5 Spooky Things That Might Be Hiding In Your CouchOctober is here, and you know what that means– it’s spooky season! However, there are some scary things that don’t come with the festivity of Halloween.. and that’s everything lurking in your couch.

In all reality, home furniture is the least cleaned item out of everything in your home. This can be a major concern, especially considering how often couches, chairs, and sofas are used.

Once you find out what could be hiding in your furniture, it’s a good idea to schedule your semi-annual professional cleaning as recommended by most manufacturers.

Hazards Of Having A Filthy Couch

The typical household couch usually hides each of the following scary contaminants:


Living in a warm, humid environment, often increases the chance of mold growth significantly, especially in the soft fibers of your furniture. That chance only increases for furniture found in basements, which typically are the more humid part of your home.

Mold creeps into upholstery like a sponge, creating an unclean environment and posing a much higher risk for those affected by asthma and other respiratory issues. It can be hard to see mold buildup, as it is hidden deep in the layers of your upholstery, but whether visible or not, it’s best to eliminate it quickly for your health and safety.

Dust Mites And Allergens

Dust mites find their perfect home in the soft fibers of upholstery where they shed their skin and leave feces behind that can be inhaled by those inside your home. Not only can this trigger asthma and allergies, but can block airways when you breathe,

Many other allergens can be carried into your home, such as pollen, and settle on the fibers of your upholstery making allergies worse for your family.

Regular vacuuming won’t get rid of these pesky mites. That’s why John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County is here for you and your family to keep a healthy home that’s allergy-free.

Allergens And Dust

Forty percent of Americans are couch potatoes claims the Journal of the American Medical Association. That number is only going up as more and more people are spending time watching tv, gaming, or even just relaxing reading a book. Dust collects almost anywhere, especially on your clothes. All that, combined with any dust you might have picked up from work, the grocery store, the kids’ school, or anywhere else gets transferred to your furniture for the rest of the family to be exposed to.

Dust easily sticks to upholstery fibers and is always being transported to and from our bodies every day. Regular upholstery cleaning from the team here at John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County is what will make your upholstery safer and cleaner to relax on.

Grease And Oils

Is your kitchen and living room an open-concept layout? If yes, then, unfortunately, all of the cooking oils and other food greases in your kitchen have found their way onto your living room furniture.

Even if your living room and kitchen don’t share a common space, your furniture is hiding oils and grease. The human body naturally creates an oil that is deposited wherever we go, whether it’s on the counter, our cellphones, or yep, you guessed it, our furniture. Sofas, couches, and chairs are “magnets” for dirt to stick to and often show the appearance of stains. Dust also loves to gather and collect in 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 zones under control and even extend the life of your furniture fibers.

Toxic Chemicals And Particles

With the recent virus being airborne, it’s important to understand that toxic chemicals and particles are floating around and affecting our everyday lives. Whatever it may be drifting in and around the air of your home eventually makes its way onto your upholstery. These particles can be anything from home cleaning chemicals to paint to everyday dust–all things you don’t want in your furniture.

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 clean 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.