When it comes to cleaning our homes one facet that is generally forgotten is the upholstery. We will hire professionals to clean our carpet, our tile, and our rugs but somehow the upholstery usually gets overlooked. To get the most out of your cleanings, and really create a clean and healthy home environment, you need to include the upholstery in your cleaning endeavors.
The thing to keep in mind is that your upholstery, much like your carpet, works as a filter for airborne allergens. What doesn’t get captured by your carpet is caught by your couches and recliners. This is why sometimes, even after a professional carpet cleaning, you may still get allergy symptoms. And every time you plop down onto your upholstery you send those allergens back into the air to redistribute throughout the house.
Not only is dust captured in your upholstery, bacteria, dust mites, and other microscopic pests love making their homes in your upholstery. Your couch is a veritable breeding ground for these organisms. So the next time you’re relaxing on the couch with some snacks and a good movie, think about what’s going on underneath you.
So what do you do? The obvious answer is to keep your upholstery clean. The next question would be how? This is also much simpler than you might think. The easiest and most effective way to keep your upholstery clean is to vacuum it on a regular basis. Most vacuum cleaners come with upholstery attachments. Use them. If you can manage to vacuum your upholstery once to twice a week you can eliminate a majority of the problems that can arise from unclean furniture.
After you vacuum your upholster you should also give the traffic areas a “damp dust”. Yes, your upholstery has traffic areas also. These would be areas such as the headrests and the arm rests. Parts of the upholstery that hold body parts for the longest periods of time. These areas accumulate body oils and prevent soils from being vacuumed away. This can lead to staining.
To damp dust all you need is a clean white towel and a simple cleaning solution. The solution is made by mixing 1 cup of warm water and ¼ teaspoon of liquid castile soap. Dip the towel into the solution and then make sure to wring it out as much as possible. Then use the towel to wipe down the traffic areas of your furniture.
If you can get into a habit of cleaning your upholstery once or twice a week you can prevent having to undergo an expensive restorative cleaning process. Waiting for the furniture to look dirty before you clean it is usually when it’s too late. You should also get your upholstery cleaned by professionals every two years. This will help to revitalize the furniture and keep it looking great for years.
Mark it Clean Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning is your one-stop shop for professional-grade carpet and upholstery cleaning. Our team of experienced professionals use the latest equipment and techniques to get your carpets and furniture looking like new again. We understand that accidents happen, so we offer a wide range of services to meet your needs, including pet stain removal, odor removal, and more. Contact us today for a free consultation!
Mark it Clean Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
520 W Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90806