Lots of us have experienced our couch hiding loose change or the TV remote. But the truth is, much grosser things might be hiding in your couch. The average household couch typically contains each of the following:

Dust Mites And Allergens

If anyone in your family is prone to allergies, you’ll want to pay special attention to this one. The soft fibers of upholstery are the perfect home for dust mites, which shed their skin and leave feces behind that can be inhaled. Dust mites are a common household allergy.

Plus, any other allergens that get brought into your home, such as pollen in the air, will settle onto the fibers of your couch. If you have a pet, their fur and dander–another common allergy trigger–will also collect on your couch.

Viruses And Bacteria

All day we collect germs and bacteria from the world around us, and then we come home and sit on the couch. There’s no wonder that couches are host to tons of germs and bacteria. If you’ve got kids or pets in the home, the problem skyrockets. 

And if you’ve ever spent a sick day laying on the couch watching TV, then you’d better believe all of those germs ended up on your couch too.

Mold

If you live in a humid, warm climate, there’s a good chance for mold to grow in the soft fibers of your furniture. Basements often also have mold problems. You might not see the mold as it can be hidden in the furniture, but it can create an unsanitary environment and higher risk for asthma and other respiratory issues regardless. 

Grease And Oils

Bodies naturally produce oil, and when you sit on furniture that oil is transferred to the upholstery. The greasy oil left behind creates a “magnet” for dirt to stick to and increases the appearance of stains. Germs also love to congregate to these grease spots. 

If you ever eat on your couch, it’s likely that food grease has wound up on your couch as well (especially if you have kids). This can discolor your furniture as well as attract dirt and germs.

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. These chemicals and particles can range from harmless to dangerous to your family’s health. 

So What Should You Do?

Luckily, you don’t have to live with all of this gross stuff in your house! You just have to know how to go about removing it.

While you should vacuum your furniture regularly, your household vacuum will only remove larger particles like food crumbs. It won’t help with things like germs or oil.

Instead, you should call up your professional furniture cleaners. Professional equipment can remove most germs, allergens, chemicals, and more from your upholstery.

It’s important to stay on top of your upholstery cleaning or it will just get dirty again. You should get your furniture cleaned about 1-2x a year, more if you have kids or allergies in your family.

If you’re in the San Francisco area, North American Chem-Dry‘s team of professional upholstery cleaners can remove all the gross things hiding in your couches!