How to Choose the Right Carpet Colour

How to choose the right carpet colour

Choosing the right carpet colour is an exciting and important aspect of the carpet selection process. With the extensive range of colours, textures available, and people should be considered when bringing such a versatile décor item into any household.

There is a rug or carpet to suit every preference. For those with a bolder eye and a need for impact, show-stopping patterns are the way to bring life to your space. These can include animal print, Aztec, geometric and statement florals.

For those looking for something earthier, there are styles that suit the clean, green and sustainably keen – carpets woven from plant fibres and other eco-friendly sourced materials. These can be rougher to the touch, but great for an environment built on sustainability and organic living.

Carpet tiles, often in the form of the more classic-style patterns, are great for people who want to be able to remove their carpet and wash it by hand or send it out for professional cleaning services. And then you’ve got custom carpets – if you look hard enough you’ll find someone who will take your vision and bring it to life in a way you haven’t been able to source from a local supplier.

Why choose carpet over hardwood floors
Hardwood floors can damage and gouge easily, particularly from pets’ claws and high heeled shoes, and this damage can be expensive to repair. Not only known for their aesthetics, rugs and carpets can help insulate a home, absorb excess sound and provide a cushiony, comforting experience for hard-working feet. Carpet and rugs are also an opportunity to add softness to a space, as well as add personality and character.

Where to start when selecting a carpet colour
Before making that colour and pattern decision, let’s step back for a minute. On a very basic level, what lifestyle factors should you consider when working out the colour scheme for your new carpet? There are a few things you could ask yourself in order to make the most suitable decision for your space:

What carpet colour suits my family?
Children and animals are lovely additions to any household, but both come with their fair share of messy behaviours. Kids love to touch, move quickly and bring their outside fun inside. Playing in the garden can result in mud on the carpet, craft projects can end up all over the floor, and fussy eating habits can result in plates being tossed on the ground. If you have young children, a darker colour may be more suitable for your family.

Should i factor in the family pet?

As for pets – a new pet’s untrained toilet situation can result in unsightly and lingering stains. On top of this, pets shed frequently and their fur ends up everywhere! You should consider the colour of your pet’s fur when deciding on a carpet colour. Dark fur can show up on lighter carpets and white furs stand out against darker carpets.

What colour will suit my furnishings?
Perhaps you’re tossing up between two different shades of charcoal, and you need to see both side-by-side in order to make your final decision. Or perhaps you can’t work out if the shaggy texture will clash with your clean, smooth-surfaced couch and metallic coffee table. Be smart about your carpet colour decision process – ask for some samples to take home and see how the tones work with your existing furniture and curtains. If it’s a colour you can picture being part of your home every day for the next 15 years, then it’s a winner.

Where should i install carpet?
Bedrooms and living rooms are the key areas that you should carpet in your home. Bedrooms need the extra warmth and softness as they are supposed to be cosy, comforting spaces. Kitchens and bathrooms are better off left with a hard surface due to the wet, damp nature of these spaces. Dining rooms are up for debate! This can depend on the layout of your home, and is totally up to you as the homeowner.

Drytron can help maintain the quality of your carpet:
You’ve spent so much time choosing the right carpet colour that ticks all the boxes, and all he effort wand money spent will go to waste if you don’t care for and maintain your carpets properly.

How do you then maintain the overall colour and condition of your carpet? The answer is to call Drytron Carpet Cleaning, the only experts in the inner and outer Melbourne area, to take control of your carpet cleaning requirements. Our mobile rug cleaning team are fully-equipped experts, and can travel to a range of Victoria state locations.

Drytron’s list of cleaning services isn’t just limited to rugs and carpets either, we also service curtains, couches and even upholstery. Our specialist carpet cleaning process thoroughly cleans your furnishings with no residual dampness, meaning your carpet is ready to be walked on in record time!

Don’t stop the kids or the dog from enjoying the magic of new carpets – Drytron Carpet Cleaning will be on hand to help with those inevitable hiccups that come along with family life.

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Storing Furniture? Tips to Preserve Your Belongings

Storing Furniture? Tips to Preserve Your Belongings

Many of us Accumulate Much More than we Need!
Once you’ve lived in a home for a while, you’ll find that you’ve amassed items and collections that are not exactly needed on a daily basis. Have you just moved from one home to another, and finding it a tad challenging to decide whether or not to take some of your treasured or not so treasured items to your new home? Instead of having these items take up valuable space in your home or bother you with the inconvenience of where to move them, a storage facility might just come in handy.

What’s There to Store Anyway?
It could be furniture or some valuable antiques that you have no immediate need for; if you are looking to avoid any form of clutter in your home, you need to find a home for these items. Storage is essential if you’ve accumulated a lot of belongings as it gives you the opportunity to keep your most loved things – and not so loved stuff – while freeing up useful space in your home at the same time.

If you find that you won’t be staying in a place for long, you might want to use a long-term storage facility to store your belongings. Whether you are moving abroad for a short-term job or moving into a home for a short period, you might need to get a storage facility where you can keep your furniture and other belongings. Or perhaps you are downsizing to a new home with less space than your previous one. Until you can sort out what finally goes into the new house, furniture storage will be an ideal solution.

So, how do you make sure your belongings are kept safe and in excellent condition while they’ll be in storage?

Repair What Needs to be Repaired Before Storing
Before moving your things into storage, you need to ensure that your furniture is in the best possible condition. Fumigate where necessary and check for parts that need to be fixed or repaired such as securing hinges and tightening screws. During storage, some of the items may be placed on top of one another, and you sure wouldn’t want to see your furniture collapsing due to being unable to withstand extra weight as a result of a loose screw.

Clean Your Furniture and Other Items That Need to be Stored
From your furniture to your rugs and everything else you’ll be storing, a thorough cleaning is advised. It’s necessary that you do couch cleaning and rug cleaning as well. For your rug cleaning, you’ll need to ensure that there is no moisture left in the rug so that it does not become damp, mouldy and discoloured while in storage.

For convenience, consider calling the experts who specialise in mobile rug cleaning to come to your home or storage facility. A professional couch and rug cleaning service will carry out a thorough, expert cleaning of your rug, couch and other belongings. It is crucial that items such as couches and rugs are adequately cleaned and dried before going into storage as to avoid moulds and foul smell.

Disassemble if Possible
Some items such as cabinets, couches and tables should be stored as they are while other furniture such as bed frames should be disassembled so they can be stored easily. Items that can be dismantled before storage will aid the effective utilisation of storage space. Disassembling is also useful for easy transportation of the things you want to store.

Keep Your Furniture Covered
When moving and storing your furniture items, there will be lots of handling and maneuvering which could result in some minor damage such as dents and scratches. To protect your furniture, you should cover them with sheets or wraps. For items that break easily, store them in padded boxes.

If you protect your furniture and belongings adequately, it will remain in good condition when you unpack. If items are placed on top of each other through the time they will be in storage; the padding will help keep your things in good shape.

The fragile items in your belongings should be given extra care. Padded boxes and bubble wraps come in handy for fragile items. Some fragile items include china, antiques, lamp shades and other stuff that looks the part. You can use towels and sheets to serve as additional cushioning.

Stack Carefully
When placing your stuff in storage, you need to have a clear picture of how you will stack your items to ensure their safety. You can store bigger items like bed frames against the walls and place fragile items under tables, so they are well-protected. Take your time to figure out where to put each item and carefully move your things.

Leave Some Wiggle Room
Putting your furniture and other items on top of each other is done to create more storage space. Doing this does not mean you cram everything in without leaving enough breathing space around the items. Let there be space between them, let air flow in-between as well. This will prevent any unpleasant smell when you eventually open up the storage after a while and keep the whole space fresh. This is also important if you’ll often come around to pick a thing or two you might need. You want to make sure you have enough wiggle room to move around the storage space.

Talk to a Storage Specialist
You may not have all the required skills to store your belongings properly. Talk to the team at your storage facility to help you set up your storage facility will go a long way in ensuring that your belongings are properly stored and, in a manner, that best suits you. That way, your mind will be at rest that your things will be kept in the best condition by the experts while you go about your regular business.

Careful preparation is essential to ensure your belongings remain in the condition they entered the storage facility in. Timber and metal furniture are at less risk of deterioration than softer furnishings such as mattresses, couches, curtains and rugs. Softer furnishings absorb more air, and any dirt or bacteria left in the furniture before going into storage can result in mould and discolouration over time. Any soft furnishings should be thoroughly and expertly cleaned by a mobile cleaning service. Drytron Carpet Cleaning use an expert dry-cleaning method which is perfect for soft furnishings. This method has a minimal use of moisture, compared to steam cleaning, which means your belongings will be clean and dry, ready to store in under an hour.

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How to Care for Your Rug - Cleaning Tips

How to Care for Your Rug - Cleaning Tips

Sometimes, we just need the warm embrace of a big, comforting rug. Or a small rug by the front door, to make dinner guests feel welcomed into our home. Or even a medium-sized rug in the kitchen under the table, with a shaggy texture and a gentle vibrancy, to warm the dinner atmosphere without having to leave the oven on.

Rugs come in all sorts of interesting varieties. They can be larger statement pieces, impactful and attention-grabbing. Or smaller, subtle pieces to tie your room together. A rug can act as the perfect companion for a quiet night by the fire, or a trendy addition to a cocktail evening with the girls. Whatever aesthetic you feel comfortable letting into your home, a rug will bring life to your surroundings. They not only add effortless dimension and character to a room but also help to channel the right vibe and energy within your home. Brighter, lighter, happier or more captivating; darker, moodier, passionate and more alluring – whatever your personality and preference, you’re bound to find a rug to suit your style.

Beyond the surface-level aesthetics, rugs come with many practical benefits that you might not have even known about. They can boost a room’s temperature and help to maintain the warmth of a cosy space. Larger-scale, dense, textured rugs helping to block out ground-level chill and keep winter draughts from creeping up through cracks in the floor. Thicker, woven rugs with varying fibres have a great ability to absorb excess sound, making them perfect for apartment living and family homes. And for those who appreciate the polished, classic materials of their home surfaces, rugs help to protect materials such as hard-wood floors against everyday wear and tear.

How to Care for Your Rug with Home Products
Nurturing and caring for your rug can vary according to the style, design and durability of the rug in question. A basic and simple weekly clean can be done with some common household basics to maintain the rugs overall condition and character. Making sure you keep up with basic rug cleaning practices will extend the lifespan of your rug and keep it looking good as new (to the naked eye). You can use a combination of dish soap, vinegar and hot water to gently blot any marks or spots with a soft cloth.

Surface-Level Rug Care
Vacuuming; a common practice in almost every household. Vacuuming your rug regularly or as needed will help to eradicate and manage stubborn pet hair, fluff balls and any other little bits of household debris that seems to come out of nowhere. The more that piles up and is walked on top of, the harder it can be to vacuum it away. Getting into the habit of clearing pet hair once a week, will stop compaction and eventual damage to your rug’s surface material.

Stains; they don’t have to be a strain. Simple spot-cleaning with warm water and a sponge will prove useful against the everyday stains and dirt of living a happy, busy family life. Gentle rug detergents diluted in warm water can be very effective against common everyday stains and can be a good start before sending your rug off for a professional cleaning job.

Restoring and Ongoing Maintenance – Seek a Professional Cleaning Service
It’s important to know how to keep your rug in good condition, otherwise you’ll end up needing to replace your rug every few months due to wear and tear, and lack of care. Continuing to enjoy a carpet or rug for its aesthetic and practical benefits goes beyond the basic home practices and can be boosted with the help of a professional cleaning service.

Professional maintenance can be the key to ensuring the longevity and quality of your rug. It can also be essential for the health of your family. Dust and mites building up in your rugs can exacerbate allergies. Being able to get into those deep internal fibres means turning to the people who have the skillset and products to carry this out.

Drytron’s Mobile Rug Cleaning Can Bring Your Rugs Back to Life
Drytron Carpet Cleaning provide rug cleaning in Melbourne and across wider Victoria. Efficient, expert and widely-accessible, our services are well-known for high quality service and cleaning expertise.

We boast a superior clean and maintenance process that’s implemented in a six-step system to unlock dust and dirt at the deepest level of your carpet and rugs. Steam processes have been known to leave dampness, odd smells or even product residue unseen until the carpet has fully dried. Drytron ensures a rapid, effective treatment with no extra drying time. First, a high-powered vacuum, followed by pre-treatment and application of our patented compounds that draw soil and stains to the surface for removal. The pile is then restored to looking fresh through hand grooming with a carpet rake.

Drytron Carpet Cleaning will make your rug look like new again. Call the team to discuss your needs.


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.