Professional Vacuuming Advice

Professional Vacuuming Advice

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

So let’s get started…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you need to get the carpet cleaning experts in simply call us in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50. Our years of developing our specialised cleaning process, plus our walk on dry service will ensure you’ll get back to your day with amazing results and minimal disruption.


Urine and Your Carpets

Urine and your carpets

When urine penetrates the carpet and reaches the underlay it spreads. Urine breaks down the natural surface tension of the carpet fibres so that each time your pet returns to the same spot, the urine penetrates further and further, affecting a larger and larger area.

Urine contains uric salts. The uric salts attracts moisture, the bacteria thrives in this moist environment and produces an off-gas, which is the smell. Once the weather warms up again, the bacteria become even more active and the smell gets stronger – hence the unpleasant urine odour.

The urine odour won’t go away until the bacteria in the underlay are killed and the uric salts are dissolved. Hard work, but in all but heavy cases of urine contamination, the problem can usually be effectively treated without replacing carpet or underlay.

So what about fresh urine stains?
In the case of fresh stains or recent stains they may be easy enough to treat. Simply re-hydrate the area with a mixture of water and vinegar, and then using a thick towel, stand on it to soak up all the moisture. Finally, treat it with a pet odour eliminator that can kill the bacteria that causes the odour and stops the pet from returning to the same location. Drytron have a product called Wee Buster that works very effectively and is available from your local Drytron technician. Once you’ve cleaned up the stain try using an air conditioner or dehumidifier to help soak up any remaining moisture. It will deprive any remaining bacteria of its food source.

How do you treat old, persistent urine odours?
If there are old urine stains returning to haunt you there really is no other option but to call in the carpet cleaning experts. Your local Drytron carpet cleaning technician will treat the problem with a more scientific method that includes:

Identifying key areas of the carpet and underlay that are affected using a sensor. Remember that the area affected under the carpet is always larger than the visible stain. They will inject the underlay with an exclusive sanitising solution that will kill the bacteria and neutralise the uric salts.

They will clean the carpet to remove any urine contamination from the carpet fibres.

This process is effective if the size of the area is no bigger than a dinner plate. If the affected area is larger than that, it may be necessary to actually replace the carpet underlay and to treat both sides of the carpet. In extreme cases it may also be necessary to seal the sub-floor – urine can penetrate into wood and concrete.

Urine odours and visible urine stains are two different things. Drytron can treat both, although old visible urine stains are often impossible to remove. You must act fast.

If you find a strange odour hanging around your carpet and suspect that it may be urine – don’t delay, call Drytron on 13 12 50 and get the problem sorted.


Commercial Carpet Cleaning Product Review

Commercial Carpet Cleaning Product Review

Drytron Stain Buster

This handy all-purpose stain removal product is great for busting even the worst red wine stains from carpet.

Simply spray product on the stain and let stand for a few minutes. Next, blot the stain with a clean cloth. We suggest using your thumb inside the cloth, lightly rotating in a clockwise direction. If you’ve already treated the stain with other products or home remedies without success, let Stain Buster sit for 20-30 minutes. Blot the stain with a damp cloth and let the treated section dry completely. If you can still see the stain after the area is dry, repeat the process.

Drytron Stain Buster is usually safe for use on colored carpet, however we always recommend spot testing first in a small patch away from visible areas (That way you can see if it has a bleaching, or staining effect on the carpet).

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. Our walk on dry service will ensure you’ll get back to your day with amazing results and minimal disruption.


Removing Red Wine Spills on carpet

Removing Red Wine Spills on carpet

Drytron have access to industrial strength products and machines that the average consumer doesn’t have lying around the house. Carpet is a big investment, and playing with some risky home remedies, solvent products and detergents can have unintended consequences.

Simply put, some stains are better removed by professionals.

Even if you call in a carpet cleaning company, it is important to remove as much red wine as possible by blotting the wine-stained area as soon as possible.

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. Our walk on dry service will ensure you’ll get back to your day with amazing results and minimal disruption.


Quick tip - Carpet fading or colour loss

Quick tip - Carpet fading or colour loss


Quick tip - Carpet Shading and Pile Reversal

Quick tip - Carpet Shading and Pile Reversal

Carpet shading
Cut pile carpets often display a characteristic called shading. This is when there appears to be patches of different coloured carpet after vacuuming or in areas that have been walked on. These variations are caused by little changes in the way that the pile is sitting in relation to other fibres. This phenomenon is simply the result of a trick of light. The sides of fibres reflect more light that the tips of the fibre, so when the carpet pile is ‘lying’ they will seem to create a light pile.

Solution
Shading is just a temporary condition and can be reversed by vacuuming in a common direction or carpet brushing. Your Drytron professional will brush your carpet when they complete their clean.

Carpet pile reversal
Pile reversal is the result of the carpet pile being ‘trained’ to lie in a particular direction that is opposite to the rest of the carpet. This is generally caused by regular traffic flow on your carpet. For instance, if the regular pattern of walking on a high traffic area is to turn to the right, then the carpet pile will continually sit to the left. Over time this lean to the left will become ingrained and hard to remove with vacuuming or even brushing.

Solution
Unfortunately, this is the normal wear and tear of the carpet. You can of course use runners and rugs in some super high traffic spots to reduce the effect on your permanent carpet. Regular vacuuming and maintenance cleans will also remove the sharp debris in the carpet that cuts the carpet fibre and makes it more susceptible to pile training.

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.


Quick tip - Removing that new carpet smell

Quick tip - Removing that new carpet smell

How to get rid of that new carpet smell
Hey, we love the look of our new carpet… but when you are lying awake at night with the smell pervading the room it is not quite as pleasant. Why does it smell? Well, it is an industrial processed product so a bit of that is bound to come with a bit of odor. Latex, wool, nylon, fire repellents, fabric protectors and of course carpet adhesives all add up to a cocktail of caustic.

The first step is ensuring that any new carpet you buy is a quality product that is guaranteed low irritant, and off-gassing laboratory tested.

What to do
Once the carpet is laid there is of course no going back. The smell will diminish over time, however, If the smell is a little more you can bare then here are a few tips.

First, ensure that the room is well ventilated with a steady flow of air. Perhaps the use of fans to keep the air moving.

Secondly, distribute baking soda over the carpet then vacuuming up the next day. Ensure that you install HEPA filters in your vacuum which will stop the minute particles spreading around the room.

Thirdly, another option that is found here is to soak complete onions or celery soaked in water overnight in the room that has the new carpet.

Finally, we are a carpet cleaning company… so of course we are going to recommend our services, but we do have a range of products that we use in the cleaning process to leave a clean fresh scent rather than ‘Eau de glue no 5’. Give Drytron a call for a bit of Rescue 101 on 13 12 50.


Quick tip - Reduce Carpet Shedding

Quick tip - Reduce Carpet Shedding

It’s a bit annoying – those little bits of carpet that seem to litter the top of your new carpet. Will this eventually become like the bald patch on Uncle Mikes scone? Will we need to adopt some elaborate comb over technique the way he does at Chrissie? Will we need to hide the patch with some conspicuous rug too?

Never fear, carpet shedding is just a fact of a new carpets life. Carpets made with spun fibres shed loose bits left in the carpet from the manufacturing process. Generally, removing these loose fibers does not affect the carpet life or quality. Also, they are totally safe, because of the micron size is greater than 90 microns, these fibers are too large to become airborne and breathed in (that needs to be less than <4 microns).

What should I do?
Most shedding gradually disappears within the first year. Simply ensure that you vacuuming properly (click here to learn how), using a quality vacuum cleaner. Also, ensure that you maintain your regular maintenance dry cleaning regime over the first year.

Carpet Crushing
…wait, what does that actually mean? Crushing is the loss of pile thickness due to foot trampling. As you imagine this is going to be the advent of flat areas on your carpet in high traffic such as hallways, entrances and lounge – rooms. Sometimes you can restore the carpet, other times crushing is there for good.

Is carpet crushing covered by Warranty?
You probably guessed it, crushing is not considered a manufacturing defect unless specifically cited in the manufacturer’s warranty.

So what do I do?

Like many things, prevention is better than trying to find a cure. So…

1) Regular vacuuming may help reduce crushing due to traffic.

2) Use rugs, mats and runners in high traffic areas.

3) Move furniture around regularly, and use carpet off-cuts or carpet protectors under the legs of cabinets, couches and tables.

4) Regular carpet dry cleaning will brush up the carpet.

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.


Tips for cleaning cat urine from carpet

Tips for cleaning cat urine from carpet

If you see the cat wee – the first step is to blot up any excess urine from the floor using paper towels. One way is to apply pressure to the paper towels by adding some weight above the towel, the easiest way is to stand on it. Repeat this process with fresh towels until you are no longer able to draw up any fluid.

If you cannot see the cat urine, but you suspect that it is there because of the smell, there are a couple of tricks you can use. The easiest way by using a product called a black light which in Melbourne or Victoria can be bought at Bunnings or a lighting store. When you turn out your lights and use a portable violet light to scan the walls, carpets and furniture the cat urine will glow green. Of course, Drytron technicians are equipped with professional quality black lights.

Treating the soiled carpet
APPLYING PRODUCTS TO COVER OR REMOVE CAT URINE
The next step is to apply a carpet deodouriser and stain removal product. There are a number of products available on the market in either a powder or a liquid form. Drytron has a product called Drytron Wee Buster which is specially formulated to remove the stain and the odour. There are also a number of home remedies that you can use such as applying baking soda to the affected area, you can leave the baking soda overnight then vacuum up the residue.

Why your cat may wee on the carpet
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CLEANING A STAIN
We are by no means cat experts, but through 26 years of gathering information here are a few thoughts we can share.

• You may be placing the litter tray in the wrong spot. (Cats like privacy, so placing it in a busy area may result in non-use.)

• The Litter tray may be too dirty. (Keep it clean regularly).

• Your cat may not like the brand of kitty litter.

• Stress is a major cause of urination.

• Fear – if you are punishing your cat

• Age – as the cat gets older they may be more likely to find easier places to urinate.

Get the carpet cleaning experts in. Call us in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50. Our years of developing our specialised cleaning process, plus our walk on dry service will ensure you’ll get back to your day with amazing results and minimal disruption.


Helpful Tips for Cleaning Carpet Spills & Stains

Helpful Tips for Cleaning Carpet Spills & Stains

A FIVE-STEP GUIDE FOR HELP WITH TREATING CARPET SPILLS AND STAINS AT HOME.
While it is true that there are various stain-resistant carpets these days, it is also true that there is no carpet that is entirely stain-proof. As for stains versus spots, there is a slight difference. A spot is a result of an accident that is very recent and can often be cleaned easily if it’s treated right away as it may have only formed a colour outside the carpet fibres. A stain, however, is more permanent than a spot; as soon as it seeps into the carpet fibres, the colour of the carpet can be forever changed.

DIFFICULT STAINS TO REMOVE
Any coloured liquid is potentially a stain that may prove too difficult to get rid of. Seven stains are common among carpets and are relatively difficult to remove even with recommended carpet stain removal techniques; these stains are called the seven deadly carpet stains due to how tough it is to get them out.

COFFEE & TEA
These beverages are mortal enemies for carpets. If you can’t find bleach particularly made for them, or coffee remover, the stain may be there to stay.

NAIL POLISH
This hardly ever comes out of your carpets when it spills. Such stain removal requires tough and thorough jobs with solvent and rinsing.

COOKING OIL
This is a nasty stain that easily attracts other dirt and generally messes up the carpet. However, it can be removed with a good enzyme and hot water extraction.

GREEN TEA
This beverage contains a green dye that is usually impossible to take out, it is a frustrating stain to get off. On rare occasions, dye removers may get them out.

COLOURED DRINKS
Red Wine and coloured sodas have some food colour in them that rarely comes out with steam cleaning alone.

YELLOW MUSTARD
This is one tough stain to get out. Try as much as possible to keep that hot dog away from your carpet for its chance of removals is close to zero.

PET STAINS
Pet urine contains strong acid that can bleach the carpet yellow if left for too long. It can only be removed with urine spotters or good cleaning products.

These stains are bad for carpets; therefore, keep your rugs, cushions, couches, sofas, and similar effects away from them.

HELP FOR CARPET SPILLS AND STAINS
Below are some stain removal tips to follow. They are outlined step-by-step below: