Dust Mite Mattress Covers for Children

When our customers are looking to buy a dust mite covers for their children’s bed they often start off looking at the Allersoft  or Pristine fabrics. Both of these are outstanding microfiber fabrics and are great for adults because they are cool, comfortable and very effective against allergens. However, I don’t recommend them for a child’s bed.

We put the linen (with the membrane) dust mite covers on both of our children’s beds about 10 years ago and they have held up great. Don’t misunderstand me, the Allersoft and Pristine dust mite mattress covers are effective, comfortable and durable but the linen covers are waterproof as well as effective, comfortable and durable.

No matter how many times we told them to not take drinks into their rooms  something would mysteriously end up getting spilled on the bed.  Coke , tea and cool-aid can make a real mess out of a mattress.  The linen covers also held up very well to the jumping and wrestling that goes along with having kids. 

Both our children have moved out of the house now and when they moved they took their covers with them. They have held up even at college.

So when you are looking for a dust mite cover for the children I would  recommend taking a look at the linen cotton poly fabric.  They won’t even know they are there but you will.

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause
AllergyStore.com

 

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Controlling Dust Mites in Carpeting

The carpets in our house are a perfect environment for collecting dust mites and other common household allergens.  Dust, pollen, dirt, crumbs, dead skin, hair, and other debris fall onto the floor and collect in the fibers of the carpet. 

Since dust mites feed on shed human skin (a major component of household dust) carpeting provides a banquet table set for a feast for dust mites.  As we walk on the carpet, we stir up the settled bits of allergen, causing them to become air-borne.  Once air-borne, they are easily inhaled and trigger an allergic reaction. Not a good thing.

People with severe allergies to dust mites or asthma really should remove the carpeting.  The reason for this piece of advice is that it is impossible to really clean carpet.  You can pay companies to clean your carpets, you can rent a carpet cleaning machine and do it yourself, and can buy one of hundreds of carpet cleaning products. The problem is that none of these process really cleans the carpet.

It is true that any of these methods of “carpet cleaning” will remove some of the soil and make the carpets look  and smell cleaner. Think of it this way, suppose you took a heavy sweater or shirt (with lots of thick fibers) and threw it down on the floor and walked on it for 6 months.  It would get pretty nasty, right?  Then suppose you injected the dirty shirt/sweater with some warm soapy water and then vacuumed the water out. Now, do you think that sweater would be clean?  This is why people with allergies or asthma are told to get rid of carpet.

The reality is, most people are not in a position to remove the carpet and put in wood or tile floors. So what do you do?

  • Vacuum the carpet often and with a good vacuum. Not one of the $69.95 specials.
  • Take your shoes off when you come in the house.
  • Use door mats to wipe your feet.
  • When you have the carpets cleaned make sure if it is being steam cleaned that the company use a very strong extraction system. Damp carpet gets dirty easily and also allows for microbial growth.
  • Use either X-mite carpet treatment or ADS anti-allergen spray products from Allersearch Labs on a regular basis. They will deactivate or neutralize the allergens in the carpet.

We are fortunate. We were able to remove all the carpeting from our home.  One room at a time over a period of 3 years. It certainly has made a difference in the control of our allergies.  However, until we were able
to remove the carpets, X-Mite anti-allergen dust mite carpet powder was an important part of the allergy control
regimen our my home.

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause
AllergyStore.com

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Duct Cleaning Not Done Right

On the way home tonight I saw van leaving my neighborhood. On the side of it in big letters it said “Carpet Cleaning and Duct Cleaning”  No offense to the guy driving the van, I don’t know him or the company,  but he is riping people off. He is ripping my neighbors off.

We owned a company that had been cleaning ducts since 1989 so I know a little about duct cleaning and how it should be done.  I won’t go into all the specifics now but there is now way that van could have been carrying the proper equipment to clean any house in my neighborhood. Period.

My guess is he had a small “Rotobrush” cleaning system since he also did carpet cleaning. A Rotobrush system has a rotating brush head on the end of a 1 1/4 vacuum hose which is attached to a red vacuum. All the houses in the neighborhood have vaulted ceilings and flex duct work. Much of the duct work runs 20 to 30 feet and is anywhere from 5″ to 16″ in diameter. There is no way for that brush head and hose assembly  to get into the duct work and get it clean.

If you see and add for duct cleaning that reads something like this, Duct Cleaning – 8 vents – $39.00, save your money. The only thing they will clean is your wallet.

Carpet cleaners need to clean carpet, that is what they do. If you want your duct cleaned, hire a company that does duct cleaning. Contact NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association) for a good company in your area.

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause
Allergy Store

P.S. If you need a good company in Broward, Dade or Palm Beach you can contact Absolute AC Air Duct Cleaning or DuctMasters. Both good companies, been around for years and do good work.

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