You spend about a third of your life on your mattress, sleeping or just resting. When was the last time you gave it a deep clean, flipped sanitized, deodorised?
The seldom-used living room, family room sofasmost probably got cleaned, vacuumed brushed and nourished more often than your mattress. It’s time to change that. Besides promoting a more pleasant and restful night's sleep, a clean, cared mattress will last longer, clean pillows, linenmight even help prevent nasty, not to mention costly, pest infestations such as Dust Mites and Bedbugs.
DUST MITE FACTS
Dust mites are microscopic organisms that feed off sweat and dead skin cells. Your bed is probably full of these organisms that could be causing asthma attacks and can also trigger allergies. Statistics say that the average bed is a home of more than 1.5 million dust mites. They get trapped in the fibres of the bed linens and can survive as long as the environment they live in suits them
House dust mites are acari, a subclass of arachnids and have eight legs. At less than half a millimetre in length, they are barely visible to the naked eye.The human immune system can "recognise" the mites and produce antibodies in response. This can trigger allergic reactions
Dust mites can cause dust allergies, and the most common symptoms of this condition include:
Itchy nose, throat or roof of mouth
Facial pressure and pain
Red, itchy bumps on the skin
In order to treat your dust allergy you should be using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. Vacuum your home regularly and use mite-proof pillow covers and mattress. Of course, you should also wash your sheets regularly.
Since we were children we were told to make our bed as soon as we get up in the morning. According to scientists, this is a very bad idea. When you make your bed in the morning you lock the humidity in the sheets and the mattress. This way your bed becomes the perfect environment for dust mites and bed bugs to breed in.
Dust mites can’t survive in an unmade bed, when exposed to direct sunlight or in warm and dry conditions. So, once you get up from your bed in the morning leave it unmade for the rest of the day. This way the moisture from your sheets and mattress will evaporate and the mites will become dehydrated. If you do this more often will get rid of the mites once and for all. Also, open your window so that the moisture can escape and also to let the sunlight in
You should flip and service your mattress twice a year, and take that cleaning, vacuum and sanitise your mattress twice a year remains a good rule of thumb. Always check the mattress manufacturer label for maintenance instructions,andrecommendations, or call/email us on 03 98127520 hello@localhost for advice and /or any clarification.
The name bed bug derives from the preferred habitat of Cimex lectularius: warm houses and especially near or inside beds and bedding or other sleep areas. Bed bugs are mainly active at night, but are not exclusively nocturnal. They usually feed on their hosts without being noticed.
A number of adverse health effects may result from bed bug bites, including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Bed bugs are not known to transmit any pathogens as disease vectors. Certain signs and symptoms suggest the presence of bed bugs; finding the adult insects confirms the diagnosis.
Bed bugs have been known as human parasites for thousands of years. At a point in the early 1940s, they were mostly eradicated in the developed world, but have increased in prevalence since 1995, likely due to pesticide resistance, governmental bans on effective pesticides, and international travel.
Because infestation of human habitats has begun to increase, bed bug bites and related conditions have been on the rise as well. The risks associated with Infections,scratching bed bug bites and failure to keep the bites clean and disinfected may lead to a secondary infection that can cause further swelling and bleeding. Children, the elderly, and individuals with weak immune systems, particularly those who are bedridden, may develop secondary infections that result from bed bug bites.
Successful treatment of mattresses and box springs is difficult and infested components may need to be discarded.Although bed bugs may not pose any serious health concerns they do live and hide in the areas where we sleep. They are mostly found in bedding, mattresses, on headboards and in bed frames and box springs. Due to their size and nocturnal nature bed bugs can easily go undetected. Dark spots and small blood stains may indicate the presence of bed bugs. Bed bugs also give off a sweet musty odour and will often leave their eggs and molted skins near areas they have infested.
For easy care, simply wipe down or vacuum the surface to eliminate dust mites and their allergens between washings. Made of a comfortable stretch fabric.Mattress protectors are easily laundered in a hot water wash with regular detergent and non-chlorine bleach. Use air fluff to dry or medium heat, permanent press cycle.
Alternatively, place a bed bug proof mattress cover over an infested mattress to trap the bed bugs inside and starve them to death. This will eliminate the need to purchase a new mattress/box spring and make treatment and future inspections easier. (Starving the bugs CAN take up to 400 days, so make sure your cover stays sealed for at least that long.)