We know that you’re on top of your home cleaning. However, 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 when was the last time you cleaned your furniture? We don’t mean just picking up any clutter from your sofa or spot cleaning a small spill, we mean really deep clean your furniture. We hate to tell you this, but your furniture is where most of the dust and bacteria in your home settles.

Why Your Furniture is So Dirty

If you think about it, your furniture takes up some of the largest surface area in your home. That makes it the place where a lot of dust, bacteria, and allergens in your air settles. In fact, your couch serves almost like an air filter, trapping particles from your air. This can help improve the quality of the air we breathe, but it leaves your furniture germy and dirty. 

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. Bacteria and allergens trapped in your couch can cause illness and allergies. 

Plus, if you have pets, then the amount of dirt, allergens, and bacteria and the associated health risks increase even more. Even if you try to keep your pets off the couch, their fur and germs will find their way onto your furniture. 

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

Luckily, you don’t have to live with dirty furniture! A professional furniture cleaner can deep clean your furniture, improving the overall healthiness of your home.

However, it’s important to remember that there’s a big difference between regular vacuuming or spot cleaning and deep furniture cleaning

Yes, please continue to spot clean and vacuum your furniture. 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 help prevent a spill from becoming a permanent stain. 

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 you have kids or pets (who are often messier) then you should consider getting your furniture cleaned every 3-4 months instead. This will help keep your furniture clean and healthy. 

Need Furniture Cleaning in Bellingham?

If you’re in the Bellingham area and you realize that you need your furniture cleaned, John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County is here to help! Our furniture cleaning experts can clean any upholstered surfaces in your home. Give us a call today!