When it comes to carpets and upholstery, many things can affect their longevity. Carpets and upholstery in high-traffic areas like living rooms and dens and waiting rooms can quickly become dirty and worn if not properly maintained.  When carpets and upholstered furnishings become dirty, they can also become a breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and allergens. It is important to know these simple carpet and upholstery cleaning facts.

Studies have shown that in many cases, indoor air quality in a given space is actually much worse than outdoor air quality.  This is largely due to the build-up in indoor spaces of allergens, bacteria, mold, dust, and other substances that reduce overall air quality.

Most furniture and carpet manufacturers recommend that carpets be professionally cleaned every six months and that upholstery should be professionally cleaned every year.  Using spot cleaners can be an effective way to remove small stains if the product is applied soon after the spill or stain occurs, but on a larger scale, upholstery and carpets in particular need to be deep cleaned.

The reason for this has to do with the way that carpets and upholstery are manufactured.  Underneath the surface of both is padding, designed to cushion and reduce friction. If stains and spills soak into the padding, non-commercial cleaning methods can’t remove them. This means that even if stains appear to be temporarily removed, they can still reappear once the carpet or upholstery dries completely after cleaning and adheres more closely to the padding.

These are just some of the many reasons why it is important to have your carpets and upholstery commercially cleaned according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

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