How Does Furniture Get Soil And Why Doesn’t It Seem To Show?
Allergists, upholsterers, and cleaners all agree that DUST is the #1 enemy of upholstered furniture. Gritty matter blows in through open doors and windows and impregnates itself into your furniture. Have you think of how much dust will accumulate on a table if it were never dusted. That same amount of dust is on your sofa or chair too. You just can’t see it. Then when you sit on the cushion the oils from your skin and hair compress the dirt into the upholstery fabric where it’s almost impossible to remove with regular vacuum cleaning.
The abrasive action of the grit pressing into the fiber CUTS the fibers like a knife, it works like sandpaper– that’s why your furniture wears out. Then combine this with pollens, food crumbs, dust mites, and their nasty fecal pellets…your furniture is literally awash with soil within the short span of just a year (with an average family). If you are like most a the families in Louisville, you probably have kids or pets. If you do, you will need to clean your upholstery a few ones a year.
Bacteria and germs are the results of soils that are not removed from furniture on a regular basis. The byproduct of decaying living materials decomposing is a foul smell that characterizes furniture that has not been cleaned regularly.
Why doesn’t dirt show? Because today’s fabrics are designed to HIDE soil with patterns, design, and colors…But just because it doesn’t show doesn’t mean it’s not there. it is deep down into the fibers.
How often should I have my furniture cleaned? If you’re a retired couple and live in your home 6 months a year…probably every 3 or 4 years. If you have an active family with 3-5 kids and dog or cat – I suggest at LEAST once a year. But you still may need the cleaning every 6 months it depends on the soiling conditions of your furniture.