We have been getting lots of calls and emails lately asking about our dust mite covers
. I thought I would use this post to review the different types of fabrics and what factors to consider in choosing one over
To begin with, every zippered cover that we sell will protect you against dust mites and their feces as well as other common household allergens and irritants such as molds, pollen, cockroaches
and animal dander. When it comes to effectiveness, all of our covers are up to the job of protecting you.
Your fabric selection will factor in your own personal fabric preferences, budget constraints, and the need for water-proof protection.
Our fabrics break down into two categories: microweaves and membrane coated fabrics. Microweaves are the most common type of barrier cloth sold. The allergen protection is provided by the weave
of the fabric. This type of fabric is referred to as "microweaves" because the average size of the space between the fibers used to weave the fabric (called to as the "mean pore size") is so small
that allergens can't get through the fabric.
There are many benefits to microweave fabrics. To begin with, they are thinner than the membrane style (which I will discuss later), and because they lack a plastic backing, they are much cooler
to the sleeper. This is important if you are a warm sleeper or suffer from night sweats. You don't have to worry about the membrane separating from the fabric if you wash or dry at too high of a
temperature and if the fabric is woven of all polyester or a polyester blend it will be very durable. The major downsides to microweave fabrics is the expense (because it takes more fiber to weave a
fabric this tightly the production cost is higher) and the loss of water-proof protection.
The most popular microweaves are the Pristine Luxury because it has the smallest pore size and the 100% Cotton because people just love the feel of cotton. Because the Pristine Luxury is all
polyester, it can be more tightly woven and will stand up over the years better to hot water washing. Because the 100% Cotton fabric is all cotton, it is very cool to the touch and will not make the
sleeper hot at night. The Pristine Luxury fabric is more expensive than the 100% Cotton fabric, so if you are on a tight budget that is a factor to consider.
We carry two all cotton fabrics, and people ask what is the big difference (besides the large price difference) between our regular 100% Cotton and our Certified Organic Cotton. The organic
cotton has ...
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