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Ever wondered why we vacuum floors to wipe counters so often? Do you feel like the minute you check these items off your to-do list they are immediately dirty again? It’s a vicious daily cycle to keep our homes clean but there might be one important area you’re forgetting.


Most of us put off some cleaning jobs until items noticeably become dingy or stained, and that includes upholstery cleaning. Rather than cleaning upholstery as often as we should, it becomes a yearly task… if we get around to it. But the truth is, areas like our couches are often dirty, dangerous and need cleaning much more often than that.


After actually finding out what could be lurking in your furniture, you may be more inclined to getting it professionally cleaned 2-4 times a year as recommended


You May Not Be the Only One Who’s Sitting On Your Couch


Hold tight. The average household, as clean as it may look, typically contains each of the following.


1. Viruses And Bacteria


Consider the amount of time you spend on the couch, especially in the colder winter months, and how easily it is for germs to be transferred there. If there are kids or pets in the home, this risk skyrockets.


Germs attach like velcro to upholstery fibers and easily transport form and onto bodies and clothing everyday. Regular upholstery cleaning by a company who specializes in allergen and bacteria removal will make upholstery more safe to lounge on and smell fresher too.


2. Dust Mites And Allergens


We don’t want to make you cringe, but it’s the honest truth. Dust mites love to nest in the soft fibers of upholstery. Mites shed their skin and leave feces behind that can be inhaled—triggering allergies, asthma, and blocking airways.


Regular vacuuming won’t get rid of these pesky mites. To keep them at bay, upholstery should be professionally cleaned at least every 6 months, or every 3 to 4 months if you have children or pets in the home.


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 and 89% of airborne bacteria. Pretty amazing, right?


3. Mold


If you live in a humid, warm climate, there’s a significant chance for mold to grow in the soft fibers of your furniture.


Mold seeps into upholstery like a sponge, creating an unsanitary environment and higher risk for asthma and other respiratory issues.


That’s why it is important to get your upholstery cleaned at least twice a year so that you are cleaning for the season, whether it be bacteria and germs during the winter months or mold during the warm muggy summers.


4. Grease And Oils


As we sit on and touch furniture and other upholstery, body oils absorb into the fibers. 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 thought we may not be able to see it directly. Routine upholstery cleaning can help keep these greasy, germ zone under control and even extend the life of your furniture fibers so that your furniture looks nice for longer.


5. 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 or dust. Because upholstery naturally acts as a filter to trap dirt particles floating, it needs to be cleaned regularly so it can continue doing its job.


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 contaminants.


Rest Easy Knowing Your Home is Drier, Cleaner, and Healthier


If it made you a little uneasy knowing what could be joining you on the couch right now, we’ve got your back. Chem-Dry has worked for over 40 years to provide professional solutions that effectively sanitize and preserve your upholstery so that you don’t have to worry.


See what Edmonds customers are saying about upholstery cleaning from Chem-Dry Four Seasons!


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