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.


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

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Carpet spills and stain cleaning guide

Carpet spills and stain cleaning guide


Soft Furnishings - What rugs work best for your home

Soft Furnishings - What rugs work best for your home

Kids rugs
Let’s face it, when we’re redecorating our kid’s rooms, style isn’t exactly the first thing on our mind. The sorts of colours kid’s like, for instance, tend to be the sorts of colours that will clash with each other or be uncomfortably bright. But it is all about colours, so when decking a kid’s room out you don’t have to play by the rules, so long as you’re playing.

When thinking of kid’s rugs, think of flooring that doubles up as an imaginative island. Kid’s rugs are either going to have toy cars raced on or toy-brick houses built on. They are there to incite imagination and be part of the fun; rainbows, animals and shapes are the way to go.

Kid’s rugs are there to provide a bit of safety too. Rugs are an extra layer of soft furnishing for bumps and tumbles, they’re made to be sat on and jumped on. They’re also made to be spilt on. So the best rugs are the ones that can be cleaned most easily, like acrylic. And the thicker the pile, the softer they’ll be.

Persian rugs
The Middle East is the motherland of the not-so-humble rug. Carpet weaving in Persia is an institution that goes as far back as the region’s history. So integral are rugs and carpet making to the historical region that, even today, Iranian rugs occupy a space way beyond any other type of rug.

The full history of Persian rugs has only survived in paintings. It’s reported, though, that carpet weaving in Persia dates back to the Bronze Age. So Persian rugs are clearly a primary source for antique styling, but you probably don’t want to go walking all over a 500-year old woollen weave.

Iranian carpets are still considered to be up there with the best. And the old traditions are nowhere near dead. The style of Persian rugs is ubiquitous and is the perfect addition to a design that incorporates rich dark woods and classic furniture. If you’re designs lean towards authentic natural materials, then these are the rugs for you. Nothing looks better on a wooden floor than a classic Persian rug.

Turkish rugs
Right up there with the famous Persian rug is equally famous Turkish carpet. Geographically, Turkey and Iran sit side by side, so it’s probably not much of a surprise that they’re both leaders in the field of rug making. It’s part of the culture of the Middle East that makes rugs so important here. The nomadic lifestyle called for temporary flooring, while the bitter cold of the desert at night warranted insulation on the floors.

Like Persian rugs, Turkish rugs are wool based, made by hand and adorned with intricate designs. In fact, it’s very hard to tell them apart. Both can range from Turkish humble or practical designs, all the way to ostentatiously coloured patterning.

Elsewhere in the Middle East and Arab world; Pakistan, Armenia, Morocco and Indian rug weaving and the production of carpets is still integral to the unique cultures and economies of local and national regions. It’s no wonder that this area of the world is so definitive when it comes to rugs.

Shag pile rugs or shaggy rugs
A shag rug, or just a shag, has a deep but thin pile that literally looks shaggy. The look is modern and rather like animal fur. In fact, this is probably the reason why shag pile rugs have become so popular in recent years. The decadence of a royal boudoir might once have been down to the luxurious soft furnishings in a time where animal hide was the standard material for insulation and comfort.

Thankfully long gone are the days that animal fur is an acceptable way to create comfort. Instead a series of modern materials has replaced fur, but without loosing the soft, sumptuous feel.

Shag pile rugs are perfect in bedrooms, and even bathrooms, as the perfect surface to cushion your bare feet. And they can easily add a decadent feel to a design too, with light coloured shag rugs looking great on top of rich coloured carpets, or in front of the fireplace.

Modern rugs
Modern rugs are rather self-explanatory, and cover all sorts of shapes and sizes that you can find in your local department store. The best thing about buying a modern rug is that you can take advantage of modern advances in material and design in order to ensure you have a hardwearing rug that does the job.

Synthetic fibres, like nylon, polyester and polypropylene have now become some of the most common materials for rugs. Wool is the only natural material that can stand up to them at all. Nylon for one, if far easier to be printed on, meaning that vibrant designs are easier and more affordable to produce, and also incredibly stain resistant.

As one of the best uses for rugs is to protect your flooring, having a modern carpet is a great way to ensure longevity, durability and affordability.

For more great tips visit www.drytron.com.au. Of course, if you need to get the carpet cleaning experts in to get your carpet, upholstery and rugs looking their best, simply give us a call in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50.


What to do in a carpet flood emergency

What to do in a carpet flood emergency

When disaster strikes and your carpets are partly wet or completely flooded, be it from an incursion of water, leaking roof, flash flooding, gutter overflow, burst pipes, sewerage overflow, fish tank breakage or something as simple as leaving a tap or bath to overflow. Rememeber that help is just a phone call away!

Flooded carpets, if not treated promptly, can lead to your valuable floor furnishings being completely ruined. So you must act immediately. When flooding occurs, if not treated promptly, not only can your costly floor coverings be damaged, but also the walls, floor boards and timber stumps.

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

Drytron have been a household name in carpet cleaning and flood restoration for over 26 years, servicing Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Drytron are great in any carpet cleaning emergency. Let our years of developing our specialised cleaning process ensure you’ll get back to your day in no time. Give us a call in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50 and get the experts in.


8 Signs that Your Carpet Should be Replaced

8 Signs that Your Carpet Should be Replaced

Are Your Carpets Worn Out?

There are many benefits of having carpet in your house, such as warmth, sound proofing and style. The key to maximising those benefits is to maintain your carpets to a high quality. Those benefits won’t last forever but unfortunately, they’re not as easy to pick up on as one would think. If you are unsure about whether you should replace your carpet, read the 8 signs below that you should look out for.

1. Smell

Not all signs of an old, worn carpet are visual and easy to pick up. If the carpet has stains that have not been professionally cleaned, then it is likely that there are still particles trapped deep in the carpet causing it to smell. If your house is cold, you might notice that your carpet emits a nasty, damp smell especially if the carpet is old. This can be problematic not only for the people living in the house but for your guests too. The first step is to contact carpet cleaners and get it professionally cleaned but if you notice that your carpet still smells, then it’s a sign you should replace your carpet.

2. Allergies

Some side effects of having old carpet are tolerable because they can be covered up or removed, however there are consequences that are just a nuisance to live with. Carpets are a haven for dust, pollen, pet hair and other bacteria to accumulate. If you have allergies or asthma, they can be exacerbated by the build-up of particles causing you discomfort in your own house. Stay alert for regular colds or allergy symptoms that last longer than usual in your household. If you notice that the allergy symptoms have not disappeared even after the carpet has been professionally cleaned, then it’s a sign that bacteria and particles are imbedded so deeply in the carpet that it may now also be in the underlay too. Save yourself from sneezing and coughing all year long by replacing your carpet.

3. Stains

One of the oldest tricks in the book is to use rugs and even rearrange furniture to cover stains in the carpet. However, there may come a time when you have exhausted all the alternatives; and quite frankly, it’s a commonly used solution so chances are, your guests will know why there are so many rugs around the house. Don’t waste your money on buying any more cleaning products that just don’t cut it. It’s time to replace your carpet and get rid of all the unnecessary rugs and furniture that was once used to cover stains.

4. Mould

Accidental spills happen all the time and unfortunately, they don’t always dry properly – meaning there can still be traces of bacteria. Without you knowing, mould might be growing in or under your carpet. Obviously, mould releases an unpleasant smell, but there are also health risks that it could lead to for the people living in your house. Young children often play on the carpet thus making them especially prone to picking up illnesses caused by inhaling germs from the carpet. As always, the first line of defence is to consult a professional carpet cleaner. They can advise if the mould is irreversible and if you should replace your carpet.

5. Style

Perhaps you are considering giving your home a make-over? A good place to start is replacing the carpet as it can make a house look out-dated if the carpet is old, is pulling or bunching or even has some holes in it! It’s easy to make a house look newly renovated and on-trend with a new carpet. If you are looking to sell your house, it is also a good time to replace your carpets to increase the value and make it more appealing to potential buyers during your open home. Consult a professional carpet layer and carpet cleaning service so that you have all the correct information about maintenance of your carpet before choosing the right one.

6. Matting

Matted carpet is something that happens slowly overtime, so it might be hard to pick up on. You might be surprised at how matted your carpet actually is, however this is very common especially in areas with high foot traffic such as hallways, walkways, stairs and entrances. One way to see how matted your carpet is, is if you compare the hallway and walkways to carpet that is hardly walked on in your house. You’ll be reminded of how your carpet used to feel like. Matted carpet can feel very rough and unpleasant to walk on and you also lose a layer of insulation that thick plush carpets can provide. When you start to see your carpet matting, then you know that your carpet is on its last legs.

7. Padding

There are other tell-tale signs that your carpet is on its way out; not the way it looks or how it smells, but how it feels. Padding is crucial to keeping your carpet feeling plush for longer and extending its durability. If you feel that your carpet has lost its bounce and warmth, seek advice from a professional carpet layer to assess the quality of your padding when you replace your carpet.

8. Age

There are variables that make your carpet wear out faster such as the number of people who live in your house, how old they are, and the types of activities they do at home. A rule of thumb to remember is that carpets generally last between 5-15 years from the date they are installed. With that said, it is common for people not to change their carpets until well after 15 years. Remember, it is better to change your carpets within the recommended time frame so that you don’t risk damaging your carpet padding and forking out more money to replace the padding too.

If some of the 8 signs outlined above are applicable to your household, then it’s time to replace your carpet. Once you have chosen your new carpet, the key to getting the most out of it is to get it regularly cleaned by qualified carpet cleaning experts.

Drytron Carpet Dry Cleaning Services provides professional carpet cleaning in Melbourne and across Victoria, that can help maintain your new carpet to the highest quality and help you pick up on the 8 signs well before it is too late. Don’t put it off any longer, choose your carpet now and contact Drytron to schedule your first Carpet Dry Cleaning Booking.

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Curtains v Roller Blinds v Venetian Blinds - Pros & Cons

Curtains v Roller Blinds v Venetian Blinds - Pros & Cons

One of the most critical aspects of setting up a home is the window dressing. It is as vital as furnishing, and the beauty of your decoration largely depends on your choice of materials. But with so many window dressing options to choose from, how are you supposed to decide which option will best suit your needs? Curtains, roller blinds and venetian blinds all have their pros and cons, so it can depend on what you want to prioritise; style, functionality or cost.

Curtains

Due to the presence of professional curtain cleaning services in Melbourne and other major Australian cities, many settle for curtains of different designs and prices. Curtains have been the oldest form of window decoration; they have been in existence for hundreds of years, and they are available in some fabrics and styles that are perfect for any kind of interior decoration.

Curtains are quite affordable also; the price of cotton curtains is as little as $10, but prices generally weigh on the types of materials used. Thicker curtains can go as high as thousands of dollars. In cold seasons, you can make use of thick curtains that will block out the light and keep the room warm with extra insulation. Alternatively, you can pick light curtains that will billow with the breeze. Light curtains are usually used in warm seasons to allow enough ventilation into the home.

Pros:

Curtains are easy to clean because you can just take them off their hooks and putthem in the washing machine. Curtain cleaning, however, primarily depends on the thickness of the fabrics, anyway. The setting of curtains against the window is not complex, and so it allows for easy release when it is time for cleaning.
With homes that have pets and small children, the use of the curtains is considered safe as they do not pose the threat of risk because they do not make use of pull cords.
The aesthetic values of curtains are displayed in their movements, especially when the windows are open, and the breeze is blowing.
In cold periods, curtains are most effective in the keeping the room warm.
Unlike blinds that require measurements, curtains can simply overlap the edges of the windows.

Cons:

Curtains can become quite expensive if you want to add thermal backing or light blocking panels.
Curtains can require more upkeep and regular cleaning to keep clean, and the cleaning process is a lot more time consuming and expensive than certain types of blinds.
Curtains in kitchens and bathrooms are more likely to get stained, often due to the moisture in the air.

Roller Blinds

As the name implies, roller blinds are the sheet of fabrics that roll up the window when they are not in use. They are perfect for use in the bedroom, and they can be coated in dark-coloured fabrics that will prevent external light from disturbing your sleep.

Pros:

Roller blinds are thinner than curtains, and so they occupy less space.
They are not easily stained and so don’t require regular cleaning.
Unlike curtains that may allow external light to pass through its slits, roller blinds block out light more effectively.

Cons:

They can keep some windows from being easily opened.
They are generally difficult to clean except if made with wipe-clean fabrics.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are typically made of either wood, plastic or aluminium; they are entirely different from curtains and roller blinds that basically make use of fabrics. As in homes, they are also common in offices.

Pros:

They can be used with a broad blend of different colour schemes.
They have ultimate control over the level of light that is let in or out.
They stack up when drawn, and so they take up much less space than curtains.
Because they are made of wood, plastic or aluminium, venetian blinds are more durable than curtains whose fabrics may degrade over time.

Cons:

In cold weathers, Venetian blinds retain less heat than curtains.
They gather dust quickly and so require regular dusting.
Because the design is slatted, they may easily allow light to pass through even when they are closed.

Caring for Your Fabrics

When cleaning curtains and blinds, various things should be taken into consideration:

Sunlight

While fabrics of light colour resist fading by reflecting sunlight, dark-coloured fabrics easily fade because they absorb the sun. Therefore, lined window treatments, shades or blinds are effective for protecting your fabrics against the sun.

Vacuuming

Another method of cleaning your curtains and blinds is by vacuuming. Always vacuum your fabrics at least every month to keep off dust and dirt that may remain permanent if not removed for a long time. Ensure also that buttons and other embellishments on the material are secure before vacuuming.

Washing

First, check your materials to be sure they are washable before you begin to do the laundry. Remove every hardware attached to the material before you commence washing.

Ironing

It is advisable to iron the reverse side of your fabric to avoid ruining any sensitive design on it with the heat of the iron. You can spritz the seams lightly with water if they seem to have puckered.

Cleaning Lace

The dust in lace curtains and blinds can be removed by popping them in the dryer on the air cycle. Alternatively, you can wash the lace gently with water by using detergents made for delicate washables.

At Drytron Carpet Cleaning, we offer professional services to make your curtains and blinds as good as new. Our curtain cleaning services are so unique that we do not only leave your window dressings looking new and smelling fresh, we also get rid of any dust and dirt with our extensive curtain cleaning processes. Call the team to discuss your curtain cleaning needs.

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How does Carpet Dry-cleaning work?

How does Carpet Dry-cleaning work?

Cleaning Helps Ensure Your Carpets Remain Fresh

When you think of the dry-cleaning process, what usually comes to mind? Most assume that it’s a luxury only necessary for that delicate silk dress you need to freshen up for an event, or the kid’s school blazers that aren’t resilient enough for the household washing machine. What a lot of people fail to realise, is that dry-cleaning isn’t just specific to special clothing items or heavy household linen. What about the withstanding carpet you laid down years ago, that endures hours of foot traffic a day, while continuously insulating your floors and keeping your home cosy? Surely this feature of your home deserves the same care and attention as a dress or blazer?

The bottom line is – your carpet needs to be maintained if you want it to remain in good condition. The same goes for almost anything you own and use daily. And don’t worry if you’ve neglected your carpet cleaning and care habits up until this point – it’s better to start now but be informed before you do so. Carpet cleaning needs to be a process that is carefully researched and understood so that you don’t choose the wrong method. Dry versus steam clean can be a very bad oversight if you don’t know the right questions to ask and the right people to speak to.

What does the carpet dry-cleaning process involve?

Well to really state the obvious, your carpets are left dry. This may seem like a given, but ironically a lot of people aren’t aware that there isn’t water actually involved from start to finish. You see a stain and instantly think you need to douse it with bubbly detergent – but this is not an effective long-term practice. A professional dry-cleaning service entails a thorough, complete maintenance of your carpet that won’t leave one area in particular more saturated than others. Stains can be removed from different spots without it changing the appearance or quality of that particular area. Sure, DIY stain-cleaning efforts can seem instantly effective, but it’s far better to know your facts and identify when you might need to call on a professional opinion.

Rolling out the process

Carpet dry-cleaning includes a pre-vacuum of your carpet to remove any dry surface dirt such as mud or sand. This step is also applied to the steam cleaning process as well – because regardless of the technique implemented; dry surface debris can be incredibly hard to remove if it has become wet, compacted and somewhat solidified. A professional team will still give it a good go, but they will likely warn you that there is potential for lasting surface abrasion due to the way the dirt is now embedded in the carpet.

The solution to the problem

After vacuuming, the carpet is then treated with a special cleaning solution; a gentle yet effective combination of dry-cleaning solvents mixed in with water. The solution breaks down the oily residue contained within the carpet – this residue is what enables the dirt/debris to be held into the fibres, hence why you often spot-treat a stain but can’t seem to get rid of a residual stain shadow. Therefore, when the solution removes this obstructive oily residue, the carpet is now in a condition for easier removal of engrained dirt.

The importance of cottoning on

As unusual as it may seem, cotton plays an important role in the final stages of the carpet dry-cleaning process. Large absorbent pads are saturated in hot water that has been blended with a conditioning rinse, and then these are placed on the carpet under a rotary machine that acts in a similar way to that of a floor polisher. The pads are spun around on the carpet at high speed and the dirt is released from the carpet onto the pads. These pads are continually changed in the cleaning process and in some trickier cleaning situations, this will be done a second time.

What else do you need to consider?

Just because you understand what the carpet dry-cleaning process entails, doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you will have an end result that is professionally acceptable. That’s because every carpet cleaning business will claim to be “professional”, but this won’t be known to you until you’ve actually witnessed the finished product. Doing your research of not only the technique that will be used, but also being careful about who to trust with facilitating this, can be the difference between an average end result or an exceptional one. If a company aren’t friendly, informative or willing to provide a reasonable quote from the get-go, the chances are that their attitude to the dry-cleaning process will reflect this sub-par service. Other factors to keep in mind:

Ask questions

Make sure you understand what exactly their “solution” contains within its ingredients. Be alert for chemicals you’ve never heard of and don’t be afraid to ask why they use this product. Not every company will necessarily use the solution that they should be. Or, the solution appropriate to the material of your carpet.

Read reviews online

You’ll probably always find one or two customer reviews that give aggressively negative feedback, these people may or may not be justified in what they are saying. Make sure to read reviews across the board, take into consideration both positive and negative comments, and look at the context within the comments too. Bad customer service is unacceptable; however, this may be an unfortunate one-off situation that doesn’t reflect the company as a whole. How you yourself are treated as a new customer is what is most important. Go with your instincts.

Why do I need to go to this much effort?

Well, you don’t really – the professionals will do the hard stuff. Your efforts will be rewarded if you can understand and value the importance of booking in periodic carpet dry-cleaning jobs. You paid good money for your carpets, they look beautiful, they feel soft and healthy. Therefore, establishing a solid business relationship with a trusted carpet cleaning company is the key to ensuring your carpets remain beautiful both on the visible surface and within the fibres you can’t actually see.

Carpet Cleaning Melbourne – who do I choose?

Drytron Carpet Dry-Cleaning in Melbourne specialise in the dry-cleaning process, and you’ll find instant relief with the quality of the service you receive. Drytron are dedicated to their customers from the initial consultation through to the pre-assessment and then the exceptional final result. Carpet dry-cleaning bookings can be made online or over the phone, and in no time at all, you’ll add extra time to your carpets – the only choice you need to make is whether to do it today or tomorrow!

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Carpet vs Hardwood vs Tiled Floors - What's Best?

Carpet vs Hardwood vs Tiled Floors - What's Best?

Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home
So, either you’re building a new home, currently renovating, or keen for a change, and you’re stuck answering the following question: what type of flooring should we have in our home? While it might seem like a simple question, the answer is a lot more complicated and can depend on a few factors you should consider.

Hardwood floors, carpets, vinyl and tiles all have their benefits and drawbacks, and their suitability totally depends on your lifestyle, your budget, the style of your home, and the amount of effort you want to put in to maintaining your floor. The most suitable option for you can also differ depending on if you are trying to add value to your home if you are planning on putting your house on the market, or to add convenience if you are staying put.

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

Carpet
Carpet is the most comfortable and welcoming flooring type, and instantly adds warmth and texture to your home. Carpets can be a great option for all households, especially for those with young kids, as it is more comfortable for us adults to be down on the ground with them than on a harder surface. It also means when the little ones take a tumble, the carpet can soften their fall.

Carpet requires more maintenance than other flooring options, as spills and stains require extra elbow grease, or a trained carpet cleaning professional in order to get them back to looking like new. Carpet can also be a bit more pricey than other options, especially as it can be quite noticeable if you are opting for a budget brand carpet. With carpet you pay for what you get, so consider your carpet an investment if it is for your own home. You want the carpet to be clean, comfortable and of a high quality for your family.

Hardwood floors
You might be renovating your home and peel off some old carpet to find some stunning hardwood floors underneath – jackpot! You should seriously consider polishing them up and bringing out your home’s true character. Hardwood floors are a great way to add value to your home in a cost-effective way (if you already have hardwood floors you can work with). While it can be a bit of a process to sand, polish and dry your hardwood floors, often with a professional needed, they are incredibly low maintenance and easy to keep clean with a broom, mop or vacuum.

Also, if you like the idea of hardwood floors, but love the comfort of carpets, you can always add a rug to your hardwood floors for layering, texture and warmth so you get the best of both worlds!

Hardwood floors still require a bit of TLC every now and then though, especially if stiletto heels are worn on them. Prepare to rebuff/sand/polish every 5 years or so. If you’re building a new home and like the look of hardwood floors, you can definitely install these, albeit at a bit more of a cost than a home with existing hardwood floors, or alternatively, opt for a timber look vinyl covering.

Vinyl Floors
Vinyl flooring is a low cost, low maintenance option for those wanting to emulate hardwood floors or tiles without the price tag. This is a popular choice for rental properties as they are easy to install and maintain, and can often be done without the help of a professional.

Vinyl flooring has a bad reputation for being synonymous with cheap and tacky, however some vinyl flooring options are incredibly stylish and high quality, and will fit right in with your new build or renovation. Some timber look vinyl tiles look just like the real deal. Like hardwood floors, they are easy to keep clean with a broom, mop or vacuum, yet don’t require as much maintenance as hardwood floors do. And as they are a lot cheaper than other flooring options, they are easier to update when you decide it’s time to freshen up the bathroom again.

Tiled Floors
Tiles are the perfect way to add style and pizzazz to your home, with so many patterns and tile shapes to choose from. You can even jazz it up by opting for a coloured grouting! Tiles are a lot more permanent than vinyl due to the cost and time involved in installation (professional tilers required), however they are a lot more durable and last much longer than vinyl.

Good quality tiles installed by professional tilers can last up to 20 years, just make sure you are certain of your tile choice. Tiles are also easier to keep clean than carpet, and like vinyl and hardwood floors only require a mop or vacuum to clean. Tiles can be a lot tougher than vinyl and hardwood floors though being super heavy duty and requiring little maintenance over its lifespan.

Regardless of which flooring option you select, the most important factor in its quality and longevity is the amount of energy you put in to maintaining your flooring. It’s all well and good to choose the highest quality tiles or carpet, or paying a professional to transform your hardwood floors, but all that is lost if you do not put in the effort to maintain it.

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

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How to Care for Your Curtains - Cleaning Tips

How to Care for Your Curtains - Cleaning Tips

Keep Your Curtains in Tip-Top Shape

Curtains are a popular and rather essential component to a home. They can add just the right amount of atmosphere and warmth to a room, and come in an assortment of styles, colours and practicalities. Once chosen and hung in the desired room, curtains quite literally hang about – blending into the background of your home while providing essential privacy, unique style and overall comfort. However, despite their ability to simply become a “piece of the furniture” alongside everything else you own, curtains too require care and maintenance in order to preserve their longevity and keep them in tip-top shape.

The questions then arise – how often should you clean curtains? How do you protect delicate sheer styles? Can you clean your curtains in a washing machine? Is there a generic curtain drape and upholstery cleaning method that covers most styles, or do you need to customise it according to make and or fabric? Before we launch into the good stuff – as in the tips and tricks you can apply to your own curtains to give them some TLC, let’s cover the types of curtains available and how they differ from one another.

A good start is that of “box pleated” curtains – these give a very shapely, defined look by draping into deep folds down the full length of the curtains. Box pleats are often tailored with a lot of body and volume in material, to give your room a cosy, enclosed feel. The box shapes line up next to each other which creates that formal, pleated look, ideal for more formal rooms like the lounge, dining or study. Another pleating style is that of “pinch pleating”, which gives the curtains a decorative finish at the top, and a more unique design than that of box pleats.

Then we move into the lighter designs, such as that of the “sheer curtain”. Quite often designed from thin lace or cotton, sheers help to bring a lightness to any window while still providing privacy and warmth. Sheer curtains are commonly hung as secondary curtains or over blinds, meaning the primary curtain or blind can be used to block out light and then pulled back to reveal the sheers. This layering method allows light into the room, while still minimising visibility from the outside.

Regardless of your chosen style and design, curtain cleaning is an important factor to take into consideration with your own coverings. See below for the tips and tricks you can apply to the curtains in your home and how Drytron Curtain cleaning in Melbourne can help you ensure your curtains are properly cared for.

Shake it Up

Did you know one of the simplest and easiest techniques you can use to refresh your curtains at the end of each day, is to gently shake them from the bottom up? Imagine you’re fluffing out your duvet cover, but a much more delicate and breakable duvet than the one on your bed. Dust and fluff that collects over the course of a day and week can be gently removed by a rolling motion from holding the curtain with both hands at the seams and fluffing the material upwards. As it rolls and expands, dust and surface dirt will lift, and the curtain will be instantly refreshed.

Roll with a Lint Roller

For weekly care and dirt removal, lint rollers are a fantastic way of brushing off surface-dirt. For lightweight curtains, an occasional shake is more practical to protect delicate fabric, but for heavier styles such as the box pleat, a lint roller will effectively wipe the curtain of any build up and loose fluff. As you’re brushing the roller from the top downwards, also look out for stains or areas that need more in-depth attention, to pass this information onto your curtain cleaning expert. The tops of the curtains along the rod are especially susceptible to dust accumulation as it settles near the pleats and becomes compacted over time.

Machine Washing

Remove all hardware from your curtains before washing. When washing them, check the care label first. If you’re in doubt about your curtains then go straight to the tip on Dry Cleaning below, or if you are willing to take the risk, try spot testing a small corner with a mix of water and a small amount of liquid laundry detergent or liquid dish soap. Most washable curtains need to be washed in cold water with a small amount of laundry detergent. Delicate lace and sheer curtains may benefit from hand washing or machine washing inside a mesh bag. In a pinch, you can wash delicate curtains inside an old pillowcase that is tied shut tightly to prevent fraying and damage.

Spot Clean and Dry to 95%

Gentle fabric stain removers can be a great spot-cleaning method, especially when you can remove the entire curtain and hang it out to dry. Diluting some stain remover in warm water and gently dabbing the stained area can instantly treat mould, mildew or other everyday dirt marks. Once clean, line drying or using a low setting on a clothes dryer will both work for washable curtains. With clothes dryers, the trick is to remove the curtains from the dryer before they are 100% dry. Over drying will set wrinkles and create lasting fabric marks but removing the curtains while they’re still slightly damp will allow them to naturally flatten out again without permanent fold marks.

Dry Cleaning – Drytron Cleaning

Some curtains may have a label that reads dry clean only. This is where Drytron Carpet Dry Cleaning in Melbourne are going to be your go-to maintenance team. Doing anything other than dry cleaning is at your own risk and can seriously damage your items. Some fabrics may bleed and fade if they aren’t properly dry cleaned, and others may shrink or pill on the fabric surface. If you do decide to try to machine or hand wash dry clean only curtains, use a very mild detergent and a gentle cycle. But if you’re passionate about preserving your curtain’s condition, call on Drytron to provide you with an excellent and second-to-none curtain cleaning service.

The skilled team from Drytron in Melbourne, Victoria will provide a curtain cleaning service that will do more than just leave your curtains looking clean and smelling like new. The cleaning process is designed to maintain and restore the original curtain fibres while never failing to effectively remove surface debris, bacteria and allergens that can attach to your window coverings and drapery.

Drytron uses a tried and tested six-step cleaning process that helps to restore and refresh your curtains, bringing instant life back to their appearance and making them look as good as the day you hung them! Don’t get hung up on how to clean your curtains properly – call on the experts at Drytron Carpet Cleaning Melbourne for exceptional curtain drape and upholstery cleaning that you won’t find anywhere else.

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