no stains!

New year, no stains!

Has everyone decided what their New Year’s resolutions will be? It might not be on your list, but we bet you’d like to start the new year with a stain-free house! With all the heavy duty celebrating, our carpets, rugs, and upholstery usually tend to need a good dry clean after the festive season, plus it’s a great way to start the year off with a clean and fresh home environment.

Drytron carpet specialists have access to industrial strength products and machines that the average consumer doesn’t have lying around the house.

Carpet is a big investment, so having red wine stains or dirty little footprints on your carpet is not ideal. And trying to tackle the carpet cleaning process on your own with some risky home remedies, solvent products and detergents can have unintended consequences.

Simply put, some stains are better removed by the carpet cleaning professionals, especially when it comes to red wine.

If a spill does occur, time is of the essence and if you are smart and decide to call in a carpet cleaning company, first remove as much red wine as possible, by blotting the wine-stained area as soon as the spill happens.

Drytron are experts in any carpet, rug, and upholstery cleaning emergency. Give us a call in the  Drytron Customer Care Centre on  13 12 50 and start 2022 stain-free.


Holiday / Christmas craft ideas

Holiday & Christmas craft ideas

As we enter the silly season and start feeling festive, it’s a great time to make your home look merry and bright. With school holidays starting, a fun way to keep them busy is making Christmas crafts together.

We’ve put together a few ideas for you to make with the little ones, or if they are old enough, help get them started and let their creativity flow. Ps. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these fun activities. Put some cheesy Christmas music on and get crafting!

Salt dough ornaments:

This is a lovely way to make special ornaments you can keep and hang on the Christmas tree year after year – and they also make extra special Christmas gifts. If you don’t already have Christmas cutters at home, you can pick them up fairly easily at most shops and supermarkets – and the bonus is, you can use them to make Christmas cookies too!

Of course you can also cut your shapes free form yourself – or trace around a cutout of some printed pictures you find online or in a magazine.

Here is a simple recipe:

Combine 4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup salt, and 1 1/2 cups of warm water in a mixing bowl. Knead until the dough is firm and smooth. Roll out dough and cut desired shapes (use a straw or a chopstick to poke a hole for hanging). Bake at 150°C until dry, approximately 1 hour; cool completely.

Once you have baked and cooled your ornaments, the fun begins. Paint them with your choice of colour and design, then tie a ribbon through and hang them on your tree.

If you have a baby or small child, a cute idea is to make fingerprint decorations for Grandparents. These can be painted and given to them as a special gift.

Painted pinecones:

With beautiful pinecones starting to drop around now, it’s a great time to take the kids on a pine cone collecting adventure so you can make festive decorations out of them. Paint them in your favourite colour or match this year’s Christmas theme. Once dry, you can add some glitter by brushing the tips with wood glue and rolling them in a tray of glitter to cover all sides. you can place them under your Christmas tree or around the house as part of the décor.

If you prefer a more natural style, you can decorate them to look like mini Christmas trees. Using a wooden block or cork as a base for your “tree”, choose your decoration, source some berries, beads, or pom poms as well as a star, from your local graft shop. Stick your decorations on the tips of the pine needles, as you would with real decorations. Place a good coating of glue onto the bottom of your pinecone and hold it firmly on the base of your choice until it has set. Glue the star on top and enjoy your adorable pinecone Christmas tree. Don’t worry if anyone makes a mess – these tips for crafty stain removal may come in handy right about now.

Festive treat jars:

Find yourself a medium sized glass jar: either a recycled jam jar or purchase some inexpensive jars from a discount store. You should also be able to pick up some fun things there for your children to decorate the jars with, such as Christmas stickers, stars and glitter. You can also make a reindeer jar, by using superglue to stick brown pipe cleaner antlers to the lids, with googly eyes and a fluffly pom-pom nose on the side to make its face. Once your jars are decorated and dry, full them with your favourite treats or cookies and tie a ribbon around them. These make great gifts for teachers or party favours for Christmas day.

Twig ornaments:

Everyone should have some twigs in their garden or on the street in front of your house. Send the kids out on a hunt for twigs while you get some work done. Once they have collected them, choose some wool, fine wire or twine and wood or craft glue and get creative. Break the twigs according to the size you want for the shapes you choose. Eg: Make a Christmas tree by gluing three twigs together to make a triangle and then use a small one as the base/stem of the tree. Or you can make a Christmas tree shape by placing the sticks a few centimeters apart, getting shorter as you move up the tree, and wire them or tie them together so they hang in the shape of a tree. Thread some coloured twine or wool around the twigs to decorate theme, and add any other decorations you have, like some old beach shells or a few pieces of broken tinsel. Tie some ribbon around the top and hang it in a window, or on your wall. If you want to paint your twigs too, then go for it! Another idea is to make some twiggy stars and paint them, or cover them with glitter, and hang them by your windows or door.

Christmas cards:

Homemade cards are very special and are appreciated by so many, especially Grandparents. If you have young children and want to go the simpler route, fingerprint artwork is a great option. Use finger paint and create a string of colourful fingerprint ‘lights’, these will brighten any card. Slightly older kids might enjoy making a paper Christmas wreath card, by cutting out different sized circles (which is great cutting practice too), using offcuts of wrapping paper. Feather the edges and stick them together in a circle with the edges fluffed up, to create a beautiful wreath. You can even recycle old Christmas cards by cutting out the pictures from the front and sticking them on some new cards, then drawing a picture or design around them. For the more advanced options, a pop-up snowman or Father Christmas is a fun option, or why not try making a Christmas village silhouette.

Once you’ve finished making and decorating your home with all your new crafty Christmas creations, prepare your home for visitors with Poinsettia plants and Christmas lights, give your carpets a clean and prepare for the silly season in style!

If you’ve got a little more glitter or “decorations” on your carpet than you planned, then you may want to call the experts in and have them professionally cleaned. Why not get in touch with Drytron carpet cleaners. They will have your carpets looking good as new in no time.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


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


DIY Halloween decorations the kids can make.

DIY Halloween decorations the kids can make

With Halloween around the corner, it’s time to get creative and make some spooky decorations for your house and garden. Halloween may be a little different in areas with COVID restrictions in place, but that shouldn’t stop you from having a fang-tastic time by making your house as spooky as possible! We’ve put together some DIY decorations you can make at home – a perfect opportunity to have some fun with the kids.

Pumpkins

Pumpkins are traditionally carved into spooky faces at Halloween, but don’t restrict yourself to tradition. There are lots of other ways you can decorate a pumpkin, so let your imagination go wild.

  • Painting pumpkins is great fun, and your children can choose their favourite colours. Once they’ve dried, splatter them with paint that has been thinned down slightly with water. Then coat a paintbrush or old toothbrush with the paint mixture and tap it repeatedly over the painted pumpkin to create a fabulous look.
  • Kids can also have fun decorating their painted pumpkins with pompoms and other decorations stuck on with craft glue. They also look gorgeous with glittery stems, so dip those pumpkin stems into runny glue and sprinkle glitter all over them. You may need to have a look at our tips for removing those craft stains, in case the kids get a little over-excited and something ends up on the carpet (it happens!).
  • Another option is to cover a pumpkin with Halloween-themed duct tape. Look for tape with spiders or webs and then stick googly eyes onto the pumpkin for the finishing touch.

Lolly boxes

This is a fun one to make in preparation for Halloween. You can either create one large box for the lollies at home, or you can create individual bags for when your kiddies, (sorry, your little witches and wizards) do their trick or treating rounds of the neighbourhood.

  • For your home lolly bowl, paint an empty box, then stick decorations on it once it’s dry. For example, to create a black cat bowl, paint the empty box black, then paint 4 toilet roll cores to use as the legs. Next, cut a tail shape out of cardboard, then cut out cat-shaped eyes and ears. Paint these black, and once it’s dry, stick it all together. You can paint a little white nose and some whiskers too, or use white or silver pipe cleaners for the whiskers. Then fill your new sweet bowl with your favourite lollies and wait for the doorbell to ring!
  • If you want to do individual boxes or bags, then buy what’s called ‘lolly/treat boxes’ or little paper bags, and decorate them. Make the box into a haunted house, using ghost figures and dark windows and a door. Or create a scary paper bag monster. Start by painting the bag whatever colour you want your monster to be, then find some paper or cardboards and cut out large teeth and 3 eyes, a long tongue and some pointy ears. When the paint is dry, stick on all the accessories.

Decorations

Garlands and table decorations are a nice easy way to give your house and garden some festive Halloween spirit.

  • Light-up ‘cats eyes garland’. Start by helping your kids cut out purr-fect cat faces. Use a hole puncher to punch out holes in each shape for the eyes, then slide string lights into the holes and hang them where they can be plugged into the wall. (If you don’t have string lights, you can thread shapes on string, such as black cats, spiders, ghosts, bats, and anything spooky.)
  • Leaf ghosts. Send the kids outside to hunt for fallen leaves, then get them to paint them white. Once these are dry they can either paint, or use a black marker and draw on little black eyes. These can be scattered onto the table or string them together for a spooktacular garland.

Treats

There are so many fun Halloween-themed cooking activities, and so much fun to be had in the kitchen. A word to the wise though: don’t get started too early in the week, as your kids will want to eat all their goodies and there’ll be nothing left for Halloween.

  • Spider biscuits. Use Oreos as the body, pretzel pieces as the 8 legs, white mini marshmallows as the eyes, and chocolate chips for the middle. Make some ‘glue’ by mixing icing sugar with a little water and let the kids get creative!
  • Spooky lollypops. Use round, wrapped lollypops (such as Chupa Chups) and cover them with a square of white fabric or tissues. If you use tissues, you may need a few, so the colour of the wrapper doesn’t show through. Bunch up the white fabric over the lollypop and place a little elastic band over it to keep in on. Use a black marker to make the little eyes and then tie some orange and black ribbon over the elastic band and tie it into a bow around the ‘neck’ of the ghost.
  • Halloween shaped biscuits. What will it be? Ghosts? Bats? Pumpkins? Baking and icing different shaped biscuits is so much fun for all ages. And they’ll be a hit with the neighbourhood kids (and much appreciated by any grown up neighbours too no doubt.)

There are a million different ideas out there for Halloween decorations and baking, and we’re sure your children will have lots of ideas too! Halloween is so much fun. That is, of course, except for the inevitable chocolate hangover, and perhaps a few chocolate stains on the carpet. On that note, here are some stain removal tips for chocolate that may come in handy afterwards.

Enjoy!

If you would like to give your carpets a deep clean after there have been lots of excited children running in and out the house, (after too many lollies), then don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. Give Drytron a call.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


Tips for selecting wallpaper for your home

Tips for selecting wallpaper for your home

Wallpapers can instantly transform a room in your home, making it feel brighter, warmer, or cosier. But with a dizzying range of colours, styles, patterns and even textures of wallpapers to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing wallpaper, so we’ve put together these style tips to make the decision making process less daunting.

1. Style

If you already have a design theme or style in a room, use that as your guide. By sticking to your existing theme when it comes to the wallpaper, the room design will flow naturally and cohesively.

Casual: If the room you’re decorating has fairly casual styling, the existing décor can really be enhanced with different wallpaper patterns and textures. For example, if your furniture is fairly plain, you can really stand to make a bolder choice for your wallpaper, such as floral, plants, and textured prints.

Formal: For a formal look, choose an elegant wallpaper design, such as a lacy damask design or hand-painted print. You could also go for large-scale patterns for a dramatic look.

Rustic: To add a warm, rustic feel to the room, select a textured wallpaper, a distressed timber effect, or brick-effect wallpaper.

Playful: This is great for a child’s room where you can add bright or themed wallpaper, such as a jungle, woodland, space or safari theme. Use your child’s interests as your guide! Alternatively, choose a wallpaper with small repeated motifs, such as polka dots.

2. Pattern and Texture

It’s important to be open-minded when choosing wallpaper. Don’t hesitate to get advice, as often that gorgeous print that you’re worried might be too bold, is often the very thing that will deliver the transformation you are looking for!

Size of the room: Just because you have a large room, it doesn’t mean that you need to have large scale patterns, or vice versa. Think of how dramatic a small bathroom will look with a large print of ‘delicious monster’ leaves.

If you have a room where the walls are ‘busy’ with windows or built-in furniture, a small-patterned wallpaper can look great, as it creates a really interesting visual, with hints of colours and patterns catching the eye. As a general rule, use large-scale patterns with bright colours if you want to make an emptier room look fuller.

Texture: Textured wallpaper will create design depth, drama, and a warming dimensional effect. Textured wallpaper can also hide or camouflage wall imperfections. Notably, different textures can be used to instead of colour if you already have a colourful statement piece in a room.

There are wallpaper options with tactile surfaces which include grass, string cloth, silk, foil and fabric. There are also non-tactile textured wallpapers, such as marble, wood, brick, leather and even animal skins. Metallic wallpapers are great for rooms with poor, natural light. The metallic shine can reflect light deeper into a room.

3. Colour

When selecting a colour for your wallpaper, you’ll need to start by considering the colour of your furniture and flooring. Remember that you want everything in the room to flow, and that colour can set the mood of a room. Have a look at how colour in your home can affect your moods.

If you choose a bold colour, then it’s a good idea to choose one that has a pattern on it which is lighter, which then ‘tones down’ the colour overall. Choose colours that you have already used in your décor.

As with choosing paint colours, consider the size of the room. If you have a smaller room, opt for lighter colours, as darker colours will make the room seem smaller. If redecorating a small area, then have a look at our tips for small spaces.

You can go bolder and brighter depending on the mood you want to create in a room. We suggest something tranquil for a bedroom or nursery, while you can choose something with more ‘personality’ for a lounge, bathroom or entertainment area.

There are so many fabulous wallpaper designs out there to choose from, and it should be a really fun experience as you play around with colours, patterns and textures. Don’t be discouraged to go beyond your comfort zone and try something new.

If you would like to refresh your carpet or upholstery with a deep clean, especially after new wallpaper has been installed, then don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. Give Drytron a call.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


Tips for working from home

Tips for working from home

Working from home has become a permanent reality for a lot of people in the past 18 months. For many it’s a welcome respite from long commutes and has given them more quality time at home, but others are struggling with the blurred boundaries of working and living in the same space. The flexibility of working from home can be liberating, however it can also feel lonely at times too. Whether you’re new to working from home or would like to create better working habits, you need to have a healthy work-life balance. Here are a few tips that will help you to maintain that balance.

Maintain your morning routine:

Have you ever noticed you’re far more productive if you start your day by making your bed and getting dressed for the day, rather than lounging around in your pj’s until lunch time? Try and stick to a work-style routine. If you usually get up at 5am and go for a run before leaving for work, then continue to do this. Make sure you’re sitting at your desk when you would normally be arriving at the office and give yourself time to check through your emails so you’re on top of things before your first virtual meeting or call.

There might be days where you don’t feel like getting out of your pjs while working at your desk, so if you don’t have to be on camera, every now and again treat yourself to a pyjama day! This is one of the perks of working from home, but try to stick to your routine of waking up at the same time and having your morning coffee like you normally would. Just don’t make it a habit as dressing sloppily (or not changing out of your sleep wear) can make you feel sluggish and less productive.

Create a workspace that is clutter free:

In an ideal world, it would be amazing to have an office or study with a desk and proper office chair (ergonomically set to the right height), but this is not the case for many of us, especially if you never intended on working from home before the pandemic. A spare room or bedroom where you can put a desk in the corner is also a great option, or even the dining room table. Try to designate a fixed place as your “workstation” where you can work from daily. Keep it neat and tidy with only what you need for work around you. A couple of pot plants and a candle might be nice too, but only if you have the space. Ideally you want a calming area that’s clutter-free with minimal distractions.

Schedule breaks:

It’s very easy to get stuck into a project and before you know it, hours have passed, and you haven’t had a break. Try to take a few short breaks and then a longer one for lunch. There are many apps out there where you can set work and break times or use your reminders app on your phone. Take time to make yourself a coffee or get up and have a stretch or walk around the garden. It’s important to let your brain and body relax so you return to your workspace feeling fresh and ready to focus. Take a lunch break, just as you would if you were in the office. Eat a proper lunch and go for a walk or use this time to stretch or do an online yoga class. Get some fresh air and natural light and try to switch off for that hour.

Stay socially connected too:

Keep in contact with colleagues and communicate with them on a regular basis. Face-to-face conversations are still best, and this is one of the things most people miss while working from home, but thankfully technology helps us bridge that gap in the interim. There are lots of ways you can communicate while seeing your colleague online and still feel like you are interacting with one another. Keep a group chat open on your computer so you can quickly message people and even share a laugh here and there by sending a funny meme or gif. And if you’re feeling a bit lonely, pick up the phone or jump on a video chat and ask your work colleague how they are doing, how their weekend was and how their family are.

Leave work ‘at work’:

This is one of the most challenging things to do when working from home, but it’s also the most important. Set your hours and only work between them. It’s very tempting to open your laptop at night when your kiddies are asleep or on the weekends. Remember you need a break and your family want to spend time with you without you being distracted with work. If you’re lucky enough to have a study or office, close the door after your working day is finished. If you’re working from your dining room table, shut down your laptop and even pack it away for the night.

Enjoy the perks:

If you used to have to get up early to commute to work, you can now use that extra time to sleep in a little longer or enjoy a run or a swim before your day starts. In one of your breaks, you can put a stew on to cook and keep an eye on it — or bake a loaf of bread, so your family has a delicious dinner to come home to. Check out our tips for health and fitness in the home so you get your exercise done in your lunch break, then have a shower and return to work feeling fresh. Wrap yourself up in a blanket if it’s chilly outside or work on the soft carpet in the afternoon sunshine, if that’s what you feel like doing. As working from home seems here to stay for many, you might even want to look at investing in refreshing your home with new carpet to help you enjoy your space more – find out why here!

It’s great to have a clean and fresh environment around you while working. If you need help with your carpet or upholstery cleaning then don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. Give Drytron a call.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


How to bring Spring into your home

How to bring Spring into your home

The past year and a half have been somewhat challenging for many of us, but with the start of a new season, let’s celebrate and welcome the warmer months by bringing spring, new beginnings, positivity and life into our homes. Even if we can’t socialise and enjoy picnics in the park with friends or go to our favourite restaurants as we used to, we can still celebrate spring at home too. After all, it’s the small things we need to celebrate in our lives to bring us joy! So, “spring” into action and have a look at these ideas on how you can bring spring into your home this year.

Fresh flowers

The sight and smell of fresh flowers is a quick and easy way to brighten your surroundings and your mood. Either purchase a beautiful spring bouquet of flowers from your local supermarket or florist, or if you are lucky enough to have a garden full of flowers, place some of these into a vase or even a few nice glasses or bottles in spots where they will catch your eye. Adding indoor plants is also a great reminder of spring – take a look at our tips for adding greenery to your home.

Change up your linen and throws

Spring is all about light colours and textures, so put away your dark, heavy, winter blankets and replace them with white, crisp duvet covers and linen. This will instantly brighten up your rooms.  Bring out the lightweight, textured throws: if you want to add a bit of colour into your home, a new throw or rug is a great way to do this. You can read our tips for picking the perfect rug before you hit the shops. Another great option is to change your cushions depending on the season and if you need help with arranging them we have put together a how to guide for arranging your scatter cushions.

Floral Candles

Bring the smell of a spring garden into your home with floral fragrances such as hyacinth, jasmine and rose. Scented candles or reed diffusers are an affordable and easy way to bring those floral notes into your home and help put a spring in your step.

Sunshine and fresh air

Spring is all about freshness and new beginnings. This is the perfect time to shake out your throws, blankets, pillowcases and sheets. Leave your cushions and duvets outside for a couple of hours to get some fresh air and sunshine. This is also a great time to give your carpets and upholstery a good spring clean – here are our easy steps for you to follow!

Open your windows and doors and let the fresh air in. As things are warming up you will appreciate this more. Let the smell and sounds of spring full your home. The best way to celebrate spring is bring what’s outside, inside. It’s great for your mind and will bring a sense of liveliness into your home.

Picnic in your garden, or a local park

Get the kiddies to help you decorate a space outside with fresh flowers and greenery surrounding you. Put a Picnic blanket on the grass with a few snacks and drinks and enjoy the outdoors. Play some games with your children outside and enjoy the warmth of the sunshine and vitamin D. Studies have proven that spending time in nature really helps reduce stress, so enjoy it and take it all in.

If you would like to refresh your carpet or upholstery with a deep clean, then don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. Give Drytron a call.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


Home storage ideas

Home storage ideas:

Ever been envious of that one friend who always seems to have everything so well-organised at home? You know the person I mean – the one with impeccably labelled Tupperware and perfectly folded linen cupboards. Well, envy no more, because we have put together a room-by-room guide on home storage solutions and organization techniques. Let the transformation begin!

Kitchen

Pots and pans take up a lot of drawer space that could be better used for something else. Hang a long towel bar and hook your pots, pans, and lids onto that, or if you have a floating shelf above your kitchen island, put hooks into that and hang them from there. This also adds to the overall décor by filling the normally empty space above eye level.

Decant your dry ingredients like flours, cereals, pastas and spices into airtight jars and label them. Square containers or anything stackable are a practical choice as you can place them on top of each other to maximise space in your pantry.

If your pantry is too small, you can put these containers on display on a shelf. There are plenty of affordable and stylish containers that will look great on view like this, particularly if you have a country-style kitchen. Additionally, you can also put hooks on the underside of the shelves and hang mugs from them to maximise cupboard space further. (Just make sure they’re located close to the kettle or you’ll have sacrificed functionality for space.)

If you have a gap between your fridge and cupboard it’s a good idea to get a thin, pull-out cupboard installed. This can be used for all your tinned food, jams, oils and even spices. There are also many wire rack solutions for your cupboards and drawers, whether it’s a small rack for your spices, rotating wire baskets for those pesky corner cupboards, or wire pull-out baskets for plates and bowls.

Laundry

A tidy laundry makes you feel less overwhelmed when the washing piles up, so it’s important to have your bench space as clear and organized as possible. Baskets and hooks are your friends!

Organise your cupboards logically, with high-use items next to the washing machine or sink, and any small items like stain remover pens, shoe polish etc stored in small baskets. Be realistic though: are you really going to put the laundry liquid away in a cupboard each time, and is it important for you to have a stain remover spray close to hand?  If you like things within easy reach, we suggest getting a tray to put your everyday items on and catch any drips so your bench stays clean.

Place a rod under your sink to hang spray bottles, and place labelled baskets underneath for sponges and dishcloths. Put a hook on the back of the sink door to hang your dustpan and brush or lint roller. Make sure your laundry has a little bin on the bench or under the sink for emptying the lint out of the dryer or cutting off threads and tags.

If you have a tall cupboard, fix hooks or a wall rack inside to hang brooms, feather dusters, and mops. Also, affix a hook to the back of the cupboard door or laundry door to hang up your ironing board, thus freeing up a lot of space in your cupboard.

Bedrooms

Earring organisers and jewellery trees are a great way of storing jewellery. Put all your hair ties and clips into a segmented tray in your dressing table drawer, or into a wide-mouth glass jar on your chest of drawers.

If you have space under your bed, use it. You can put out-of-season clothes in vacuum sealed bags and put them under your bed in rolling crates. In kids’ rooms, you can throw all the toys in the crates at the end of the day and roll them under the bed for a quick tidy-up.

Hang up your scarves and ties to save drawer space for socks and underwear. Shoe hangers are ideal if you don’t have enough surface space at the bottom of your cupboard– or if your shoe obsession rivals that of Imelda Marcos.

Lean a stylish storage ladder against the wall and place extra throws or blankets onto it, or a selection of your most beautiful scarves. Hang handbag hooks to make an art feature out of your favourite handbags and free up cupboard space. Alternatively, consider buying an ottoman with storage to put at the end of the bed.

Bathrooms

Bathroom cabinets are crucial, and ‘face-level storage’ such as behind mirrors should be maximised for everyday items such as moisturisers and sunscreen. (Just ask Shaynna Blaze). Organise your bathroom cupboards methodically, putting small items into storage baskets and lining up toiletries in a row. Locate high-use items at the front of deep cupboards, but remember to put anything at the back into baskets so you can pull them out easily and they don’t just roll away into the dark corners.

Towel storage can be hard to keep neat and organised. Rather than piles, consider rolling the towels and putting them in baskets, organised by size. Or if this seems too much effort, consider using baskets just for the smaller sizes, like hand towels and face towels. If folding, always line up the towels with the folded side out. The sight of a neat towel cupboard can definitely make one feel a little smug!

Use a wicker or vintage tray to display perfumes and cologne for an artful touch. If you don’t have enough space in the cupboards for toilet paper (we all like to hoard a little extra these days), consider buying a nice basket to store the rolls in instead.

Maximise towel hanging space, whether adding an extra towel rail to the wall, hooks on the back of the door, or an artful ladder for draping towels over.

Garage

Mount your bikes onto the wall, with a couple of hooks for your helmets too. Put up a shelf or wall rack for your surfboards, freeing up some space for extra tools or a workbench. Hang garden tools and hose pipes onto the walls for a neat solution.  If you have enough space in your garage to store some excess furniture you can check out our tips on preserving your furniture whilst they are in storage.

Now that your house is well organised (and better functioning), it may be time to invite that super–organised friend around to show them that two can play at that game. You might even find them asking for hints!

Now that you have your home well organised, and neat and tidy. It’s a great time to refresh your carpets and upholstery with a deep clean. Why not call in the experts to give you a hand.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50