It’s easy to know when to clean some things. You wash the dishes after you use them and you take out the garbage when it gets full. But it can be tricky to know when it’s time to clean your upholstered furniture. Sure, when a spill or stain happens is obvious, but there is a lot more than stains hiding in your upholstery that need to be taken care of.
Why Worry About Dirty Furniture?
If your furniture isn’t visibly dirty or has a lot of stains, then you might wonder why you need to worry about cleaning it. It’s important to know that furniture cleaning has more benefits than just removing surface dirt.
This might shock you, but your couches and other upholstery in our homes trap dirt, allergens, and dust in their soft fibers. This benefits you since it takes these out of the air that you breathe. However, over time your upholstery becomes full of contaminants that can cause health risks.
And your furniture gets dirty in other ways too. Just 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 dig into your couch where they’re then spread throughout the rest of your home.
If you have pets then the health risks are even worse. Animals track fur, dirt, dust, and even feces and urine onto your furniture.
All of these factors can impact the indoor air quality in your homes, trigger allergies, and make you sick. That’s why it’s so important to clean your furniture, even if it doesn’t look too dirty!
How Often You Should Have Your Upholstery Cleaned
Before we dive into how often you should clean your furniture, we need to clarify what we mean by cleaning. It is important to wipe up spills or vacuum up crumbs when they occur. However, this isn’t what we mean by upholstery cleaning. We are talking about getting your furniture deep cleaned, preferably by an upholstery cleaning professional.
An upholstery cleaning professional will be able to remove deep-down dirt, dust, and more than your vacuum alone. They will also be able to get out stains that you might not be able to remove on your own.
At a minimum, you should get your furniture cleaned 1-2 times a year. This will help keep the accumulation of dirt and dust under control and leave your home and air quality much cleaner.
If you have kids or pets, chances are your furniture gets much dirtier much faster. In that case, it might be a good idea to bump your cleaning up to every 3-4 months to keep on top of the mess.
If you or your family members have bad allergies, more regular furniture cleaning can also help reduce the allergens in your home.
Don’t Forget Regular Upholstery Cleaning
It’s easy to get busy and forget about a task that you only do a few times a year. However, it’s so important to remember your regular upholstery cleaning! Regular vacuuming and spot cleaning just can’t keep your home as clean as an upholstery cleaner can. Schedule your next upholstery cleaning today, or note down the next time you should in your calendar so you don’t forget!