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dust mites

Dust Mite Removal

What are dust mites?

Dust mites (Dermatophagoides farinae) are microscopic creatures that thrive in your home, especially in warm and humid areas like your pillows and mattresses. They are tiny, not able to be seen with the naked eye, too small to be crushed by humans and are equipped with 8 legs and a mouth appendage.

Dust mites survive by eating your skin!

Every hour we shed approximately 1,500,000 dead skin flakes. An average night of sleep can yield over 12,000,000 dead skin flakes, and it all ends up in YOUR MATTRESS EACH DAY! Dust mites eat your dead skin cells (called “dander”), which is why they absolutely thrive in your bed. This is where you consistently spend most of your time in one spot, and the skin cells your body sheds provide a feast for the tiny irritating critters!


Why do dust mites cause allergies?

The dust mites themselves are not actually an irritant to humans, it’s their faeces that cause Dust Mite Allergies! Each and every dust mite is capable of producing over 20 dung droppings daily. Since people shed an estimated of 1/5 cup of skin a week, just by sleeping in your bed you are providing the perfect ecosystem for dust mites to thrive, and they do!

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to dust mite faeces include sneezing, itching, discomfort, watering eyes, runny nose and even asthma attacks.

Consult your family physician if you believe you or someone in your home may be exhibiting symptoms or allergies.


Methods To Control Dust Mites

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Vacuuming and steam cleaning have both been shown to kill and remove dust mites and the allergens they create.  Neither step does it alone, it is a combination of vacuuming, heat, and steam with low moisture content that has been shown the most effectiveness.  Excessive heat reduces the humidity level and also causes an environment not suitable for their survival.  Furthermore, information linking the effect of ultraviolet C on deactivating dust mite eggs adds to the fight against the irritants.

Clean Sleep technology was created to decisively counter these risks.


Dust Mites are a real problem!

According to the Wall Street Journal, dust mites are behind “an alarming increase in asthma and allergy rates in this country. The dust mite is a microscopic bug that feeds off flakes of human skin. It’s the bug’s excrement, not the mite itself, that causes an allergic reaction. The prevalence of dust-mite allergy is as high as 25% in the humid Southeast and as low as 5% in the drier Mountain States. Dust mites thrive in plush carpets, overstuffed upholstery and cushy bed comforters.”

It goes on to mention “One frightening statistic: The average mattress will double its weight in 10 years as a result of being filled with dead dust mites and their detritus.”


How big are dust mites?

Dust mites range from 200 to 500 microns in size – to give you an idea of how small that is, as many as 100,000 dust mites can live in a one square yard area.

Clean Sleep Microbial Study Validates Effectiveness

Numerous studies and tests validate the effectiveness of heat, ozone, ultraviolet C and steam in reducing harmful bacteria.  Prior to building our very first prototype, Clean Sleep spent a considerable amount of time researching what it takes to effectively target the contaminants found on mattresses.  We consulted this data along with our scientific input to determine what works best in our apparatus.

Our 3rd party microbial study is focused on observing specific micro-organisms that cause infection control issues for healthcare facilities.  In 2011 alone, almost half a million individuals in the U.S. suffered from an infection caused by C. diff., and more than 100,000 of these infections developed among residents of nursing homes.  Patients and residents spend a lot more time in their beds in these facilities and the prevention and elimination of C. diff in medical facilities and assisted living communities could save thousands of lives and millions of dollars in health care, ultimately improving the overall quality of life for patients and residents.


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