Keep your white couch looking white

Keep your white couch looking white

We all love the look of a fresh white couch – but what we don’t love is when it starts to look grubby and stained. Ever had an over-comfortable guest put their grubby shoes up on your lovely clean couch to settle in for an afternoon snooze? Or have delightful children play finger painting with a Tim Tam on your sofa? A white couch is hard to keep white at the best of times, let alone when visitors unintentionally redecorate them. Here are a few tips on how to keep your white couch, looking pristine.

  • Act quick when it comes to stain removals. The longer the stain sits there, the harder it is going to be to remove it. Depending on the fabric of your couch, if it’s something dry that has been spilt, vacuum it up. If it’s something wet, dab it up with paper towel (no scrubbing) before it gets absorbed, and then use a stain remover or upholstery cleaner that is suitable for your couch. If you are unsure at this point, then rather call Drytron, the carpet and upholstery cleaning professionals, to sort it out.
  • Get a washable slipcover. This isn’t always an option but if you can find one that fits, this is a great solution, especially if you have young kids or pets. Being easy to wash in the machine, doing this weekly or being able to whip it off and wash it when you have a spill is a quick and easy option.
  • Rotate your cushions regularly. This helps to prevent discolouration from the sun. If your couch is directly in front of a window and often has the sunshine directly on it, then it might be a good idea to close the blinds or curtains when you are out for the day or not in the room. You may also find you have your favourite spot on the couch, so rotating your cushions weekly, by shifting them up or down the couch will prevent wear and tear.
  • Lint roll your couch weekly, this will remove any hairs or pet fluff from blankets and fabric.
  • Vacuum often, at least once a week. Vacuum the cushions, backrest and don’t forget the sides too, this helps prevent dust build up and can reduce allergies.
  • You don’t have to wait for a major spill, give Drytron a call to book a deep clean for your couch to keep it looking new. Having your couch professionally cleaned and giving it a deep clean every now and again, will help it to stay looking whiter and will maintain your couch, giving it a longer “lifespan”.

If you do have a major spill and don’t want to mess up your aesthetic piece, then give Drytron, the carpet and upholstery cleaning professionals  a call, we can help you out.


Moving House? Cleaning Tips for Before You Move In

Moving House? Cleaning Tips for Before You Move In 

So, you have just gone through all the admin of buying a house or finding a new rental. You’ve packed up, got the movers ready, all the paperwork sorted, the last thing you will have on your mind is whether your new place is clean or not.

With any luck the previous owners or tenants would have given the place a good clean before you move in, but unfortunately, this is never really the case. Cleaning a house when you move in is often not thought of during the excitement and can get forgotten. This is a great time to call in the carpet cleaning experts. Moving house can be a fresh start, and what better way to start than by sorting the place and making it your own.

Taking the time to give your new place a thorough clean before you move in will save time, effort and be much less stressful than when everything is moved in. Before you get stuck in, here are a couple of tips that will make a world of difference when tackling a full house clean.

  • Make sure you have all your cleaning supplies ready to go. The last thing you want is to have to stop cleaning to run to the shops.
  • Open spaces with no furniture in the way make cleaning easier, and more comfortable – so get onto cleaning before the movers get there, especially carpet cleaning.
  • Playing music while you clean will keep your mood upbeat, and podcasts or audiobooks take you mind off the task completely. Take a look at our Ultimate Cleaning Music Playlist.

One of the most efficient ways to make sure your new place is clean from roof to floors is to work through it methodically. Breaking the cleaning down by rooms can make the task feel manageable and easy to delegate to family or friends.

Here’s a quick guide to the main things you should look for. A good tip for tackling large cleaning jobs is to work your way from top to bottom in each room, that way you will not be making anything else dirty while you clean other things.

Start with the Kitchen
The heart of the home is usually the dirtiest. Here is a list of things too clean in the kitchen that are usually left unclean.

  • Stove and range hood – Scrub and soak the elements if needed.
  • Fridge, Microwave – Appliances like fridges and microwaves can hide a ton of dirt so be sure to clean behind and under them.
  • Drawers, cupboards, shelves – Dust and crumbs love these places, so clean thoroughly.
  • Splashbacks and walls – wipe clean, simple spray and wipe will do the trick.

Next, Bathrooms
Bathrooms are often just given a quick once over, so it is very important to give them a deep clean to remove any evidence of previous inhabitants.

  • Toilet – Scrub the toilet inside and out with disinfectant.
  • Cupboards and drawers – wipe these out thoroughly
  • Walls – wiped clean
  • Shower and bath – use soap scum remover to get rid of any residue mould or scum, particularly in the corners, on grout and around the taps

Living areas and bedrooms
On the surface these spaces can look tidy, but whether they are clean is a different story. Here is a short list of things to consider when cleaning

  • Walls – wiped clean, and look for any holes left by picture screws
  • Light fittings and fans – give these a wipe or dust
  • Shelves and other surfaces – dust with a microfiber towel
  • Floor – vacuum thoroughly and, depending on the surface, a mop too

Entry and exit ways
Entry and exit ways are usually overlooked completely, and with a little bit of effort can make your new place feel warm and inviting.

  • Move debris by hand, with a leaf blower or a good ol’ fashioned broom.
  • Clean outdoor windows using a clean cloth and window cleaner.
  • Make sure grass, bushes, potted plants, and trees aren’t overgrown.

Finish with the floors
Floors are easily the most important space to clean in any house, and the space that will benefit the most from cleaning it before you move in. For non-carpeted floors such as wood, linoleum, and tile floors, give the space a quick once over with a vacuum, then using a cleaning product that is safe for the surface type you have, mop the floors.

Giving carpet a really thorough vacuum is a great way to clean the majority of debris, but it won’t do much towards removing fine particles, pet hair or improving air quality. For really efficient carpet cleaning, you’ll want to use a steam cleaner, although sometimes these don’t always work the way you would like.

With carpet, there is not much use in doing a half good job. Professional carpet cleaning is the only way to get a really deep clean. Drytron is a carpet specialist offering comprehensive and deep carpet and upholstery dry cleaning that won’t damage your floors like steam cleaning might.

They offer carpet cleaning services throughout the greater Melbourne metropolitan area and also operate in all the large regional centres around Victoria. For carpet cleaning Melbourne, call or contact the team at Drytron to discuss your needs: 13 12 50.


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. You may feel that all you want to do is give your carpets a good clean.

Why does it smell? Well, it is an industrial processed product so a bit of that is bound to come with a bit of odour. 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. Carpet cleaning can also help get rid of the new, unwanted smell.

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’. Get in touch with our carpet cleaning specialists and see how we can help you out. Give Drytron a call for a bit of Rescue 101 on 13 12 50.


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How to vacuum properly

How to vacuum properly

EVERYONE KNOWS HOW TO VACUUM CARPET, BUT ARE YOU DOING IT RIGHT?

Before you jump in your car, drive over to or Head Office and smack me over the head with your vacuum cleaner spout – just hear me out. Yes, you have vacuumed your carpets more often than I have had cooked dinners, but between myself and the rest of the team I think we have you covered.

Carpet cleaning can be trickier than you think. The one thing that we have seen is that our customers are very diligent in going backwards and forwards with the vacuum head, but to get the maximum impact you need to go North, South, then East and West. It makes immediate sense now that I’ve said it right? Dirt and grime can hide in a 360 degree angle around the carpet fibre so going backwards and forwards some grime is protected by the underside of the fibre. Work the room north to south, then once complete rotate 90 degrees and repeat the clean East to West. Apply this method to upholstery cleaning too.

Yes, we’ve doubled your work, but your carpets will repay you with years of extra life. It would also be beneficial to get the professional carpet cleaners in occasionally to give your carpets, rugs and upholstery a deep clean and remove any of those unwanted stains.

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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What to do in a carpet flood emergency

What to do in a carpet flood emergency

When disaster strikes and your carpets are partly wet or completely flooded, be it from an incursion of water, leaking roof, flash flooding, gutter overflow, burst pipes, sewerage overflow, fish tank breakage or something as simple as leaving a tap or bath to overflow. When carpet cleaning on your own, is no longer an option, remember that help is just a phone call away!

Flooded carpets, if not treated promptly, can lead to your valuable floor furnishings being completely ruined. Not only this, but your upholstery may have been affected too, as well as the walls, floorboards, timber stumps, and couches. They may also need to be professionally cleaned.

If that is not bad enough, the likelihood of health problems may start to occur. Mould, mildew, and bacteria will start to grow within 24 hours, unless treated.

Drytron have been a household name in carpet cleaning and flood restoration for over 26 years, servicing Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Drytron are great in any carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning emergency.

Let our years of developing our specialised cleaning process ensure you’ll get back to your day in no time. Give us a call in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50 and get the experts in.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call the friendly team to discuss your needs.

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Spring Clean your home with our handy checklist

Spring Clean your home with our handy checklist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Carpet spills and stain cleaning guide

Carpet spills and stain cleaning guide


Professional Vacuuming Advice

Professional Vacuuming Advice

Most people don’t like vacuuming, yet it is one of the easiest things you can do to give your home an instant visual lift. It makes your home look instantly cleaner, helps your carpets last longer and dramatically improves the health of your carpets and you by reducing the airborne pollutants.

So let’s get started…

1. Empty the vacuum bag / filter regularly
Your vacuum pushes dirt from the carpet and air through the vacuum bag or filter. If the bag is full, then the air can’t pass through, severely affecting the suction on your vacuum and therefore the carpet cleaning process. The same applies for filters on bag-less vacuums.

2. Clean the roller on your vacuum regularly
Carpet fibres need to be agitated and shaken during vacuuming to loosen the dirt. If the roller brush is full of threads and hair, then it may be only semi-effective, or possibly not be working at all.

3. Use rugs
In high traffic areas, it’s a very good idea to use rugs that are easy to clean. These can be taken outside and shaken then hung in the sunshine. Rugs will keep your carpets looking good by reducing wear and tear and they’re more easily cleaned.

4. De-odorise
Carpets can get smelly by trapping bacteria in the fibres. There are plenty of carpet deodorises on the market but one of the simplest methods we have discovered is to place a piece of citrus zest or a cotton wool ball with a small amount of citrus essential oil inside the bag. As you vacuum the smell will be transferred to the clean carpet.

5. Vacuum and then vacuum again
Use a long extension cord so that you don’t have to keep stopping to move the cord into a new power socket, then vacuum all the carpet edges of your room first using the attachments that come with your cleaner. They are there for a reason. Vacuum the whole room horizontally and then again vertically. This lifts the carpet fibres in both directions and gets the maximum amount of dirt and debris out of your carpet and instantly making your carpet look cleaner. If you vacuum like this, you should only need to vacuum your carpet once a week.

6. Wear socks
Removing your shoes at the door will dramatically reduce the dirt and bacteria that ends up in your carpet. It’s important though to replace your shoes with socks or house slippers. Bare feet on carpet can release body oils which attract bacteria and can cause additional carpet staining.

7. Call in the professionals
Once a year it’s a great idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned to remove the dirt, dust mites and bacteria that you haven’t been able to remove and to return your carpet’s ph balance to its original state.

If you need to get the carpet cleaning experts in simply 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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How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets?

How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets?

Keep your Carpets Fresh!

Carpet cleaning is one of those maintenance tasks you don’t really think about too much, and might even question if you need it done, but as soon as you see your freshly cleaned carpet you wonder how on earth you put up with your carpet beforehand! As your home collects clutter and bits and bobs over time, your carpet fibres are being smothered by dust, debris, pollutants and allergens that build up compromising your family’s health and the overall quality of your carpet. So just as you would give your home a spring clean, carpet cleaning should be considered in the same train of thought, requiring regular maintenance and upkeep to ensure your family home is healthy.

What About Vacuuming?

Vacuuming should be your go-to weekly carpet maintenance task, and part of your carpet cleaning process, to remove surface dust and debris and extend the life of your carpets. 

But while vacuuming is a great short-term solution to give the appearance of a clean carpet on the surface, vacuums are ineffective at drawing out the deep-rooted dirt and debris that nests within your carpet fibres, turning into stubborn stains that are impossible to get rid of. 

By all means, vacuum regularly to maintain a base level of cleanliness throughout your carpets and uplift loose debris such as dust and pet hair. But for a thorough and deep clean, a professional carpet cleaning service is required on a semi regular basis to keep your carpets looking and feeling brand new. 

How Often Should I Vacuum?

To establish how often you should be vacuuming your carpets, you should consider the following questions. Do you have pets? Do you have any children? Does anyone in the family have any respiratory conditions such as asthma? Does anyone in the family smoke? How much of your home is carpeted? Are the high traffic areas carpeted?

Even if you have carpet in only some of your home, dust and debris can travel around your house across wooden floors, especially when there is a slight draught or light breeze, even just from a door opening and closing. Debris on carpet can be harder to see, especially on darker toned carpet. 

If you have pets, especially those that shed fur, and if you have children, you’ll need to be vacuuming at least a couple of times a week. This is to uplift pet hair and the associated debris it can collect from your carpets, and keep the carpets clean for the children. Children are also notoriously messy! Dropping food and all sorts around the house is expected, and if you don’t have an enthusiastic pet following them around to eat the crumbs, you’ll need to whip the vacuum out again! 

Health conditions such as asthma can be exacerbated by dust and allergens in the carpet, so if someone in your family suffers from asthma, your carpets will need to be cleaned more regularly. The same goes for smokers, the carpet can hang on to the smell of smoke, and should be vacuumed regularly to minimise the amount of remnant smoke smell. 

How Often Should Carpets Be Professionally Cleaned?

While vacuuming will be your go-to for day to day upkeep of your carpets and help with your carpet spills and stains, you should schedule in at least a yearly professional carpet cleaning service. This is your best bet at ensuring a deep and thorough clean to uplift the hard to reach debris hiding within your carpet fibres. As mentioned, just like you would plan a yearly spring clean, you should schedule a yearly carpet cleaning service

Twelve months is the common recommendation for a few reasons. Firstly, many quality carpet manufacturers recommend this to meet warranty requirements. Secondly, carpet cleaning can be a bit of a tedious task, as you have to clear your furniture out of the carpeted areas to allow the professionals to reach all areas. This isn’t a task you want to be doing too frequently. And lastly, with your vacuuming uplifting surface debris, a yearly deep clean is sufficient to reach the deep debris before it permanently affects your carpets.

How Does Professional Carpet Cleaning Work?

Drytron Carpet Dry Cleaning has developed an innovative carpet cleaning process utilising deep cleaning technology to remove dirt and stains to extend the life of your carpet. As the trusted carpet cleaning service in Melbourne, Drytron has developed two proprietary products, Drytech One and Drytech Two, which are only available through Drytron’s cleaning process. These products, paired with Drytron’s six step deep clean process, guarantees the most thorough clean possible for your carpets. 

The first step removes initial debris and positions the carpet fibres upright utilising a high-powered jet vacuum. A broad-spectrum pre-treatment designed to target all types of dust and dirt is then applied to break down stains is applied, followed by the application of Drytech using a compressed air sprayer. This transfers a light mist to the carpet and prevents the carpet from getting too wet. Drytech Two is then applied with an accumulator pad which is submerged then squeezed dry as possible before being applied to the turbo agitator. Through rapid rotation, the accumulator pad activates the Drytech compounds to extract debris from carpet fibres and onto the pad using rapid rotation. This carefully designed process attacks stubborn stains while maintaining the quality of your carpet. 

Drytron are your go-to professional carpet cleaning professionals in Melbourne. Call the friendly team for a free quote or to make a carpet dry cleaning booking.

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