Dust mites and newborn allergies – are they really linked?

DID YOU KNOW dust mite excrement inhaled by pregnant women could be the cause of Asthma and Allergies in up to 20% of newborn babies?

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When you are pregnant you get a lot of advice about the food and beverages you drink. You then take extra precautions. However do you ever think about the air you breathe? Probably not.

In recent years studies have proved just how much of an effect chemicals and substances in the air can have on a growing baby. In particular newborn allergies. For example when babies are exposed to a lot of dust mites in utero, they are more likely to develop allergy problems later on in life. It’s well known that asthma and allergies can be hereditary, but this means general exposure poses similar problems.

But what on earth are you meant to do with this information?

Firstly don’t panic. There are a lot of new considerations when you find out you are pregnant. You really can’t just wrap yourself up in cotton wool for 9 months.

In addition whilst it’s relatively easy to control what you eat and drink, it’s much hard to control what type of contaminants you breathe in. Especially as you can rarely see them or smell them. However you can do small things.  Try to keep your house clean and dusted as regularly as possible during pregnancy. Breathing in dust mites here and there in small volumes during pregnancy will not have an effect, so just try keeping dust to a minimum.

In addition as it gets closer to birth and you are less comfortable or mobile, ask for help. Friends, family, paid cleaners during this time will provide peace of mind. This is especially during that nesting phase as you are getting your home environment ready for the new baby.

Finally, regular vacuuming of your mattress and surrounding environment is a fantastic way to keep on top of dust. We recommend a quick hoover every time you change your sheets or clean your bedroom. However it’s fair to say domestic vacuums are not generally strong enough to really remove the inner dirt. This is the stuff that gets disturbed each night as you sleep. Kicked up into the air and breathed in. So if you want more reassurance and real peace of mind you will need a professional service . The Fresh Sleep mattress cleaning process will eliminate the dirt you can’t see from your mattress.  Our promise it to, leave your or your new babies bed fresh and completely sanitised to a medical standard.

For more information and a video about allergy and asthma during pregnancy, visit http://www.acaai.org/pregnancy or give The Fresh Sleep Company a call on 01905 676100 to see how we can help in the run up to birth.

Source data : MM Hagendorens et al: Prenatal Exposure To House Dust Mite Allergen, Cord Blood T Cell Phenotype And Cytokine Production And Atopic Dermatitis During The First Year Of Life. Pediatric Allergy Immunology Volume 15 Issue 4 pp. 308-315 August 2011

 

What do you see?

In many countries around the world, like the USA, Australia, UAE & much of Asia, mattress cleaning & sanitisation is well understood.

Yet here in the UK we tend to change our sheets without dwelling on what we are really sleeping on. At best, we use mattress protectors and maybe even the occasional vacuum. But we rarely pull back the sheets and take a good look at our mattresses or think about the dirt we can’t see. At least not until it’s too late and it’s time to replace them.

Why is the UK different?

There are many reasons. Culture… climate… but mainly it is due to the fact there isn’t a service that has been  truly available and visible in the UK.  Most companies that can clean mattresses aren’t specialists. They often use a similar, if not the same, process and chemicals as cleaning carpets. In addition, UK consumers tend to only reach out when there has been an accident or extreme circumstance. There needs to be a visible problem. Our own research supports this. In our recent survey of 150 people , 90% say they have never thought about having their mattress cleaned or sanitised.

When you see the dirt – you can’t go back!

Yet over 50% of those same people were interested in mattress cleaning when the potential benefits were explained to them. That number rose even further when they could physically see the dirt that come out of what seems like a relatively clean mattress. Finally once you have actually experienced sleeping on a truly clean mattress, you will never go back to the way it was before.

So that’s how The Fresh Sleep Company began

No matter how well you clean, it is not possible to eliminate the germs and hidden dirt from your mattresses with DIY approaches. They may look clean but bacteria and viruses dwell after colds. Mould and fungi grow through the humidity and warmth of our bodies.

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WHAT YOU SEE

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WHAT WE SEE

The Fresh Sleep company’s mission is simply to provide a better, healthier sleep environment for all. We do that with a totally chemical free, technologically advanced process that both cleans AND sanitises.

Definition of CLEAN

Make clean; remove dirt, marks, or stains from.

  • ‘clean your teeth properly after meals’
  • ‘I cleaned up my room’

Definition of SANITISE

Make clean and hygienic; disinfect.

  • ‘new chemicals for sanitising a pool’

Unlike other mattress cleaners we have sourced the best technology from around the world. We have ensured we are eco friendly / chemical free. But most importantly we have created an incredible probiotic finishing mist that not only smells incredible, but keeps working once we have gone.

To experience a new cleaning ritual that you will love for a healthier, happier & more comfortable night sleep just give us a call on 01905 676100 or email us at info@freshsleep.co.uk for all your questions answered.

 

Mattress stains: Normal or nasty?!

An average person spends a third of their life in bed. As a result no matter how well you look after your mattress, it is likely to become stained or discoloured at some point. Even mattress protectors (depending on the type you use and how often you change them) cannot prevent all dirt penetrating. Plus let’s face it, accidents always seem to happen when they aren’t being used.

Understanding what has caused the stain, how long it has been there and the type of material it is on is key to successfully removing or reducing it without damaging the mattress. It goes without saying, the earlier you treat any mattress stains the easier it is to get them out.

THE 4 MOST COMMON MATTRESS STAINS

SWEAT

An average adult produces around 285ml of sweat every night (and even more when you are ill or experiencing hormonal flushes). This can penetrate deep into the fabric of the mattress. It creates unsightly familiar yellow halos on the mattress cover, alongside a musty type of smell. It can take you by surprise as often it builds up gradually. Good cleaning practices, like mattress protectors and regularly changing bedding, can keep it in check. However specialist treatments like our Fresh Sleep enzyme wash, will target and gently degrades the organic material.

BLOOD

It is an unfortunate truth of life that mattresses often get stained with blood. If this does happen making sure you treat it quickly is really helpful before it gets set into the mattress. In addition with blood stains if you are going to clean it up at home remember – never rub the area. Simply blot any mattress stains as rubbing pushes the blood into the mattress fibres. Also never apply hot water as this can set the stain into the mattress making it much harder to remove. A general clean will rarely remove stains of this sort, especially if they are not fresh. These, more often than not, will require specialist spot treatment.

URINE

For anyone with kids or pets, urine accidents are inevitable. But when it takes place on a bed, it can be a real pain to clean up. This is especially true if you don’t find out about it until a later stage. Like sweat, over time these accidents cause the yellowy-brown discolouration of the surface and unpleasant odours if not properly removed. Memory foam mattresses can  even act like a giant sponge sucking the urine inside the mattress. Once inside, it is tough to remove as adding more water makes drying out the mattress even harder.

Since the urine itself is made up of uric acid crystals (a protein material), normal cleaners just won’t do the job. Instead, if you are going to tackle it properly, you need the right enzymes to bind with and destroy it . These are available online to buy but there are  differences between human and pet urine and so it is worth checking what stains they deal with. In addition bear in mind many cleaning products are mixed with peroxide and other chemicals that may just bleach the mattress rather than actively removing the stain.

Finally to prevent urine stains on kids beds, waterproof mattress protectors can be fantastic. Lots of mums swear by layering a protector under a sheet than another protector and sheet. This means that in the case of an accident the top 2 layers can be swiftly removed so everyone can get back to sleep. Just remember to change them regularly to avoid a build up of humidity within the mattress a result of the waterproof barrier. Plus most importantly if an accident does happen,  replace it immediately so that the urine doesn’t creep into the mattress through the sides.

Yellow discolouration from urine mattress stains

 

 

A single accident if left can end up looking like this. However if dealt with early, it can be removed, saving the cost of replacement

VOMIT

Have you ever been through that terrible night when your child (or loved one) went sick suddenly all over the bed? After the initial shock you realise the vile liquid is soaking straight into your bed. Whilst it is easy to change the bedding, getting rid of the lingering smell (and resultant mattress stains) can be impossible. As with other stains the smell will arise from the moisture. Getting rid of as much as possible quickly is key by carefully blotting up the fluid. Again whilst it is particularly tempting, never dump water straight onto the mattress to wash it out for all the reasons shared before.  For lingering mattress stains like this, the Fresh Sleep sterilisation process in particular the GUV and super-heated dry steam is fantastic. This will ensure all organic matter is destroyed and any lingering odours completely removed.

HOW CAN MATTRESS STAINS BE REMOVED?

It is often challenging to remove mattress stains like this by yourself without the specialised equipment or cleaning materials. Almost all of the most effective DIY cleaning solutions (of which there are many!) require either harsh chemicals or water. Once water penetrates inside a mattress, it is incredibly hard to effectively dry it before problems occur like mould and mildew. This will then result in even more odours and increased contaminants. Even rubbing, using the wrong solution or too warm water can actually bond the stain to the mattress, making it tough to remove or even worst can even degrade the mattress material over time.

INTRODUCING FRESH SLEEP MATTRESS CLEANING

As a result we have developed The Fresh Sleep Valet to avoid all of these pitfalls. In less than 45 minutes we will ensure anything that is lurking on or inside the mattress is neutralised without chemicals or water. Each stage of the process deals with different elements of the problem. From the visible mattress stains on the surface to the hidden dirt and odours. We always make sure you are left with a bed that is sanitised to medical standards smells even fresher than when you first bought it!

Sadly we cannot guarantee that all visible staining can be removed in a single treatment. Responding quickly to accidents will definitely help. However we can guarantee that we will fully sanitise the mattress. This ensures that all bacteria, allergens, mould viruses etc is safely eliminated.

What is your experience with dealing with stains? Is there a treatment you swear by? Tell us your thoughts here.