Just like your carpets, the upholstery in your home is an important part of what makes your home comfortable, attractive and welcoming so you'll want to keep it as clean as possible. Your upholstery is probably a lot dirtier than you think it is. It happens very quickly and even though it looks clean, it's not. There are factors to take into consideration that will determine how often you should clean your upholstery and cleaning it before you notice visual signs of wear and tear.
Cleaning your upholstery should be part of the regular maintenance of your home. Furniture ages much quicker when soil settles deeply into the fibers. This will shorten its lifespan and will have you replacing it sooner than necessary. Plus you're sitting on dirty furniture! The quality of the air in your home benefits from clean upholstery too. If there are allergy sufferers in your home then they can be affected with pet dander and other contaminants that get stuck in the upholstery. If you regularly clean your upholstery, you will keep it in good shape and have a healthier home.
Does a Child or Children Live in Your House? Having children means you are constantly cleaning up after them and they usually have no concept of what needs to be done to keep a clean house. They will come right on in after getting dirty outside to plop themselves down on the couch to watch a show. They also like to eat and drink on the couch and might decide the couch is a fun place to do arts and crafts. You should probably have your upholstery cleaned professionally every nine months if you have children running around.
Do You Have Furry Dog & Cat Pets in Your Home? Pets are part of the family but they sure can be messy. Hair, dander and dirt can get deep into the upholstery fibers. You should have your upholstery cleaned every six months if you have pets but depending on the pet(s) you have this may vary. If you have well-trained pets then accidents are less likely. If they spend more time indoors than outdoors, their size and any medical issues will change the time frame of how often your upholstery will need to be cleaned.
How Many Members Are in Your Household? The number of people in your home will determine how much traffic the upholstery will be dealing with. The more people, the dirtier you upholstery will get. A single couple might be able to hold off for two years before having to clean their upholstery.
While these factors will all determine the schedule, it should be done at least once a year. The easiest way to tell if your upholstery is dirty is to run a clean, white towel over it. If you see any discoloration, it's time to schedule professional upholstery cleaning.