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Carpet Stain Removal Myths! - What Doesn’t Work

 Carpet Stain Removal Myths! - What Doesn’t Work

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Carpets are a fabulous feature to a residential or corporate interior. Warm, comforting, pleasing to look at and lovely to touch, they are a worthy investment for any home or office space. The upside of carpets is that they withstand the test of time, but the downside is that this lifespan can be heavily impacted if not shortened, by residual dirt, damage and surface stains. If you do have carpet throughout your home, it’s almost impossible to completely avoid the odd stain and splodge of dirt coming into contact with it. Add kids and pets into the mix, and you can almost guarantee your carpets will be stained on a semi-regular, if not daily basis.

What’s in a stain?

A lot of DIY carpet stain removal attempts end in serious disaster. Why? Because of a lack of knowledge about the type of stain you’re dealing with, and how this changes the method in which you need to use to remove it! To strip it back to basics, stains fall within several typical ‘families’ – protein, oil-based, tannin and dye. Protein-based stains are usually caused by substances such as baby food, dairy products, faeces and urine. Oil-based stains can arise from substances such as motor oil, hair products, kitchen grease, butter, ointments and some beauty products. Tannin stains are the result of spillage from alcoholic drinks, black tea or coffee, fruits and juices. Dye stains come about from entities that contain a lot of pigment and easy colour-transfer such as blueberries, cherries, grass and condiments like mustard or tomato sauce. As for combination stains – these contain both oils or waxes and dyes. Examples of potential combination-stain culprits include eye makeup, chocolate, hair-spray, peanut butter and tomato-based foods. 

It can be extremely frustrating and deflating when you put in so much elbow grease to remove a new stain, and it just won’t budge. That or some unlucky folk even face the prospect of the stain becoming worse than it was before the ambitious DIY cleaning attempt! While it could be a useful exercise list a million and one carpet stain removal tips, it also pays to look at what not to do. Once you have all the necessary information, and you’re still feeling brave – well by all means, tackle those fresh spills with confidence and the power of knowledge.

Myth #1 – Steam Shrinks

If a carpet has been laid down properly, steam will not affect the tufting of a woven or wool blend. The myth of steam causing shrinkage and deformity has only arisen due to shrinking occurring as the result of a bad carpet installation job. Over 90% of woollen carpets are constructed using the tufting method and those woven carpets still out there can be steam cleaned by someone who knows what they are doing – it all comes down to the quality of the carpet and how securely it is fixed to the floor. 

Myth #2 – You can’t wash wool or you’ll hurt the Lanolin

Well let’s just clear something up right here and now – Lanolin isn’t even in your carpet to begin with! Did you know that it is 100% removed from the wool as it is processed into yarn? And this occurs long before any weaving takes place. Lanolin is a greasy oil-based substance that simply must be removed from wool before processing otherwise it would make the cleaning and maintenance of your carpet virtually impossible! Consequently, no woollen carpet has ever had the smallest trace of lanolin left in it – meaning that anybody who claims washing wool damages Lanolin, is seriously misinformed. 

Myth #3 – Cleaning carpets ruins their appearance

It’s not about the cleaning; it’s how the carpet has been cleaned. A job done incorrectly, using the wrong technique and the wrong products can result in residue, surface damage, pH imbalance and delayed stain-resurfacing. A properly cleaned carpet will be dirt and chemical free and the carpet will be left in a neutral or slightly acidic state – eradicating potential static or delayed residual dirt. Depending on the fragility, material-type and age of your carpet, different methods will be applied with a specific product to suit your carpet’s unique qualities. Even the gentlest of products can prove ineffective or somewhat damaging if used in excess or on the wrong area. 

Myth #4 – The TV ad said it works

Any quick-fix, “magic potion” you see advertised online or in the middle of your favourite YouTube video is just a no-no if you really want to play it safe. Products that claim to eradicate stains and dirt instantly tend to have a high alkalinity, which makes them likely to be dangerous to ingest and damaging to your carpet. The reason for this high alkalinity is to make the products effective on grease and oil, and with the “vanishing effect” that sells quickly.  However, this high pH can chemically burn wool carpets and strip the surface protection that most new carpets embody to make them last. It is extremely important to spot-test any new product you’re trying for the first time – this can be done on an old scrap of carpet that you have sitting in the sewing draw, or on a corner of the room that’s out of sight. As well as being damaging, these products can simply be ineffective on most coloured stains once they have dried, meaning they’re a waste of time. You can also read up on some tips and tricks on how to tackle carpet spills and stains. 

Talk to Drytron

The only way to truly tackle carpet stain removal is to consult a professional and gather advice or direction on what your specific carpet cleaning situation requires. Through an efficient and expert call-to-action service, Drytron will consider your unique circumstances, give you an insight into what to expect in your carpet cleaning service, and provide an unbeatable quote that will see you out of stains and not out of pocket. Call Drytron Carpet Dry-Cleaning in Melbourne today, and take the strain out of tackling your stains.   

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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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, 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, 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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Upholstery Cleaning Steps

Upholstery Cleaning Steps

Keep your Upholstery, Curtains and Drapes clean!

When you step in to any household, one of the first things that catches your eye more often than not, is the furniture that’s waiting to greet you, and upholstered pieces of furniture are particularly striking. These include dining room chairs, couches, foot stools, padded storage boxes and loungers. Upholstery is the materials in which a piece of furniture is encased with or comprised of – these include but are not limited to fabric, padding, webbing and springs. 

As upholstery has become a more popular feature either when buying furniture – or later down the track as a restorative measure – the materials in which are used in this process have become quite varied. The interior materials, while not always visible, play a big part in whether the piece of furniture is comfortable or not. Surface fabric can always be changed or cleaned, but the interior upholstery remains an untouchable and important aspect of your favourite household items. 

There is a huge variety of options when it comes to choosing a piece of furniture or the material in which to restore/upholster your current furniture with. Natural fabrics are made from natural fibres that come from either plants or animals. Examples of natural materials include cotton, leather, jute, linen, silk and wool. Synthetic fabrics – otherwise known as “engineered” fabrics, are textiles produced from man-made fibres. Synthetic fabrics tend to be more durable, resistant to cleaning and resilient against everyday contact. It’s a common feature of many furniture companies to stock both natural, synthetic and a combination blend of the two in their upholstery selections. 

Prices can of course vary, and the way in which you care for these different materials is a big consideration when choosing what material to go with. Listed below are some basic DIY cleaning tips that you can implement to keep your items looking great. Periodic cleaning is super important – particularly if you are investing in a piece that you want to last through the generations. While the cleaning technique will need to be adjusted according to the type of material at hand, you can absolutely make a periodic maintenance job easier for the professionals through regular upholstery care habits!

Don’t Underestimate the Vacuum Cleaner!

Dust and residual dirt can soon become your arch nemesis if you don’t keep on top of it on a semi-regular basis. Unless vacuumed properly, surface dust and dirt can actually be worsened during a more thorough cleaning process due to compaction and eventual smearing as they are wiped away by chemical products. While a vacuum might not look friendly enough for the antique velvet sofa from grandma, you can use a lint-roller or soft brush head to wipe away dirt from delicate surface areas. As for the worn and beloved living room couch; using the vacuum to regularly remove surface dirt and dust is an effective and time-saving practice. Be sure to remove the brush-head component to really suck up dirt build-up between crevices or cracks. for any hidden dirt or particles. Turn cushions over too, to tackle those hidden dust balls and crumb piles that are starting to encroach on the under-surface. Once you have the loose stuff removed, a periodic cleaning job will be much easier to implement – and much more effective! 

Without impulsively slapping on the wrong chemical, do try and be proactive when it comes to combating stains in their early stages of contact with your upholstery. Why? Well think of it like this – tomato sauce is a tough one to remove. But tomato sauce that you’ve let sit there without attention for several weeks? Even tougher. A trained cleaning-professional will just about be able to remove any stain you face them with – provided it hasn’t been living there for a prolonged period of time. To get the best service and result from a professional upholstery cleaning service, try and keep stains at bay as they crop up. It’s important to know how to identify and spot-treat stains.

Start with the Obvious

Whether you’re tackling a brand-new stain or finding ancient discoloration that you didn’t know was even there – spot clean these areas first. If your upholstery is looking pretty good as a whole, there’s not much point attempting to deep-cleanse the entire item yourself – leave this to the pros. However, if you can identify a few spots needing attention, check with the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning directions. If there are none, apply a little warm water mixed with white vinegar to the surface to gently break down the stain. If vinegar sounds a little scary, there are products available to purchase that are designed especially for different materials. Don’t forget to specify what type of material your upholstery is made of when purchasing a cleaner in store and be mindful of ingredient lists when taking the plunge online. 

Most importantly – do a patch test. Regardless of the product you’re using, ensure you test a very small area of the upholstery to observe what the end result may be if you slap it on everywhere. Allow the patch to dry completely before checking for any damage. When you’re feeling confident, begin spot cleaning using a microfiber cloth and strict attention to the recommended quantity. Some material-types will have a strict code of conduct for professional-cleaning only. This is where you need to hang up the cloth, put down the vinegar and give Drytron a call! 

Curtains, Drapes, Upholstery, call Drytron!

There is nothing better than the smell of clean furniture. While new household items start off smelling squeaky fresh, this will not remain without some periodic cleaning. The effects of weeks, months even years of human, pet and food contact can really affect the feel, smell and look of your favourite furniture pieces. So, you’ve read through some easy DIY upholstery-cleaning tips – now it’s time to call on the best professional upholstery cleaning team in Melbourne for a periodic cleaning job that will rejuvenate your home. Curtains, drapes and upholstery cleaning are all services provided by the expert team at Drytron. Through a tried-and-test six step cleaning process, Drytron will assess your situation and keep your furniture looking and feeling as good as the day you brought them! Call our team today or book online for a free quote and get the deep-cleaning process started.

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Health & Fitness in the Home - Stay Active & Eat Well

Health & Fitness in the Home - Stay Active & Eat Well

Your home is full of opportunities!

For some of us, leaving the house for our regular gym visit is a luxury. While it might leave some of us with tender muscles and a beetroot-red appearance, it can serve to be that one hour or two of the day where we are able to work on ourselves, with ourselves, for ourselves. 

The thing is, not everyone has the ability to join a gym or even to leave the house in order to implement health and fitness behaviours. Whether you work from home, don’t like gyms, have kids to worry about, are trying to stay within a budget, or you just like your own space – well look no further. Your very own home environment is filled with options when it comes to implementing and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. Ok you might have to walk out the front-door and down the street… but if you don’t like the idea of having to drive to exercise, we’ll help set you up with an insight into how you and your home can work together! 

Use what you’ve got!

Before we get into the how and the when, take a look around at the what! Do you have stairs which you can use for running sequences or interval training? How about a wide and open space in the living room in which to do on-the-spot cardio and strength training? 

Your own home can contain a lot of elements that you can use to your health and fitness benefit. As mentioned, stairs are fantastic tools for cardio-fitness, running, stretching and even some yoga poses. Be careful if your stairs are wood as this can make you susceptible to slips and tumbles. A good pair of sneakers will easily grip any floor surface, and textured socks are also effective when finishing your exercise with yoga or Pilates. Outside, inside, on the side… stairs and inclines, paths and open spaces, heavy jars and random bars – all of these household features can be incorporated into an exercise routine. Take a walk around, make note of your options, and use the internet if you’re needing creative health inspiration. You’d be amazed at what you can do just by effectively utilising your own space.

Get to know your surroundings via exercise

Have you always wanted to properly explore your neighbourhood, but never seem to find the time to do so? Take your exercise outside and go for a walk, run, jog or bike-ride around your local area. Exercising outdoors is also a great way to discover new places closer than you realise. Parks, walkways, hills are all elements of a neighbourhood that you could utilise in your health plan. If you’ve got kids, take them on an “adventure” to an unknown patch of grass. If you’ve got a pet, delight them with a trip to new smells down hidden alleys. Run up and down dead-ends if you want to have an end-point in which to cordon off your running distance – the opportunities are endless. Exploring is great for the mental health too, and when tied in with your physical health efforts, it’s a win-win! Personal training sessions can also be organised to occur in your house, should you request it. Be your own strength and conditioning coach, or, if you need some extra guidance – call a local health and fitness trainer to talk through your exercise goals.

Plan your week on a Sunday

Planning ahead is key to any effective and maintainable health and fitness plan. Create a space on your fridge, office or bedroom wall, in which to stick up a nice, bright and colourful weekly plan. Separate it into the days of the week, hours of the day, and leave room for both eating and exercise. Creating a weekly plan is a sure-fire way to set you up for positive behaviours in the coming days. There’s no reason to avoid it if it’s right in front of you – and especially if you’ve put it together yourself, for yourself. Studies have shown that 87% of men and women who made a health and fitness plan and physically placed it somewhere visible in their home, stuck to the plan and carried out their goals. Tick off each day as you complete it, vary your recipes and/or exercises, and watch as the weeks pass and your health condition soars. 

Remove the junk supply – Restock the good stuff

If your particular focus is on eating and nutrition, well, the home has got to mirror that mindset. What this means is ensuring your cupboards, fridge and drawers are only stacked with the items beneficial to your health journey, and you won’t find yourself susceptible to temptation. Everyone has a different outlook on food, snacking, ingredients and diet plans – do whatever works for you. But make sure that you don’t self-sabotage by keeping certain food products that you know will derail your momentum. Customise and re-work your food storage to reflect your daily routine. Storage and packaging can be a great means of portion control and aesthetic improvement of your kitchen. If you’ve got other family members to answer to, simply allocate yourself a shelf that is all your own and that way you only have to look in one place to find your healthy foods. Make it work for you. 

Create your own meditation/relaxation space

It can be easy to neglect mental and spiritual wellbeing when embarking on a health journey. A lot of residual health issues and goals can be linked to mental-state and a want for happier feelings. If you’re somebody who craves peace and quiet, or if you need a balance between cardio/outdoors and quiet meditation time, then find a space in which to implement this. Offices or spare bedrooms can be easily transformed into post-workout meditation, yoga and reflection areas. Light candles, place incense, have a music playlist that calms you – whatever you need to reach that internal “Zen” – put it there. Meditation and mental relaxation are very important in conjunction with a physical health routine. 

A healthy mind also aids in the ability to sleep better and for longer. Poor sleep has repeatedly been linked to a higher body mass index (BMI) and weight gain. In fact, despite the varied requirements for peoples sleeping habits, if you’re sleeping less than you should, there’s a likelihood of obesity increasing by 55% in adults. A healthy mind equals a healthy body! Keep these two hand-in-hand and there’s no way you won’t achieve your goals. 

If you’re using the floors, the stairs, the couch or the foot stool to stay active in your home – congratulations. You have identified ways to keep fit and maintain a routine within your own four walls. Don’t forget about the health of the items in which you’re depending on for your weekly health initiatives though – I.e. carpet, upholstery and even the drapes which can affect home-circulation and breathing-capacity. Call Drytron, for expert advice with their carpet cleaning service, rug, upholstery and curtain-cleaning. Drytron carpet cleaning Melbourne will make sure your home is as fresh and healthy as your new health and fitness plan! 

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Stain Removal Tips: Tomato Sauce

Stain Removal Tips: Tomato Sauce

Tackle those stains!

Let’s face it, getting stains on your clothes, carpet or any other surface is just a fact of life. It doesn’t matter how careful or diligent you are, or even if you think you have escaped a saucy dinner unscathed, they always seem to happen no matter what. Stains can come from anywhere at any time, which is what makes getting them just that little bit worse, although not all stains are made equal.

Tomato sauce stains can be some of the worst – whether its Pasta, Pizza, Lasagne or even just plain old baked beans, Tomato sauce has some special power to make a real mess. Getting it off clothes is one thing, but getting those red, oily stains out of carpet is a completely different ball game. 

It is important to point out the difference between a spot and a stain. A spot can be a result of an incident that just happened, and can be cleaned very easily if it hasn’t soaked into the carpet fibres. Stains on the other hand are typically older, and more permanent. These have got into the carpet fibres, and have the power to change the colour of the carpet forever.

While it’s sometimes possible to get them out, taking on those greasy, orange spots out of carpet can be a real hassle, and not every method works as well as you’d like it to. Here are a few stain removal  tips and cleaning advice you can try to get rid of those damned Tomatoey spots (even those dried on ones!). Just remember, before attempting any stain removal technique, you should always check with the manufacturer’s guidelines and do a cleaning test on a small inconspicuous area first.

Ice, Dish Detergent and Vinegar

This home remedy can be used on most surfaces, however it works best on clothes or other easy-to-wash items. Carpet stains can be removed this way but can get a little tricky getting it dry afterwards. All you need for this is an ice cube, dish detergent, white vinegar. 

 

First, make sure you have scraped off any excess tomato sauce, then go ahead and apply a little of the dish detergent to the stain. Second, place an ice cube on top of the stain and let it sit for 2-3 minutes or so. Third, drop a few drops of vinegar onto the stain and, once again, let it sit for a short while. Lastly, using a clean cloth, spot clean the area and the stain should be all gone. This one can be a little fiddly, but the dish detergent can be great on those oily stains that tomato sauce usually leaves behind.

Baking Soda and Lemon

This next home remedy is one of those Grandma tricks that everyone seems to know, but does require a lot of time, reapplication and elbow grease. All you need is salt, baking soda, and water. Simply mix equal parts salt and baking soda together is a small bowl, then add a little bit of water to form a paste. Once combined, rub the paste into the stain and let sit until dry. This trick can require multiple applications and sometimes isn’t strong enough to get the stain out, so you may be best using another method.

Store bought stain removers

This last one is almost always more effective than the ones above as store bought stain removers are typically faster, cleaner and stronger for getting out even the worst of tomato stains (we’re talking the full plate of spaghetti on the floor kind). 

The Stain Buster or Wee Buster packs from Drytron Carpet Cleaning are known for their ease of use and ability to remove even the toughest of carpet stains. First, try your best to scrape or scoop up any solids first. It’s really important not to scrub the stain further into the carpet at this point as it can push the stain deeper into the carpet fibres. 

Second, blot out the liquid with any clean towelling material – and act fast. The earlier you get to the spot or stain the better. Third, making sure you follow the cleaning instructions carefully, apply the cleaning product to another clean towel or cloth and get to work on the stain. 

Applying the cleaning product to the carpet can discolour the carpet if too much is used. To keep the stain in one spot, dab and wipe from the outside of the stain inwards in small, light motions. Then rinse the area with cold or lukewarm water. Lastly, gently blot the area with a white paper towel. You are essentially trying to ‘pick up’ the stain with a paper towel. Keep dabbing the area until the stain has been lifted off.

If these stain removal tips still aren’t getting rid of that damned spot, you might need to get someone in to give you a hand. For professional help, cleaning advice and even more stain removal tips, (if somehow you have dropped more than one plate of spaghetti on the floor) Drytron offer excellent professional stain removal and carpet cleaning services. We even offer personalised carpet cleaning consultations to make sure you get those pesky tomato stains out for good. 

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Couch Cleaning Steps - Keep it Looking Like New

Couch Cleaning Steps - Keep it Looking Like New

Tackle those stains!

There is nothing quite like coming home after a long day and crashing on the couch. They are such an integral part of your home, and a great investment given how much time you’ll probably spend lounging on it.

Whether it’s watching TV, entertaining guests, or even sleeping on them, couches create a warm and inviting presence to any room. Before buying a couch however, consider the couch fabric and how it will age in your household. For example, that white couch might seem like a great choice at the time, but after one coffee spill it could be ruined. Alternatively, a soft black fabric couch might suit your room perfectly, but pet hair will quickly turn that couch grey. 

Once you have your dream couch, it’s important to make sure it stays looking good for as long as possible. Whether you have a classic leather couch, a cosy fabric couch, or a velvet lounger, you’ll want to protect and preserve it. Couch cleaning is very important because prevention is always better than restoration.

How to keep your couch looking new

No matter what type of couch you have or how much you look after it, couch cleaning is essential from time to time, and these tips and tricks will help you keep your couch in good nick. 

1. Vacuum regularly

First and most importantly, perform a regular vacuum of your couch fortnightly. Make sure to vacuum the cushions, under the cushions and down in the crevices to avoid a build-up of dust and dirt. If you have someone in your household who suffers from allergies or asthma make sure to do this as regularly as possible. 

2. Lint Rolling

Lint rolling your couch is another great way to get rid of unwanted pet hair, fine dirt or lint. Simply roll the lint roller all over, paying special attention to the cushions and armrests, or anywhere that dirt and hair builds up. 

3. Spot Cleaning

If a stain does appear there are a few ways to get rid of the stain before it dries into the fabric, staining the couch permanently.  

The first method is spot cleaning with white vinegar and water. Simply dilute a cap full of white vinegar into a cup of water, then gently blot and dap the stain until it disappears. This can be repeated if necessary. 

The second method, mix a small amount of mild washing powder and water together and gently dab it on the stained area. Again, repeating if necessary. In both of these cases, be sure not to scrub the couch fabric with the cleaning solution as this can damage the material and push the stain deeper into the fabric fibres. 

The last method is using a store-bought couch cleaner. First, try your best to scrape or scoop up any solids first. Second, blot out the liquid with any clean towelling material – and act fast. The earlier you get to the spot or stain the better. Third, making sure you follow the cleaning instructions carefully, apply the cleaning product to another clean towel or cloth and get to work on the stain. To keep the stain in one spot, dab and wipe from the outside of the stain inwards in small, light motions. Fourth, rinse the area with cold or lukewarm water. Lastly, gently blot the area with a white paper towel. You are essentially trying to ‘pick up’ the stain with a paper towel. Keep dabbing the area until the stain has been lifted off! Easy as that!

Cotton, velvet and other soft fabric couches are fairly easy to take care of, but leather couch cleaning can be a different game all together. To clean, vacuum first to remove any dust and dirt, but be gentle as a heavy hand can scratch the leather. Next, use a special leather protective conditioner or treatment to ensure the leather gets the moisture it needs. Taking proper care of a leather couch will actually see it get better with age.

Most sofas come with a tab or tag detailing the cleaning instructions. Always check with the manufacturer’s guidelines and test on a small area before attempting any DIY stain removal or couch cleaning. Alternatively, the easiest and most effective method of couch cleaning is calling a professional. They will have all the tricks, tools and products to make your couch look like new. Drytron offer great couch cleaning services in Melbourne and Victoria, and their special dry cleaning service will have your couch looking brand new.  

How often should you clean your house?

Couch cleaning is an essential job and should definitely be added to the list of household chores. The fabric can degrade with wear and tear in just a few years if you do not maintain the couch properly. Some fabrics are trickier than others but all need to be cleaned regularly to ensure they are looking their best for as long as they can. Leather couches, if maintained properly can even get better with age.

How often you should clean your couch depends a lot on how often you use it and how you use it. It also depends on the kind of couch, the material it is upholstered with and where it sits in your house. Aside from regular vacuuming and spot cleaning where necessary, it is important to conduct periodic professional cleaning to keep your couch looking new. In many cases, you might not know just how dirty you couch is until you get a professional couch dry clean as see the difference.

Drytron offers great couch cleaning in Melbourne & Victoria to keep your couch looking like new. Delicate through to hardy fabrics and leather can be treated beautifully with a Drytron clean. Colour-fastness is tested before applying any of the treatments expected to be used during our upholstery cleaning. Additionally, the entire piece that is worked on is pre-treated with a special broad-spectrum cleaning solution to dissolve remaining marks.

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Carpet Cleaning Prices - What Does it Cost?

Carpet Cleaning Prices - What Does it Cost?

Get a Carpet Cleaning Quote with Our Booking Engine

Getting your carpet professionally cleaned is one of those tasks that you don’t really think about too much if you don’t need it, but as soon as you do require it, it’s all you can think about! How much will the carpet cleaning cost? How long does it take? How do we prepare the house for the carpet cleaners? When can we get back in the house? And the most unhelpful answer is: it depends. However, when you break down these considerations in a bit more detail, you can get a better idea of how much it will cost. 

Why get your carpets cleaned?

Most people assume you would only get your carpets professionally cleaned if you’re moving out of or into your home or rental property, or if you have tenants moving in or out of your rental property. This is one of the most common times for people to get their carpets cleaned as the removal of the furniture presents the perfect opportunity to give the carpets a thorough clean. Another common time is when there is a large stain that needs to be worked on. If the carpet cleaners are required for a large or stubborn stain, people will usually take this opportunity to have the rest of their carpets cleaned rather than just opting for a spot clean. 

But you don’t have to be moving out of your house to need your carpets professionally cleaned. First off it is a good practice to get into to ensure the longevity and quality of your carpets. A thorough clean on an annual basis will help keep your carpets looking and feeling fresh, and as good as new. Regular maintenance also ensures that no stains or spots are able to take hold on your carpets, which can build up over time attracting further debris to build up which can discolour your carpets further. 

It’s also important for the health of your home and family. Carpet can trap air pollutants, allergens, bacteria, dust, and other debris which can affect your family’s health. A regular clean will not only freshen up your carpets, but your indoor air quality as well. This is especially important for those with respiratory conditions such as asthma, as the pollutants and allergens can exacerbate their symptoms. A clean carpet will help keep your home clean and healthy for your family. 

What is the carpet cleaning process?

Each area that needs professional carpet cleaning will go through a specially designed process to ensure a thorough clean. The trusted carpet cleaning service in Melbourne, Drytron Carpet Dry Cleaning, has developed a six-step carpet cleaning process using deep cleaning technology to remove dirt, odour and stains and leave a long lasting high quality finish. Across almost 30 years of experience, Drytron has been able to refine their carpet cleaning practice, developing two proprietary products in the process to ensure the most thorough clean possible for your carpets. The products, Drytech One and Drytech Two, are only available through Drytron’s cleaning process.

The first step utilises a high-powered jet vacuum to remove debris and position the carpet fibres in an upright position. Then a broad-spectrum pre-treatment to break down stains is applied. The broad-spectrum treatment ensures that all types of stains and debris can be uplifted during the carpet cleaning process. Drytech One is then applied to the carpets using a compressed air sprayer, which transfers a light mist to the carpet. This prevents the carpet from getting too wet, or fluids pooling beneath the carpet. Next comes Drytech Two, where an accumulator pad is submerged then squeezed as 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. This carefully executed process is gentle enough to maintain the integrity of the carpet.

So how much will it cost?

Carpet cleaning prices can vary depending on who you ask and the quality of cleaning that you’re after. First you need to consider the area of the size you are wanting professionally cleaned. Is it just the living areas where there is the most foot traffic? Do you want to get your bedroom carpets professionally cleaned as well? How big are these rooms? Room size is the biggest determinant of cost, as the bigger the space, the more time it takes to clean. This will likely be one of the first questions you will be asked by your professional when they are determining the carpet cleaning price or providing you with a quote. 

To make life easier, Drytron have created a carpet and upholstery booking engine to help you work out the cost of your clean. First fill out your suburb, postcode and booking type. Then simply select the room type, quantity and a quote will be generated. Factors such as room size and intensity of stains will be taken into consideration when determining a quote, and we’ll talk you through the options suitable for your home. 

Drytron will then complete our signature six step process for the most thorough clean for your carpets. Drytron’s six step carpet cleaning process leaves your carpets feeling dry within one hour, unlike other services which can require up to 24 hours to completely dry out. This means that with Drytron, you have minimal disruption to your day and your home, and you can get back to enjoying the fresh carpet feeling.

Complete a quote using our booking engine or call our friendly team to discuss your carpet cleaning requirements.

Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


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Rug Materials, What Should You Choose?

Rug Materials, What Should You Choose?

Rugs have been around for centuries and are an important item in your home, especially if you have large expanses of hard flooring such as tiles or timber.  These days, many homes are opting for hard flooring rather than carpet throughout so rugs are a simple way to add comfort, give warmth and brighten up a room with a splash of colour.

They can be fun, make a bold statement in a room and can be changed easily when you want to update your decor. From a practical perspective, they can protect your floor and reduce noise. There are many types of rugs, coming in a vast array of colours, styles, textures, sizes and shapes and can be constructed from different materials.

What to consider when choosing a rug

Where will you put the rug?

The location of your rug will determine how much foot traffic it will need to endure. In a high traffic area such as a hallway perhaps you’ll want a flat weave in a darker colour to withstand lots of wear and reduce noise. In a playroom you may want to choose a hard wearing synthetic fibre that will stand up to the kids!

What look and feel do you want?

How do you want the rug to make the room to feel? If it’s for a bedroom you may want a cosy, thicker fibre and weave, or in a formal sitting room perhaps a silk rug for an opulent feel. In a living room you may want your rug to be a statement, in bold colours or a strong texture.

What size is best?

The larger a rug, the more it creates a sense of space. A small rug in a small room will make the space feel cramped. Make sure you measure your space, taking into account vents and furniture.

In a living area, choose a rug as large as will fit – it’s a great way to define a space. In a dining area, make sure the rug is large enough to cover the floor with the chairs pushed out so there is no tripping on the edges.

Ease of cleaning

Again, consider the amount and type of traffic your rug will endure each day. Some fibres are easy to clean, while others require a professional rug dry cleaning service – more details are below. Consider whether your rug will be subjected to any moisture, in which a mildew resistant acrylic will work well.

If you have pets, you’ll be happier with a fibre which doesn’t attract pet hair, so maybe something in a low weave.

Before undertaking any DIY cleaning process, check with the manufacturer’s guidelines and test on a small area beforehand. When you purchase a rug, keep the tags and cleaning method handy and know that you can contact the best Melbourne rug cleaning service to keep it looking it’s best for the life of your rug.

What is your budget?

Having a budget in mind will determine what material you can afford. If you want a rug to last a long time, an investment in wool is worth it, but if you just need something functional or to add a bit of colour to a space, a synthetic fibre rug will suffice.

Natural or synthetic fibres?

The material a rug is constructed from affects its feel, durability and function. Basically, rugs are made from either natural or synthetic fibres. We have considered various materials commonly used today and have provided some information on each to assist you with choosing a rug for your home.

Natural fibres are higher quality than synthetic fibres and are the best choice for durability. They last longer and don’t release any harmful gasses.

Synthetic fibres are man-made materials, often mass produced and are therefore a cheaper option. Synthetic fibres have been improved over the years to mimic the characteristics of natural fibres, however they can feel a bit cheap, and less luxurious than natural fibres.

Natural fibre rugs

Wool

Wool is a classic fibre for rugs as it provides durability, is easy to clean and is quite economical. Wool is a versatile fibre which can be dyed any colour, withstands a lot of wear and is super comfy.

The oils in wool means it naturally repels liquids, enabling an easy clean-up of spills. Wool rugs tend to be a bit thicker than others and may pill or shed slightly although this will lessen over time. It is recommended that wool rug cleaning is carried out by a professional cleaning service.

Cotton

Another fibre which dyes easily is cotton, allowing for many colours. Cotton rugs are soft underfoot, however are usually not as plush as wool. 

They are still quite durable and are often machine washable. Less expensive than wool, cotton rugs look a bit more casual. They are hypoallergenic and breathable.

Jute, Sisal and Hemp

These are very tough, very durable rugs and often have a texture and weave other fibres cannot achieve. These rugs are coarser than wool or cotton, almost rope-like, and are therefore not as comfy on your feet.

They are also more difficult to clean as they absorb liquids quickly, so it’s best to use a rug dry cleaning specialist. Often not dyed, they provide a lovely, natural colour and feel to a room. Jute and Sisal are sustainable and biodegradable and are good choices for allergy or asthma sufferers.

Silk and Viscose

Silk and viscose are really soft materials which are versatile but not very durable when used on their own. However they can be used together with wool to create gorgeous rugs as their fibres create a beautiful sheen and will provide a rich look to your room. Due to the fine fibres, delicate patterns can be achieved. Great to stylishly dress up your home.

Leather

Cowhide and leather have been used as floor coverings for centuries as leather is very durable and readily available. It is easily dyed, so leather rugs are available in many colours and patterns. They are generally easy to clean, however the material can absorb spills if not cleaned up straight away.

Synthetic Fibre Rugs

Acrylic

Acrylic rugs are tufted to look like wool rugs, at a cheaper price and are suitable as a hypoallergenic alternative to wool. They are stain resistant and easy to clean, however will wear over time and the fibres are not crush resistant. Low quality acrylic rugs can generate static.

Nylon

Nylon rugs have fibres which are elastic and resilient so can take a lot of wear without crushing. They are water and stain resistant so are extremely easy to keep clean. Nylon rugs may not be as soft as natural fibre rugs.

Polypropylene

Heat-set polypropylene rugs are dense like wool but with a lower price tag. They are known for being water resistant, so are great for areas near moisture or where there may be lots of spills. They are versatile and can be used outdoors. However, they attract dirt so need to be cleaned regularly and those that are not heat-set are poor quality and wear easily.

Polyester

Polyester rugs have a shine to them, but are softer than nylon. They are easy to keep clean as they are water resistant, and are also fade resistant and economical to purchase. However they do wear and crush easily, so you’ll need to vacuum and clean regularly to get them to last.

Once you have chosen your rug and enhanced your home, take pleasure in its beauty and functionality. Contact the expert carpet cleaners at Drytron on 13 12 50 when you need rug cleaning in your home.


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Moving House? Cleaning Tips for Before You Move In

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. 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. 

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.

Carpet Cleaning Melbourne

For carpet cleaning Melbourne, call or contact the team at Drytron to discuss your needs: 13 12 50.


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Carpet spills and stain cleaning guide

Carpet spills and stain cleaning guide