As homeowners, we tend to be fastidious cleaners of places where we think germs are likely to present. We regularly clean our bathrooms and kitchens, often with antibacterial detergents, in order to reduce the likelihood that we get sick or contract an infection. But have you ever considered the effects of your upholstery on your health? Indeed, even the most obsessive cleaners who regularly shampoo carpets may neglect to regularly clean their upholstery. Nevertheless, regular upholstery cleaning provides a wide range of health benefits, specifically when it comes to reducing the presence of bacteria, dust, and allergens.
Lining and bacteria Liquid spills are a common problem that can affect the appearance of your furniture, but if the stains are not cleaned properly, there is also a risk to your health. Damp upholstery from spills or even sweat can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Without regular cleaning, bacteria will continue to multiply and can make you and your family members sick. In fact, mold and mildew can also grow on wet upholstery, which will ultimately have a negative impact on your overall health.
Upholstery and allergens
Now we know that bacteria can get trapped in the upholstery of your furniture, but what about dust and other allergens? In fact, without proper cleaning, dust, mold, mildew, and many allergens accumulate on your upholstery. This causes problems not only for people with allergies to these ingredients, but even the healthiest family members can develop health problems. In fact, if you have family members who are very sensitive or have many allergies, you may find that regular upholstery cleaning can reduce allergic reactions in pets and people.
Finally, many contaminants found in upholstery have a harmful effect on your respiratory system. It is well documented that allergens such as dust and mold, as well as bacteria and other contaminants, can contribute to many respiratory problems. A little upholstery cleaning can lead to poor air quality in your home. This means that health professionals and furniture cleaners recommend regular upholstery cleaning to reduce the amount of unnecessary pollution in your air.
Just as you should vacuum and shampoo your carpets regularly, you should also vacuum and shampoo your upholstery regularly.
When is cleaning?
So it is appropriate to ask when you should clean the upholstery. A good rule of thumb is to vacuum your furniture as often as you vacuum your carpets. One of the easiest ways to maintain the condition of your furniture and also to remove trapped allergens is to vacuum regularly. Similarly, whenever you have your carpets shampooed, you should also shampoo your upholstery. In general, you should aim to vacuum at least twice a month and shampoo or steam clean at least twice a year.