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Soft Furnishings - What rugs work best for your home

Soft Furnishings - What rugs work best for your home

Kids rugs
Let’s face it, when we’re redecorating our kid’s rooms, style isn’t exactly the first thing on our mind. The sorts of colours kid’s like, for instance, tend to be the sorts of colours that will clash with each other or be uncomfortably bright. But it is all about colours, so when decking a kid’s room out you don’t have to play by the rules, so long as you’re playing.

When thinking of kid’s rugs, think of flooring that doubles up as an imaginative island. Kid’s rugs are either going to have toy cars raced on or toy-brick houses built on. They are there to incite imagination and be part of the fun; rainbows, animals and shapes are the way to go.

Kid’s rugs are there to provide a bit of safety too. Rugs are an extra layer of soft furnishing for bumps and tumbles, they’re made to be sat on and jumped on. They’re also made to be spilt on. So the best rugs are the ones that can be cleaned most easily, like acrylic. And the thicker the pile, the softer they’ll be.

Persian rugs
The Middle East is the motherland of the not-so-humble rug. Carpet weaving in Persia is an institution that goes as far back as the region’s history. So integral are rugs and carpet making to the historical region that, even today, Iranian rugs occupy a space way beyond any other type of rug.

The full history of Persian rugs has only survived in paintings. It’s reported, though, that carpet weaving in Persia dates back to the Bronze Age. So Persian rugs are clearly a primary source for antique styling, but you probably don’t want to go walking all over a 500-year old woollen weave.

Iranian carpets are still considered to be up there with the best. And the old traditions are nowhere near dead. The style of Persian rugs is ubiquitous and is the perfect addition to a design that incorporates rich dark woods and classic furniture. If you’re designs lean towards authentic natural materials, then these are the rugs for you. Nothing looks better on a wooden floor than a classic Persian rug.

Turkish rugs
Right up there with the famous Persian rug is equally famous Turkish carpet. Geographically, Turkey and Iran sit side by side, so it’s probably not much of a surprise that they’re both leaders in the field of rug making. It’s part of the culture of the Middle East that makes rugs so important here. The nomadic lifestyle called for temporary flooring, while the bitter cold of the desert at night warranted insulation on the floors.

Like Persian rugs, Turkish rugs are wool based, made by hand and adorned with intricate designs. In fact, it’s very hard to tell them apart. Both can range from Turkish humble or practical designs, all the way to ostentatiously coloured patterning.

Elsewhere in the Middle East and Arab world; Pakistan, Armenia, Morocco and Indian rug weaving and the production of carpets is still integral to the unique cultures and economies of local and national regions. It’s no wonder that this area of the world is so definitive when it comes to rugs.

Shag pile rugs or shaggy rugs
A shag rug, or just a shag, has a deep but thin pile that literally looks shaggy. The look is modern and rather like animal fur. In fact, this is probably the reason why shag pile rugs have become so popular in recent years. The decadence of a royal boudoir might once have been down to the luxurious soft furnishings in a time where animal hide was the standard material for insulation and comfort.

Thankfully long gone are the days that animal fur is an acceptable way to create comfort. Instead a series of modern materials has replaced fur, but without loosing the soft, sumptuous feel.

Shag pile rugs are perfect in bedrooms, and even bathrooms, as the perfect surface to cushion your bare feet. And they can easily add a decadent feel to a design too, with light coloured shag rugs looking great on top of rich coloured carpets, or in front of the fireplace.

Modern rugs
Modern rugs are rather self-explanatory, and cover all sorts of shapes and sizes that you can find in your local department store. The best thing about buying a modern rug is that you can take advantage of modern advances in material and design in order to ensure you have a hardwearing rug that does the job.

Synthetic fibres, like nylon, polyester and polypropylene have now become some of the most common materials for rugs. Wool is the only natural material that can stand up to them at all. Nylon for one, if far easier to be printed on, meaning that vibrant designs are easier and more affordable to produce, and also incredibly stain resistant.

As one of the best uses for rugs is to protect your flooring, having a modern carpet is a great way to ensure longevity, durability and affordability.

For more great tips visit www.drytron.com.au. Of course, if you need to get the carpet cleaning experts in to get your carpet, upholstery and rugs looking their best, simply give us a call in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50.

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How to Choose the Right Carpet Colour

How to choose the right carpet colour

Choosing the right carpet colour is an exciting and important aspect of the carpet selection process. With the extensive range of colours, textures available, and people should be considered when bringing such a versatile décor item into any household.

There is a rug or carpet to suit every preference. For those with a bolder eye and a need for impact, show-stopping patterns are the way to bring life to your space. These can include animal print, Aztec, geometric and statement florals.

For those looking for something earthier, there are styles that suit the clean, green and sustainably keen – carpets woven from plant fibres and other eco-friendly sourced materials. These can be rougher to the touch, but great for an environment built on sustainability and organic living.

Carpet tiles, often in the form of the more classic-style patterns, are great for people who want to be able to remove their carpet and wash it by hand or send it out for professional cleaning services. And then you’ve got custom carpets – if you look hard enough you’ll find someone who will take your vision and bring it to life in a way you haven’t been able to source from a local supplier.

Why choose carpet over hardwood floors
Hardwood floors can damage and gouge easily, particularly from pets’ claws and high heeled shoes, and this damage can be expensive to repair. Not only known for their aesthetics, rugs and carpets can help insulate a home, absorb excess sound and provide a cushiony, comforting experience for hard-working feet. Carpet and rugs are also an opportunity to add softness to a space, as well as add personality and character.

Where to start when selecting a carpet colour
Before making that colour and pattern decision, let’s step back for a minute. On a very basic level, what lifestyle factors should you consider when working out the colour scheme for your new carpet? There are a few things you could ask yourself in order to make the most suitable decision for your space:

What carpet colour suits my family?
Children and animals are lovely additions to any household, but both come with their fair share of messy behaviours. Kids love to touch, move quickly and bring their outside fun inside. Playing in the garden can result in mud on the carpet, craft projects can end up all over the floor, and fussy eating habits can result in plates being tossed on the ground. If you have young children, a darker colour may be more suitable for your family.

Should i factor in the family pet?

As for pets – a new pet’s untrained toilet situation can result in unsightly and lingering stains. On top of this, pets shed frequently and their fur ends up everywhere! You should consider the colour of your pet’s fur when deciding on a carpet colour. Dark fur can show up on lighter carpets and white furs stand out against darker carpets.

What colour will suit my furnishings?
Perhaps you’re tossing up between two different shades of charcoal, and you need to see both side-by-side in order to make your final decision. Or perhaps you can’t work out if the shaggy texture will clash with your clean, smooth-surfaced couch and metallic coffee table. Be smart about your carpet colour decision process – ask for some samples to take home and see how the tones work with your existing furniture and curtains. If it’s a colour you can picture being part of your home every day for the next 15 years, then it’s a winner.

Where should i install carpet?
Bedrooms and living rooms are the key areas that you should carpet in your home. Bedrooms need the extra warmth and softness as they are supposed to be cosy, comforting spaces. Kitchens and bathrooms are better off left with a hard surface due to the wet, damp nature of these spaces. Dining rooms are up for debate! This can depend on the layout of your home, and is totally up to you as the homeowner.

Drytron can help maintain the quality of your carpet:
You’ve spent so much time choosing the right carpet colour that ticks all the boxes, and all he effort wand money spent will go to waste if you don’t care for and maintain your carpets properly.

How do you then maintain the overall colour and condition of your carpet? The answer is to call Drytron Carpet Cleaning, the only experts in the inner and outer Melbourne area, to take control of your carpet cleaning requirements. Our mobile rug cleaning team are fully-equipped experts, and can travel to a range of Victoria state locations.

Drytron’s list of cleaning services isn’t just limited to rugs and carpets either, we also service curtains, couches and even upholstery. Our specialist carpet cleaning process thoroughly cleans your furnishings with no residual dampness, meaning your carpet is ready to be walked on in record time!

Don’t stop the kids or the dog from enjoying the magic of new carpets – Drytron Carpet Cleaning will be on hand to help with those inevitable hiccups that come along with family life.

Call or contact the team to discuss your needs: 13 12 50

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Storing Furniture? Tips to Preserve Your Belongings

Storing Furniture? Tips to Preserve Your Belongings

Many of us Accumulate Much More than we Need!
Once you’ve lived in a home for a while, you’ll find that you’ve amassed items and collections that are not exactly needed on a daily basis. Have you just moved from one home to another, and finding it a tad challenging to decide whether or not to take some of your treasured or not so treasured items to your new home? Instead of having these items take up valuable space in your home or bother you with the inconvenience of where to move them, a storage facility might just come in handy.

What’s There to Store Anyway?
It could be furniture or some valuable antiques that you have no immediate need for; if you are looking to avoid any form of clutter in your home, you need to find a home for these items. Storage is essential if you’ve accumulated a lot of belongings as it gives you the opportunity to keep your most loved things – and not so loved stuff – while freeing up useful space in your home at the same time.

If you find that you won’t be staying in a place for long, you might want to use a long-term storage facility to store your belongings. Whether you are moving abroad for a short-term job or moving into a home for a short period, you might need to get a storage facility where you can keep your furniture and other belongings. Or perhaps you are downsizing to a new home with less space than your previous one. Until you can sort out what finally goes into the new house, furniture storage will be an ideal solution.

So, how do you make sure your belongings are kept safe and in excellent condition while they’ll be in storage?

Repair What Needs to be Repaired Before Storing
Before moving your things into storage, you need to ensure that your furniture is in the best possible condition. Fumigate where necessary and check for parts that need to be fixed or repaired such as securing hinges and tightening screws. During storage, some of the items may be placed on top of one another, and you sure wouldn’t want to see your furniture collapsing due to being unable to withstand extra weight as a result of a loose screw.

Clean Your Furniture and Other Items That Need to be Stored
From your furniture to your rugs and everything else you’ll be storing, a thorough cleaning is advised. It’s necessary that you do couch cleaning and rug cleaning as well. For your rug cleaning, you’ll need to ensure that there is no moisture left in the rug so that it does not become damp, mouldy and discoloured while in storage.

For convenience, consider calling the experts who specialise in mobile rug cleaning to come to your home or storage facility. A professional couch and rug cleaning service will carry out a thorough, expert cleaning of your rug, couch and other belongings. It is crucial that items such as couches and rugs are adequately cleaned and dried before going into storage as to avoid moulds and foul smell.

Disassemble if Possible
Some items such as cabinets, couches and tables should be stored as they are while other furniture such as bed frames should be disassembled so they can be stored easily. Items that can be dismantled before storage will aid the effective utilisation of storage space. Disassembling is also useful for easy transportation of the things you want to store.

Keep Your Furniture Covered
When moving and storing your furniture items, there will be lots of handling and maneuvering which could result in some minor damage such as dents and scratches. To protect your furniture, you should cover them with sheets or wraps. For items that break easily, store them in padded boxes.

If you protect your furniture and belongings adequately, it will remain in good condition when you unpack. If items are placed on top of each other through the time they will be in storage; the padding will help keep your things in good shape.

The fragile items in your belongings should be given extra care. Padded boxes and bubble wraps come in handy for fragile items. Some fragile items include china, antiques, lamp shades and other stuff that looks the part. You can use towels and sheets to serve as additional cushioning.

Stack Carefully
When placing your stuff in storage, you need to have a clear picture of how you will stack your items to ensure their safety. You can store bigger items like bed frames against the walls and place fragile items under tables, so they are well-protected. Take your time to figure out where to put each item and carefully move your things.

Leave Some Wiggle Room
Putting your furniture and other items on top of each other is done to create more storage space. Doing this does not mean you cram everything in without leaving enough breathing space around the items. Let there be space between them, let air flow in-between as well. This will prevent any unpleasant smell when you eventually open up the storage after a while and keep the whole space fresh. This is also important if you’ll often come around to pick a thing or two you might need. You want to make sure you have enough wiggle room to move around the storage space.

Talk to a Storage Specialist
You may not have all the required skills to store your belongings properly. Talk to the team at your storage facility to help you set up your storage facility will go a long way in ensuring that your belongings are properly stored and, in a manner, that best suits you. That way, your mind will be at rest that your things will be kept in the best condition by the experts while you go about your regular business.

Careful preparation is essential to ensure your belongings remain in the condition they entered the storage facility in. Timber and metal furniture are at less risk of deterioration than softer furnishings such as mattresses, couches, curtains and rugs. Softer furnishings absorb more air, and any dirt or bacteria left in the furniture before going into storage can result in mould and discolouration over time. Any soft furnishings should be thoroughly and expertly cleaned by a mobile cleaning service. Drytron Carpet Cleaning use an expert dry-cleaning method which is perfect for soft furnishings. This method has a minimal use of moisture, compared to steam cleaning, which means your belongings will be clean and dry, ready to store in under an hour.

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Commercial Carpet Cleaning Product Review

Commercial Carpet Cleaning Product Review

Drytron Stain Buster

This handy all-purpose stain removal product is great for busting even the worst red wine stains from carpet.

Simply spray product on the stain and let stand for a few minutes. Next, blot the stain with a clean cloth. We suggest using your thumb inside the cloth, lightly rotating in a clockwise direction. If you’ve already treated the stain with other products or home remedies without success, let Stain Buster sit for 20-30 minutes. Blot the stain with a damp cloth and let the treated section dry completely. If you can still see the stain after the area is dry, repeat the process.

Drytron Stain Buster is usually safe for use on colored carpet, however we always recommend spot testing first in a small patch away from visible areas (That way you can see if it has a bleaching, or staining effect on the carpet).

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. Our walk on dry service will ensure you’ll get back to your day with amazing results and minimal disruption.

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Quick tip - Carpet fading or colour loss

Quick tip - Carpet fading or colour loss

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Quick tip - Carpet Shading and Pile Reversal

Quick tip - Carpet Shading and Pile Reversal

Carpet shading
Cut pile carpets often display a characteristic called shading. This is when there appears to be patches of different coloured carpet after vacuuming or in areas that have been walked on. These variations are caused by little changes in the way that the pile is sitting in relation to other fibres. This phenomenon is simply the result of a trick of light. The sides of fibres reflect more light that the tips of the fibre, so when the carpet pile is ‘lying’ they will seem to create a light pile.

Solution
Shading is just a temporary condition and can be reversed by vacuuming in a common direction or carpet brushing. Your Drytron professional will brush your carpet when they complete their clean.

Carpet pile reversal
Pile reversal is the result of the carpet pile being ‘trained’ to lie in a particular direction that is opposite to the rest of the carpet. This is generally caused by regular traffic flow on your carpet. For instance, if the regular pattern of walking on a high traffic area is to turn to the right, then the carpet pile will continually sit to the left. Over time this lean to the left will become ingrained and hard to remove with vacuuming or even brushing.

Solution
Unfortunately, this is the normal wear and tear of the carpet. You can of course use runners and rugs in some super high traffic spots to reduce the effect on your permanent carpet. Regular vacuuming and maintenance cleans will also remove the sharp debris in the carpet that cuts the carpet fibre and makes it more susceptible to pile training.

For more great tips visit www.drytron.com.au. Of course, if you need to get the carpet cleaning experts in to get your carpet, upholstery and rugs looking their best, simply give us a call in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50.

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Quick tip - Removing that new carpet smell

Quick tip - Removing that new carpet smell

How to get rid of that new carpet smell
Hey, we love the look of our new carpet… but when you are lying awake at night with the smell pervading the room it is not quite as pleasant. Why does it smell? Well, it is an industrial processed product so a bit of that is bound to come with a bit of odor. Latex, wool, nylon, fire repellents, fabric protectors and of course carpet adhesives all add up to a cocktail of caustic.

The first step is ensuring that any new carpet you buy is a quality product that is guaranteed low irritant, and off-gassing laboratory tested.

What to do
Once the carpet is laid there is of course no going back. The smell will diminish over time, however, If the smell is a little more you can bare then here are a few tips.

First, ensure that the room is well ventilated with a steady flow of air. Perhaps the use of fans to keep the air moving.

Secondly, distribute baking soda over the carpet then vacuuming up the next day. Ensure that you install HEPA filters in your vacuum which will stop the minute particles spreading around the room.

Thirdly, another option that is found here is to soak complete onions or celery soaked in water overnight in the room that has the new carpet.

Finally, we are a carpet cleaning company… so of course we are going to recommend our services, but we do have a range of products that we use in the cleaning process to leave a clean fresh scent rather than ‘Eau de glue no 5’. Give Drytron a call for a bit of Rescue 101 on 13 12 50.

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Quick tip - Reduce Carpet Shedding

Quick tip - Reduce Carpet Shedding

It’s a bit annoying – those little bits of carpet that seem to litter the top of your new carpet. Will this eventually become like the bald patch on Uncle Mikes scone? Will we need to adopt some elaborate comb over technique the way he does at Chrissie? Will we need to hide the patch with some conspicuous rug too?

Never fear, carpet shedding is just a fact of a new carpets life. Carpets made with spun fibres shed loose bits left in the carpet from the manufacturing process. Generally, removing these loose fibers does not affect the carpet life or quality. Also, they are totally safe, because of the micron size is greater than 90 microns, these fibers are too large to become airborne and breathed in (that needs to be less than <4 microns).

What should I do?
Most shedding gradually disappears within the first year. Simply ensure that you vacuuming properly (click here to learn how), using a quality vacuum cleaner. Also, ensure that you maintain your regular maintenance dry cleaning regime over the first year.

Carpet Crushing
…wait, what does that actually mean? Crushing is the loss of pile thickness due to foot trampling. As you imagine this is going to be the advent of flat areas on your carpet in high traffic such as hallways, entrances and lounge – rooms. Sometimes you can restore the carpet, other times crushing is there for good.

Is carpet crushing covered by Warranty?
You probably guessed it, crushing is not considered a manufacturing defect unless specifically cited in the manufacturer’s warranty.

So what do I do?

Like many things, prevention is better than trying to find a cure. So…

1) Regular vacuuming may help reduce crushing due to traffic.

2) Use rugs, mats and runners in high traffic areas.

3) Move furniture around regularly, and use carpet off-cuts or carpet protectors under the legs of cabinets, couches and tables.

4) Regular carpet dry cleaning will brush up the carpet.

For more great tips visit www.drytron.com.au. Of course, if you need to get the carpet cleaning experts in to get your carpet, upholstery and rugs looking their best, simply give us a call in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50.

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Tips for cleaning cat urine from carpet

Tips for cleaning cat urine from carpet

Tips for cleaning cat urine from carpet

If you see the cat wee – the first step is to blot up any excess urine from the floor using paper towels. One way is to apply pressure to the paper towels by adding some weight above the towel, the easiest way is to stand on it. Repeat this process with fresh towels until you are no longer able to draw up any fluid.

If you cannot see the cat urine, but you suspect that it is there because of the smell, there are a couple of tricks you can use. The easiest way by using a product called a black light which in Melbourne or Victoria can be bought at Bunnings or a lighting store. When you turn out your lights and use a portable violet light to scan the walls, carpets and furniture the cat urine will glow green. Of course, Drytron technicians are equipped with professional quality black lights.

Treating the soiled carpet
APPLYING PRODUCTS TO COVER OR REMOVE CAT URINE
The next step is to apply a carpet deodouriser and stain removal product. There are a number of products available on the market in either a powder or a liquid form. Drytron has a product called Drytron Wee Buster which is specially formulated to remove the stain and the odour. There are also a number of home remedies that you can use such as applying baking soda to the affected area, you can leave the baking soda overnight then vacuum up the residue.

Why your cat may wee on the carpet
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CLEANING A STAIN
We are by no means cat experts, but through 26 years of gathering information here are a few thoughts we can share.

• You may be placing the litter tray in the wrong spot. (Cats like privacy, so placing it in a busy area may result in non-use.)

• The Litter tray may be too dirty. (Keep it clean regularly).

• Your cat may not like the brand of kitty litter.

• Stress is a major cause of urination.

• Fear – if you are punishing your cat

• Age – as the cat gets older they may be more likely to find easier places to urinate.

Get the carpet cleaning experts in. Call us in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50. Our years of developing our specialised cleaning process, plus our walk on dry service will ensure you’ll get back to your day with amazing results and minimal disruption.

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Tips for picking the perfect rug

Tips for picking the perfect rug

When buying a rug there’s a lot more to choose than just colour. So thinking about what you need in advance can ensure you get the right rug for you.

Pile depth
If you’ve got pets, a thick deep pile rug might seem like a cosy place for them to sleep, but it will attract hairs and be hard to keep clean. Maintenance is an important consideration when it comes to picking a rug and pile depth is crucial to that. For areas with high foot fall, maintenance will be much easier if you get a harder rug with shallow pile. Softer rugs are also going to wear out quicker. If the rug is for your dining room or kitchen a shallow pile rug will be much easier to keep clean in the case of spillages. So think about what you need the rug for and what sort of use it’s going to get to make sure you get the right one.

Size
A well-chosen rug can completely change the feel of a room. But getting the wrong size can overwhelm a space and make it look small. A rug shouldn’t really be a substitute for a carpet, and you don’t need it to cover every inch floor space. So picking the right size is really about thinking about the area it needs to cover. Plan your room, arrange the furniture, and then measure out the space you want to cover.

A rug is great for breaking up big blank areas in a room, or for hovering items of furniture to sit on. In a lounge, a large rug can look good as a centre piece, with a coffee table on top, in a bedroom on the other hand, a much smaller rug would be more suitable at the foot or side of the bed.

Placement
Placement is even more important than size and is a vital aspect of the styling of your room. A rug clearly needs to fit in with the layout of the furniture and complement the look of the room. While rugs in hallways might simply be to protect the carpet, rugs in bedrooms and bathrooms need to be placed to best benefit the purpose (such as to avoid treading on cold wooden floors or tiles). In lounges rugs can be used for furniture to sit on to soften the lines of a room. It is fairly simple to position a rectangular carpet well – by making sure the edges run parallel with the walls, but circular or oval carpets are a whole different ball game and need to line up well with your furniture.

Colour
Rug colours obviously need to complement the scheme you already have, but that doesn’t mean you have to match everything up perfectly. A rug is a separate feature in itself so you should certainly try to make it stand out from the floor colouring you already have. Texture is also part of this. A deep rich colour might look good in contrast to a light floor, likewise a lighter colour might sit well on dark wooden flooring. Where you have kept your flooring neutral, rugs can be a great way to add a pop of colour to liven up a room design.

Shape
Rectangular rugs are, of course, the most common, and the simplest to position in a room. But going off piste a bit with your rug shape can again emphasise it as a key feature of a room and add to a classy design. A modern layout with lots of clear straight lines might actually benefit a circular rug a bit different from the norm to give your room a new perspective.

Style
Style is often the first thing you think about when it comes to rugs, and, let’s face it, it’s definitely one of the most important. That said it’s worth thinking about all the other points first and then turning to style, otherwise you might end up buying a great looking rug that just doesn’t suit your room. Rugs should complement a room, rather than match it perfectly, which is why going for a vibrant pattern can often be a really stylish choice. Still, the style of your rug should be down to your own tastes and is your choice alone.

For more great tips visit www.drytron.com.au. Of course, if you need to get your rug cleaned by the experts, simply give us a call in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50.

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