When you really think about it, your couch is the piece of furniture you probably use the most in your entire house. And yet, people rarely clean them as often as they should. It can be hard to see all of the dirt, grime, germs, and bacteria that wind up in the fibers of the fabric.
After finding out the specific things that could be lurking in your furniture, you may be more inclined to regularly clean it on your own or have it professionally cleaned 2-4 times per year as recommended.
Common Contaminants In A Dirty Couch
Gear up for this. The average household couch, including your own, typically contains each of the following.
Dust Mites And Allergens
Dust mites are frequently buying up real estate in the soft fibers of your upholstery. Mites shed their skin and leave feces behind that can be inhaled—triggering allergies, asthma, and blocking airways.
Regular vacuuming just isn’t powerful enough to get rid of these pesky mites. Professional cleaning should be done every 6 months to really subdue the mites and kick them out. We would recommend cleaning every 3 to 4 months if you have children or pets in the home.
Viruses And Bacteria
Every human being is a massive germ transmitter without even trying. With that in mind, think about the amount of time you spend on your couch and how many germs you are probably transmitting in that time. If you have kids or pets in the home, the amount of germs skyrockets.
Germs stick to upholstery fibers and easily transport from and onto our bodies every day. Regular upholstery cleaning by a company that specializes in allergen and bacteria removal will make upholstery safer to lounge on.
Mold is typically associated with water. It would take a lot of spills to really make a difference, but the humidity can sure be an issue! Especially during the more humid times of the year, you need to watch out for mold growth on your couch.
Mold seeps into upholstery like a sponge, creating an unsanitary environment and a higher risk for asthma and other respiratory issues.
Grease And Oils
Remember when we said every human being transmits germs? Well, we are also very greasy and oily. Yeah, humans are pretty gross. 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.
Routine upholstery cleaning from a trusted pro can help keep these greasy, germ zone under control and even extend the life of your furniture fibers.
Toxic Chemicals And Particles
Your couch is actually an air filter for your home. It’s pretty cool but it also means that 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.
Using a green-certified upholstery cleaner like Chem-Dry will remove these chemicals that can irritate skin and lungs—while protecting your children and pets from further exposure to harsh contaminants.
A Deeper Cleaning for A 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. In fact, our upholstery cleaning process has been proven to eliminate 98% of common household allergens from couches. Get your appointment scheduled with our team at North American Chem-Dry today to start enjoying a healthier home.