Furniture Upholstery Cleaning: How to Rid Furniture of Fleas

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Fleas could come from many different places. Dust and pets are the main reason you might have fleas embedded in your furniture. You might start to experience itchiness and little bite marks on your body which can be an uncomfortable experience for the family.

To avoid future infestations on your couches and other items of furniture make it a habit to vacuum every part and crevice that could contain big fluff bunnies. Warmth attracts insects such as fleas, lice and bed bugs. The more compact an area is the more likely you are to get these insects nesting in your furniture.

Fleas and lice are not fond of detergents and soaps. Using the correct detergent or solvent to clean your couch regularly could kill existing insects and prevent new bugs from coming into the picture.

Sprinkle a specific powder called Diatomaceous Earth in the crevices and cracks of your couches. A face mask is necessary to avoid being poisoned by this powder. The powder should remain on the furniture for at least a day without any disturbances. After the day has passed, vacuum the powder and the deceased insects. Some fleas might remain alive so throw out the powder and insects outside; as far away from the doors and windows.

Scrubbing might be necessary in some cases where larvae are present. Scrubbing with a soft brush will detach the sticky eggs and larvae which will be easier to sweep up or brush off. Vacuuming the larvae without detaching them first will make it difficult to get all of them.

Steam cleaning is also an option if your furniture upholstery can withstand such high heats and water. The steam will burn the insects and remove the stickiness that might be keeping them attached to the fabric of the furniture.

When using pesticides or poisonous powders be weary of who is around and what is around. Avoid using these poisons around food, pet food, children's toys or people. Contamination could make pets and people fall dangerously ill.

It will also be necessary to treat your pets of any fleas they may have. Dog or cat shampoos and powders are available in many stores. You will also need to rid the fur of any eggs and larvae that have the possibility of hatching or transforming.

Keeping your upholstery clean and free of insects is a vital part of living in a healthy environment. Insects can make a person feel very uncomfortable with constant itching and scratching.

Source by Barrie Taylor