5 Gross Things Hiding In Your Couch You probably are on top of vacuuming your floors and wiping your countertop, but most people often forget about cleaning one of the things that you use the most in your home: your furniture! 

Most people put off cleaning their upholstery until it becomes visibly dirty or stained. However, your couch is likely hiding dangerous contaminants that you can’t see. This is why it’s so important to get your furniture cleaned regularly!

Dangers Commonly Found In A Dirty Couch

Every home is different, however, the average household couch typically contains the following:

Viruses And Bacteria

Do you like to curl up on the couch and watch TV when you’re sick? If so, then your couch is probably full of germs and bacteria! Even if you never touch the couch when sick, viruses and bacteria from other people are picked up on our skin and clothing and transferred to the upholstery when we sit on the furniture. The build-up of germs and bacteria can negatively affect the health of your home and family!

Luckily, Southside Chem-Dry removes 89% of bacteria with our home sanitizer upholstery cleaning package. 

Dust Mites And Allergens

Dust mites love to nest in the soft fibers of upholstery. Unfortunately, these mites shed their skin and leave feces behind that can be inhaled—all of which triggers allergies and asthma. Other allergens, such as pet dander, pollen, etc, can be deposited by your pet or get carried in in the air or on clothing. If anyone in your family has allergies or asthma, then these allergens can cause harmful effects. 

Southside Chem-Dry 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. Pretty amazing, right? 


If you live in a humid, warm climate, there’s a significant chance that mold will grow in the soft fibers of your furniture. Mold is especially prominent in basements, so if you have furniture in your basement, watch out!  Mold creates an unsanitary environment and higher risk for asthma and other respiratory issues.

Getting your furniture cleaned can help reduce mold in your home, but make sure to use a furniture cleaner with fast-drying cleaning solutions. Leaving your furniture wet for days will only encourage the growth of more mold! Furniture cleaned by Southside Chem-Dry dries in as fast as 1-2 hours.

Grease And Oils

Human skin produces body oils, which can be transferred to your furniture and build up to discolor your upholstery over time. This is most common in headrests and armrests, as that’s where our bare skin and hair contact the upholstery the most. Grease and oils can also be carried in the air (such as cooking oils in a room near the kitchen) and on fur, clothing, and shoes, all causing a nasty build up and discoloration. 

Routine upholstery cleaning can help keep these greasy, germ zones under control and even extend the life of your furniture fibers. 

Toxic Chemicals And Particles

Anything that is floating around in the air of your home can make its way onto your upholstery. This could be anything from home cleaning chemicals to paint chemicals. Depending on what it is, these chemicals can be toxic to your family. 

When you are cleaning chemicals off your furniture, be sure to choose a green-certified, non-toxic upholstery cleaning service who clean your furniture without providing even further exposure to harsh contaminants. 

Enjoy A Cleaner, Healthier Home With Chem-Dry

If thinking about what could be in the couch you’re sitting on right now made your skin crawl, remember the good news: there are professional solutions that effectively sanitize and deep clean your upholstery. Southside Chem-Dry is here to clean your furniture in Virginia Beach and the surrounding area. 

See what our customers are saying about upholstery cleaning from Southside Chem-Dry! 

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