While you may know that you should have your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis, you may not realize just how important it is to also have your furniture cleaned professionally. Furniture in the average home should be cleaned every 12 to 24 months. While your family may not walk on your furniture every day, like you do your carpeting, your sofas and armchairs may get dirty enough that they become health hazards to your family.
Read on to learn three health hazards that may be lurking in dirty sofas, armchairs, sectionals, and other pieces of furniture.
You likely know that bacteria can accumulate and breed on your kitchen counters and on bathroom surfaces, which is why you must clean these surfaces on a regular basis to keep your family healthy. However, you may not realize that your household furniture can also be covered in bacteria. In fact, the average sofa is covered in 12 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat.
Many types of bacteria survive on soft surfaces, such as furniture, much longer than you may expect. In fact, MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, can survive on some soft furnishings for up to 3 months. This bacteria can cause an antibiotic-resistant skin infection, lung infection, or even urinary tract infection.
Having your furniture cleaned professionally can help remove these bacteria so that you can sit or lie on your furniture without worrying about contracting a serious infection.
The sofa and other soft furniture in a home is also typically filled with allergens. Two allergens present in most sofas that may not surprise you are dust and dust mites. Exposure to dust mites can trigger not only typical allergy symptoms, such as itchy eyes and sneezing, but can also cause eczema flares in people who suffer from the condition.
Your sofa could also be filled with allergens that typically live outdoors, such as pollen. Pollen spores accumulate on the clothing, hair, and skin of family members when they are outdoors and then rub off on your furniture indoors.
What may surprise you is that your furniture may also be covered in pet dander, even if you do not have pets. If you have visitors over who have pets of their own, then any pet dander that they have on their clothing can transfer to your furniture. In fact, the amount of pet dander in furniture in a home with no pets can be as high as the amount of dander in a home with multiple pets.
Many types of pests can live in dirty furniture. Bed bugs, fleas, and carpet beetles are just a few examples. While you may be familiar with the signs of bed bugs or fleas in your home, you may be less familiar with carpet beetles and the havoc they can wreak.
Carpet beetles can enter your home through an opening in your home or when a guest brings them in on their clothing. They can then survive in your couch and other furniture by eating the furniture fibers.
While some carpet beetle infestations become so large that professional pest control services are needed to get rid of them, you can often get rid of just a few carpet beetles and their larvae by having your furniture professionally cleaned before the problem worsens.
Dirty furniture can be not only an eyesore but also a health hazard to your family. Contact Steamatic Of Kansas City Inc to have your furniture cleaned today. Don't worry that you will have to stop using your furniture for days after having it cleaned to allow it to dry. Most furniture takes just 8 to 12 hours to dry after being cleaned, and fans can speed up the drying process even further.