carpet cleaning tips for the silly season

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

Don’t
• 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.

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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.

Cleaning:
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

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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.

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