How colour in your home can affect your mood

How colour in your home can affect your mood:

Did you know that different colours are known to affect people and our moods? Colours can make us feel happy or sad, hungry or relaxed, and can even affect our energy levels too. That’s why some restaurants choose certain colours, depending on the atmosphere they want to create: fast food places often use bright colours to encourage you to eat quickly, whereas a fine dining restaurant might favour softer hues to encourage you to feel calm and relaxed.

The same goes for the colours in your home. You wouldn’t want a bold colour in your child’s bedroom: that’s going to make them feel energised and excited when they’re meant to be relaxed and winding down for bedtime. Bold colours are better suited to a room where playtime happens.

As you can see when choosing colours for a room, it’s important to take into consideration the mood you’d like to create in the space. This doesn’t mean you have to go and paint a whole room bright yellow (unless you’re feeling brave), if you wish to create an energetic and happy space. Accessories, scatter cushions, rugs and throws are the perfect options for adding pops of colour to a room. Take a look at our tips on how to choose and arrange scatter cushions in your home.

So, let’s have a look at how different colours can affect us and which colours suit which rooms.

Warm colours:
Warm colours such as red, orange, yellow and pink can evoke feelings of excitement, increased energy, happiness, and creativity to name a few. Adding pops of these colours to a room, for example: yellow chairs, vases and flowers to a kitchen, can create brightness, happiness and joy, which makes us want to spend time there. A kitchen is a natural place of gathering where socialising happens while cooking or listening to your favourite tune with a glass of wine in hand.

Orange is great for a playroom as it’s a stimulating colour and encourages creativity, as well as being inviting and friendly. Young children love colour and you can accessorise the playroom with scatter cushions and colourful artwork (that the kids have drawn or painted).

Cool colours:
Greens, blues and purples are more calming and soothing colours. They are said to help relieve stress, lower blood pressure and improve relaxation. One of the most important rooms to create relaxation in is the master bedroom, where you want to go to sleep feeling calm and wake up feeling rested. Green is a great colour to have in your bedroom, and deep green, which is very trendy right now, is the perfect colour to paint your walls or have as a headboard or ottoman. If you prefer a more subtle approach, simply adding greenery through plants is a great way to incorporate this colour into your bedroom.

When working from home, as many of us do nowadays, dark blue (or navy) is a great colour for an office or homework area. It represents order, responsibility, calmness and security. If you do go for a darker blue, add lighter shades into the room, like a wooden desk, white lamp shade etc, as you don’t want the room to feel too dark.

Neutral colours:
These include brown, grey, white, black and metallics. Neutrals make a great base on the walls, cabinets and large pieces of furniture or carpets. You can then add different shades and pops of colour as accessories, smaller furniture items and rugs. Neutrals can bring calm and comfort into a room, but it’s important to find the perfect shade so it doesn’t fight with your other furnishings. When choosing a carpet colour for your home check out our tips on choosing the right carpet colour for your room.

Browns generally add tradition, such as darker wooden tables or photo frames. This also creates a sense of stability and has a grounding effect on us.

White instantly makes an area feel larger and more open with a bright, fresh look. It’s the most neutral colour and creates a sense of calm, although using too much white can make a room feel a bit clinical and cold.

Grey has become more trendy lately and is completely versatile as it creates different feels according to the hues used. Darker grey is very modern and can give a sophisticated look, especially as a feature wall.

Black can create a feeling of luxury and elegance but use it carefully as it can be a very strong statement. It creates depth and is great when used as accessories in a room.

Metallics are fun to play with and can give a room really stylish accents.

In general deeper shades create intensity, while lighter shades are more calming.

When it comes down to it, colour is a personal opinion and not everyone feels the same about them. They may bring back a memory, or one colour could mean something totally different to one person than it does to another, due to different cultures and beliefs. Trends also come and go, but the colour in a room can make all the difference to how you feel, so remember this when you’re designing or renovating a room or area in your home.

Whilst you want your new rugs and carpets to be walked on, you don’t want the colour to fade. Drytron Carpet Cleaning will be on hand to help with those inevitable hiccups that come along with entertaining in your beautiful home. Book Online or Call: 13 12 50

Keeping your home warm during Winter

Keeping your home warm during Winter

In case you haven’t noticed yet, winter has arrived! While we all love to snuggle under warm blankets in front of the telly or fireplace, this is not always an option when we need to get up, get the kids to school and get to work or start the day. Waking up and getting out of bed and dressed for the day, can be unpleasant when it’s freezing cold. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your home warmer during these cooler months and get you out from under your cosy doona.

Use your curtains:

Take advantage of the warm, free sunlight that shines into your home during the day. Leave your curtains open and let the sunlight warm up your room. Then make sure to close your curtains as the sun sets so you can keep the warmth inside your home. Having heavier drapes is also a plus during the cooler months. Make sure you don’t have any gaps or leaks. Adding a pelmet will also stop the warm air escaping through the tops of your curtains and prevent the cool air from entering – it may also help reduce condensation.

Use heaters wisely:

If you have central or controlled heating where you can set a timer, set it for half an hour before you wake up: this will definitely make it easier to leave your warm bed. If you know it’s going to be a cold day then set it for half an hour before you’re due to return home in the afternoon.  When using an electric heater, as tempting as it may be on a rainy day, make sure not to hang anything on top of it and don’t place furniture too close to it either, as this will restrict the flow of hot air around your house. Don’t make the mistake of leaving your heating on all day, you may have a warm home to return to but you will have a large bill to go with it.

Wonderful rugs:

Having carpets in your house will definitely keep you warmer and cosier this winter and help you save on your heating bills. If you don’t have carpets then invest in some rugs: here are our tips to choose the perfect one for your home. Climbing out of bed and putting your feet onto a cold surface is not as enjoyable as landing on a warm, fluffy carpet or rug. Warm floor coverings will also help better insulate your home and keep any drafts from coming through the floorboards, which leads us onto the next tip…

Block out the drafts:

Do some investigating around your house and find any areas where a draft could be coming though, then cover it up! There are many ways you can stop draughts coming in. Most of it you can do yourself by using self-adhesive rubber sealing around your doors or windows, or even roll up a towel and place it at the base of doors where a draft could be coming through. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace for those extra cold nights, remember to close the flue when it’s not in use, or all your warm air will escape straight out the chimney! If you have a mail slot or doggy door you may want to cover these too at night, to prevent drafts from coming in.

Insulate your home:

Insulation will help keep your house warm in winter and cooler in summer so it can be a very good investment to save on heating and cooling bills. A good place to start is with a carpet underlay as it will not only add extra comfort underfoot, it also creates a layer of insulation against cold bare floors and reduces significant heat loss. Saving you money on energy bills and keeping you toasty warm at the same time! Not sure which carpet underlay to get? Here are our tips for choosing the right underlay for your carpet.

Reverse your ceiling fans:

Most of us don’t think to use our fans during the cooler months but if you reverse the switch then the blades turn anti-clockwise and push the cool air upwards to mix with the warmer air, since warm air rises, and then push the warmer air downwards. Most fans have reverse switches.

Use the oven:

If you have finished baking or cooking then once you’ve turned the oven off, leave the oven door open so the warm air can fill your kitchen. Obviously make sure there are no small children or pets who could injure themselves if you do this.

The hot water bottle:

Make a hot water bottle and place it into your bed a few minutes before bed time, so it’s nice and warm when you get in. Make sure to read the care labels carefully before using them.

Now that you’re equipped with some great tips on making your home a warmer space, put the kettle on and warm yourself up from the inside with a cup of warm tea or coffee. And if you’re able to work from home then you can always cover up with a warm blanket and put some warm socks and slippers on!

During the colder months, it may be more difficult to get your warm, fluffy carpets and rugs dry once they have been cleaned. The Drytron carpet cleaning process involves rapid treatment and leaves your carpet areas ‘walk on dry’, without leaving a damp smell or damp underlay. So why not give us a call and we will sort that out for you. Book Online or Call: 13 12 50

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.


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:

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.


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.

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.