That upholstered sofa or armchair in your living room could be making you sick if you are sensitive to the allergens or irritants it collects. Without regular upholstery cleaning, these furniture pieces are also an ideal environment for mold, which can leave you feeling tired, irritable and fatigued.
When are you due for upholstery cleaning?
In a perfect world, upholstery shouldn’t become soiled to the point of visible changes in the color of the fabric. For most pieces this means having upholstery cleaning every 18-24 months. Of course a couch used regularly by multiple people per day, or the dogs favorite chair will absorb more soils and need cleaning more often.
The pat test works best in bright light. Clap the back or the top of an arm of the piece in question. If you see particles rise up, you need upholstery cleaning. While there are plenty of projects you can do around your house, cleaning upholstered furniture is a project better left to professionals.
Four signs you need upholstery cleaning
- Furry furniture
If you own a dog or two (or more) and your furniture becomes visibly furry, you’re probably overdue for a upholstery cleaning. Vacuums don’t easily strip off pet hair, especially loose dog hair. A little gets left behind each time you clean your furniture. Plus, since shedding dogs commonly lie on furniture, removing the hair only leaves the furniture with a dirty appearance.
- Increased allergies
If you get a runny nose, itchy eyes, or can’t stop sneezing, it could be an allergic reaction to pet dander collected in your furniture. Those who are allergic to dogs and cats don’t have a problem as long as the pet dander is kept to a minimum. But, as it collects in furniture, your upholstery can trigger allergies.
Some stains can be tricky to remove on certain upholstery. Do-it-yourself cleaning products can easily compound problems. That’s why it’s safer to have a professional do your upholstery cleaning. After all, wouldn’t you prefer to have a professional spot-treat and clean your upholstery than buy whole new set?
If your living room takes on an odd and dirty smell, chances are the odor are rising from your upholstery. Even if you can’t smell them, chances are company will. Furniture can accumulate odors more quickly if you have pets, but even without indoor livestock, furniture eventually becomes smelly over time without upholstery cleaning.
There are some consumer products you can use to perform basic cleaning. But, they’re not effective as professional cleaning. A professional, such as Done Right Carpet and Tile Cleaning, can often remove more dirt, debris, odor, and stains that refuse to budge for you.
More is not better with upholstery cleaning
Using too much water or detergent can damage your upholstery. One of the most common cleaning mistakes when steam cleaning furniture is using too much liquid. Instead of cleaning, you can actually create more problems. Especially for furniture that’s more porous. These pieces are capable of absorbing a lot of moisture. This can actually cause mold growth or odors. Which means, you could wind up calling a professional to clean up your cleaning mess.