Carpet Cleaning Blog

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

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

Professional Carpet Cleaner VS The Other Guys

Quality Carpet Cleaning VS Budget Carpet Cleaning In the video below is a job we were recently called to fix after another local carpet cleaning company simply could not get the job done. After walking through the home we noticed several spots as well as pet stains accompanied by a strong pet odor. In this quick video you will see why choosing a quality carpet cleaning company over a budget carpet cleaning company is ALWAYS cheaper in the long run. This tenant ended up having to pay for two cleanings in order to pass their move out inspection. Are we saying to find the most expensive carpet cleaner in town? Absolutely not! Just because a carpet cleaner is priced high does not make them a subject matter expert in the carpet cleaning industry. However, we highly recommend doing your research before hiring a carpet cleaner simply based on price. Finding a Reputable Carpet Cleaning Company So how do you find the right company that will be professional and meet or exceed your cleaning expectations? You Google them. Yes, it really is that simple. In today’s day and age you really can find out anything about a company with a simple online search. The information you will find could include: Customer reviews both good & bad How long they have been in business Before/After Photos If they are active in the community If they are in fact professionals in the industry And more… So with a simple online search you are basically being given the opportunity to give the prospective company a job interview without them ever even knowing. Pretty... read more

DIY Carpet Cleaning & Spot Removal Mistakes

DIY Carpet Spot Removal is Easier Then You Think Spot removal and DIY carpet cleaning presents some clarification on the common mistakes and practical tips for carpet care. If you’re concerned that carpet cleaning is a pain in the neck, meant to be handled by specialists, fear not. There are ways to avoid permanent staining on your carpet and maintain a clean and beautiful home. Here’s some common mistakes that people inevitably make when attempting to clean their carpet. The first mistake is the notion that the more you scrub at a spill on the carpet, the quicker and more likely the fluids will dissolve out of the fibers. Nothing could be further from the truth and whoever assumed that a little elbow grease is productive, was clearly misinformed. When vigorous scrubbing is performed on carpet, it damages the fibers and fades the carpet. In general, the means of achieving a stain-free carpet depends largely on the composition of the stain itself. However, it can be stated by popular consensus, that cold water and dishwashing detergent can be used to remove most common stains such as wine and blood. This leads us to the second mistake of DIY spot cleaning. When scrubbing with all your might, you start to notice that the stain eventually disappears, only to reappear again soon after exerting so much unnecessary energy. The idea that the stain will disappear instantly upon attempting to clean it up is truly a misguided one. In order to avoid multiple cleaning sessions, it is advised that you clean the stain up the right way the first time. This may... read more

Maintaining Your Carpet After A Professional Carpet Cleaning

Your carpet will surely get dirty one way or the other and that is why you need the services of a professional carpet cleaner from time to time. It can be somewhat frustrating however, to see your carpet dirty again after a few weeks. So, how do you continue maintaining that clean look after they have been cleaned thoroughly? Firstly, you need to have a consistent vacuuming schedule and be dedicated to it. Your carpet should be vacuumed according to the amount of traffic each area receives. For areas that receive plenty of foot traffic, vacuum 3 to 5 times a week. If you have pets it is recommended to vacuum daily. A weekly vacuuming routine will remove dry soil that accumulates and will help to preserve the life of the carpet. Set a specific time in the day when you will be doing the vacuuming. After your carpet has been professionally cleaned, consider using carpet protection. At Brighter Image Carpet Care we offer a high quality carpet protection service. Having carpet protector applied will prevent stains as well as making cleaning up spills a breeze. Carpet protector acts a a barrier for your carpet and will significantly improve its lifespan. To learn more click here. If you want to maintain the clean appearance of you carpet for years to come, you might want to consider spot cleaning. Whenever something is spilled on your carpet, do not wait for the day when a professional cleaner will come knocking before removing the stains. Some of these stains and spills may end up becoming permanent because they were not taken care off... read more

Health Benefits of Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Many people clean their homes to keep it in tip top condition, however not many people regularly clean their carpet. Cleaning your carpet won’t just improve the aesthetic appearance of your home; it will also help to eliminate any toxins and pollutants that might be trapped in the carpet fibers. Many people won’t realize how dirty their carpet is until they have it cleaned, and you can really help to benefit your family’s health by hiring a professional to do the job for you. Eliminate Trapped Toxins & Pollutants Recent research shows that there is a wide range of pollutants and toxins that can become trapped in your carpet and upholstery, from dander to cockroach allergens, dirt and even heavy metals. Every time you walk on your carpet, you disturb these allergens, and this can lead to problems if you already have an existing health condition. By having your carpet cleaned, you can help to eliminate these toxins, leaving your carpet clean and pollutant free. Infestations Mites and other critters might infest your home, and your carpet and upholstery provides the perfect environment for them. Although these critters don’t directly cause allergies, their feces can. Because the mites and remains are so small, they can easily be inhaled, causing a reaction to you and your family members. Heat remains to be a very effective way of removing these critters, and this can all be done by simply having your carpet professionally cleaned. Mold Growth If you live in an area which has high humidity, you may notice that you carpets are very prone to mold growth. This is especially... read more