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How Upholstery Can Make You Sick

Posted on Friday 19 March 2021

There’s nothing better than lounging on the couch after a long day. But, have you ever thought of the hidden nasties that could be lounging on the couch fibres with you? We often clean the floors, kitchen counters and bathrooms, but furniture upholstery can get forgotten about.

The couch is one of the most used item in the home. And, over time, dirt dust and other debris can get stuck in crevices. If not attended to, these contaminants may start to have an effect on health and even attract bugs which will be drawn to dead skin and food particles. Here’s 5 nasties that could be living in your couch making you sick.

1.Bacteria and Viruses

After the nightmare year with the Covid19 virus, there has never been a better time to improve home cleaning methods. Because your couch is a high traffic area which may never have been cleaned, germs could easily be living in your couch. Call in your local Adelaide carpet and upholstery cleaners at least twice a year to sanitise soft furnishings.

2.Dust Mites and Allergens

Dust mites love living in soft furnishings and also love to leave their faeces and shedded skin behind. If left to roam free long enough, they can irritate skin and airways causing allergies and even asthma. While it’s impossible to get rid of them completely, regular upholstery cleaning keeps them under control.

3. Grease and Food Debris

Greasy fingers, dropped pieces of food, pet hair and all sorts will stick the fibres of your couch. Stains can build up making the couch a breeding ground for all sorts of germs. If your couch hasn’t been cleaned for a while, or ever, call in your local professional home cleaners as soon as you can. Regular upholstery cleaning will extend the couches useful life.

4. Mould and Mildew

The soft fibres of your couch will easily absorb moisture. And if wet stains are not dealt with, this can lead to mould and mildew growth. If you’ve started to notice a musty smell while sitting on your couch, this could point to a mould problem. To remove it yourself, place the couch in direct sun which kills mould spores, vacuum the upholstery and wipe down with a mild soap and water mixture. Allow to dry again in the sun and repeat if necessary.

5. Contaminants and Toxic Chemicals

If you have sensitive skin and have started itching after sitting on your new couch, this may point to contaminants being stuck to the upholstery. Have a think what your couch may have been exposed to while being delivered? Pollution outside, paint particles, pollen floating in the air and chemicals it may have come into contact with in the delivery van. Get the professionals in to steam clean your new couch, so you can lounge without irritation.


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