How to host a fantastic festive drinks party

How to host a fantastic festive drinks party

In our last post we shared some tips on how to prepare for the arrival of your friends and family this Christmas, we decided to go a little further in helping you prepare for a fun and fabulous, festive drinks evening at home.

 

Set up a drinks station

There’s nothing better than kick-starting the festivities with a little extra festive ‘spirit,’ so follow this easy, step by step punch recipe that you can pre-prepare and set up alongside a drinks station – it will free up heaps of time for you not having to play hostess and mixologist extraordinaire at the same time. You might need to taste a few beforehand just to make sure you’re happy with them though!

What you’ll need:

  • red grapes
  • A bottle of Prosecco
  • 1L of cloudy apple juice
  • ice
  • 250ml sloe gin
  • 50ml Jägermeister
  • 1 ball stem ginger, finely sliced
  • 3-4 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 clementine, finely sliced
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon

What to do:

The day before your party, put the grapes in the freezer, and chill the prosecco and apple juice in the fridge. Just before your guests are due to arrive, place the frozen grapes and a generous handful of ice in a large 2-3 litre punch bowl and pour all the remaining ingredients on top. Stir gently to combine, then serve. This will keep nice and cool for up to 3 hrs before needing to add more ice. Sip, sip, hooray!

 

Festive snacks

Make sure you choose simple foods that can be prepared ahead of time. Have the platters and bowls assembled and ready to be pulled out of the fridge or have the cling film taken off at least 15 minutes before guests arrive. Simple finger food allows guests to graze, such as crackers, cheeses and a cut fruit platter, dips and chips or a crudite plate.

Here’s a great recipe for a festive cranberry salsa to serve with your cheese board:

  • Pulse cranberries and sugar in a food processor
  • Stir together with onions, cilantro and jalapeno
  • Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight
  • To serve, place cream cheese on a serving plate
  • Drain salsa; spoon over cream cheese
  • Decorate with a sprig of holly

 

Crank up some Jingle Bell Rock

What’s a festive party without some holiday music? Before guests arrive, dim the lights, turn up the holiday tunes, light some scented candles, string up the fairy lights and pour yourself a punch.

 

Stock up on festive props

Gather a bunch of Santa hats, reindeer antlers, Christmas crackers, silly glasses and other props to leave around the room and encourage people to wear or pose for fun photos. You could even set up an allocated photo booth area by the Christmas tree – there are plenty of photo booth apps available to download.

 

Get people in the giving mode

Set up a Kris Kringle present game and let everyone know the allocated budget beforehand – it’s a great ice breaker to start the party with as people get into the spirit of some light-hearted “gift giving” fun!

 

Plan ahead for the morning after

Let’s face it, you don’t want to be worrying about the aftermath of the party while you’re busy enjoying it and having fun, so take as much of that worry away by planning for the clean-up ahead of time. Clear an area, say in the laundry or another room near the kitchen, where you can fill trays with empty glasses ready to be washed, and if there isn’t a sink nearby use a bucket to empty the dregs into. Have some large, strong bin-bags ready for food scraps or disposable plates and napkins, and try to clear these throughout the party. Tidy as much as you can after the guests leave, so it’s not such a mission the next morning (you’ll thank yourself for it later!) And if you have any major spills on the carpet or couches there’s no need to get your tinsel in a tangle because we’ve got that covered too – try our stain removal tips or call in our carpet cleaning specialists to take care of the job for you. You could even think about booking your carpet clean in advance for the week after the party, to take even more pressure off.

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


Prepare for your guests this Christmas with stress-free cleaning solutions!

Prepare for your guests this Christmas with stress-free cleaning solutions!

With family and friends arriving to celebrate the festive season together after being apart for so long (thanks Covid!), we thought we’d bring you some easy tips and tricks to ensure your Christmas celebrations run as smoothly as possible.

1. Prepare the guest bedrooms
We all know what happens to guest bedrooms when there is no guest… they end up being that ‘spare’ room where all the junk and clutter gets stored. This is your chance to get in there and do a full room makeover, to refresh and revive the space while getting it ready for your guests. We’ve got a list of 10 smart ideas for you. If you want to go the extra mile to make sure the room is up to standard for your guests add soft, cosy linen, fluffy bath towels, ambient bedside table lighting for reading, inviting rugs, cushions, throws and maybe some mini toiletries too!
 
2. Prepare menus & prep meals before hand 
Before all your guests arrive make sure you know of any dietary requirements so you can plan for those beforehand and avoid the rushed scramble to quickly put something together on the spot! Create a meal plan or schedule that covers the duration of your guests’ stay, do the grocery shopping before your guests arrive and prep as many meals as you can in advance: you can even freeze them if possible. This will mean you don’t have to be in the kitchen prepping and cooking meals all day long. If your guests are close friends or family you could even come up with a meal roster where everyone has days allocated to take turns doing the prepping and cooking. This is a fun and easy way to get everyone involved and also makes for some great bonding!

3. Get the Christmas decorations up
Sometimes all you need to do is add a little Christmas colour and sparkle. A few berry sprigs in a vase and some pine cones dusted with glitter work a treat. Everyone loves the smell of Christmas – grab some cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, vanilla, ginger or orange scented candles. If it smells like Christmas it’ll feel like Christmas. And of course, don’t forget the tree! It always takes a bit longer than you think to get the decorations done so don’t leave it to the last minute if you can help it.

4. Kit out the kitchen
Whatever the occasion, people always tend to be drawn to the kitchen, which is often the only place in the house that is overlooked when preparing for guests! During the festive season, the kitchen is often busier with cooking for more people than usual which means counter space, equipment and oven space are in short supply. Check you have enough serving ware, cutlery and tableware for each guest, bearing in mind you don’t want to be doing dishes constantly. Lastly, make sure the essentials are easy to find; milk, tea, coffee, sugar etc as this will allow your guests to feel more comfortable and at home to help themselves.

5. Prepare the table for the big day
Styling your table doesn’t need to be detailed and in-depth, in fact it’s really not hard at all. All you need to do is choose a tablecloth or runner, which will be the base or foundation of your overall look. Next, put together an eye-catching centre piece, whether it be a flower arrangement, an ornament, candles, anything that complements the look you are trying to create. Lastly, layering your tableware creates a more refined festive table look, so make sure you use charger plates as well as your normal dinner and salad plates. As an extra, you could also include a personalised element for your guests, such as Christmas ornaments or crackers with their names on them.

6. Prepare for bad weather
Although we might hope for sunny weather, it’s a good idea to prepare for a few rainy, overcast days to avoid being stuck in the house with nothing to do! Get out all those all board games you have sitting in the back of your cupboard and pick out a few festive movies that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages so if the time comes, you’re prepared!

7. Clean your carpets, curtains and upholstery
Last but not least, an inviting home for your guests means nothing if your carpet and upholstery is in need of some cleaning. Whilst it may be the safest option to call a carpet cleaning professional if you have tough stains to shift, you might find our guide for DIY carpet cleaning and removing stains comes in handy. But if you’re running out of time in the run up to Christmas, call in the professionals and let Drytron take care of it for you.

Wishing you all the ‘merry’ best for your upcoming Christmas celebrations and we hope this helps you stay stress-free so you can enjoy the festivities as much as your guests do!

For more great tips visit www.drytron.com.au. Drytron are Melbourne’s couch cleaning experts. Save money and maintain your upholstery, curtains, and carpets with Drytron’s expert, friendly service. If you need to get your carpets, rugs and upholstery cleaned and looking their best, simply give us a call in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50 or Book Online – the carpet cleaning specialists.


Prepare for the end of Isolation, by Spring Cleaning your home with our handy checklist

Prepare for the end of Isolation, by Spring Cleaning your home with our handy checklist

With restrictions lifting for regional Victoria, there’s never been a better time to do a thorough Spring Clean of your home, before (fingers crossed) we are all inundated with visitors in the hotter months.

But, where should you start? What should you do? How do you get your iso-cave, ready to WOW again?

Here’s ten things you might want to consider doing, to Spring Clean your house ahead of Summer and ensure it stays hygienic for the whole family.

  1. 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! 

  1. Swap out your winter wardrobe for summer favourites, and get rid of the musty smell with a simple DIY solution.

It’s time to put away your jackets, uggs, boots and cardigans, and change your wardrobe over to something suitable for the warmer weather. And if you’re looking for a little trick to get rid of that musty smell in clothes that have been stored away, try diluting a little vodka in some water in a spray bottle and giving your new season’s wardrobe a light spritz. We promise it’ll have your clothes smelling as fresh as daisies.  

  1. 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. 

  1. Open some windows and let the Spring breeze in. Give them a clean while you’re at it.

Spring is here and it’s time to let that infamous Spring breeze in. What better way to do so than by giving your windows a good clean (using the rags you made earlier!) and opening them up completely to give your house a refreshing breath of fresh air. A custom in some European countries, this is one sure way to get you feeling the Spring spirit. 

  1. Have your carpet and upholstery professionally cleaned.

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

  1. Freshen up your drains.

Drains are often an afterthought, when in reality they deserve our attention at least once a year. Take this opportunity to check your drains and pipes, flush them out and ensure everything is in good working order. 

  1. Don’t forget your car.

Whilst a Spring Clean may focus on your home, don’t forget to give your car some spring love too. By vacuuming the inside, doing any routine maintenance, and giving the exterior a good wash and polish, you’ll feel great hitting the road once you’re finally free to do so. 

  1. 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. 

  1. Touch up any paint work.

Nothing says Spring Clean like a lick of fresh paint, and now might be just the time to do a bit of a walk-through of your home and outdoor areas to give them a little touch up.

  1. 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.

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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Make the most out of Isolation, with these simple home improvement tips

Make the most out of Isolation, with these simple home improvement tips

We’ve never spent so much time inside, as during this pandemic. That’s why now is the perfect opportunity to put that time at home to good use, by undertaking some simple home improvement exercises. 

We’ve got ten ideas to get you started. 

  1. Spring clean for a thorough spruce up.

Now is the time to get your house ready for Summer and potential visitors in the hotter months, by undertaking a thorough Spring Clean. We’ve got a checklist with ten ideas  to help you get started. 

  1. Find your perfect couch.

Updating a key furniture piece can have a massive impact on your home and living space. Picking the perfect couch is important, but there are many bargains to be had at retailers at the moment. Or, you could even find a second-hand couch to keep costs down.

  1. Get inventive with new soft furnishings.

Discover what rugs work best for your home, and invest in some new accent pieces to liven up your spaces. Look at bright blues, greens, burnt oranges and pinks, to stay up-to-date with current trends.

  1. Modernise with colour.

If you are feeling the pandemic pinch, and need to be thrifty with any home improvement ideas, try adding a splash of colour to modernise outdated spaces. Even something as simple as a brightly coloured mug, or even just vibrant fruit like lemons and limes placed in a bowl, can really brighten a room and make it feel fresh and modern.

  1. Get smart with small spaces.

You might not believe it, but there are so many things you can do with small spaces to bring out the WOW factor. Don’t be afraid to play with colour, mirrors, levels or clever storage ideas, to trick and transform.

  1. Hang some fresh art.

The simple act of hanging some fresh art can make a huge difference to how your home is presented. If you don’t have any art sitting around, and can’t afford to purchase some, try a framed print OR even create a hanging space for your kids to show off their art. They are mini Picassos afterall.

  1. Introduce a sanitation station.

Unfortunately, our new normal is a little different to the life we had all grown accustomed to, but what better way to embrace it than by making a specific, stylised space in your home for sanitation? It could be in the entryway, hallway, or any other area near the entrance of your home. You could even invest in a hands free sanitiser to add a modern, innovative touch.

  1. Convert a nook or spare bedroom into a home office.

With the whole world largely working from home at the moment, most of us need a functional, quiet home office to get things done in. Try converting a nook, or spare bedroom into an office space with the introduction of a nice desk, comfy chair and some stationary and decor items.

  1. Plant a little positivity in your garden.

Right now, we need all the positivity we can get, so why not plant some? Turn your outdoor space into a flower garden, green oasis, cactus walk or even, a mini orchard and vegetable garden.

  1. Have your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned.

When it all comes down to it, an improved home means nothing if your carpet and upholstery is dirty, lacklustre, and in need of some serious TLC. Don’t break your back, or your wallet, trying to find solutions. Call in the professionals and let Drytron take this job off of your hands, to free you up for more of the good things. Like, enjoying your home, and this precious time with loved ones.

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Choosing the right underlay for your carpet can help with insulation and also extend the life of your carpet.

Choosing the right underlay for your carpet

Choosing the right underlay for your carpet

Most people give very little consideration to choosing underlay at the time of installing new carpet, however this unseen element plays a huge role in determining how long your carpet will stay looking and feeling great for years to come.

What is carpet underlay?

Carpet underlay is sandwiched between your floor and the carpet, giving carpet both its softness and form. Apart from providing extra comfort underfoot, underlay also creates a layer of insulation against cold bare floors, adds extra noise absorption and can assist in minimising floor damage from furniture indents or scratches. Lastly and more importantly, underlay can save you money, by reducing significant heat loss, therefore keeping your energy bills to a minimum and keeping the home warmer in winter.

Why use Carpet Underlay?

Carpet underlay improves your underfoot comfort, as the crushing forces of walking on the pile are absorbed and bounce back, keeping the carpet’s overall form and look. A good quality underlay can help mask minor flooring imperfections such as uneven or rough surfaces, both protecting unnecessary additional wear on your carpet and making it much smoother to walk on.

Types of carpet underlay

Foam, rubber and felt are the most common traditional underlay options, and these come in various qualities, from low cost to premium offerings. In addition to different levels of thickness and density, there are other lifestyle considerations to take into account, such as environmentally friendly, asthma and allergy-friendly underlay options on offer, helping you increase the health of your home environment.

How to choose the right underlay

You wouldn’t buy just any carpet for your home, and the same should go for choosing the carpet underlay. When looking for new carpet for your home, underlay can considerably enhance your chosen carpet, by giving it additional texture, depth and comfort.

When choosing your underlay, it’s important to consider how the room will be used, to ensure your underlay will adequately stand the test of time. If the room will have a lot of foot traffic, heavy furniture or a lot of wear and tear, you should really consider investing in a higher quality carpet underlay.

Low density underlay tends to be less expensive, however it is also a lower quality choice. This may save money in the short term but over time it could mean needing to replace floor coverings more frequently as they don’t hold up as well.

In order to get the best out of your carpet and underlay, make sure you vacuum regularly and factor in regular professional cleaning to remove unhealthy irritants, bacteria and allergens.

Drytron are the couch cleaning experts in Melbourne. Offering upholstery cleaning, curtain 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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Choosing the right underlay for your carpet can help with insulation and also extend the life of your carpet.

Why fitted carpet helps you work more happily from home

Why fitted carpet helps you work more happily from home

It might seem a bit far-fetched, but installing the right carpet can really make a big improvement in your daily quality of life, especially in these times when so many of us are working and schooling at home.

One reason for this is that carpets are great at absorbing and softening harsh sounds, creating a quieter, more harmonious indoor environment for everyone in the home. Installing good quality carpet with the right kind of underlay is the only way to eliminate excessive noise generated by floor impacts, such as footsteps, chairs scraping, and objects being dropped. This is particularly noticeable in homes where children running, jumping and playing can greatly contribute to ambient noise levels.

Carpet and underlay also absorb sound reverberation; which is the technical term for how long sounds last within a room. Uncarpeted homes are generally much noisier, with background sound echoing around and impairing communication, particularly when you are trying to talk on the phone or via video conference. Soft furnishings such as curtains, rugs and furniture in a room can greatly help with sound absorption, however by far the most effective solution is wall-to-wall carpet with a good quality underlay.

According to a fact sheet by the Carpet Institute of Australia, acoustic consultants, Graeme E Harding and Associates (GEHA) said: “The installation of carpet or similar types of floor covering is the only method available for eliminating excessive noise generated by floor impacts. Carpeted floors can result in a reduction in noise of over 20 decibels2.”

The type of underlay used is also important: “The pile structure of carpet also helps to control reverberation. A material’s potential for reverberation control is quantified by its Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) and/or by its Weighted Sound Reduction Coefficient, αw (pronounced ‘alpha w’). A typical broadloom carpet has an NRC of 0.35 and will absorb approximately 35% of sound that strikes it. The NRC rating of carpet is directly proportional to the thickness of the floor covering. If the carpet is installed with an underlay its NRC rating will almost double.”

In addition to the obvious noise reduction, carpet also gives a feeling of comfort and warmth that makes working from home so much more enjoyable. Sitting at a desk all day in an uncarpeted room can be quite cold, and can leave you feeling quite stiff and irritable. Carpet automatically makes a room more insulated and therefore cosier, meaning you won’t get cold feet and might even be able to leave your shoes off, for a more relaxed and comfortable working environment.

Drytron are the couch cleaning experts in Melbourne. Offering upholstery cleaning, curtain 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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How carpet can be the healthiest flooring choice for your family

How carpet can be the healthiest flooring choice for your family

How carpet can be the healthiest flooring choice for your family

Carpet has had a bad rap over the years, with many people believing it to be potentially unhygienic or allergenic. But contrary to popular belief, carpet can actually be the healthiest flooring choice for you and your family, as long as you look after it carefully and follow a few simple guidelines.

Here are 3 ways carpet can help you have a healthier home.

Reducing airborne dust

Carpet’s pile surface traps airborne dust and absorbs contaminants from inside and outside your home. A major study by the German Asthma and Allergy Society found that airborne dust was reduced by half in homes with fitted carpets, compared to those with hard flooring surfaces. Therefore choosing a flooring material that traps dust and does not leave it loose in the air to be breathed in, can be extremely beneficial for people suffering with breathing conditions such as asthma.

Trapping pollutants

As with dust, well maintained carpet helps purify the air by reducing indoor pollutants that can trigger allergy and asthma in sensitized people. With a hard surface such as a wooden or lino floor, pollens, pet hair and other irritants can float down and rest on them, but then be easily kicked up by foot traffic and float around in the air, where they can trigger people’s allergies. Carpet traps these so you can vacuum them away easily and keep allergies at bay.

Noise reduction

Carpet also contributes to a quieter indoor environment by reducing excessive noise, which is a major cause of stress and irritation. The acoustic qualities of carpet are not to be ignored – especially if you have young children in the house or a large, busy family. Constant traffic, talking and playing in hallways, upstairs rooms or even just the family room can create a level of constant noise that can be a massive contributor to home noise pollution. Carpet helps soften and tone down the ruckus of daily life, thereby reducing frayed nerves as well.

In order to reap the health benefits of choosing carpet, make sure you vacuum regularly and factor in regular professional cleaning to remove unhealthy irritants, bacteria and allergens.

Drytron are the couch cleaning experts in Melbourne. Offering upholstery cleaning, curtain 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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How carpet can be the healthiest flooring choice for your family

Save on your heating and cooling bills and help save the planet, with well installed carpet

Save on your heating and cooling bills and help save the planet, with well installed carpet

Save on your heating and cooling bills and help save the planet, with well installed carpet

Carpet is an exceptionally good thermal insulator, with the potential to significantly reduce the energy costs related to heating and cooling your home, as long as it is installed well and with careful consideration of this often overlooked benefit.

When building or renovating a home, few people realise the insulation value of carpet can be considered as being similar to fibreglass roofing insulation. When installed over underlay, carpet can provide up to ten times more insulation than that of other floor coverings.

It might be surprising to learn that uninsulated floors account for 10 to 20% of heat loss from a home, when there is a marked temperature difference between your indoor air and air under the floor. Installing carpet properly can therefore greatly reduce the amount of energy your household uses for heating or cooling, which also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and lowers your carbon footprint.

In addition to this, carpeted floor feels warmer underfoot and does not require the heating that a room with a hard surface may. This adds further energy savings through the reduction of unnecessary heating use.

The greatest financial and environmental benefits of carpet insulation are achieved when as large an area as possible is covered. Wall to wall carpet is preferable, because the reduction in heat loss is proportional to the area carpeted, and this leaves no areas for cold air to seep into the house and undermine the insulating efficiency of the carpeted areas.

Drytron are the couch cleaning experts in Melbourne. Offering upholstery cleaning, curtain 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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Save on your heating and cooling bills and help save the planet, with well installed carpet

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How to Choose the Perfect Couch

How to Choose the Perfect Couch

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Couches aren’t household items that you replace often, therefore when you choose a couch, you must be absolutely certain it is perfect as you will have it for several years. The most important question to ask yourself when choosing the perfect couch for your home is “what kind of lifestyle do I live?” Once you figure that out, then the decision will be easier. Keep in mind the kind of lifestyle you live and who you share your home with when reading the following considerations to help you choose the perfect couch.

Fabric Colour

The fabric of your couch must be able to withstand the everyday use of your family or the people you live with. If you live with young children, then you will know that sometimes they can get a bit messy after eating or playing outside. A darker fabric will hide the icky food and dirt stains better, which will especially come in handy when you have unexpected guests pop by. 

If your family also consists of fur babies, then consider how high or low maintenance their fur might be. Consider materials that won’t easily collect pet hair especially if you have a pet that malts easily. If you allow your furry friends to join you on the couch, you should consider a colour that will hide their hair easier. A cream coloured couch will look very dirty very easily with black pet hair on it, and it will seem impossible to keep clean.

Fabric Type

Stains aren’t the only thing you should consider when thinking about fabric. Choose a couch that is durable and can also maintain its appearance. Again, if you like having your pets on the couch to cuddle, then you will need a fabric that doesn’t pierce easily from their claws. It might help maintain the quality and smell of your couches for longer, by having a cover for areas that your pets can sit. Maintaining the quality also refers to the colour of the couch. If your lounge gets a lot of sun, then ask the couch salesperson if the colour will last under regular sun exposure – try and avoid couches that will fade easily as that will mean you need to spend more money to replace the couch.

Couch Sizes

Couches can take up a lot of room in your living room, and there are two things that will influence the size of couch you choose: the size of your living room, and who will be sitting on the couch. If you have a smaller living room then smaller couches are the way to go but bear in mind that too many couches can also make a big lounge feel cramped and small. 

You should also consider who will be sitting on it. Couches are the one household item that can fit everyone comfortably at the same time – like the dinner table, they are the best instrument for family time. If you have younger children, choose a couch that the whole family can snuggle up in. If you’re watching a movie as a family, you don’t want anyone to feel left out by having a couch that is too small to fit everyone. If you have older teenage children, then being snuggled up in one couch together might be the last thing your children would want, so make sure there are enough couches for everyone to have their own personal space.

Suitable Shapes

Couches come in so many different shapes and sizes to suit various needs. When choosing the shape of your couch, consider how to maximise the space in your living room and who will be sitting on it. Couches can sometimes leave wasted space in the living room, particularly in the corners where two couches meet. Couches that are perfect for maximising space are ‘L’ shaped couches. They can also fit more people on them than normal couches. 

If you like hosting guests, consider the layout of the lounge. You don’t want to squeeze everyone in the same couch, and you also want some couches facing each other so it’s easy for people to have conversation without talking over people. One solution might be having multiple couches, but also think about purchasing a couple of matching lazy-boy chairs. 

Price

Couches can be an expensive purchase so consider how long you expect to have your couch for before you need to change it. If you have a young family, then be prepared to change it sooner than if you had adult children. If your children are playful, then consider choosing a cost-effective option as you will most likely have to replace it in a couple of years. If you are living with adults that are generally tidy, then by all means treat yourself to that high-quality couch. Another key thing to look out for is that the price is reflective of the quality you are getting. A lot of couches come with extra features such as arm rests, fold out beds, and recliners. 

Versatility

If you often host family and friends, then you might want to consider the versatility of your couch. If there are no spare beds left in your house then the couch is usually the next best option, however it isn’t always the most comfortable. Furthermore, if people keep sleeping on your couch then it will alter the shape of the cushions. Consider a sofa-bed where the bed folds out of the sofa. This will mean that you can host more people comfortably, and more importantly, not at the expense of a comfy sofa for everyone else. 

Ease of care

The key to making these benefits last is the ease of care. If your couch is too hard to clean then you will become reluctant to clean it or to use it freely, and if it’s not cleaned regularly then the quality will decline fast. Some couches come with recommended cleaning guidelines and chemicals, however no one can really clean a couch like a professional can. Consider using professional couch cleaning services to maintain the quality and longevity of your couch. 

Drytron are the couch cleaning experts in Melbourne. Offering upholstery cleaning, curtain 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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7 Benefits of Using Rugs on Hardwood Floors

7 Benefits of Using Rugs on Hardwood Floors

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Wondering about flooring for your home? Solid hardwoods are a timeless, eye-catching option that come with a long list of benefits. Hardwood floors are a sleek and impressive addition to any home interior. They’re a classic twist within a modern household, or can be restored and preserved within older houses to look polished and good-as-new. Easy to clean and keep maintained, hardwood is bound to give your home that really standout, refined appearance. 

Hardwood flooring also allows for plenty of wiggle-room when it comes to interior creativity – a wonderful canvas to work with when placing eye-catching, decorative rugs! While hardwood floors can really add character to your home, they can come off a bit cold and hard. So, it’s important to utilise soft furnishings as much as possible to bring softness to your home. 

Here are 7 reasons why a hardwood floor is greatly benefited through the addition of rugs – a winning combination with plenty of positives! 

1. Dimension, Elegance & Cosiness 

Hardwood floors not only add a touch of elegance to your home, but also help to retain warmth. Team your hardwood floor with a classic shaggy rug or carpet, and you’ll add to that already warm, cosy feel. Wood helps to give a room the illusion of being bigger than it is, while rugs placed on top of the hardwood floors help to stop the room feeling too stark and bare. Keep one corner open and expansive with wood flooring left exposed, while enclosing other areas of your room with a piece of shaggy material can add different spaces for different moods e.g. a library corner for reading or a “TV den” within your open lounge. 

2. Low Maintenance

Hardwood floors are pretty low-maintenance and easy to keep clean. There’s the ability for any surface dirt to be swept, steam-cleaned, mopped or vacuumed away easily without any hassle – and if you spill something, all you need to do is wipe it up! You may think it’s a risky addition, but adding rugs to your hardwood floor can help to cover any surface damage caused by high-heeled shoes or wear/cracking over time – so this helps to provide a barrier between foot and floor. 

3. Strength and Resistance 

Many households upgrade to solid wood floors due to their appealing strength and resistance. Scratches and other abrasions are always a possibility but not-easily caused, due to the durability and long-wearing nature of hardwood. Adding a variety of rugs in different shapes and textures can provide more than just aesthetic variety. They can also add an extra layer of durability to the floor adding to its resistance factor – a great reason to invest in a couple of eye-catching rugs.

4. Warmth-retention & Insulation 

Unlike carpet, hardwood floors do not trap dust, animal dander, pollen, particulate matter or other common allergens, meaning they’re often a must for allergy sufferers. If allergies aren’t a problem faced by your household occupants, you can add in a few rugs for basic warmth-retention and floor insulation. Rugs dotted around your space can help to stop warmth leaving the floorboards and protect cold feet through the winter months. 

5. Colour Doesn’t Fade

Many carpets will lose their lustre over time, if they’re not cleaned or serviced properly. Hardwood doesn’t face this issue, instead only the victim to the odd surface-abrasion. Adding a rug to your hardwood floor, and making sure you’re properly maintaining your rug, can prevent the wood from any unexpected abrasions. It’s far easier to have a rug commercially cleaned than it is to try and restore a piece of wood flooring – so the two paired together means protection for your floor and a rug that you can whisk away to be professionally cleaned when required. Easy as!

6. Endless Decor Options

Hardwood flooring has an array of benefits, ranging from the smart and practical to the purely aesthetic. Nobody would argue though, that their ability to adapt to any interior design or household theme is arguably one of their most appealing aspects. Wood can seamlessly blend in with whatever additional accents you choose to add to your rooms, in particular the ability to layer on top of your flooring with a wide range of colours, shades and textures of rug. 

The natural beauty of hardwood, which comes in a variety of shades, swirls, and grains, adds a timeless character and elegance to your home, while providing a beautiful blank canvas for endless décor options. 

Drytron Carpet Cleaning 

So, you’ve invested in beautiful, timeless wood flooring for your home, and a couple of eye-catching rugs for particular areas of your room. It’s looking and feeling just as you hoped it would, and your home has come together seamlessly. You’ve added flair, dimension, warmth and protection for your new flooring, and now all you want to know is how to maintain this brilliant new aesthetic. 

Based in Melbourne with operations across Victoria, we are a mere phone-call away when you need some professional rug cleaning and maintenance. Drytron’s six-step rug cleaning process provides a rapid treatment that leaves them dry to walk on instantly – without that dreaded damp smell or feel. Your wood floors will remain good as new, while your carpets will continue to thrive with Drytron’s expert mobile rug cleaning process. Bright clean carpets will be an ongoing element of your household, keeping your overall aesthetic good-as-new for as long as you want it to. 

Beautiful polished floors and impressive, elegant rugs – you’ve done the hard part by choosing your décor accents, so allow Drytron to deliver the ease and satisfaction with their unbeatable carpet cleaning services