How often you need to clean your furnitureHave you been cleaning your home for spring? If so, you might have missed one of the most important places you need to clean. 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.

Why is your couch so dirty? Well, most people typically remember to wipe down our counters, sweep and mop the floors, and clean our bathrooms. However, many people often forget about their furniture, even though they sit on it almost every day.  

Why You Need to Clean Your Dirty Furniture

If you have ever noticed the dust that settles onto your shelves, bookcases, and other hard furniture, you should know that same dust also settles on your couches and other upholstered furniture. It’s just a little harder to see. The soft surfaces in our home, like our furniture and carpet, actually do a much better job of collecting and holding onto the dust and everything else that is floating around in your air. This is good for your air, but it also means your couches are much dirtier than you would expect.

Your furniture also picks up bacteria, allergens, grease, oil, and more every day. 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 you, your kids, and your pets spread all kinds of germs and other contaminants to your furniture every time they sit on it. 

All of the crap that builds up in your furniture can impact the indoor air quality in our homes, trigger allergies, and make us sick.

How Often You Should Have Your Upholstery Cleaned

First, it’s important to remember that there’s a big difference between regular vacuuming or spot cleaning and deep furniture cleaning. Surface cleaning is an important part of a regular home cleaning routine, but your vacuum can’t remove everything that has built up in your furniture. Spot cleaning itself is an important step to prevent permanent stains but doesn’t do anything to clean your furniture as a whole. 

In order to get your furniture really clean, you need to have regular professional cleanings. The biggest risk in your furniture is what you can’t see—deep down bacteria and allergens that can’t be eliminated without professional cleaning equipment. You should have a professional furniture cleaner deep clean all of the furniture in your home at least once or twice a year.

If you have young children or pets, your furniture might benefit from even more frequent cleanings to take care of the messes they make and germs they spread.

If you have allergies, you also might want to clean your furniture more often in order to remove built-up allergens.

Don’t Skip Your Professional Cleaning

Regularly vacuuming and spot cleaning your upholstery are important tasks that shouldn’t be overlooked—but deeper upholstery cleaning by professionals is also needed. Southside Chem-Dry can remove deep down bacteria and allergens with non-toxic solutions and no excess moisture.

If you’re in the Virginia Beach or Norfolk area, you can trust Southside Chem-Dry to use the best cleaning method for your upholstery fabric—leaving you with a home that’s drier, cleaner, and healthier.