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7 Proven Ways To Treat Your Furniture To Get Rid of Head Lice

A couch with a throw blanket on it.

After treating your child for head lice, the last thing you want is to get it back from your house! Discover the 7 best ways to treat your furniture for head lice.

Before getting started on cleaning, let’s address the bigger question that I get asked all the time. 

Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Lice? 

Lice have become immune to everything that used to work in the past. Perhaps you remember your mom using a lice treatment and that doing the trick. Those treatments no longer kill the new strain of head lice, that’s why lice today are termed by people, “super lice.” 

They are called SUPER LICE, because they can’t be eliminated with treatments that used to work. Lice treatments only kill the weakest lice and these SUPER LICE keep getting stronger and stronger. 

Also, lice treatments don’t kill lice eggs, so if you miss just a few lice eggs on the head then they hatch, and lice start all over again.

That’s why, as a lice expert, I DO NOT use lice treatments to cure lice. With my technique, you can be completely CURED of head lice in ONE DAY. No lice treatments or re-treatments required. You can learn more about the method I use here.

Most people with lice are stuck in what I term the “never-ending lice cycle” that looks like this…

You discover lice; you spend hours treating, nit-picking, house cleaning etc.

You think it’s gone for a few weeks…

But then it’s back again!

Many people think that they’re in this cycle because they’ve missed something in their cleaning. Let me assure you it’s not because you missed something in your cleaning. It’s because you never really got rid of lice. Lice are immune to lice treatments.

If you want to be confident that you’ve eliminated lice from your life permanently then check out the page How to Get Rid of Lice in One Day.

Many people mistakenly search for a pesticide lice spray, assuming it’ll take care of lice on their furniture. They are unaware that multiple studies show that lice are resistant to these pesticides and that they do not kill most lice. 

Here are the 7 proven ways to treat your furniture for head lice.

A woman vacuuming her couch

#1- Vacuum 

The most effective way to treat your furniture for lice is by vacuuming your furniture with either a handheld vacuum or your vacuum’s hand tool. Most vacuums come with this tool specifically to clean things such as furniture. Although lice are very good at gripping cloth surfaces, vacuums provide enough suction power to remove them. Vacuuming lice and throwing them into the garbage outside will ensure that they do not survive.

Be sure to focus your vacuuming on the surfaces of the couch that people put their heads on.

#2-Sticky Lint Roller

For those without a vacuum, the next best thing is a sticky lint roller like this. The link roller’s adhesive tape is strong enough to pick up lice off surfaces.

Roll each surface of the couch, replacing the roller sheet as the stickiness wears off.

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#3- Don't Try a Pesticide Lice Spray!

Most sprays these days do not work to kill lice because they are pesticides.

#4 -Repelling Lice Spray

There are several essential oil scents that lice hate. When you spray these fragrances on furniture, lice flee the scene. 

Three Throw Pillows on a couch

#5- Pillows

If you have a lot of pillows on your furniture, it will be extremely time-consuming for you to vacuum each pillow individually. Another alternative to vacuuming pillows is to place them in the dryer on high heat for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes in the dryer, your pillows will be safe and can return to your clean couch.

Another option for your pillows is to bag them up for 2 days and keep them away from the family. Lice dehydrate and die after 2 days off the head.

A brown leather couch

#6- Leather 

For those with leather furniture such as suede or faux suede fabric, either vacuum or lint roll your furniture. For those with vinyl-leather furniture that is not easily vacuumed, wipe down the leather with a wet cloth, this is sufficient to remove lice. Alcohol-based wipes are best at killing lice, but I do not recommend using them on furniture surfaces.

A couch covered in a clean white sheet

#7- Barrier

Another option for treating your furniture is to place a barrier between your couch and your family. Laying a clean large sheet or blanket over your sofas and chairs for 2 days will ensure that you do not get lice from your couch. You are welcome to use your furniture while the sheet is placed over it because lice are not capable of climbing through the fabric. Lice die after 48 hours off of a human, so after 2 days, you can safely remove the sheet or blanket.  

Ultimate Lice Cleaning Checklist

If you are doing house cleaning after lice, then you must check out the Ultimate Lice Cleaning Checklist article. It covers exactly what you need to clean and exactly how to clean it to get rid of lice in your house.

If you’ve been down this lice road for a while and you can’t figure out why you are still struggling with lice, you should know that it likely has nothing to do with your furniture. Many people are stuck in the endless cycle of lice (discovering lice, then painstakingly trying to kill it, only to see it again a few weeks later) because they are using a treatment that lice are resistant to. 

Summary

Head lice prefer to stay on the head and rarely come off. Lice can live up to 2 days on your furniture, before dying of dehydration. It is unlikely for them to be on your couch, but not impossible. Always avoid pesticide lice sprays, because they DO NOT work.

The most important thing about getting rid of lice isn’t cleaning inanimate objects--it’s making sure you’ve gotten rid of lice! If you want to get rid of lice fast, then check out the technique I use on the How to Get Rid of Lice in One Day article.

Best of luck on your lice journey! (1)