A local Fil-Am family in Los Angeles, have yet to find a celebration big enough to sit down on the ‘good’ couches. Even after several engagements, a marriage and twelve grandkids in their family, Rose and Mike Templa (59, 58) still haven’t invited anyone into the plastic-coated living room in their cozy down-town four-bedder.

While the plastic furniture covers appear to be vacuum-friendly, it is not yet known what purpose they truly serve, given the fact that no one is allowed near them anyway.

Their 25-year-old grandson, Jose says the closest he ever got to the plastic couch was after a week in 2002, before receiving a flying chinelas to back of his neck. “I don’t know when I’ll get the call, to sit on those couches,” says Jose. “My brother passed out on one of them when he was house-sitting for our grandparents once. It took him about 20 minutes to peel himself off it”

While the couches appear to be the most sacred piece of furniture in the entire household, they aren’t the only objects coated in plastic. Plates, bench corners, and even some cutlery also appear to be protected from any form of human contact. Similar to the dashboard of the family car, which hosts a range of miniature Catholic sculptures and a pair of tiny boxing gloves with the Filipino flag.