As you’ve been spring cleaning the rest of your home, you might have found yourself asking a common question: just how often do you really need to clean your couch and other upholstered furniture? Not just sweeping off crumbs or spot treating spills, but really deep cleaning your furniture, usually by a furniture cleaning professional?

For most people, the answer is more often than they currently clean it. In fact, many people never deep clean their furniture. It just doesn’t cross their mind. Even though you might not think about it though, doesn’t mean that your furniture isn’t dirty. After all, think about all of the dust and dirt that builds up on other surfaces in your home. That dust is on your furniture too, it’s just hiding in the upholstery. Plus, you and your family (and pets, if you have them) use your furniture every day, leaving behind body oil, germs, and more.

But we get it! It’s so easy to forget to clean your furniture because it probably looks clean. It’s not like the tile floors in your house that will discolor when they’re dirty and show all of the dirt that has collected on them. It’s easy to never think about cleaning your furniture. If you’re one of the many people who doesn’t know how often to clean your furniture, don’t worry! Just read on.

Why Worry About Dirty Furniture in the First Place?

The soft surfaces in your home, such as your furniture and carpets, are great at trapping any particles that might be floating around in your air. This is great, because it helps stop things like dust, dirt, and allergens from circulating in your air. However, it leaves your furniture quite dirty. As the dust build up, eventually your furniture becomes full of contaminants, and will no longer filter your air. Instead, it will release dust and germs every time is it sat on. You definitely don’t want this. A professional furniture cleaner can remove all of the build-up, leaving your furniture cleaner and able to filter your home’s air again.

Another common issue with furniture is body oil. Every time your skin touches the furniture, it deposits a little bit of oil. This is not noticeable at first, but over time it will build up, especially if you repeatedly sit in the same spot. This oil builds up the most on the headrest and armrests of your furniture.

If you have pets who are allowed to sit on the furniture (or jump up even if they aren’t allowed) you have a whole other set of problems on your hands. Pet will shed fur, which can be difficult to remove from the fibers of furniture. Plus, their paws carry tons of germs, dirt, and even fecal matter. A professional can clean and sanitize your furniture. You live with your pets, but you don’t have to live with their germs!

How Often You Should Get Your Upholstery Cleaned?

Before we dive into this, we should clarify what we mean by clean. We’re talking about deep cleaning by a professional, not just vacuuming and spot treating your furniture. You should vacuum your furniture regularly to remove crumbs, hair, and fur. You should spot treat stains as they occur (the sooner, the better). These types of cleaning will remove surface dirt and stains, but won’t clean deeper into your furniture.

So how often do you need to get your furniture deep cleaned by a professional? At least 1-2 times a year. If you have kids or pets who make a mess on your furniture, it’s safer to get a cleaning every 3-4 months to remove germs and clean deep stains.

What’s the Best Way to Clean Furniture?

There are a lot of cleaners out there. You want to make sure that you choose the best cleaner to handle your furniture. A low water method is a great choice because it will help your furniture dry faster, and greatly reduce the risk of mold. Short Stop Chem-Dry in Detroit is proud to use less water than other cleaners, leaving your furniture drier and ready to use again much faster!

You can trust Short Stop Chem-Dry in Detroit to use the best cleaning method for your upholstery fabric—leaving you with a home that’s drier, cleaner, and healthier.