how often you should clean your upholstery

The holiday festivities are all wrapped up and the new year is upon us. Not only is this the most common time for goal setting and plan making but decluttering our homes is important this time of year. If you’re hoping to have a cleaner, healthier home this year, here’s a fact you should know: the dirtiest item in your home is likely your couch.

Why is that? Well, we typically remember to wipe down our counters, sweep and mop the floors, and clean our bathrooms. And we often tend to gravitate to cleaning surfaces we can see that it will make a visible difference. But our attention is often diverted from our couches and furniture—which is where most of the dust and bacteria in our homes settle. This isn’t all entirely bad. Our carpets, rugs, and upholstery do a great job at trapping dirt and dust mites to keep them from floating around in our home. But just as an air filter can get too full and stop doing its job, same goes for the furniture in your home. 

Think about how many people have sat on your upholstered furniture in the past month. Especially with the holidays, your furniture takes quite the beating.


What Makes Dirty Furniture a Real Heath Hazard?


Couches and other upholstery throughout our homes trap dirt, allergens, and bacteria in their soft fibers. This helps improve the quality of the air we breath for a short while until these fibers become full of contaminants—causing considerable health risks. If not cleaned regularly there is potential for unwanted health problems. 


Think about 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.


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


If you’re struggling with allergies, or are getting sick often this could be a potential cause. Of course, we don’t intend to get our furniture dirty but due to all of the activity in our homes, these factors can all impact the indoor air quality in your house.


How Often You Should Have Your Upholstery Cleaned


First, it’s important to remember that there’s a big difference between regular vacuuming or spot cleaning and deep furniture cleaning. Both should be done regularly. Scheduling your upholstery cleaning in advance is always a great idea so that it gets done and you don’t have to think twice about it.


Surface cleaning as part of your routine can remove some dust and harmful particles. It can also help preserve your furniture by reducing surface dirt that can wear down your upholstery fibers over time. Spot cleaning can also reduce visible stains as they occur. This is important to keep your furniture from collecting too much dust and dirt. 


However, there is often much more than meets the eye. In fact, the biggest risk is what you can’t see—deep down bacteria and allergens that can’t be eliminated without professional cleaning equipment.


In order to maintain a healthy home, your furniture should be professionally cleaned once or twice a year. If there are animals or children in the home, you should clean your upholstery every 3-4 months. Deep cleaning your furniture is important to preserving the life of the fabrics and keeping a healthy home. 


Professional Upholstery Cleaning Is Necessary


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


You can trust us to use the best cleaning method for your upholstery fabric—leaving you with a home that’s drier, cleaner, and healthier.


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