5 things hiding in your furniture that might surprise youToday we’re talking about things that are hiding in your couch. And we don’t mean hiding under the cushion, like your spare change. These things are hiding in your couch itself, in the upholstery that you touch every day.

Let’s get to it. Most household couches have the following in the fabric of your furniture.

1. Dust Mites and Allergens

Dust mites are a common source of indoor allergies. They also love the soft fibers of your upholstery and often make their home there. Mites shed their skin and leave feces behind that can be inhaled. This isn’t just gross, it can also trigger allergies, asthma, and blocked airways.

There isn’t a way to prevent dust mites from getting into your couch, but you can remove them. However, just your home vacuum cleaner won’t remove these pesky mites. Instead, your best bet to remove dust mite allergens is to call a professional upholstery cleaner, which you should about twice a year. Make sure you choose the right furniture cleaner. Chem-Dry can remove 98% of allergens from carpet and upholstery and 89% of airborne bacteria

2. Viruses And Bacteria

If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time on your furniture, and so do your kids and pets. Do always wash your hands before you sit on your couch? Do you take off your shoes every time, and wipe down your pets’ paws? Have you ever spent the day on the couch when you’re sick, or encouraged your kids to do the same?  You can probably see how easy it is for germs to be transferred to your couch. These germs build up over time until your furniture is teeming with viruses and bacteria. 

Remember what we said about removing allergens and bacteria? That’s right, you’re going to want to call Acme Chem-Dry to get your couches healthy and clean again.

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.

One of the best things that you can do about mold in your furniture is to control the humidity in your home. Be careful of storing furniture in damp places as mold growth is much more likely.

4. Grease And Oils

Human skin is covered in oil, and as we sit on and touch furniture and other upholstery that body oils absorb into the fibers. Other grease also collects on your upholstery from your hands, clothing, and other sources. Not can a build up of oil and grease eventually cause discoloration in some furniture, it can also create “magnets” for dirt to stick to and increases the appearance of stains. Germs love to congregate to these grease spots.

Since we sit on our couches every day, it’s inevitable that oil will end up there. The best way to keep it clean is to schedule routine upholstery cleaning can help keep these greasy, germ zones under control and even extend the life of your furniture fibers.

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 anything else that might be in your home.

A 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. This is especially important when you believe that your furniture has been exposed to chemicals, such as during a home renovation. 

Enjoy A Drier, Cleaner, Healthier Home

We don’t tell you this to scare you with everything that is hiding in your furniture! If it made your skin crawl thinking about what could be in the couch you’re sitting on right now, remember the good news: there are professional solutions that effectively sanitize and preserve your upholstery. At Acme Chem-Dry, our experts can help you get the fresh, clean furniture of your dreams!