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How a Clean and Welcoming Home Office Sets You Up for Success

  With traditional small businesses, one of the biggest costs is your office or retail location. Thankfully, online tools make starting a home-based business a great alternative these days. Even when your clientele needs to visit, having a home office keeps your costs down and allows you to show off what makes you unique. Being home-based requires careful planning to make sure your office creates the right impression and is the productive space you need to succeed. Getting Started  The reality of running a home-based business is that you can’t simply wait for clients to find you, which means that developing a solid marketing strategy is key early on. If you already have an idea of the business you want to start, do a little market research next to see how similar businesses fare in your area. Market research will also help you become familiar with your customer base and the best way to reach them. Every business sector has its own unique requirements, and some ideas will require a more thorough business plan than others. In general, though, Money Crashers recommends skipping the traditional business plan template and instead, after you conduct market research, focus most of your planning energy on developing a marketing strategy. Old-fashioned word-of-mouth is often the best place to start. Get in touch with people who are already on your contact list and get out in your community to meet new people. To truly branch out, you want to think about creating a solid web presence. It’s important to start marketing in spaces where your clientele spends a lot of time, such as Instagram....

4 Ways to Save Your Children from Dangerous In-Home Air Quality

While we like to think of home as a place of coziness and warmth, the air in your house could harbor allergens, pollutants and tiny organisms such as mold or mites.  Those pesky little critters can lead to a number of health issues in your kids.  Here is how to identify areas of potential trouble, and what you can do about them. Why does air quality matter?  While you may picture your home as a refuge from pollens, pollutants and other airborne debris, your house actually can be a danger zone when it comes to air quality.  As Washington Post explains, the air in your home can be a haven for dander, mites, pollens, bacteria, molds, and “volatile organic compounds, creating a hostile environment for the sensitive.”  Even if nobody in your family appears to suffer with allergies, subjecting everyone’s immune systems to those tiny irritants can leave bodies at higher risk for trouble. According to Merck Manual, hygiene is the first defense against common pulmonary illnesses in children, such as colds and influenza.  Hygiene is more than just washing hands.  Poor air quality can contribute to trouble, even causing symptoms of asthma in children.  Watch for signs of a sore throat, runny nose or wheezing, and see a physician if your child is experiencing any symptoms.  In the meantime, take the following steps to prevent illnesses by improving your home’s air quality. Remove sources.  Eliminating tiny contaminants in your home can be a boon to air quality.  Those mites, bacteria, pollens and all their ugly little friends can be hiding in your carpeting, window coverings, stuffed toys and upholstery. ...

What’s Hiding In Your Carpet?

So What’s Hiding In Your Carpet? Dirt and Soil The average U.S. home can accumulate up to 40 pounds of dust per year. Dirt and soil are easily tracked in from outside and make their way into your carpet. Vacuuming regularly can eliminate as much as 85% of dirt and soil found in carpet. Pet Hair, Dander and Skin Flakes The average person sheds 1.5 million skin flakes per day. Microscopic insects (such as fleas, ticks or mites) feed on skin flakes or dander. Regular vacuuming can help reduce the amount of dead skin cells and pet hair that have fallen into your carpet. Bugs Your carpet also harbors a number of species of bed bugs, fleas and dust mites. Mites can cause allergies through their molted skin, waste and through the mites themselves. Mildew, Mold and Other Bacteria Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there! Pathogens such as salmonella, E. coli, and staphylococcus can hide in carpet fibers and cause illness. Mold or mildew can also thrive in a warm, wet environment. Keeping carpet dry will help prevent the formation of mold or mildew. Odors Toxic substances from cigarette smoke can make their way into carpet fibers. Pet urine and spilled food or drink can also cause odors to form in your carpet if not cleaned immediately and properly. Food and Drinks Spilled food or drink may not only leave stains but also may serve as a food source for bacteria and organisms. To prevent permanent stains or odors from forming, the key is to act quickly! Absorb any spilled liquids by blotting. Then...

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...

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!...

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...