When we think of the place in our homes that need the most cleaning we usually gravitate to our kitchen floors and counters where crumbs and spills are most likely. But have you ever considered your couch could be just as dirty?
The truth is, upholstered furniture that you and your kids spend time sitting on can often be just as dirty and dangerous as you would assume a dirty countertop would be. Most people put off furniture cleaning or don’t even think to do it until upholstery becomes dingy or stained. This means most people get their couches professionally cleaned less than once a year on average. Think about all the dirt and grime that collects over that time.
After learning what might be joining you on the couch, it may encourage you to consider professional upholstery cleaning 2-4 times a year as recommended.
What’s Hiding In Your Couch?
Gear up. The average household couch typically contains each of the following.
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 an area with a humid and warm climate there’s a higher chance that mold could be growing throughout the fibers of your couch.
Mold seeps into upholstery like a sponge, creating an unsanitary environment and higher risk for asthma and other respiratory issues.
Dust Mites And Allergens
Dust mites are attracted to soft fibers and textures. Mites shed their skin and leave feces behind that can be inhaled—triggering allergies, asthma, and blocking airways.
Unfortunately, regular vacuuming is not powerful enough to get rid of these pesky guys. To keep them away, upholstery should be professionally cleaned at least every 6 months. However, if there are pets and children in the home it is better to take extra precaution and schedule professional furniture cleaning every 3 to 4 months.
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?
Toxic Chemicals And Particles
Upholstery is amazing at catching germs and bacteria floating in the are. This could be home cleaning chemicals or even paint from a recent project.
A green-certified, non-toxic upholstery cleaning service will remove these chemicals form the fibers of your upholstery that can irritate skin and lungs—while protecting your children and pets from further exposure to harsh contaminants.
Grease And Oils
When it’s finally time to sit back and relax on the couch after a long day you have to consider the contact your clothes, body oils and dirt make with your couch. The fibers in upholstery soak up the oils and dirt.
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.
Rest Easy In 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 cleaning solutions that effectively sanitize and preserve your upholstery.
See what customers are saying about upholstery cleaning from Elmer’s Chem-Dry! If You’re looking for a furniture cleaner in Lavaca, AR and the surrounding areas we would love to help!