5 Gross Things Living In Your Couch

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Let’s face it – nobody really wants to think about what’s living in their couch, right? It’s just like thinking about the germs that are on the surface of everything we touch – it’s gross, it’s icky, and life is better if we just don’t think about it. But, if you’re anything like the rest of us, you know for a fact you spend way more time on the couch than you care to think about, so shouldn’t you make sure it’s well taken care of and clean?

So, if you’ve ever wondered what might be living between the fibers of your couch, never fear – we are here to educate you (and gross you out) and give you at least five more reasons to consider a professional couch steam cleaning service. This is your warning though – prepare to face the reality that your upholstery may be way grosser than you expected.

So What’s Under That Fabric?

At the end of the day, you have to consider this: anything you track into the house can get caught between the fibers of your couch and learn to simply live there. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should throw out your entire couch – we have solutions. A simple upholstery cleaning can often get rid of the majority of all of the creepy crawlies that live in your couch. But, what are the most common, you ask? We break it down here for you.


Mold grows everywhere – we all know that. Mold can get on pretty much anything. But imagine all those times you accidentally spilled something on your couch. Sure, you wiped it up, maybe you even vacuumed, and it definitely dried. But that won’t stop mold from forming deep down inside the cushions, where the moisture stays even when it feels dry.

Plus, if you live anywhere where there’s humidity, your couch basically absorbs it. Humidity can easily soak into your couch like a sponge, and then it forms mold. There are plenty of people who are allergic to mold, so if you’ve noticed excessive allergies or asthma problems lately, it may be time to get a professional carpet steam cleaner into your home for an upholstery service.

Dust Mites and Allergens

Dust is everywhere, and it’s unavoidable. But worse are dust mites, which are tiny little insects who hide between the soft fibers of the upholstery on your couch. Often, they will shed their skin and leave behind other gross things, like feces, which can then be inhaled and cause a variety of allergy and upper respiratory issues for individuals who are prone to those sorts of things.

While vacuuming may remove some of it, only a deep cleaning will ensure that those mites, and other allergens, that are trapped deep within the fibers of your sofa. So keep that in mind next time you try to say that maybe it’s not worth the money.

Grease and Oils

No matter who you are, you can’t say you’ve never eaten a meal on the couch or dropped a couple of pieces of popcorn or a potato chip on there. We’ve all done it, so don’t lie. It happens – unfortunately, that sort of stuff can imbed itself into your couch. Additionally, imagine this: you come home after a long day, a little sweaty, and you lay on your cuch thinking it’s no big deal. Those body oils often get absorbed by the couch, and they’re practically germ bate – inviting other ickies to live within the surface of your couch, too.

Basically, your body oil and food grease melt into the couch, causing buildup that nobody really wants to think about in the long run. Having a couch steam cleaning service will remove these oils, giving you a comfortable place to rest your head after a long day (until you need it cleaned next time, anyways.)

Viruses and Bacteria

As we said, those oils build up and they’re an invitation for germs. Viruses and bacteria often like to hide within the fibers of the upholstery itself, burrowing there, as well as sitting on the surface. In fact, many different viruses can live on your upholstery for days, making it a great source of germ transmission. In a day and age where we really do have to think about what we might be coming into contact with, this is a great time to consider a professional carpet steam cleaner. These services get deep within the fibers of your couch, removing bacteria and other germs.

Toxic Chemicals and Particles

If you don’t believe us, check it out – your couch can hold a lot of toxic chemicals. Whether it’s the chemicals that are used in the development of your couch or the common household cleaners you’ve used to get the smell of wet dog out of the furniture for the thousandth time, these chemicals can be toxic to you, your family, or your furry friends.

Keep in mind that while some of these might not be harmful in moderation, an upholstery cleaning can keep your couch from turning into the real-life version of the kinds of biohazards you see on the true-crime shows you watch from your couch at 2AM.

So How Do You Feel?

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Knowing all the things that can live in your couch, we expect you to be at least a little unsettled. However, that’s why 1 Guy With A Vac is your steam cleaning professionals. We know how to use our equipment to make sure every fiber of your couch is spotless, effectively protecting you from the nightmare of different things we listed above.

And if you have concerns about how clean your couch, carpet, rug, mattress or any other upholstery in your house or apartment is, you can always ask for an estimate – after all, we are happy to help and want to make sure that your home is cleaner than it was before we came.

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