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There are certain areas in our homes that we clean regularly out of habit, like scrubbing the bathroom, wiping down kitchen counters, and vacuuming floors. But what about one item we probably use more than any of these—the couch?

It’s easy to overlook cleaning our furniture until it becomes noticeably stained or dirty. But these less obvious items can actually be the most dirty and the most dangerous, especially because on average, most of us clean our upholstery less than once a year!

When we’re aware of the dangers that lurk in our upholstery, it becomes much more instinctive to clean them regularly. furniture cleaning encino hills

Dangers Hidden In A Dirty Couch

Here are 5 of the most common contaminants found on the average household couch.

Allergens And Dust Mites

Upholstery fibers and other soft furnishings are ideal nesting grounds for dust mites and allergens. Dead mites, their shedded skins, and their feces can be inhaled—irritating our airways and triggering allergies and asthma. Yikes.

If this doesn’t sound like something you want to have in your home, it’s a good idea to have you upholstery professionally cleaned about every six months (or every three to four months if you have pets).

Chem-Dry removes 98% of allergens from carpet and upholstery and 89% of airborne bacteria—drastically improving indoor air quality. Learn more from this recent Home Health Study.

Bacteria And Viruses

We spend a lot of time hanging out on the couch, so it’s understandable how germs are so easily spread there. The risk is significantly higher if there are kids or pets in the home.

The soft fibers of our upholstery quickly attract and transport germs, especially in high traffic areas. Upholstery should be professionally sanitized twice a year in order to keep germs under control and illnesses from spreading.


Mold is especially concerning if you live in a warm, humid climate. Soft upholstery fibers soak up excess moisture like a sponge—creating the perfect breeding ground for mold to grow.

Not only is mold unsanitary, but it can also trigger asthma and other respiratory issues if inhaled.

Oils And Grease

Grease and oils from our bodies and messy fingers are easily transferred onto upholstery. Not only do these areas attract dirt like magnets, increasing the appearance of stains, but they also create concentrated areas for germs to collect.

The accumulation of oils on our furniture is unavoidable, especially because of the natural oils on our skin. Regular upholstery cleaning will help regulate these stain and germ collecting zones from getting out of control, and can even extend the life of your upholstery by keeping the fibers clean.

Harmful Chemicals And Particles

Sofa and other upholstery fibers soak up whatever is floating around in the air of your home. This means that dust, home cleaning chemicals, paint, and more can be found on the furniture where you sit every day.

Chem-Dry uses a natural, green-certified cleaning solution on upholstery—removing skin-irritating chemicals and particles without depositing more toxins onto your furniture.

A Cleaner, Healthier Home

It might make you squirm to think about all the nasty particles hanging out on your couch. But the good news is, professional upholstery cleaners can help you!

Delta Chem-Dry is the most trusted upholstery cleaner in the San Fernando Valley area.

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