Breathe easier with a deep-cleaning schedule that tackles pollutants in your couches, carpeting and curtains.
Unlike the easy-to-spot dust buildup that accumulates on hard surfaces (think fireplace mantels and shelving), airborne particles can find sneaky hiding places embedded within furniture fabric, curtains and carpeting. From kid spills to pet paws to dirty shoes, it’s inevitable that these high-touch, highly trafficked upholstered objects will get dirty. Maintaining a deep-cleaning regimen will boost the longevity of your favorite sofa or rug, while also improving indoor air quality.
The frequency with which you deep clean your upholstery depends on your lifestyle. At a minimum, sofas, curtains and carpeting should be deep cleaned once or twice per year, but as often as every three to four months if you have children or pets.
Of course, annual deep cleans don’t get you off the hook the rest of the year. To keep your upholstery in prime shape, make sure you’re vacuuming couches, carpeting and curtains weekly, and treating stains as they occur.
Using the incorrect products or processes to deep clean your upholstery can cause colors to fade and fibers to break down, so before you douse your bright-red polyester sofa cushions in hot water, it’s crucial to read the cleaning instructions from the manufacturer. Some basic household ingredients and tools are generally considered safe to use on most fabrics, but when in doubt, always test your cleaning solution on a small patch of the upholstered item.
Clean upholstery is aesthetically satisfying, but being selective about what enters or stays in your home is also important. Leather or vinyl furniture can actually mean fewer particles that settle into your furniture.¹ Fabric surfaces (think throw pillows) are porous, trapping allergens, dust and dirt.
Along with cleaning and choosing different furnishings, make sure you’re also using a high-efficient HVAC filter and replacing it regularly. For our 1” filters, we recommend changing it at least every 90 days. For deep pleat filters (4”, 5” or 6”), the replacement schedule should be every 12 months.