Information for people suffering from house dust mite allergies
What is house dust?
No two homes produce the same kind of house dust; in fact it will even differ between rooms. House dust normally consists of human and animal hair and skin cells, textile fibres, bacteria and mould, algae and dust mites. Each of these components may trigger an allergy but most people who suffer an allergic reaction to house dust are affected by dust mites and their excrement.
Mites have shared our homes for thousands of years. They are relatives of the spider, are around 0.3 mm long and cannot be seen by the naked eye. They feed on shed animal and human skin, multiply very quickly and produce around two thousand times their own bodyweight in excrement in their short lives. Since around 1964, we have known that it is this excrement which contains the allergens responsible for house dust mite allergy.
The preferred environment
House dust mites like a warm, damp and dark environment. Temperatures of between 20 and 30 °C and a relative humidity of 65 to 80 % are ideal for them. Carpets, upholstered furniture and beds and where you will commonly find these mites so it is these areas that require treatment, i.e. regular and thorough cleaning.
Bed and bedding tips
House dust mites and most importantly their allergenic excrement can only be eliminated through regular and radical removal. Chemical treatments are not recommended for bedding as it comes into contact with the body. The only solution for sufferers is to regularly wash all bedding at as high a temperature as possible (95 °C) to effectively kill any mites present. Mattresses should be fitted with a special cover which can also be washed.
As a natural plant source material cotton is a serious option for those who seek alternatives to chemical-based fillings and cannot use animal-based fillings such as down, cashmere, wool or silk.
As such, the cotton duvet becomes an increasingly popular alternative to traditional bedding, as cotton offers high moisture absorbency and makes an extremely light comfortable duvet. Naturally, we use only the finest pure cotton for filling and combed Egyptian cotton satin for the casing, but at BRINKHAUS our technicians go even further. Although when washed at 60 °C most allergens are removed, the MORPHEUS® range of products can be laundered from time to time at temperatures up to 95 °C for even greater control of the sleeping environment. Moreover, the quilt is designed as a medium-light summer weight quilt.
The mattress pad
The MORPHEUS® Cotton 95 °C mattress pad is an extremely comfortable addition to the top of the mattress and fits underneath the bottom sheet. The pad is of deep rectangular quilted cotton in a fine cotton casing and is fitted with wide elastic corner straps to quickly and easily fit over the mattress itself. The soft natural absorbent cotton adds extra luxury and comfort to the mattress top and like the MORPHEUS® cotton 95 °C quilt the pad is designed to be laundered at high temperature to remove allergens. As well as providing natural comfort for allergy control, the pad will add additional softness and comfort to an ageing or hard mattress. When laundering the mattress pad it should be reshaped whilst still damp. Initially it may seem as though it has shrunk but will expand to the correct size during use.
Dust mite barrier
The special MORPHEUS® bedding is for people who suffer from house dust mite allergies and all those people who react sensitively to environmental influences. These casings are particularly suitable for the modern bedding requirements of people suffering from house dust mite allergies. They need covers made of a particularly dense 100 % cotton fabric. An additional mechanical finishing ensures that penetration by house dust mites is out of the question. As a result, an additional coating is not necessary. The dust mite barrier completely encloses the covers. In this connection, a select combination of materials permits regular washing at those temperatures, which ensure that house dust mites and other microorganisms are effectively killed off. It can be washed at 95 °C and tumble dried for extra hygiene control.