5 SPOOKY Things That Might Be Hiding In Your CouchOctober is here, and so it’s time to celebrate the spooky and scary! However, there is something spooky in your home that isn’t cause for celebration, and that’s everything that is hiding in your couch.

If you think about, it doesn’t make sense that furniture is one of the things that people use most often but clean the least!

After finding out what could be lurking in your furniture, you may be more inclined to have it professionally cleaned twice per year as recommended.

Dangers Commonly Found In A Dirty Couch

The average household couch typically hides each of the following spooky contaminants:


If you live in a humid, warm climate, there is a significant chance that mold has grown in the soft fibers of your furniture. That chance increases for furniture found in basements, which are typically more humid than the rest of the house.

Mold seeps into upholstery like a sponge, creating an unsanitary environment and higher risk for asthma and other respiratory issues. You might not see it hidden deep in the layers of your upholstery, but visible or not it can be detrimental for your health.

Dust Mites And Allergens

Dust mites love to nest in the soft fibers of upholstery where they shed their skin and leave feces behind that can be inhaled. All of this can trigger allergies, asthma, and blocked airways.

Plus, any other allergens that are carried into your home, such as pollen, can settle on the fibers of your upholstery and make allergies worse for your family.

Regular vacuuming won’t get rid of these pesky mites. John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County is your teammate when it comes to a healthy home that’s allergy-free. In fact, we remove 98% of allergens from carpet and upholstery and 89% of airborne bacteria. Pretty amazing, right?

Viruses And Bacteria

Think about how much time you spend on the couch and how easily it is for germs to be transferred there. Any germs you might be carrying (ever spent a sick day on the couch watching tv?), plus any germs you might have picked up from work, the grocery store, the kids’s school, or anywhere else gets transferred to our furniture for the rest of the family to be exposed to.

Germs stick to upholstery fibers and are easily transported from and onto our bodies every day. Regular upholstery cleaning by a company that specializes in allergen and bacteria removal will make upholstery more safe to lounge on.

Grease And Oils

Do you have an open-concept kitchen and living room floor plan? Congratulations, all of the cooking oils and other food greases in your kitchen has found its way onto your living room furniture.

Even without food oil, your furniture is hiding some oils and grease. Our bodies naturally create oil that is deposited onto furniture when we sit down. This creates “magnets” for dirt to stick to and increases the appearance of stains. Germs also love to congregate to these grease spots.

Since we sit on our couches every day, it’s inevitable that oil will end up there. Routine upholstery cleaning can help keep these greasy, germy zones under control and even extend the life of your furniture fibers.

Toxic Chemicals And Particles

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 to everyday dust–all things you don’t want in your furniture.

A green-certified, non-toxic upholstery cleaning service will remove these chemicals that can irritate skin and lungs—while protecting your children and pets from further exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals.

Enjoy A Drier, Cleaner, 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.

John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County is proud to offer upholstery cleaning solutions in Bellingham and the rest of Whatcom County.