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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...

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...