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Frequently Asked Questions - Dust Mites

Q.- How often should a mattress be cleaned?
A.- Dust mites thrive on the skin flakes we shed every night. The recommended service interval is once every six months.

Q.- Why can't I just vacuum my own mattress?
Traditional household or commercial vacuums do not have the power to remove the highly resilient dust mites and other harmful debris that are deeply embedded in the mattress. And, they do not utilize the all important germ killing UV-C light*, the key to effective disinfection.

Q.- How long does the cleaning process take?
A.- It depends on the size of mattress, but between 15-20 minutes for a twin mattress and about 30 minutes for a king mattress.

Q.- Can mattress cleaning cure my allergy?
A.- No, it doesn’t offer any cure, but it will help to reduce the severity and frequency of allergies. Many of our customers have found that their particular allergy disappears altogether and in the case of asthmatics, about 85% of sufferers are allergic to House Dust Mite droppings, so the chances of us helping an asthma sufferer is very high.

Q.- Can an old mattress be cleaned effectively?
A.- Yes, most definitely. Mattresses that are old will have much higher levels of dust mites and droppings, dead skin, fungal spores, bacteria and germs. This will also apply to hand me down ones as well. Our process is extremely effective and will make them clean and fresh again.

Q.-Do protective mattress covers work?
A.-There have been studies that show them not to work effectively. Also, from our experience, whenever we have tested a mattress with a cover, the mattress has always tested positive for contamination.

Q.- Is there a dust mite season, as with pollen or molds? Are the summer months tougher on people with dust mite allergies because of the higher humidity?
A.- It may be higher in the summer in many climates because of the warmth and higher humidity. But people who are sensitive to dust mites often will have symptoms all year-round. And in the winter time, when people spend more time indoors and keep windows and doors closed, dust mite particles are often still in the house, and they still can be a problem.

*UV-C Research Document


The views, suggestions and opinions contained herein are put forward by A Healthy Home as possible contributions to raising allergen awareness and avoidance measures. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of statements made, A Healthy Home cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, damage or injury sustained through compliance with such statements.

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