Although experts agree that mattresses and pillows collect dead skin cells and dust mites through the years, they are less likely to agree on how much weight that ends up adding.
There are stories that after 8 to 10 years, your mattress could weigh anywhere from 10 pounds more to doubling the weight of the foam, filler and springs.
No matter how much weight is added, it's all pretty disgusting when you think how much time we spend rolling around on it EVERY day. It's very likely that dust mites are partying down on those years’ worth of dead skin cells and your allergic symptoms are a reaction to their presence.
Here at AirFlow Technology, we know those nasty little eight-legged buggers and their dinners wreak havoc. Since we know it is not possible to stop sloughing off skin cells, we want to share some great tips for how to drive dust mites out of your household:
•Mattress manufacturers suggest mattresses be replaced after eight to 10 years. Then purchase a specialty cover which prevents dust mites from penetrating the mattress.
•Replace pillows every five years.
•Wash bed linens weekly.
•Heavy comforters and blankets should be washed frequently or at least placed in the dryer on HOT, to help destroy dust mites.
•Remove carpet since dust mites are right at home in carpet fibers, too. Consider hardwood or another type of quick-mop flooring. Add easily washed rugs that can be washed weekly.
•Remove soft window coverings such as curtains and drapes. Consider bamboo blinds and shades.
By far one of the best purchases anyone - with or without allergies - can make is an air purifier. Be certain to get one with a HEPA filter that removes 99.97% of the tiniest 0.1 micron particles like the prestigous BlueAir HEPA Silent Air Purifiers.
-Elaine of the AirFlow Technology blog Team
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