How to choose and arrange scatter cushions

How to choose and arrange scatter cushions:

 

Some believe scatter cushions serve no purpose and just take up space on the bed or couch. But cushions are actually a very practical and affordable way to update your interiors, add colour and pattern as well as style a living room, family room, or bedroom while adding a touch of luxury.

Cushions are now an everyday item of luxury that can complete spaces and rooms. Placing a bright or patterned cushion on a very plain couch can give your space a totally different feel, and make it appear cosier and more inviting too. This doesn’t mean it’s easy to look through thousands of different shades and patterns to find a few that will look great in your space. Here are our handy tips for choosing the right cushions for your home and how to arrange them.

Your cushions don’t have to match

In fact, you can achieve a more professional, stylish look if they don’t. If you’re going to mix and match then make sure one of the colours in the patterned cushion matches a colour you have chosen in one of your other cushions. You’re going to get the most impact if all your pillows are either in the same shade or in a pair of complimentary shades.

You can also mix textures

There are so many different textures to choose from, such as smooth and rough, silky and fuzzy. From soft velvets and natural linen to fluffy knit wools and tassels, you’re spoilt for choice. Combining heavy textures with lighter ones across your cushions will help your home look cosy and modern.

Invest in good quality inners

This way you can swap and update the covers when needed. If you want to change your furniture or even if you decide to keep your furniture as is, then you can change your cushion covers to give your room a new look. This is also a great way to incorporate new on-trend colours.

Go bold if you dare

If you have a neutral colour theme in your living room, select two or three bold colours to inject a little interest and depth into the space. The more neutral your room, the brighter your cushions can be. Draw the colour scheme of your cushions from a rug, a piece of artwork or even a favourite carpet colour. If you are sprucing up the room and need to change the carpet, here are our tips to help you choose the right carpet colour.

Odd numbers look modern

When arranging your cushions, keep in mind that for a modern look, odd numbers work best—think of three, or five. In most design aesthetics, odd numbers always look more artful, and a smaller number of larger pillows looks fresher than a jumble of smaller ones.

One simple print, one busy print, and one solid

This is a basic formula that will help you narrow down your options. Another way to think about it is — one small print, one big print, one solid. Your busy/large print should be on your largest pillows or the pillow that is front and center, as this print will usually set the tone for not just your pillow arrangement but the rest of your room. Plaids and stripes work well as small/simple prints.

The cushions should get smaller 

Visually, your largest pillows should be in the far corners, and your smaller pillow should be on the inside or at the front. But also for comfort, it makes the most sense to add the large cushions on the sides, where you won’t need to move them out of the way. A small cushion right in the center won’t make you feel like you’re perched on the edge of the couch because the pillows are taking up all of the room!

Make them look lived in

Use a ‘karate chop’ in the middle of the cushion to create a crease in them – this will make them seem more lived in and loved. It will also help to break up uniform shapes, and unite cushions of different colours, scales or families.

Whilst you want your cushions to look lived in you want your carpets to look as good as new. If you feel that your carpets are looking a bit tired, it may be a good idea to give a professional carpet cleaner a call. Having your rugs or carpets professionally cleaned will also brighten up the room and give it a fresh feel. Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


House Cleaning Tips For Working Mums

House Cleaning Tips For Working Mums

 

Are you a working mum who feels like, no matter how much housework you do (which is a lot), the job is never done? Or just as you finish mopping the floor, a small person “accidently” spills their juice all over it, or drops biscuit crumbs onto the carpet you just vacuumed? If you can relate then read on for our house cleaning tips for working mums.

Have a cleaning schedule:

Make a cleaning schedule of what needs to be done daily, weekly, or monthly and stick it up on your fridge or in a place you see often. This way you have an idea of what needs to be done and it becomes less daunting. Break it up and do what you can before work, like make the beds and put a load of washing on, then there is less to do when you are finished work for the day.

Get the worst part over first:

When you know you have a big task or cleaning job to do, try and get that one done first. There’s nothing worse than knowing you have something big that needs to get done and you keep putting it off. All the rest of your tasks will seem more manageable when you’ve already completed the most difficult task of the day.

Designate a specific cleaning time:

Have a set cleaning time every day, so your children know they need to help at that specific time and there is no arguing. This will soon become a routine, and kids thrive on routines. Get the children to tidy up their rooms and help you with the laundry, or pack clothes away. Ask them to clean the walls where they’ve left dirty handprints, and try to make it fun for them too. Make sure their tasks are age appropriate or you may end up with a bigger mess than you started with. Here are some more ideas on how the kids can help with the cleaning.

Do one load of laundry every day:

Depending on the age of your children, and how many outfits they go through, you may have to do a load of laundry daily to keep on top of it. You can put a load of washing on before work and hang it up to dry so when you get home you can fold and put it away: or get your kids to, if they’re old enough. If you need to do ironing, keep this aside for every two to three days when you don’t have a large amount of cleaning and the pile has built up a little. (This is why having a routine and schedule is important).

Go to bed with a clean kitchen every night:

Get your kids to clear the table after dinner and start washing the dishes straight away, instead of putting it off til you’re tired and just need to put your feet up. Or if your kids are old enough, this is a great way to get them to help you. There is nothing worse than waking up to a messy kitchen.

Clean all your floors at once:

Instead of getting out and putting away the vacuum, broom, or mop multiple times, do it all at once. It’s much quicker to get all the floors finished than getting stuck into one room and having to start over with the floors as you enter the next room. Do all the vacuuming or sweeping if needed, then mopping depending on your floor type. Get your carpets professionally cleaned with Drytron when needed too, this will save you a lot of time.

Clean while you’re cooking:

While your dinner is in the oven or veggies are in the steamer, use this time to wipe down the surfaces or wash pots or bowls you’ve already used, or wipe down your microwave if needed. It makes cleaning up after dinner a lot easier if most of the dishes have already been done.

Wipe your bathroom down daily:

If you keep things clean daily, it ends up saving time overall. While waiting for your coffee to brew in the mornings, give your basins and counter tops a wipe down. If your children are young and you are still bathing them, then give the bath a quick clean after they hop out, to save doing it later.

De-clutter:

It’s amazing how many papers, art and other items can gather and pile up around the house. If you don’t use something often, or if it’s broken, not needed and you are saving it “just in case you might need it someday,” get rid of it! Unnecessary clutter makes your house look messy.

Some days you’re not going to be able to get everything done. We all have those days when we have an unplanned meeting or something unexpected happens. It’s okay, you’re only human. And don’t forget, you can also call on your professional cleaners, Drytron, to give you a hand.

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


The ultimate cleaning music playlist

The ultimate cleaning music playlist

 

Let’s face it, most of us find cleaning the house a pain, especially when you have lots of other things you’d rather be doing. Why not change your mindset by putting on some fun music to get you bopping and grooving while cleaning? We all know there are many advantages of listening to music, such as reducing stress and lifting your mood – and you can even get a little exercise in at the same time.

Here’s our top upbeat songs to create a positive and productive environment for your cleaning – you’ll be singing out loud and dancing with the vacuum cleaner in no time!

1. Florence and the Machine – Spectrum
Florence + The Machine – Spectrum – YouTube

2. Tiësto – The Business (Official Music Video)
Tiësto – The Business (Official Music Video) – YouTube

3. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (Official Video) ft. Bruno Mars
Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (Official Video) ft. Bruno Mars – YouTube

4. Taylor Swift -Shake it off
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off – YouTube

5. J Balvin, Willy William
J Balvin, Willy William – Mi Gente (Official Video) – YouTube

6. Shakira – waka waka (It’s time for Africa)
Shakira – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song) – YouTube

7. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks (Official Video) – YouTube

8. Avicii -Wake me up
Avicii – Wake Me Up (Official Video) – YouTube

9. Bruno mars – Just the way you are
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are (Official Music Video) – YouTube

10. Pitbull – Timber ft. Ke$ha
Pitbull – Timber ft. Ke$ha – YouTube

11. Imagine Dragons -Thunder
Imagine Dragons – Thunder – YouTube

12. OMI – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
OMI – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) [Official Video] – YouTube

13. Lady Gaga – Poker face
Lady Gaga – Poker Face (Official Music Video) – YouTube

14. Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer (Official Music Video) – YouTube

15. MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This (Official Music Video) – YouTube

16. Tones and I – Dance Monkey
Tones and I – Dance Monkey (Official Video) – YouTube

Add these tunes to your new cleaning playlist, so next time you can actually look forward to getting the old feather duster out. Cleaning in preparation for having friends over for a dinner party? There’s nothing better than listening to good tunes to get you into the mood and we’ve got you covered for the party prep too, take a look at our tips on how to host a festive party.

Drytron are great in any carpet cleaning emergency. Our years of developing our specialised cleaning process ensure you’ll get your carpet back to as good as new in no time. If you need to get the carpet experts in then give us a call in the Drytron Customer Care Centre. Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


Tips for helping mum tidy the house (Mum’s this one’s for the kids)

Tips for helping mum tidy the house (Mum’s this one’s for the kids)

 

As Mother’s Day is approaching, what better way to spoil mum than with a day of helping out around the house? It’s a great way to show her how loved and appreciated she really is.

For one whole day, do the chores around the house that she would normally do. Split them up between your siblings, depending on ages and who can do what, and let mum put her feet up. This way she will get to have some more down-time and be able to do more fun activities with the family once the chores are finished: what a treat!

Doing mum’s chores for the day will give you a great feel for what she does around the house and how much work and time goes into it. Here are our helpful tips of what you can do while mum has a sleep in or enjoys a hot cuppa in bed.

Clean your room:

Keeping a tidy or neat room is a big help for mums. They don’t like walking into a room with clothes lying all over the floor, or tripping over toys while trying to get to something. Pack away your toys and activities when you’re finished with them, and place your clothes in the laundry basket instead of onto the floor if they’re dirty and into the cupboard if they’re clean. You could also make your bed, remember to smooth out all the wrinkles on the duvet and really impress her! Tip: If you really want to get into mum’s good books, you should probably not limit this to Mother’s Day!

Do the laundry:

Surprise her by going into all the rooms and collecting the dirty laundry. You can gather towels, clothes and even bedding that needs to be washed. Laundry can be done between other chores, but you might be surprised how much time this takes, especially if you have a large family. It’s a good idea check with mum when it comes to loading the machine and setting the cycle, as the last thing you want to do is make a mistake and shrink her favourite jumper, or turn everything pink by leaving a red sock in with the whites!

Clean the floors:

Depending on your flooring you can either sweep, or vacuum. Don’t forget the corners when cleaning floors as that’s where all the dust collects. If it’s your first time vacuuming, then have a look at our tips on how to vacuum properly.

Cook mum her favorite meal

If you’re a budding Masterchef and enjoy being in the kitchen then you might have picked up a few handy tips from mum already. But if not, instead offer to help your mum, and who knows, you may even end up loving it! If you have siblings, you can also divide the jobs when it comes to cooking and each of you can make something you’re good at. For example one of you cooks the pasta and someone else makes the sauce or does the chopping, then you all put it together at the end.

Pick some flowers and set the table

You can start by picking some flowers from the garden and putting them into a vase with water. Set the table with a tablecloth and pop the vase of handpicked flowers in the middle as a centerpiece. Set the glasses, plates, napkins, knives, and forks for all the places, and if you have them, you can use placemats as well. She will be super impressed, especially with the added touch of handpicked flowers. After all your hard work, you can sit together as a family around the dinner table and enjoy the meal you’ve created especially for mum, to celebrate the wonderful mother that she is.

 

Note to mom: you may want to print this out and leave it lying around the house for a few days before Mother’s Day 😉 If the kids have a few mishaps along the way, while trying to make the day special for you, and something ends up on the carpet, take a look at our carpet spills and stain cleaning guide for some DIY stain treatments. And if all else fails, get our Drytron professional carpet cleaning team around to properly tackle the problem.

Drytron are Melbourne’s best loved upholstery, carpet and curtain cleaning experts. Drytron helps you save money and maintain your home in top condition. Give our friendly team a call today.

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Tips for crafty stain removal – Glue, food colouring and paint

Tips for crafty stain removal – Glue, food colouring and paint

As promised, after all those crafty activities, we’ve put together some DIY tips on stain removal for any mishaps you may have had along the way with glue, food colouring or acrylic paints.

Spill: Craft Glue
After dabbing up as much as possible, grab some white vinegar and gently dab it on the glue with a clean white cloth or strong white paper towel. Work it in gently and leave it to work on the glue for about 15 minutes. The adhesive should begin dissolving. Get a fresh cloth or paper towel and dab up the remaining craft glue until it’s completely removed. Finish up by ensuring the carpet is as dry as possible and allow to fully air dry.

Spill: Food Colouring
Gently blot any excess spill with paper towel, then make a solution of one tablespoon white vinegar, one tablespoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and two cups of warm water. If your food colouring stain is red, use ammonia instead of vinegar. Pour some of the solution onto a clean, white cloth and sponge the stained carpet. Dab the carpet dry with a paper towel. Repeat until the stain is gone, or until nothing more comes off. If the stain is still there, sponge with a little rubbing alcohol and small amounts of warm water. Blot it dry after each sponging. As a last resort, moisten the stained area with three percent hydrogen peroxide and let it stand for about an hour. Blot and repeat as necessary and when the stain is finally gone, pile a bunch of paper towels over the area and weigh them down with something heavy. This will absorb all the moisture in about an hour.

Spill: Acrylic Paint
Contain the spill by surrounding it with paper towels or cloths and then blot up as much as possible, without rubbing. Add glycerin to the stain and then gently blot it up. Remove any remaining residue with rubbing alcohol and follow with water and a mild detergent. Absorb the paint with a clean sponge until gone and vacuum once dry.

You can find more of our tips on carpet stain removal here:

https://drytron.com.au/helpful-tips-for-cleaning-carpet-spills-stains/

And if those DIY tips don’t get your stains out then you can always give us, Drytron, the carpet cleaning professionals a call to get your carpet looking good as new again

Drytron are Melbourne’s best loved upholstery, carpet and curtain cleaning experts. Drytron helps you maintain your home in top condition, saving you money and giving you peace of mind. Book your clean today!

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Stain removal tips: Chocolate

Stain removal tips: Chocolate

 

With Easter came family, friends and… chocolate, and who doesn’t love a bit of chokkie? But if, like us at Drytron, you prefer your chocolate in your tummy and not on your family’s clothes, the carpet or the sofa, then follow these stain removal tips for getting out those pesky chocolate stains.

Like with most stains, the longer a chocolate stain sits, the harder it will be to remove it, so the best thing to do is to act quickly. As chocolate is a combination of an oil stain with a bit of dye, start by using a butter knife, the edge of a spoon or bank card to lift away any solid bits of the chocolate. Don’t rub the stain because this will send it deeper into the fabric and make matters worse. Once the solid pieces have been removed follow the next steps, depending on the fabric you’re trying to clean.

Clothing

For clothes the item needs to be washed as soon as possible. Sponge the stain with plain, cool water – or a stain remover pen can also be used. Then treat it with a prewash stain remover spray, gel or heavy-duty liquid detergent, and launder as per the care instructions on the garment.

If the stain wasn’t treated straight away, pre-soak the entire garment in oxygen bleach and cool water for at least 4 hours and then launder as usual. You can use this method for all washable fabrics. Once washed, before putting the item into the tumble dryer check the stain has completely gone, as high heat can make the stain harder to remove. If it’s still present repeat the above steps before drying.

Upholstery and couches

For couch and upholstery stains, mix one tablespoon of dish washing detergent with two cups of cold water. Work from the outside of the stain inwards towards the centre, sponging the solution with a clean white cloth. This ensures you don’t spread the stain further.

Use a dry cloth to blot away the moisture and repeat until the stain is removed. Complete one final sponge with clear water and allow to air dry.

If the upholstery is a delicate fabric such as silk or vintage, don’t risk trying to clean it yourself as you can cause irreparable damage. Give us a call at Drytron, the upholstery cleaning professionals, and we will get your curtains or couch stain-free in no time.

Carpets and rugs

If the chocolate is still liquid or melted, place an ice block on it for a minute. This will harden the chocolate and make it easier to lift away. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the pieces so you avoid rubbing it in. For the remaining stain, dampen a clean white cloth with water and add a drop of dish washing detergent to the cloth. Working from the outside of the stain towards the centre, gently rub in the detergent. Try not to spread the stain outwards while you are doing this. Allow the detergent to sit on the stain for at least five minutes, then wet a clean white cloth with water and rinse the area to remove the detergent. Repeat until you feel no more soap on the stained area, and allow to air dry. Once dry, vacuum to lift the carpet fibers.

If these at-home stain removal solutions are still leaving your carpet a bit chokkie stained, fear not, we are on call to come and tackle those tricky stains for you using our six-step Drytron cleaning process.

For professional help, cleaning advice and even more stain removal tips, Drytron offer excellent professional stain removal and carpet cleaning services. We even offer personalised carpet cleaning consultations to make sure you get those pesky stains out for good.

Give our friendly team a call.

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Get Easter Ready - DIY Decorations

Get Easter Ready - DIY Decorations

With the Easter holidays just around the corner we thought we’d share these simple DIY decorations you can make at home with the whole family, to get your home looking eggstraordinary this Easter!

Egg blowing
Egg blowing is an easy way to preserve egg shells so you can use them as décor again and again – just be careful when storing them, as they’re very fragile of course.

You will need:

  • a clean bowl
  • a needle, pin, tiny nail or thumbtack
  • a toothpick or straightened out paperclip
  • uncooked eggs
  • scotch tape, masking tape or blue painter’s tape
  • towels
  • soap and water

Step 1:
Put a small square of stickytape over both ends of an egg and take a needle or pin and poke a hole into the top end of the egg, through the tape. Wiggle the pin around a bit to make the hole just a little bit wider and to help break up the yolk inside the egg.

Holding the egg over a bowl, poke a second hole in the other end of the egg. Make the hole on the bottom end of the egg a little bigger than the hole on top (this is the hole all the insides will come out of).

Step 2:
Take the egg gently between your first finger and thumb, covering both holes, and shake it thoroughly. This will scramble the insides and make them liquid enough to pour out through the bottom hole.

Step 3:
Hold the egg over the bowl again, and blow through the smaller hole at the top of the egg. Make sure you get a good seal around the hole with your mouth so all the air is going into the egg. This part can be tricky but if it’s not working, try shaking the egg a bit more, or making the hole at the bottom slightly bigger. Keep blowing until the egg is completely empty.

Step 4:
Rinse the egg in warm soapy water, making sure you wash the inside of the shell too. Set it aside to dry, making sure the bottom is pointing down so the water can drip out. When it’s dry you can get busy decorating.

Here are some ideas for decorating your eggs:

Egg chicks
Cut coloured tissue paper into strips and squares, and brush with PVA glue. Wrap three to four layers around each egg. Next cut beaks, combs and wattles out of funky foam, felt or card and glue onto the eggs. Finally, glue on googly eyes and feathers to complete your bright, colourful and cheerful chicks.

Dye with food colouring
In a jar or bowl, mix a teaspoon of food colouring of your choice with a tablespoon of vinegar and enough warm water to cover the egg. Lower the egg into the dye carefully and use a spoon to hold the egg underwater for at least 5 minutes. Add more dye and dip them longer for a deeper egg colour.

Painting
Secure your egg in an egg cup or egg carton, with most of the shell visible for painting. if you have an intricate design in mind, sketch this onto the dry egg shell in pencil first – but be careful not to press too hard! Fill in your design with acrylic paint, and remember to let the paint dry before you turn it over to paint the bottom of the egg.

Now you have some masterpieces in your home ready for Easter, it’s time to tidy up. Like with all crafty activities, accidents and spills can happen, especially when working with glue, paint and dye. If you’ve spilt anything on your carpets during all this fun, don’t despair, we won’t leave you armed without a few do-it-yourself stain removal solutions.

Drytron are the carpet cleaning experts! Drytron can help you maintain the quality and comfort of your carpets, saving you money in the long run. Give our friendly team a call.

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Do’s and don’ts for rug positioning

Do’s and don’ts for rug positioning

Rugs are a great alternative to carpets, as not only are they easy to move, clean and replace when you feel like a change, they also make a great statement in a room, if positioned correctly. But when it comes to using rugs in your home, there are some important things to consider in order to get the right balance in your space. So, before heading to the shops, check out our top tips for rugs and you’ll soon be adding some personality, style and warmth to your home.

Cover Heavy Foot Traffic Areas

Rugs in areas prone to heavy foot traffic, such as hallways and lounge rooms, should be extend close to the full width, so people don’t have to walk with one foot on the rug and the other off it. Not only does an ill-fitting rug make walking awkward and uncomfortable, it can lead to unusual wear patterns on your rug and flooring.

Keep Equal Space Around Your Bed

When positioning a rug under your bed, try to place it directly in the centre so the edges extend evenly out from the bed frame. If it’s lop-sided, it can make the whole room appear unbalanced.

Place Rugs Underneath Furniture

In a large open lounge room your rug should sit under at least the front legs of the sofas – or if you have a large rug, completely under them. If you have armchairs in the space as well, their front legs should be just on the rug too. This creates a cosy atmosphere and cohesive sitting area, without closing it off from the rest of the room.

In a small lounge room, rugs should sit in front of the sofa, so there’s a narrow strip of floor showing. This makes the room appear lighter and more spacious. Meanwhile, In a dining room, rugs should be large enough for both the chairs and the table to all be placed on top. Make sure the chairs remain on the rug even when they are pulled out from underneath the table.

Don’t Place Your Best Rugs in The Spill Zone

Having said this, it’s best to avoid placing expensive rugs in the dining area, where there are likely to be spills and accidents. Even though they’re easier to clean than carpets, it can still be difficult to remove certain stains from rugs. If this does happen, you can always try using our spills and stain cleaning guide, and if those don’t work you can give us a call and get the professionals in.

Don’t Hide Your Rug

If you have a small rug in your lounge room try using a couple of side tables instead of a large coffee table, to show off more of your feature rug.

Don’t Forget to Purchase a Rug Pad

Rugs can provide comfort for your feet and back, however without a rug pad, that comfort may be lacking. Placing a rug pad under your rug will add additional support, prevent slipping and extend the life of your rug. Without one, your rug is free to bunch up, move, and slide around on your floors.

So now you know where and how to position the rugs in your home, it’s time to head to the shops and start shopping! But with so many designs, styles and makes to choose from that can be even more tricky. If you’re struggling to decide, check out tips for picking the perfect rug.

Once you have placed your rug and added some warmth to your home, it’s time to enjoy it. Contact the expert carpet cleaners at Drytron on 13 12 50 or Book Online when you need rug cleaning in your home.


Tips for choosing the right carpet for your stairs

Tips for choosing the right carpet for your stairs

Tips for choosing the right carpet for your stairs

Trying to choose and pick the perfect carpet for your stairs might seem like a daunting task; not only trying to find the right style and colour, but also durability, thickness and how it looks as it wraps around the edge of the stair and bannisters. There’s also the question of whether your carpet actually needs to be replaced or not: here’s our 8 signs to check if you should replace your carpet.

While there’s a lot more to consider when buying stair carpet, choosing the best carpeting for your stairs is easy once you learn how to spot quality carpeting. First, you’ll want to assess your staircase and the type of carpeting you need.

What type of staircase do you have? 

STRAIGHT STAIRCASE

As the most common staircase type found in homes around the world, when it comes to carpeting the straight staircase, you might want to look at going for something durable and sturdy, such as a plush or Berber carpet. With its loop construction, the Berber carpet has a more textured look and feel that also adds durability, allowing it to withstand a high amount of traffic.

CURVED STAIRCASE

Larger homes sometimes boast a grand curved staircase, and the best choice to emphasise this elegant feature is a Plush carpet. You could even choose to go a step further by making use of a carpet stair runner, as opposed to completely covering the original treads and risers. This way the staircase edges will be exposed and create an interesting and elegant feature.

SPIRAL STAIRCASE

Spiral staircases, are usually installed for space-saving qualities, and therefore choosing carpet for a spiral staircase is very dependant on the width of the staircase. It’s important to take this into consideration, to avoid choosing carpeting that could encourage missteps. Metal or wooden treads are better suited for narrow spiral staircases, whereas the wider, more dramatic spiral staircases can be carpeted just as any other staircase.

STAIRS WITH MULTIPLE LANDINGS

When choosing a carpet for a staircase with multiple landings, one thing to consider is the wear on the landings. The turn in the staircase will mean that foot traffic patterns will wear carpet at the point where people turn to go up the stairs. Selecting a high-quality carpet for this will definitely pay off in the long run.

 

What about thickness? 

A thicker carpet does not mean it is more durable: in fact, some of the most durable carpets are the thinner varieties, and some of the thickest carpets are just full of air, and squash down over time.

Thickness is important when choosing the suitability of a carpet for stairs. A carpet that is too thick can be a safety hazard, as it wraps around the front edge of the stair and acts as a ramp for your foot, with nothing substantial to support your foot, leading to potential slips and falls.

General consensus suggests the ideal thickness for a stair carpet is a pile height of maximum 1.27cm, with a carpet padding of 1.11cm or less and a pile density rating of at least 3.5kgs.

 

Choosing the right colour

There are so many different tones and shades when it comes to choosing the right colour carpet for your staircase, but basically it all comes down to the type of flooring above and below your staircase as well as the look and feel of the interior décor of your home. Here are a few handy tips to help you make the right decision.

  • The most popular and obvious colour choice is a neutral sandy tone, which is the most easy option as it compliments a variety of other colours.
  • If your ceilings are low, pick a carpet colour that is slighter darker, or a few shades darker than the colour of the surrounding walls, to give a feeling of extension in height.
  • If you have light, white or cream walls and high ceilings, you can go a bit more adventurous with carpet colour and patterns, as this will complement the surrounding neutral colours and make a real statement.

Don’t forget, you also need to consider the right carpet underlay. We’ve written about this before so check our hints and tips here!

Now that you’re a more familiar with what type of carpet will work best for your staircase, we hope you feel more confident in making the right colour and design choices. And once you do get that new carpet installed, check out our article on quick tips for removing that new carpet smell.

Once your carpet is in, remember we are always here to help if you do have any spillages on your way up or down the stairs and end up with some stains that need professional attention.

Drytron are the carpet cleaning experts in Melbourne. Offering upholstery cleaningcurtain cleaning and carpet cleaning services, Drytron can help you maintain the quality and comfort of your interiors, saving you money in the long run. Give our friendly team a call.

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Spruce up your home for a special Valentine’s date

Spruce up your home for a special Valentine’s date

Valentine’s Day is approaching and in the spirit of staying at home you’ve invited your date over to your place to impress them with a romantic home cooked meal. But what you haven’t factored in is the house cleaning and preparation before their arrival! Don’t worry; we have some quick and easy tips to help you get your humble home all shiny and ship-shape, ensuring you make a great impression this Valentine’s Day.

1. Give the lounge room a spruce up

This is the room your date is likely to see first and will be left alone in when you nip into the kitchen to finish off that Master Chef meal you have going, so you need to make sure their gaze doesn’t fall on anything unpleasant!

Here’s a checklist to make sure you have all areas covered:

  • Clear away the clutter
  • Remove any rugs and shake them outside before vacuuming
  • Wipe down everything with a multi-surface cleaner
  • If you have any tough stains in the carpets try some of our carpet spills and stain cleaning guide tips
  • Vacuum on the way out (we even have some tips on how to vacuum properly for you)
  • Once everything is clean, place your rugs back
  • Place a bowl of choccies and some candles on the coffee table. It sets the mood and scented candles might help cover up any funny odours that may be lingering from those sweaty gym clothes or stinky socks you removed earlier
  • Why not go the whole hog and arrange a nice bottle of champagne in an ice bucket with 2 sparkling clean glasses ready for their arrival

After all that, if you find there are stubborn stains that won’t come out with our stain removing guide, or you want your house to smell super fresh and clean for your special guest, give Drytron, the carpet cleaning professionals a call, and we’ll get your carpet all spruced up and ready to impress even the most discerning date.

2. Let’s get in the kitchen

You know how the saying goes, “a good cook is a clean cook” and Valentine’s Day is not a good time to put that to the test, so play it safe and follow these quick cleaning hacks we’ve put together for you:

  • Load all your dirty dishes in the dishwasher and run a cycle so it’s ready and empty for the evening, making for a quick clean up and no lingering smells
  • Fill your kitchen sink with hot, soapy water and put all removable stove burners in to soak
  • If you have some tough stains on the stove top mix some baking soda in a small bowl with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Scrub with the rough side of a sponge and hey presto, squeaky clean!
  • Wipe down all surfaces with a multi-surface cleaner (don’t forget the cupboard doors!)
  • Scrub, rinse and dry the burners then put them back on the stove
  • Vacuum and mop the kitchen floor on your way out
  • Add a vase with red roses and put out some wine, glasses and nibbles such as a dip, grazing platter or cheese board, so your date can come and chat to you while you’re cooking

 

3. Don’t forget the loo!

Probably the most dreaded job, but definitely a date deal breaker, so follow these tips to get that powder room ready to pass muster:

  • Pour a good amount of toilet cleaner into the toilet bowl and up under the rim, and let it sit for a while
  • Remove the bath mats and towels and replace with clean ones
  • Wipe down everything with multi-surface bathroom cleaner
  • Clean and tidy the inside of your cabinets and drawers and put away anything embarrassing! (everyone likes to peep)
  • Neatly arrange bathroom items like soaps or hand towels in a decorative basket. Don’t forget to provide a basket to place the used ones in for washing afterwards
  • Now it’s been soaking for a while, give your toilet a good scrub with the toilet brush and flush it
  • Lift and wipe the seat and all around the bowl of the toilet with a disinfectant spray. Make sure there are no stray hairs anywhere and don’t forget the top of the loo as well!
  • Time to add those romantic finishing touches – essential oil burners or diffusers and some candles will do the trick
  • Vacuum the floor all over, being sure to get under and around and in all those dark corners, and mop on your way out

Last but not least, don’t forget to lay the table before your date’s arrival. Add some candles and a few rose petals to set the ambience and you’re all set to enjoy a relaxed (and clean) Valentine’s date in your home.

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