Upholstered items like couches, chairs, and seat cushions are designed to last a long time. But do you remember the last time your furniture was professionally cleaned? Over time, or after your home has experienced water or smoke damage, upholstered items show signs of wear and tear and can harbor allergens like mold and fungi. ServiceMaster of Baltimore can help clean office furniture and the items in your home to keep your space clean, professional, and refreshing.
Why Clean Furniture?
We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home lately, which probably means the couch is getting a lot more use. There are several reasons why it’s important to remember to clean your furniture.
- Dirt from everyday use, especially if you have pets and kids: Soft surfaces are magnets for dirt, oils, hair, and anything else they come into contact with. If you usually sit in the same spot, you might notice a darker area on the sofa or chair. This discoloration is a buildup of dirt such as dead skin cells, household dust, pet dander, and anything else in your home.
- You’ve experienced water or smoke damage: Another reason to consider getting your furniture cleaned is after smoke or water damage. Even if a fire occurred in another area of the home, particles can spread via the HVAC system and absorb into soft surfaces. Any piece of furniture that was in a flooded area likely needs to be thrown away, but there are some cases where it can be saved. There are different cleaning protocols used depending on the type of cleaning to be performed.
- Combat odors: If you’ve thoroughly cleaned your home and still notice an odor when you sit on the couch, you may be sitting on the problem. Upholstered furniture often has a layer of padding underneath the top layer that can absorb odors, which is difficult to clean with regular surface-level cleaners. You might be surprised at the huge difference a clean sofa makes in your home!
How Often Does Furniture Need Cleaning?
In general, we recommend a thorough clean once a year, but that can change depending on the environment. For example, for families with pets or children, or individuals with sensitive immune or respiratory systems, it might be a good idea to have the most-used items cleaned more often.
Spot-cleaning when you see messes like spills or pet accidents can help extend the lifespan of your furniture. You can also rotate mattresses and seat cushions to prevent extended buildup on one particular area.
Do I Need A Professional Furniture Cleaning?
For best results, it’s best to call the professionals to clean large furniture. There are specific low-water cleaning protocols to reduce mold and mildew and allow the furniture to dry faster. Plus, our equipment is designed to clean deeply and efficiently. We are IICRC certified to help you restore your furniture to its pre-loss state and recommend the best course of action after a loss or mess.
Call ServiceMaster of Baltimore today at 410-780-1700 to learn more about our professional furniture cleaning services!