Did you know that your couch is likely one of the dirtiest areas in your home? Yep, it’s true.

We typically remember to scrub our bathrooms, vacuum, wipe down hard surfaces, and mop our floors regularly. But while our attention is on these more obvious areas, we often overlook the biggest dirt trappers in our home: couches and other soft furnishings.

Health Hazards Of Dirty Upholstery

Now, don’t get us wrong, couches and other upholstery work effectively as filters—trapping dirt, dust, and allergens within the fibers and keeping them from the air we breathe. But, over time, their fibers fill up, causing significant health hazards in our homes.

Think about how much time your family uses the couch each day. Now consider the fact that you probably only deep cleaning your furniture once a year or less. Yikes!

Not only do couches and upholstery endure regular use, but think about the beating they take on a daily basis. Maybe you come home sweaty after the gym and take a seat on the couch to relax. Your kids come in from playing outside and sit on the furniture in their dirty clothes. Every day there are spills and messes made on your couch.

Now imagine if you have a pet. Your upholstery is constantly collecting hair, dandruff, dirt, and possibly urine. In fact, nothing soils furniture faster than a pet.

Even if all of these bigger messes weren’t factors, upholstery collects a lot of dust simply by being in your home.

How Often To Clean Upholstery On Your Own And Professionally

Bottom line, your couches, and upholstery are constantly collecting body oils, dirt, hair, and grime. This is definitely something to consider when determining how often you should clean your upholstery and what methods are the most effective.

When determining how often you should clean your furniture, it’s important to know the key differences between surface or spot cleaning and deep cleaning.

Surface cleaning consists of regular vacuuming to remove dirt, dust, and allergens. Regular surface cleaning can help preserve your upholstery and should also be done prior to a deep cleaning. Spot cleaning is just like it sounds— cleaning specific spots where stains are deposited, but not the entire piece of furniture.

When it comes to deep cleaning your furniture, the question isn’t a matter of if, but when. Consider this: is your couch frequently used in a high traffic area? Do you have children and pets? If so, you should clean your upholstery more often.

Start by looking at the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning your furniture. If this information isn’t available, here’s a good rule of thumb: you should clean your upholstery at least once a year—6-12 months is the minimum guideline. If you have pets, you should aim for every 6 months.

Leave Deep Upholstery Cleaning To Professionals

Routine surface and spot cleaning are simple tasks that you can do yourself. However, thoroughly cleaning upholstery should be left to professionals. If not done right, your furniture can be saturated with soap and water. This leaves behind dirt-collecting residue and creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Professionals also know the best methods for your specific fabric and use commercial technology and equipment to give you the deepest clean.

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