Furniture Care

Mattress Care - Keep your mattress healthy and protect against dust mites.

Prolong the life of your mattress by keeping it healthy and learn how to protect it against dust mites.

We each spend on average 120 days in bed each year, so it’s important to keep your mattress healthy and hygienic. Because of the fluid we lose every night (around a pint), over half can be absorbed by our beds when we sleep. Add in the warmth that is generated by our bodies and the thousands of skin cells we shed, and you have a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

The most effective way of keeping your mattress healthy and clean is by using a mattress protector. Guardsman’s anti-allergy mattress protectors are designed to prevent moisture from being absorbed into your mattress, prevent dust mites and increase the health, cleanliness and life span of your mattress, leaving you to rest free of concern.

Other than using a mattress protector there are a few other tips to keep a healthy mattress:

- Let your mattress air regularly; when changing your bedding let your mattress air for an hour before putting the new sheets on.
- Vacuum the surface of your mattress to remove any accumulation of dirt & debris.
- Keep away from damp & moisture; if you spill something on your mattress make sure you extract as much of the spill as you can - mattresses don’t dry out very easily.
- Depending on the mattress you have, you should look to replace it every 7 to 10 years. 

What is a Dust Mite?

Dust mites are members of the arachnid family (related to ticks and spiders). They are tiny and not visible to the human eye. They thrive in large numbers and feed on flakes of human skin, surviving well when conditions are warm and humid. The life of an adult dust mite is between 30 to 90 days, with females producing 1 to 3 eggs per day in this period.

Despite their size, dust mites produce 10-20 waste particles per day, each containing a protein known to cause allergic reactions and asthma. These proteins are light and thin, when disturbed they float and disperse into the air. Research has shown that as much as 30% of the population are allergic to dust mite waste. Dust mites can live anywhere, including five star hotels and the nicest homes—in fact; their presence is not determined by housekeeping standards.

How do I know if I have dust mites in my home?

As dust mites are invisible to the human eye, determining if you have dust mites in your home is difficult. There is however one tell-tale sign of dust mite presence. If you are having allergic reactions in your home there is a good chance you have dust mites.

Dust Mite Control

It’s important to have the right tools to fight dust mites—beginning with the right protection around your mattress.
Mattress encasements and protectors are the most effective way of controlling dust mites. Anti-allergy mattress protectors, such as Guardsman’s range are 100 waterproof and help keep your mattress healthy, preventing the occurrence of dust mites.

If dust mites are present in your home there are additional precautionary measures you can take:

- Vacuum your carpets regularly.
- Wash bedding regularly; hot washes and putting items in the tumble dryer will eradicate dust mites in your bedding.
- Dehumidify rooms within your home, where humidity is 75-80%, dust mites survive longer and multiply more frequently. Reducing the relative humidity in a room to below 50% will decrease their reproduction and survival rate.

After reading this article, should you have any concerns about allergies, please contact Safeclean by Guardsman. The Safeclean allergy treatment (with Actigard®) ensures your home is safe from dust mites, fungal mould and bacteria and the allergens they produce. To find out more about Safeclean services, including allergy treatment visit their page.