It’s finally fall! The changing season brings crisp air and festive traditions. It also brings a subtle reminder to clean our homes in preparation for holiday company. 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.
So why is that? Well, we typically remember to wipe down our counters, sweep and mop the floors, and clean our bathrooms. But our attention is often diverted from our couches and furniture—which is where most of the dust and bacteria in our homes settle.
Why Dirty Furniture Is A Health Hazard
Couches and other upholstery in 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.
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.
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 our homes, trigger allergies, and make us sick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take 10% off your next upholstery cleaning service from Chem-Dry of Rochester & The Finger Lakes!