What Lurks in your Mattress?
We wear clothes once then wash them. On average sheets are washed every 1 - 2 weeks. Even if your mattress looks clean, it could still be filled with pests, their faeces, body fluids and dangerous bacteria.
The main reason for steam cleaning your mattress is the health benefits. People who suffer from asthma, eczema and other allergies will benefit greatly. A clean mattress also promotes a better night's sleep.
A good sleep quality is important to start the day right. In fact studies have shown that a good sleep is important in helping improve our physical health and emotional wellness, that's tantamount to our entire well-being.
Whenever we turn on the bed while we are sleeping, fine dust particles in the mattress is bellowed out into the air which we then breathe in without our realization.
We spend an average of 8 hours a day on the bed sleeping, which equates to 1/3 of our lifetime, so it is very important to maintain good indoor air quality in the bedroom.
Poor indoor air quality has been blamed by studies for causing many health ailments from as simple as eye and throat irritation to as serious as respiratory diseases, causing common symptoms like sneezing, watery eyes, upper respiratory congestion, fatigue, etc.
Quick Facts about Dust Mites
The Dust mites prime habitat is your bed, they can also be found in bedroom carpeting and household upholstery.
Dust mites and their excrement are one of the most common trigger to common allergy ailments like asthma, rhinitis, eczema. As house dust mites are mainly found in the mattress, it is important to ensure dust and house dust mites are removed thoroughly from the mattress to keep their presence to the lowest. Doctors strongly recommend allergy patients to clean their mattress regularly as it is common for allergy patients to have their worse attacks at night when sleeping because their bodies are reacting to dust and house dust mites from the mattress. So, by minimizing contact to these allergens, one will have less allergy trigger that may cause serious health condition.
Much smaller than a grain of sand, dust mites are too tiny to be seen with the human eye.
At least 10% of the human population and approximately 80% of allergy sufferers are allergic to proteins that are found in the waste and decomposed body parts of dust mites.
If you often wake up with congestion, a runny nose, watery eyes, itching, or sneezing, then you are probably allergic to dust mites.
A gram (about a half teaspoon) of dust contains as many as 1,000 dust mites and 250,000 allergenic dust mite faecal pellets.
Dust mite populations increase rapidly. Each egg-laying female can increase the population by 25 or 30 new mites per week.
Depending on its age, your mattress may house between one million and ten million dust mites.
During its 80-day lifespan, the average dust mite produces about 1,000 allergen waste particles.
The weight of the average mattress doubles after ten years due to dust mite infestation, and the weight of the average pillow increases 10% after one year.
Protect against dust mites and dirt between Professional Mattress Cleaning
* Use a mattress cover.
* Wash bedding regularly.
* Clean headboards and night s stand.
* Keep dirty laundry contained to one area.
* Clean windows
* Vacuum mattress regularly.
* Vacuum carpet regularly.
* Vacuum / clean drapes.
* Dust the room regularly.
* Perform carpet, upholstery and mattress cleaning every 6 - 12 months