Carpet Cleaning Blog

Do You Have a “No Shoes in the House” rule?

Top 3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wear Shoes in the House Bacteria – How does the bacteria get there? “We walk through things like bird droppings, dog waste and germs on public restroom floors, all of which are sources of E coli, ” says Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., a microbiologist and professor at University of Arizona. Bacteria can in fact survive on your shoes for days, even weeks and that bacteria can be tracked into your home. This is something you really have to be cautious of especially with children that might not be walking yet and spend a lot of their time crawling on the floor. Damage – Let’s face it, hard shoes or heels will be much more prone to damage your wood floors and even carpet as they are more abrasive than bare feet or socks/slippers. When you wear shoes inside chances are there are small dirt particles on the bottom of your soles that will cause damage to your floors over time by causing scratches to your wood floors and premature wear to your carpet in the areas that receive the most traffic. Dirt – Bacteria aside, wearing shoes inside brings in a ton of dirt and grime. This means more cleaning for you! We touched on damage above and the dirt you bring in is what causes a lot of the wear and tear your flooring receives. What can you do to take action right now? After reading this you decide to implement the “No Shoes in the House Rule”, give us a call and we will will remove all the dirt, grime and bacteria that has been tracked... read more

Commercial Carpet Cleaning Fort Bragg, NC

Commercial Carpet, Upholstery & Tile Cleaning Specialist Is your office carpet, upholstery or tile starting to look dull and dingy? Office party left your carpets looking less than desirable? Here at Brighter Image Carpet Care we understand that first impressions are everything. The last thing you want is for a customer to be turned off by unsightly carpet stains or perhaps odor from the waiting room furniture. We are well known for our residential cleaning services but also specialize in commercial cleaning as well. To learn more about what we can do for your specific cleaning needs, give us a call today and set up a free estimate!... read more

When was your last professional carpet cleaning?

If we were to ask you when you last had your carpet and upholstery cleaned, would you remember? Would you have an answer at all? You are certainly not alone if carpet and upholstery cleaning is something you haven’t considered before or deemed necessary in maintaining the overall aesthetic and healthy environment of your home. For many people, this type of cleaning does not occur to them until they begin to observe noticeable stains and dirt; by then, it can sometimes be more challenging to clean several layers and years’ worth of grime. As well, by the time dirt is visible there is usually much more unseen pollutants in need of cleaning. Think about it like this: many of us try, to the best of our ability, to complete preventative tasks, such as: taking cars into the mechanic for routine checks at certain mileage milestones; vaccinating our pets and taking them in for annual wellness exams; seeing our primary doctor for yearly physicals. Though carpet and upholstery in your home does not always need to be cleaned quite that often (although it can depend on the environment and how heavily trafficked your upholstery and carpeting are), having both cleaned at regular intervals helps to ensure each cleaning is not so extensive and arduous, as well as keeping your environment healthy by cutting down on allergens, dirt, and mold. Generally, upholstery should be cleaned about every 18-24 months and carpet should be cleaned anywhere from about 6-12 months, again depending on different factors. If you have a high foot traffic area (such as restaurants, nursing homes, retail stores, etc.) then... read more

Why You Need to Vacuum Frequently

Invest in a Vacuum Many people can overlook their vacuuming routine. Some even forgo vacuuming on a regular basis. You could actually be doing more harm to your home and family by doing this. Investing in a quality vacuum and sticking to a schedule can help maintain the carpet in your home for years to come. Here are three reasons why you should stick to your vacuuming schedule. Skin Cells Are Shed Daily Even if you remain covered up, your body will shed skin cells. These are dropped in various rooms around the home. There’s also the element of hair dropping from your head regularly. If you don’t pick these up, they accumulate in the carpets and rugs, and can lead to dangerous microorganisms. Bed Bugs Find a Home Bed bugs are nasty little creatures that you can’t see. The good news is they don’t survive under the powerful suction of a vacuum cleaner. If you don’t clean your carpets and rugs properly on a regular basis, you run the risk of allowing the bed bugs to make a home. This will lead to them breeding, and you suffer the consequences of horrible bites every day. It can also help protect you from other insects. Moths and fleas like to collect in the carpet fibers, but a thorough vacuuming process can help eliminate them before it turns into a serious issue. Dropped Food Gets Left Behind Food is dropped every day. Just little particles are enough for bacteria to collect and affect the health of people in the home. Vacuuming the food up daily—yes, even those crumbs—will mean the bacteria... read more

Check Out a Recent Interview with Our Team

Brighter Image Carpet Care, a company that offers carpet and upholstery cleaning in Fayetteville, NC.   Tell us a bit about Brighter Image Carpet Care. We are a veteran owned and family operated company that has proudly served Fayetteville, NC and surrounding areas since 1987. Our services include carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and water damage restoration. Brighter Image Carpet Care was founded under the principle of providing a quality service with exceptional results and the best customer service around. What should people do to ensure their carpet looks great and lasts a long time? The #1 thing we tell our customers is to vacuum regularly. If you have a family with small children and pets we highly recommend vacuuming 4 to 5 times per week. Dry soil that accumulates over time will actually damage carpet fibers and give it the dull worn out appearance. We also advise staying away from store bought cleaners as these chemicals can sometimes make a spot on your carpet worse than if you just left it alone. You can easily find homemade recipes online for spot treating that will work much better. How often should people have their carpet professionally cleaned? Everyone’s living situation is different. A family with pets and children will need their carpet cleaned more frequent then a single person with no pets or children. We recommend at a minimum, at least once per year. If you have pets that have accidents then you would need to have your carpets professionally cleaned and treated for pet urine..if needed.. more frequently. The EPA has put out the following guidelines: -2 Person Household... read more

5 Easy Cleaning Tips for Spring

Not looking forward to Spring Cleaning? Keep reading! Are you planning to do a spring cleaning of your house? With the onset of spring, we generally feel more refreshed, motivated and have more energy. The weather is nicer, the sky is clear and summer is getting closer. What better way to usher in a new season than with a clean and tidy house. Once upon a time, the term spring cleaning meant scrubbing or washing of all surfaces of the house to remove all the dark grime and soot that had accumulated due to the use of candles, furnaces, lamps and stoves throughout the duration of winter. These days, spring cleaning has since evolved into a custom that is still operational and, despite the wide range of cleaning products and machines available today, a good measure of dedication is necessary in order to perform this task successfully. No doubt, spring cleaning is an important task for all homes. Therefore, by following these general guidelines, we can make spring cleaning a much simpler task. 1. Get organized. Make a list of all the rooms and everything inside them that you would like to clean. This can range from tasks like washing the windows and curtains, cleaning the refrigerator or scrubbing the floor. To save time and avoid procrastination, you can decide to assign certain days of the week for cleaning rooms or performing some cleaning jobs on specific days. Make a daily cleaning schedule and create a plan for your daily household tasks. Be reasonable with your plan and do not try to complete the job(s) in a day or a... read more

Brighter Image Carpet Care – Simply the Best

Why trust our company? The carpet in your home or office sees a lot of traffic daily. Your family, friends, and business contacts frequent these areas constantly. And let’s not forget about your pets! Although you love your pets, you don’t love the accidents they leave on your carpet. You diligently house-train your pets, but accidents do happen! You try your best to remove the stain and its odors with cut-rate, ineffective over-the-counter stain remover products. You might have spent your hard-earned dollars for those heavy, ineffective do-it-yourself cleaning machines that you have to lug around your house.  With so many carpet cleaning services to choose from, how do you know which one you can trust to provide excellent, quality work at an affordable price? We have the answer. Brighter Image Carpet Care can treat any stain, big or small, including the ones left behind from Fido or Kitty. Brighter Image Carpet Care is conveniently located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and serves the surrounding areas. Brighter Image uses a powerful truckmounted carpet cleaning system with a gentle, yet effective cleaning solution. All of our top of the line cleaning products are safe for both your family and pets. We go the extra mile to ensure the products we use on your carpet and upholstery provide excellent results without having to use harsh chemicals. None of our cleaning solutions can be found at your local grocery store. Everything that we use to clean the textiles in your home are purchased from a top rated, industry leading distributor. This allows our company to stay up to date on the most current... read more

Move Out Cleaning Fayetteville, NC

Comprehensive Move out – Move in Cleaning Package Here at Brighter Image Carpet Care we offer a full service move in/move out cleaning package. If you need your property cleaned for a move out inspection or if you are selling your home and need to spruce it up for an open house, we offer cleaning packages designed to fit your needs. If you are a property manager, Realtor, tenant or homeowner you can certainly benefit from our services. Eliminate scheduling conflicts when using our team of professionals. Pick the service you need completed and our crew will make it happen! We offer the following services for our clients in Fayetteville, NC and surrounding areas. Home interior cleaning Truckmounted Carpet Cleaning Subcontracted Pest... read more

15 Year Old Carpet Still Looks New

Would you believe it if we told you the carpet shown in the images below is over 15 years old? This is another one of Brighter Image Carpet Care’s loyal customers’ that has been using our services for over a decade. With a regular cleaning schedule, whether it be annually or every 6 months…you can also maintain the life of your carpet and upholstery for years to come. How often should my carpet be cleaned? Often times homeowners wait far to long to have their carpet professionally cleaned. Everyone’s living situation is different. One family with children and pets may need to have their carpet and upholstery cleaned more frequently then a family of 2 with no children or pets. The EPA has put out guidelines that you can follow when trying to determine how often you should have your carpet cleaned or you can consult with us here at Brighter Image and we will gladly help you come up with a maintenance plan. Keep These Tips in Mind Along with having your carpet professionally cleaned there are some easy things you can do in between cleanings. If you follow these simple tips along with your regular maintenance cleaning throughout the year, you will be able to maintain the life of your carpet for several years just like the images you see on this page! Invest in a good vacuum Remove stains promptly Blot – don’t rub or scrub Stay away from store bought carpet cleaners Make your own spot cleaner (This recipe would do the trick!) Use carpet runners/area rugs Use door mats The most important tip of... read more

Before and After Carpet Cleaning

Below is a photo of a property that was recently cleaned. The property manager was under the impression that the carpet would have to be replaced. After walking through the apartment and inspecting the carpet, our technicians informed the manager that the carpet could in fact be salvaged. If you are a home or business owner in Fayetteville, NC or the surrounding areas, give us a call..we may be able to save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Why replace it when you can have a professional carpet cleaning company come out for a fraction of the cost. What are you waiting on? Get your quote... read more