Carpet Cleaning 101 - Vacuum often and where it counts

Carpet Cleaning 101 - Vacuum often and where it counts

Carpet functions like a giant air filter, collecting our home’s dirt and dust. Those two Ds act like fine sandpaper, wearing down carpet fibres over time. If vacuuming is not your passion, and we’re guessing it’s not, our advice is to focus on vacuuming the high-traffic areas once a week or more. Carpet cleaning is an important process, by simply vacuuming the high-soil areas in the entrances and toward the front of your home, you can add years to the life of your carpet.

Go Slow
While vacuuming your carpet, take your time and use overlapping strokes. Even counting slowly with each forward and backward stroke allows time for the vacuum to do its work.

Treat Stains Immediately
If possible, take care of stains as soon as they happen. Most carpets today are made to resist liquid penetration for a time, so if you simply blot (don’t rub!) it dry with a clean cloth right away, the stain may not have a chance to set. If blotting alone doesn’t do the trick check out our Drytron carpet dry cleaning process and call in our professional carpet cleaners to get the job done.

Match Your Vacuum to Your Needs
Choose your vacuum based on its functions rather than price tag. Have shedding pets, for example? Choose a vacuum with a hose and multiple attachments. Stairs? Go light or find one with a removable stair-cleaning attachment. Choose substance over flashy, make the cleaning process easier.

Maintain Your Vacuum
Keep your vacuum clean. A dirty vacuum will give your carpet a compromised result. Empty the canister or bag frequently, check hoses for clogs, and change the filter when it starts to turn grey and clean the vacuum heads regularly.

Go Pro
Consider having your carpet professionally cleaned once or twice a year depending on the size of your household. Rental machines that require special solutions can leave dirt-attracting residue. Use a reputable professional service instead. Check out Drytron’s recommended cleaning process here.

For more great carpet cleaning tips and tricks click here! Of course, if you need to get the carpet cleaning experts in to get your carpet, upholstery and rugs looking their best, simply contact us or give us a call in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50

New year, no stains!

New year, no stains!

Has everyone decided what their New Year’s resolutions will be? It might not be on your list, but we bet you’d like to start the new year with a stain-free house! With all the heavy duty celebrating, our carpets, rugs, and upholstery usually tend to need a good dry clean after the festive season, plus it’s a great way to start the year off with a clean and fresh home environment.

Drytron carpet specialists have access to industrial strength products and machines that the average consumer doesn’t have lying around the house.

Carpet is a big investment, so having red wine stains or dirty little footprints on your carpet is not ideal. And trying to tackle the carpet cleaning process on your own with some risky home remedies, solvent products and detergents can have unintended consequences.

Simply put, some stains are better removed by the carpet cleaning professionals, especially when it comes to red wine.

If a spill does occur, time is of the essence and if you are smart and decide to call in a carpet cleaning company, first remove as much red wine as possible, by blotting the wine-stained area as soon as the spill happens.

Drytron are experts in any carpet, rug, and upholstery cleaning emergency. Give us a call in the  Drytron Customer Care Centre on  13 12 50 and start 2022 stain-free.

What to do if Santa spills milk on your carpet – carpet stain removal tips & tricks

What to do if Santa spills milk on your carpet – carpet stain removal tips & tricks

He may only work one day a year but it’s a busy one, so when the big fella arrives at your humble abode he’s bound to be tired, thirsty and pretty peckish. Navigating a foreign living room in the dark is no easy feat so there’s bound to be some spilt milk, mince pies and a few muddy reindeer prints on your carpet the next morning.

Whatever it may be; spills, dirt, cranberry sauce, gravy or the advent calendar choccies, these pesky devils will most likely find their way onto your carpet this festive season. But there’s no need to panic – if you treat them correctly your carpet will live to fight another Christmas day!

Although it might sound daunting, carpet cleaning isn’t as tricky as you might think. Here are some of our best carpet cleaning tips and tricks to give you the ultimate guide for Christmas carpet stain removal.

An essential part of the carpet cleaning process is to know what not to do when cleaning carpet stains. Here are the classic DO’s and DON’Ts of carpet cleaning stain removal.

• Contain the spill – with a paper towel or cloth
• Wipe away any excess liquids
• Scoop up any solids with a spoon

• scrub your carpet. Scrubbing at a stain can actually push the stain further into the carpet fibres making it much harder to remove
• iron your carpet. Some people might suggest ironing over certain stains as a removal technique but try to avoid this at all costs. You are more likely to leave scorch marks on your carpet and melt nylon or polyester fibres
• leave the stain on the carpet. The more time a stain has to settle, the harder it becomes to remove

Depending on the type of stain, these household products are always good to have in the cupboard in case of a carpet emergency.

  • White vinegar – great for lifting away all sorts of light stains
  • A simple home detergent (or multi-purpose detergent) is also a fantastic tool to get out carpet stains and germs
  • Bi-carb soda – the carpet cleaner all-round saviour

Disclaimer: If you are going to treat your carpet it may lead to discolouration or damage, always test your treatment in a non-obvious corner to see the effect of your treatment before applying to visible areas. Better still consult your carpet manufacturer or a professional carpet cleaner such as Drytron.

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

10 Ways to Remove Cat & Dog Hair from your Carpets

10 Ways to Remove Cat & Dog Hair from your Carpets

Owning a pet can be such a fun and rewarding experience and they come with a huge list of positives that contribute to the overall happiness and fulfilment of everyday life.

But it’s not all glitter and unicorns when owning an animal. Domestic pets in particular, i.e. cats and dogs, can have a particular impact on the cleanliness of surfaces within the home. This is due to excess hair shedding that can cause a fair amount of hassle if left to build up on the affected surface for long periods of time. Professional cleaning services can play a crucial role in keeping your household aesthetics free of animal hair congestion.

Don’t be put off by the above comments – there is no reason why owning a pet has to be stressful, nor should you face an ongoing battle against pet hair shedding. As long as you carry out some regular cleaning practices and call in the professionals for carpet and upholstery dry-cleaning when necessary, you’ll keep your home fur-free!

Listed below are 10 carpet cleaning tips & tricks for pet hair removal, that you can implement into your everyday habits:

Sticky Lint Roller
It might seem like an obvious one, but sticky lint rollers are your best friend when it comes to a quick, fuss-free “de-fluff” session. They’re great for smaller areas, and not quite as effective on larger patches of carpet – as the sticky area of the roller can be quickly consumed by the first surface layer of hair. But hey, you’ve had a coffee and are feeling game – why not take to the armchair after you’ve finished cleaning up your favourite rug? Every small bit of maintenance helps to keep overall pet hair at bay.

Sticky-tape Rolled Around your Hand
This can be a fun one to encourage the kids to help with your carpet hair-removal movement – especially as Lint Rollers can be dearer and less effective on larger patches. Invest in some strong, industrial-grade packing tape, wrap around the palm of your hand several times (with the sticky component facing upwards!) and trick the kids into thinking they’re in competition to accumulate the most pet hair on their sticky tape. In no time, you could have larger rugs and carpets looking significantly less hairy than before! Go kids, go!

Roll the Dog Hair into a Damp Ball – Then Vacuum!
One of the most underrated hair-removal tricks in the book is that of a very light pre-moistening your rug and then sweeping the pet hair into damp, attractive clumps, prior to getting at them with the vacuum. Dampening the hair makes it a lot easier to sweep it into a pile for you to then blast away with your trusty hoover. This can make larger sections of carpet much more manageable to deal with – just be careful to not overdo the water usage. Carpet doesn’t dry quickly, without assistance, and wet carpet will lead to smells, mould, mildew and even carpet shrinkage. A slight light mist with a spray bottle is all you need to kick this trick into gear – and get rid of that hair!

Dampen your Cleaning Utensils
When it comes to hardwood flooring, rather than dampening the floor directly like above with the rug itself, you can actually dampen the broom or mop you’re using before you apply it to the floor space. Suddenly you’ve taken a pretty good everyday mop and transformed it into a highly efficient, damp hair-magnet.

There are many benefits of having your upholstery and carpets professionally dry-cleaned. Contact Drytron for a quote.

Holiday / Christmas craft ideas

Holiday & Christmas craft ideas

As we enter the silly season and start feeling festive, it’s a great time to make your home look merry and bright. With school holidays starting, a fun way to keep them busy is making Christmas crafts together.

We’ve put together a few ideas for you to make with the little ones, or if they are old enough, help get them started and let their creativity flow. Ps. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these fun activities. Put some cheesy Christmas music on and get crafting!

Salt dough ornaments:

This is a lovely way to make special ornaments you can keep and hang on the Christmas tree year after year – and they also make extra special Christmas gifts. If you don’t already have Christmas cutters at home, you can pick them up fairly easily at most shops and supermarkets – and the bonus is, you can use them to make Christmas cookies too!

Of course you can also cut your shapes free form yourself – or trace around a cutout of some printed pictures you find online or in a magazine.

Here is a simple recipe:

Combine 4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup salt, and 1 1/2 cups of warm water in a mixing bowl. Knead until the dough is firm and smooth. Roll out dough and cut desired shapes (use a straw or a chopstick to poke a hole for hanging). Bake at 150°C until dry, approximately 1 hour; cool completely.

Once you have baked and cooled your ornaments, the fun begins. Paint them with your choice of colour and design, then tie a ribbon through and hang them on your tree.

If you have a baby or small child, a cute idea is to make fingerprint decorations for Grandparents. These can be painted and given to them as a special gift.

Painted pinecones:

With beautiful pinecones starting to drop around now, it’s a great time to take the kids on a pine cone collecting adventure so you can make festive decorations out of them. Paint them in your favourite colour or match this year’s Christmas theme. Once dry, you can add some glitter by brushing the tips with wood glue and rolling them in a tray of glitter to cover all sides. you can place them under your Christmas tree or around the house as part of the décor.

If you prefer a more natural style, you can decorate them to look like mini Christmas trees. Using a wooden block or cork as a base for your “tree”, choose your decoration, source some berries, beads, or pom poms as well as a star, from your local graft shop. Stick your decorations on the tips of the pine needles, as you would with real decorations. Place a good coating of glue onto the bottom of your pinecone and hold it firmly on the base of your choice until it has set. Glue the star on top and enjoy your adorable pinecone Christmas tree. Don’t worry if anyone makes a mess – these tips for crafty stain removal may come in handy right about now.

Festive treat jars:

Find yourself a medium sized glass jar: either a recycled jam jar or purchase some inexpensive jars from a discount store. You should also be able to pick up some fun things there for your children to decorate the jars with, such as Christmas stickers, stars and glitter. You can also make a reindeer jar, by using superglue to stick brown pipe cleaner antlers to the lids, with googly eyes and a fluffly pom-pom nose on the side to make its face. Once your jars are decorated and dry, full them with your favourite treats or cookies and tie a ribbon around them. These make great gifts for teachers or party favours for Christmas day.

Twig ornaments:

Everyone should have some twigs in their garden or on the street in front of your house. Send the kids out on a hunt for twigs while you get some work done. Once they have collected them, choose some wool, fine wire or twine and wood or craft glue and get creative. Break the twigs according to the size you want for the shapes you choose. Eg: Make a Christmas tree by gluing three twigs together to make a triangle and then use a small one as the base/stem of the tree. Or you can make a Christmas tree shape by placing the sticks a few centimeters apart, getting shorter as you move up the tree, and wire them or tie them together so they hang in the shape of a tree. Thread some coloured twine or wool around the twigs to decorate theme, and add any other decorations you have, like some old beach shells or a few pieces of broken tinsel. Tie some ribbon around the top and hang it in a window, or on your wall. If you want to paint your twigs too, then go for it! Another idea is to make some twiggy stars and paint them, or cover them with glitter, and hang them by your windows or door.

Christmas cards:

Homemade cards are very special and are appreciated by so many, especially Grandparents. If you have young children and want to go the simpler route, fingerprint artwork is a great option. Use finger paint and create a string of colourful fingerprint ‘lights’, these will brighten any card. Slightly older kids might enjoy making a paper Christmas wreath card, by cutting out different sized circles (which is great cutting practice too), using offcuts of wrapping paper. Feather the edges and stick them together in a circle with the edges fluffed up, to create a beautiful wreath. You can even recycle old Christmas cards by cutting out the pictures from the front and sticking them on some new cards, then drawing a picture or design around them. For the more advanced options, a pop-up snowman or Father Christmas is a fun option, or why not try making a Christmas village silhouette.

Once you’ve finished making and decorating your home with all your new crafty Christmas creations, prepare your home for visitors with Poinsettia plants and Christmas lights, give your carpets a clean and prepare for the silly season in style!

If you’ve got a little more glitter or “decorations” on your carpet than you planned, then you may want to call the experts in and have them professionally cleaned. Why not get in touch with Drytron carpet cleaners. They will have your carpets looking good as new in no time.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50

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. Carpet stains are not all made equal and tomato sauce stains can be some of the worst – whether it’s pasta, pizza, lasagne or even just plain old baked beans, tomato sauce has some special super power to make a real mess. Getting it off clothes is one thing, but getting those red, oily stains out of a carpet is a completely different ball game. This is where Drytron Carpet Dry Cleaning comes in handy.

It’s 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 a carpet can be a real hassle, and not every carpet cleaning method works as well as you’d like it to. Here are a few stain removal tips you can try to get rid of those damned tomatoey spots (even those dried on ones!). If you are not sure you can tackle these alone, call in the carpet cleaning experts. 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 it can get a little tricky getting it dry afterwards. All you need for this is an ice cube, dish detergent and 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 carpet 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 in 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 Dry 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 carpet cleaning help, cleaning advice and even more carpet cleaning tips and tricks, Drytron offer excellent professional carpet cleaning services. We even offer personalised carpet cleaning consultations to make sure you get those pesky tomato stains out for good.

Call our friendly team to discuss your cleaning requirements:

Book Online or Call: 13 12 50

how does it work

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.

how does it work

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 carpet cleaner.

Rolling out the process

Carpet dry-cleaning includes a pre-vacuum of your carpet to remove any dry surface dirt such as dry-cleaning 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 carpet cleaner 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 carpet cleaning 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!

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

Book Online or Call: 13 12 50

How to arrange wall art in your home

How to arrange wall art in your home

Having artwork in your home is a great way to add life to a room, showcase a beautiful piece, or tie your décor together. Your choice of artwork can really affect your mood, so when you’re shopping for art, choose something that truly resonates with you. You might create a wall of family pics to remind you of special memories, or jazz up a drab room with some colourful statement pieces. Have a look at how colour can affect your mood.

There are so many options, and so many superb wonderful artworks and styles. Once you’ve made your choices, it can also be a little daunting to decide how to arrange your art, particularly if you’re buying more than one artwork and need to figure out how it all fits together. We’ve put together a few tips to make the art-arranging process a little bit easier for you.

Choose your wall:

Consider the size of your wall and space in the room. What pieces do you have to display? What is the size of your artwork? Consider the furniture in the room and if your piece will go with it. If you’re styling a room from scratch, then match the colours and design with your artwork, especially if it’s a showstopper piece.

Smaller spaces could be the perfect place to display your smaller artwork, and a great opportunity to create a gallery wall. Use smaller pieces between doors, windows or on a stair landing. Check out our other ideas for small spaces. For larger walls, don’t be afraid to go for one big piece or do a group of pieces together.  If these are on a larger wall, then these can be spaced out more too.

If you have a feature, like a fireplace, with a naked wall above it, a great piece of artwork above could change the room completely and make the entire space feel finished and welcoming. The same applies to the space above your couch; just remember to leave enough space between the couch and picture so that you don’t end up resting your head against your artwork or frame.

Arrangement styles:

Once you have chosen your wall and know which pieces you want to use, you need to decide how you’ll arrange the works.

Symmetrical arrangements: This is a more orderly style, traditional and formal. These pieces are best placed in a grid formation. This is normally a group of 4 to 6 pictures (two at the top with two below or three at the top with three below), with the exact amount of space between each picture. They are also generally the same size and often even have the same frames. Perfect for above a couch, fireplace or in a hallway, this arrangement creates a nice balance in the room.

Asymmetrical arrangements: This is ideal if you have a variety of different sizes of artwork or pictures with different frames. Mixing different styles and orientations allows more room for creativity. Try and have the heavier, busier pieces in the middle of your arrangement. Use this as a focal point, and then arrange pieces around this.

If you have two pictures that are not identical in size, then stagger them, by hanging one higher than the other so the top and bottom don’t match.

Plan where your artwork will go:

If you’re doing a group of pictures, then lay all of them out on a table or floor and move them around until it looks good to you. Don’t be afraid to mix things up and try something different, it may just work, but do this BEFORE you bring out the hammer or drill!

Get out the tape measure and plan where your pieces will go. If you would like to visualise the artwork on the wall, then get some kraft paper, measure the size of the artwork or framed picture, cut the exact size out of kraft paper, and stick these on the wall with a little masking tape. This way you can also get the spacing right in between each piece, and you can even make a mark on the craft paper as to where the nail should go. You will also feel more confident when hammering or drilling the nail into the wall.

A wall full of art can add personality and life to your home, and give you joy every time you see it. Don’t be daunted by the process of hanging your artwork; with these tips you can really enjoy creating your wall of memories or hanging up that masterpiece.

Now that you have finished putting up your display of artwork and have carpets full of dust, why not give Drytron a call to give your carpets a deep clean.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50

Home cleaning tips to make life easier

Home cleaning tips to make life easier

We all love living in a clean home, even if we don’t necessarily enjoy cleaning it. So we’ve put together some tips to make cleaning easier, while delivering great results. These smart cleaning tips mean less elbow grease — and more time to get on with the things you enjoy!

Cleaning your oven:

If you would prefer not to use oven cleaner or don’t have any at home, you can mix some baking soda and vinegar together and use that. Apply the mixture as a paste to your oven, leave it on for 30 minutes to soak in, and then scrub the dirt off once it’s softened.

When oil splatters on your splashbacks or around your stove top, you can use baby oil or a little olive oil moistened paper towel to rub off the splatter. This may sound strange, but remember, oil removes oil. Wipe with a clean cloth until the oily residue has disappeared.

Steaming your microwave:

Instead of scraping off the food mess that’s coating the insides of your microwave, utilise the power of steam to clean your microwave instead. Place a microwaveable bowl with water and lemon inside your microwave and turn it onto high for 3 – 5 minutes. The steam created will loosen the grime and make it easy to clean off with a paper towel or soft cloth.

Burnt pots & pans:

You can clean a burnt pan with water, vinegar and baking soda. Half-fill the pan with water and then add a cup of white vinegar. Bring it to the boil, remove from the heat and then add two tablespoons of baking soda. Let it sit until cooled and then wipe the mixture out of the pan.

Wooden cutting boards:

Lemons are great for both cleaning and sanitising. Place some coarse salt on the cutting board then use a lemon that has been cut in half and rub it over your cutting board. This will help remove stains and clean it at the same time. Then rinse with water.

Disinfect your keyboard:

Most of us never think to do this, and we should probably be cleaning our keyboards more than ever with COVID around. This is an easy task to do with an old toothbrush and vinegar. Dip a toothbrush in a cup of half-water, half-vinegar mix and use it to clean on and between the keys. Don’t get too liberal with the liquid though- water and electronics do not mix!

While you’re there, use a spare coffee filter to clean the screen of your computer or laptop; the filters trap dust without leaving any fibres behind.

The wonderful lint roller:

Lampshades and upholstery can gather a lot of dust and pet hair over time. One of the best ways to remove this is with a lint roller; just roll it over the lampshade or upholstery and you’ll be amazed at how much comes off!  Take a look at our other upholstery cleaning tips.

Craft time with glitter can be a child’s dream and a parent’s nightmare. It turns up for months after the event —if not years!  Instead of trying to sweep the glitter up and spreading it, use your trusty lint roller once again. Here are some other tips for removing craft stains.

Removing water spots:

Water stains on surfaces can be removed using white vinegar. A solution of half water, half vinegar can also be used on water stains on glasses. Spray the solution on, leave it on for about 15 minutes then wipe it away and give the glass a clean or rinse.

Hard water stains such as limescale can be removed with a lemon. Cut the lemon in half and rub it onto the areas around taps in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry and let the juice soak in for 10 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.

Now that you have some handy tips to make your cleaning easier it’s time to get started. So switch on your favourite playlist, get your marigolds out and get cracking. Here is our ultimate cleaning music playlist for you.

If you’d like your carpets professionally cleaned, why not get in touch with Drytron carpet cleaners. This will save you a lot of time and energy and leave your carpets looking as good as new.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50

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 popular style of window dressing that adds just the right amount of atmosphere, warmth and style to a room, coming in an assortment of styles, colours and practicalities. Curtains blend into the background while providing essential privacy, decoration 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 looking good.

But maintaining them can be tricky. There are many questions to ask, such as how often should you clean your curtains or drapes? 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?

Curtain cleaning is more complicated than you might think, so here are Drytron’s tips and tricks you can apply to your own curtains to give them some TLC regardless of your chosen style and design.

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 version than the one on your bed. Dust and fluff that collects over time can be gently removed by a rolling motion, 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 removing surface dirt. For lightweight curtains, an occasional shake is more practical to protect delicate fabric, but for heavier styles such as a box pleat, a lint roller will effectively wipe free 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

It goes without saying, but check the care label first! If you’re in doubt about machine washing your curtains go straight to the tip on Dry Cleaning below. If the care label says machine washing is OK, try spot testing a 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, and make sure you remove all hardware from your curtains before washing. Delicate lace and sheer curtains may benefit from hand washing or being placed inside a mesh wash 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%

If the care label allows, 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, meaning any other form of cleaning could seriously damage them. 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’re passionate about preserving your dry-clean-only curtains in top condition, call Drytron, the curtain drape and upholstery cleaning professionals, to provide you with an excellent and second-to-none curtain cleaning service. Our 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.

Book Online or Call: 13 12 50