Your sofa could be making you sick !
Even if you keep your house Spartan clean, your couch may be a Trojan horse harboring an army of dust, mold and grime. People don’t have any idea what’s in their furniture. If they did, it would make them sick.
Indoor allergens produce symptoms similar to pollen allergy symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. Thus, many people falsely suspect hay fever when in fact they are reacting to house dust mites or pet dander. Direct contact with dust mites or mold on upholstery also can cause skin reactions such as eczema or hives.
Microscopic mites and pet dander can take up residence in decorative pillows and throws as well, especially feather pillows, which are “dust-mite high-rises.”
The pat test works best in bright light. Clap the back or the top of an arm of the piece in question. If you see particles rise up, you need a professional cleaner.
The sniff test is self-explanatory and fail-safe: If you detect a musty smell, that’s mold. Water-damage marks also should make you suspect mold.
A strong ammonia scent is urine. Cat urine is among the most difficult odors to remove. If your sniff test detects lesser odors such as cigarette smoke, sweat or food smells, professional cleaning should bring good results.
Dirt, grime, grease and stains can build up on your upholstered furnishings, making them look old and tired and nobody wants that! Meanwhile you should also consider that your soft furnishings are a breeding ground for bacteria, so if you want to keep a hygienic home it’s key to keep up with your upholstery cleaning!
You’ve probably invested a significant amount of money in your soft furnishings, so while you may be reluctant to spend money on hiring cleaning services for your upholstery, remember that forking out on a new sofa will cost you much more!
– Keep pets off furniture.
– Vacuum furniture frequently.
– Hire a professional cleaner for extremely dirty furniture.