Why is it that we often vacuum floors or wipe often counters but forget the one item we use most—the couch?
Most people put off cleaning their upholstery until it becomes dingy or stained (less than once a year on average). But the truth is, areas like the couch are often dirty, dangerous and need cleaned much more often than that.
After finding out what could be lurking in your furniture, you may be more inclined to have it professionally cleaned 2-4 times per year as recommended.
Dangers Commonly Found In A Dirty Couch
Gear up. The average household couch typically contains each of the following.
Dust Mites And Allergens
Dust mites love to nest in the soft fibers of upholstery. Mites shed their skin and leave feces behind that can be inhaled—triggering allergies, asthma, and blocking airways.
Regular vacuuming won’t get rid of these pesky mites. To keep them at bay, upholstery should be professionally cleaned at least every 6 months, or every 3 to 4 months if you have children or pets in the home.
Chem-Dry is your teammate when it comes to a healthy home that’s allergy-free. In fact, we remove 98% of allergens from carpet and upholstery and 89% of airborne bacteria. Pretty amazing, right?
Viruses And Bacteria
Think about how much time we spend on the couch and how easily it is for germs to be transferred there. If there are kids or pets in the home, this risk skyrockets.
Germs stick to upholstery fibers and easily transport from and onto our bodies every day. Regular upholstery cleaning by a company who specializes in allergen and bacteria removal will make upholstery more safe to lounge on.
If you live in a humid, warm climate, there’s a significant chance for mold to grow in the soft fibers of your furniture.
Mold seeps into upholstery like a sponge, creating an unsanitary environment and higher risk for asthma and other respiratory issues.
Grease And Oils
As we sit on and touch furniture and other upholstery, body oils absorb into the fibers. This creates “magnets” for dirt to stick to and increases the appearance of stains. Germs also love to congregate to these grease spots.
Since we sit on our couches every day, it’s inevitable that oil will end up there. Routine upholstery cleaning can help keep these greasy, germ zone under control and even extend the life of your furniture fibers.
Toxic Chemicals And Particles
Whatever is floating around in the air of your home will eventually make its way onto your upholstery. This could be anything from home cleaning chemicals to paint or dust.
A green-certified, non-toxic upholstery cleaning service will remove these chemicals that can irritate skin and lungs—while protecting your children and pets from further exposure to harsh contaminants.
Enjoy A Drier, Cleaner, Healthier Home
If it made your skin crawl thinking about what could be in the couch you’re sitting on right now, remember the good news: there are professional solutions that effectively sanitize and preserve your upholstery.