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When was the last time you looked at the crevices in your couch?

Are you afraid to lift your couch cushions and face the hard truth about your sofa’s hygiene? Even though the prospect of coming face-to-face with your deepest, darkest secrets is understandably intimidating, not coming to terms with those germs can actually be attracting bugs, dust bunnies or worse.

Do you know what’s living inside your sofa? These are some of the most common things you’ll find between your cushions, and a few tips to restore your living room to a sanitary state and keep it that way.

One of the worst culprits in your couch cushions are crumbs. Whether you eat meals regularly on the sofa or you have kids, crumbs can collect between the couch cushions and attract bugs. If bugs found in sofas are your idea of a nightmare, you need to have a plan to help combat the mess. In order to avoid the problem in the first place, make a rule in your home that no one eats on the couch. Eating food at a table is actually a great way to keep excess weight off and it helps you keep your sofa clean and fresh.

Apart from finding crumbs in your sofa, it’s not unheard of to lose change between the cushions. Although losing a spare quarter here and there won’t attract bugs or gross out your guests, it’s never smart to condone throwing your money away. Rather than toss your change down the couch, invest it in your couch. If you’re in NJ, sofa reupholstery is an affordable option for keeping your couch looking great for years and years to come.

After you’ve finally mustered the guts to lift those couch cushions, how can you ensure that the unspeakable messes you find underneath them will never happen again? Set a regular cleaning regimen and lay boundaries with your family and guests.

In no way are we suggesting that you wrap the whole couch in plastic, but apart from not allowing anyone to eat on your couch, you can set other boundaries as well that will help keep things fresh and clean. The following are definite ‘No’s’ if you want to keep your couch pristine:

No Drinks On The Sofa

Nothing attracts bugs more than a sugary drink like soda that has been spilled all over your couch. Unlike food, a spilled drink is much more challenging to clean so it’s more likely to result in damaged furniture.

No Pets On The Sofa

You love fido, but you don’t have to let him up on your sofa. Pets shed more than you think, and they can deposit dirt in your cushions when they bring their favorite toys on the couch with them.

No Shoes On The Sofa

Potentially the biggest culprit for dirt in your cushion are your shoes. They can track dirt, mud and even bugs from outside and leave them right on your clean sofa. Avoid the problem entirely by requesting everyone check their shoes at the door.