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
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
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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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 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.

Below are some stain removal tips to follow. They are outlined step-by-step below:

How to vacuum properly

How to vacuum properly


Before you jump in your car, drive over to or Head Office and smack me over the head with your vacuum cleaner spout – just hear me out. Yes, you have vacuumed your carpets more often than I have had cooked dinners, but between myself and the rest of the team I think we have you covered.

The one thing that we have seen is that our customers are very diligent in going backwards and forwards with the vacuum head, but to get the maximum impact you need to go North, South, then East and West. It makes immediate sense now that I’ve said it right? Dirt and grime can hide in a 360 degree angle around the carpet fibre so going backwards and forwards some grime is protected by the underside of the fibre. Work the room north to south, then once complete rotate 90 degrees and repeat the clean East to West.

Yes, we’ve doubled your work, but your carpets will repay you with years of extra life.

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.

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 advise is to focus on vacuuming the high-traffic areas once a week or more. By simply vacuuming the high-soil areas in the entries 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 Stain Removal Chart for more helpful carpet cleaning tips.

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.

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 gray 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 interval guide here .

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 picking the perfect rug

Tips for picking the perfect rug

When buying a rug there’s a lot more to choose than just colour. So thinking about what you need in advance can ensure you get the right rug for you.

Pile depth
If you’ve got pets, a thick deep pile rug might seem like a cosy place for them to sleep, but it will attract hairs and be hard to keep clean. Maintenance is an important consideration when it comes to picking a rug and pile depth is crucial to that. For areas with high foot fall, maintenance will be much easier if you get a harder rug with shallow pile. Softer rugs are also going to wear out quicker. If the rug is for your dining room or kitchen a shallow pile rug will be much easier to keep clean in the case of spillages. So think about what you need the rug for and what sort of use it’s going to get to make sure you get the right one.

A well-chosen rug can completely change the feel of a room. But getting the wrong size can overwhelm a space and make it look small. A rug shouldn’t really be a substitute for a carpet, and you don’t need it to cover every inch floor space. So picking the right size is really about thinking about the area it needs to cover. Plan your room, arrange the furniture, and then measure out the space you want to cover.

A rug is great for breaking up big blank areas in a room, or for hovering items of furniture to sit on. In a lounge, a large rug can look good as a centre piece, with a coffee table on top, in a bedroom on the other hand, a much smaller rug would be more suitable at the foot or side of the bed.

Placement is even more important than size and is a vital aspect of the styling of your room. A rug clearly needs to fit in with the layout of the furniture and complement the look of the room. While rugs in hallways might simply be to protect the carpet, rugs in bedrooms and bathrooms need to be placed to best benefit the purpose (such as to avoid treading on cold wooden floors or tiles). In lounges rugs can be used for furniture to sit on to soften the lines of a room. It is fairly simple to position a rectangular carpet well – by making sure the edges run parallel with the walls, but circular or oval carpets are a whole different ball game and need to line up well with your furniture.

Rug colours obviously need to complement the scheme you already have, but that doesn’t mean you have to match everything up perfectly. A rug is a separate feature in itself so you should certainly try to make it stand out from the floor colouring you already have. Texture is also part of this. A deep rich colour might look good in contrast to a light floor, likewise a lighter colour might sit well on dark wooden flooring. Where you have kept your flooring neutral, rugs can be a great way to add a pop of colour to liven up a room design.

Rectangular rugs are, of course, the most common, and the simplest to position in a room. But going off piste a bit with your rug shape can again emphasise it as a key feature of a room and add to a classy design. A modern layout with lots of clear straight lines might actually benefit a circular rug a bit different from the norm to give your room a new perspective.

Style is often the first thing you think about when it comes to rugs, and, let’s face it, it’s definitely one of the most important. That said it’s worth thinking about all the other points first and then turning to style, otherwise you might end up buying a great looking rug that just doesn’t suit your room. Rugs should complement a room, rather than match it perfectly, which is why going for a vibrant pattern can often be a really stylish choice. Still, the style of your rug should be down to your own tastes and is your choice alone.

For more great tips visit www.drytron.com.au. Of course, if you need to get your rug cleaned by the experts, simply give us a call in the Drytron Customer Care Centre on 13 12 50.

10 smart ideas for small spaces

10 smart ideas for small spaces

Carpet cleaning tips for the silly season

Carpet cleaning tips for the silly season

Whatever it may be; drink spills, dirt, lipstick, grass stains, grease and the humble mince tart, often these little rascals will most likely find their way onto your carpet this festive season. But there’s no need to panic. Help is on the way.

Carpet cleaning isn’t rocket science and it’s not as complicated as it sounds. Here are some of our best tips to bring you the ultimate guide for carpet stain removal.

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

The basics.

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

• Don’t scrub your carpet. Scrubbing at a stain can actually push the stain further into the carpet fibres making it much harder to remove.
• Don’t 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.
• Don’t 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 all-round savior.

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

What Does it Cost to Move House?

What Does it Cost to Move House?

Moving home can be very a very exciting time. Whether you’re moving across town or to a new city, a new life chapter awaits. Perhaps you’ve bought your first home, are upgrading your home, or moving to start a new job. Whatever the reason, moving house marks an important time in your life, but it can end up costing more than you may have initially anticipated.

There are number of obvious costs associated with moving house, such as hiring a professional removal company, but there are also several costs that are somewhat hidden, that can add up and make the move quite expensive. Additional expenses can often compound the stress of moving especially if you’re unprepared, or if they come up unexpectedly.

The total cost of a move depends on a number of things; how well you plan for your move, the amount of furniture you have to move, the distance you’re moving and how much of the work you do yourself.

Here’s a Summary of the Costs Related With Moving House:

Furniture Mover:
Cost: Varies

The major cost associated with moving house is hiring a professional removalist. The cost varies depending on a range of factors; such as how the distance you’re moving and how many items need to be moved. These factors influence the amount of time the removalist service will be assisting with your move.

Some other factors that can impact the total cost are the level of service you need, such as if you’d like them to do all of packing and unpacking, house cleaning, insurance, pet and car transportation, and any storage requirements. To get an idea for how much it will cost, call a few removalist companies for a free quote.

Approximate Cost: $200 for a professional depending on your home’s size, $20 for DIY

When you move, you should give the place a thorough clean inside and out for those moving in. You may also find that at the new place your moving into, the previous occupiers have left the place in need of some TLC.

Hiring a cleaner is a great way to reduce stress and manual tasks on a day that is already filled with lots of heavy lifting. Plus, for carpets, a professional carpet cleaning service is likely to be the only way to get the result you need. For other areas, you can do the cleaning yourself by purchasing a few basic items such as some bleach, multi-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner and a few rags.

Moving Materials:
Approximate Cost: $80

You’re doing the move yourself, there are a few things you’ll need to purchase or organise and purchase such as boxes, duct tape, permanent marker pens, bubble wrap and more. The bigger or more expensive the item, the more effort you should make in protecting it during transit.

Trailer or Moving Truck:
Approximate Cost: $100 (excluding petrol and straps)

You’ll also need a trailer or moving trick if you move yourself. A trailer also means you’ll need a vehicle with a tow bar, or you’ll need to borrow one. You should also factor in petrol costs for the car or truck. Naturally, the longer the distance the more fuel you will need, and the longer you will need to hire the trailer for.

You’ll also need to get a hold of some robust straps and ropes to keep everything in place during transit. You can borrow these from someone who already owns them, or you can purchase them from somewhere like Bunnings.

Redirects and Reconnections:
Approximate Cost: $100

Moving home means you’ll need to get your services and utilities disconnected from your old home and reconnected in your new one. Some companies can charge for this service, particularly if you have decided to change utility providers. You also need to get your mail redirected to your new home, so your mail doesn’t get delivered to your old address.

Storage (Long or Short Term):
Approximate Cost: From $250 a month

If your settlements don’t align, you may require short or long-term storage. You may need to find somewhere to store your furniture for a several days, or even a few weeks or months.

The cost of storage varies depending on how much furniture you need to put in storage and the duration. Alternatively, consider storing some furniture at a family member or friend’s garage. This will help to keep costs down.

Transit Insurance:
Approximate Cost: $150+

It pays to be protected on moving day, especially if you have valuable or fragile items. Transit insurance offers protection for damaged items and is something you should strongly consider when calculating the overall cost of moving.

Many removalist companies offer insurance, however if you are moving furniture yourself, your belongings will be unprotected.

If you don’t plan carefully, the cost of moving can really add up. Although a DIY move may initially seem like the cheaper option, factoring in all costs associated and the lack of protection for your belongings can end up costing you more. Not to mention the time and stress it is likely to cause. Gather quotes from all required services and work out what best suits your budget.

John Ryan Removals are experienced removalists in Melbourne, offering a full range of services. Reach out to them for a free quote. www.johnryan.com.au

10 Ways to Remove Cat & Dog Hair from your Carpets

10 Ways to Remove Cat & Dog Hair from your Carpets

Pets are fun except when it’s time to clean up!
Owning a domestic animal can be such a fun, rewarding experience – pets 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 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.

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 with your favourite rug? Every small bit of maintenance helps to keep overall pet hair at bay.

Stick-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.