Your couch is there for you on family movie night, the first sip of coffee in the morning, and a million other times throughout the day. But when are you there for your couch? Most of us clean our kitchens and bathrooms regularly, yet our couches can harbor just as many contaminants and are often overlooked on cleaning day.
If you notice a smell coming from your sofa, then it’s time to wash and sanitize it to keep your living environment fresh and healthy.
The Unseen Dangers of Couch Odors
Bacteria and Microbes
You may not see them, but bacteria and microbes love the warm, porous environment of your couch just as much as you do. Spills and stains offer a fertile breeding ground for these unseen invaders. Even if you don’t drop a drop, we are constantly shedding skin cells, oils, and bacteria on the surfaces we touch.
Sweat and Body Oils
After a long day, the couch is a welcomed respite. But sweat and body oils can penetrate the fabric, creating a foul smell and a haven for bacteria. Over time, this can lead to an unsanitary couch that's less inviting than you'd like.
Food and Drink Spills
We all snack or enjoy a nice drink on our living room furniture, at least occasionally, right? Don’t worry, we’re not judging! Even minor spills can cause significant problems. Liquid that soaks into the fabric allows bacteria and bad smells to flourish.
Smoking, cooking, and other environmental factors can leave your couch with lasting odors. A designer couch may look beautiful, but how it smells is up to you.
As fabric ages, it naturally begins to retain smells. Different materials have varying degrees of odor retention, but all will emit an unpleasant scent if not adequately maintained over time.
Consequences of an Unsanitary Couch
The bacteria and allergens harbored by your smelly couch can pose direct health risks, including skin irritations and respiratory problems. Moreover, unsanitary conditions can make your home more susceptible to disease.
Reduced Lifespan of Furniture
An unsanitary couch will degrade faster. The fibers break down, and the structure weakens, reducing the lifespan of your once beautiful couch.
Diminished Living Experience
Knowing—or even suspecting—that your couch is unsanitary can significantly affect your comfort and peace of mind. The psychological toll can be as damaging as the physical risks.
Common Tactics Against Odor
Upholstery Cleaner: ~$100 - $150
Febreze: ~$5 - $10
Spot Cleaning Products: ~$5 - $30
Professional Cleaning: ~$100 - $300 per visit
There are several options to mask odors or clean furniture upholstery at the surface level, as listed above. While Fabreeze and spot cleaning products are relatively inexpensive, they are a continual expense that doesn’t offer much better results than spraying perfume on a dumpster. While the smell may be less noticeable, and a stain may have disappeared, these products generally do not offer sanitization benefits.
An upholstery cleaner, whether your own or that of a professional cleaning service, provides more protection but at a much higher cost and with a significant time commitment. Couches that come apart will allow for a deeper clean, but there are always surface areas of the couch that are hard, or sometimes impossible, to reach.
Solution to the Couch Conundrum
So what’s a couch owner to do? All of the standard sofa cleaning options seem less than optimal. Luckily, there is another option for savvy shoppers who invest in long-lasting furniture that is easy to maintain.
The best solution? A washable sofa.
Enter the Feathers machine washable sofa by Mario Capasa, a revolutionary product in furniture hygiene. These custom couches are sold modular - meaning they arrive in easy to assemble sections. When you can take the couch apart, you can easily access all the bacterial and odor-loving nooks and crannies. But let me stop you before you envision scrubbing every inch of your sofa to get it clean. The Feathers is 100% machine washable thanks to removable slipcovers that you can simply pop off and pop in the wash.
Since Feathers’ fabric is spill-proof, moisture doesn't seep into the underlying layers of the sofa. That means your couch is clean when your Feathers Covers are clean!
The Feathers sofa is not just a piece of furniture; it's a commitment to a cleaner, healthier living space. And if worse comes to worse, the covers can be removed and replaced, saving you the cost of a new custom couch.
Healthy Living Luxury
A sofa that is clean, sanitary, and smells fresh for years is not unattainable. With the Feathers machine washable sofa by Mario Capasa, you're investing in your health and a long-lasting designer couch that will look great for years to come. It's the ultimate solution for a clean, comfortable, and stylish living space.