Spring is almost here! With the changing seasons comes more activities outdoors and fun holiday traditions. However, have you ever heard the term “spring cleaning”? Spring also comes with its reminder to deep clean your home for a fresh start to the year. If you want to have a clean, healthy home, here’s a fact you should know: the dirtiest item in your home is likely your couch.

Would you have ever guessed that apart from your floors, bathroom, and kitchen counter, that your upholstered furniture is in the running for dirtiest things in your home?

And why is that? In our everyday cleaning routine, we typically remember to wipe down our counters. sweep and mop the floors, and clean our bathrooms. But our attention is often kept from our couches and other upholstery because many people don’t know how to affectively clean upholstery or don’t want to ruin their couch trying. Plus we can’t really see the dirt that’s been collecting on our couches. But did you know that your couch is where the most dust and bacteria settle in your home?


What Makes Dirty Furniture A Health Hazard?

Couches and furniture in our homes are known for trapping dirt, allergens, and bacteria in the soft fibers of the fabric. This is a good thing for one reason. When the bad stuff is trapped, it helps improve the air quality we breath for a short while until these fibers become too full of contaminants to continue doing their job- causing considerable health risks for you and your family.

Consider the amount of time you and your family spend on the couch compared to how often you clean it. As you can imagine, dust, body oils, spills, dirty clothes, and more deposit dirt and dangerous germs onto your couch where they’re then spread throughout your home.

If there are animals in the home, the health risks increase even more. Upholstery attracts hair, dandruff, dirt, feces, and urine like a magnet.

All of these factors can impact the indoor air quality in your home, trigger allergies, and cause sickness. Especially as spring is just around the corner, it is better to control and alleviate previous allergy causing sources so that you can prevent illness or discomfort. 


How Often Should Upholstery Be Cleaned?

The number one thing to remember is that there’s a big difference between regular vacuuming and spot cleaning compared to deep furniture cleaning.

Making sure to clean what you can see is important in order to remove dust and some harmful bacteria. Surface cleaning helps to preserve the quality of your furniture by reducing surface dirt and wear of upholstery fibers.

However, the biggest risk in upholstery cleaning is what you can’t see– the bacteria hiding deep in the fibers of your upholstery that can’t be eliminated without professional upholstery cleaning equipment.

In order to keep a healthy home, your furniture should be professionally cleaned at least once or twice a year. If you have animals or children it would be a good idea to consider professional cleaning every 3-4 months.


Professional Upholstery Cleaning in Barling, AR

Regularly vacuuming and spot cleaning your upholstery are important tasks that shouldn’t be overlooked—but deeper upholstery cleaning by professionals is also needed. Elmer’s Chem-Dry can remove bacteria deep down and allergens with non-toxic solutions and no excess moisture.

You can trust Elmer’s Chem-Dry to use the best cleaning method for your upholstery fabric in Barling, AR and the surrounding areas—leaving you with a home that’s drier, cleaner, and healthier.

We would love to answer your questions! Give Elmer’s Chem-Dry a call at (479) 561-3468. We are a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning company in Barling, AR. See what customers are saying about us!

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