The Importance of Furniture and Upholstery Cleaning
We dread the door knobs, fear the toilets, and avoid the floors. Our carpets are packed with bacteria, we know our counter tops are swimming in germs. Sounds pretty familiar and sensible right? Well, you don't know dirty.
According to a recent study, and years of knowledge and common sense, one of the dirtiest surfaces in the average home is not any of those listed above. In fact, it could be one of the least expected surfaces we use each day; the couch. We lie down on it after a long day at the office, we sit to watch a movie, we stretch out when we’re sick or broken. Sounds like a supportive nest doesn’t it? Think again.
This recent study concluded that there are in fact more bacteria on your family couch than on a toilet.
But it’s no surprise really, furniture is like a large version of a sponge, only instead of absorbing water, it pulls in all kinds of outside allergens and free flying bacteria. One of the most common bacteria found on your pal the couch is staphylococcus. This particular bacteria can be a common culprit behind ailments such as cellulitis, stomach upset, and pneumonia. The average couch contains internal mold as well, not to mention crumbs, left behind food, allergens, smoke residue, pollen, mildew, and millions of bacteria. To make matters worse, did you know the arm rest of the couch is often the dirtiest spot?
As years of dust and dander collect on your furniture it can also cause them to look unpleasant and carry unwanted odors that you may not be able to detect until it’s too late. Your once white sofa could easily be mistaken for a sandy brown piece.
Pretty scary stuff isn’t it?
Let’s look at some of the benefits of having your furniture, upholstery, and drapery cleaned.
- Cleaning removes allergens such as pet hair, dander, and pollen
- Helps upholstery last longer as any damaging bacteria are removed from the surface
- Makes furniture more pleasing to look at
- Offers a fresh smell of the furniture itself and also the room overall
Having furniture cleaned can rid over 70% of airborne bacteria, and upwards of 80% of surface bacteria from a room, making for a healthier and happier environment.
So next time you sit down to snuggle up and watch a movie, remember what lurks beneath… and then remember that you can always call Steamatic to clean it out.