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ARE YOU SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY?
Before we begin, let's agree…Please understand that our desire to inform you on the subject of dust mite contamination, as disturbing as it can be for some people, isn’t meant to scare you into taking action. Rather, it’s strictly designed to inform and educate so that with the proper information, you can make the best decision for you and those you care for concerning this subject. Our belief will always be invested in the intelligence and discernment of our customers, and their ability to know what best to do and how best to react given the facts.

If you or anyone in your family identifies with any of the following allergy related maladies such as Asthma, Eczema, Hay Fever, Bronchitis, Inflammation of the Mucous Membranes, Itchy Red Eyes, Headaches, Sinus Pain, Fatigue, early morning fits of excessive sneezing, even a feeling of depression when you wake up, you may well be sleeping with the enemy.

Who is this enemy? He's called a dust mite and we'll spare you trying to remember or even pronounce the scientific name. Dust mites live primarily in mattresses, but they are invisible to the human eye. The dust mite feeds on shed dead skin cells. The feces and dead bodies of mites are allergens to susceptible people, causing asthma, rhinitis or dermatitis.

These little creatures, not visible to the naked eye, and in fact, they're so small that as many as 1000 of them could be placed on the head of a pin. And guess where their favorite breeding spot is? Yes, that's right. . . the mattress. Their ideal home!

Why the mattress? Because it's warm, often moist, cozy, easy to burrow into and full of their favorite food...skin flakes, the skin flakes every human being sheds every day and night of his or her life, no matter what their age, sex or state of health.

And you can't just vacuum them away.

FACTS:


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. How often should a mattress be cleaned?
A. The recommended service interval for mattress cleaning is once a year. If you suffer from severe allergies, then you should consider cleaning your mattress more often.

Q. Why can't I just vacuum my own mattress?
A. Traditional household vacuums do not have the power to remove the highly resilient dust mites and other harmful debris that are deeply embedded in the mattress. And, they do not utilize the all important sanitizing properties of cleaning solutions, the key to effective sanitizing.

Q. How long does the cleaning process take?
A. It depends on the size of mattress, but between 15-20 minutes for a single mattress and about 30 minutes for a double mattress. Queen and King Mattresses can take up to an hour.

Q. How long after you’ve finished do we have to wait before we can make the bed and go to sleep?
A. You only need to wait approximately 1-2 hours for the cleaning solutions we use to evaporate off.  Although it is not necessary, airing out the room will expedite the drying of your mattress.  After your mattress has dried, you can then make your bed.

Q. Is there any mess after you finish?
A. No. You only need to wait for your mattress to dry and then you can make your bed.

Q. Can mattress cleaning cure my allergy?
A. No, it doesn’t offer any cure, but it will help to reduce the severity and frequency of allergies. Many of our customers have found that their particular allergy disappears altogether and in the case of asthmatics, about 85% of sufferers are allergic to House Dust Mite droppings, so the chances of us helping an asthma sufferer is very high.

Q. Can an old mattress be cleaned effectively?
A. Yes, most definitely. Mattresses that are old will have much higher levels of dust mites and their droppings, dead skin, fungal spores, bacteria and germs. This will also apply to hand-me-down mattresses as well. Our process is extremely effective and will make them clean and fresh again.

Q. Do protective mattress covers work?
A. Studies show that mattress protectors are not effective. If you are intending to purchase a mattress protector, then use it only on a brand new mattress or one that has just been cleaned and sanitized by us. If you don't, all you are doing is incubating the mold, bacteria and fungus that is already present.

Q. Is there a dust mite season, as with pollen or molds?
Are the summer months tougher on people with dust mite allergies because of the higher humidity?

A. The dust mite season is actually quite erratic. It may be higher in the summer in many climates because of the warmth and higher humidity. But people who are sensitive to dust mites often will have symptoms all year-round. And in the winter time, when people spend more time indoors and keep windows and doors closed, dust mite particles are often still in the house, and they still can be a problem.
Q. Can exposure to dust mites actually cause the sensitivity, or are you just born allergic to dust mites?
A. The main area of concern is in very young children growing up in environments where there's high dust mite exposure — or other types of allergen exposure. There is some evidence that if an infant or a young child grows up where there's a high exposure to sensitizing substances, he or she will be more likely to develop allergy problems, asthma or both.

If you, or someone you know, suffer from asthma, allergies or skin disorders, or you just want to know more about how dangerous dust mites are, then we hope you find some of the following links useful. They will provide you with the latest information from around the world and each of these in turn leads on to numerous other links, so there is a wealth of information available to you.


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Related Articles

The New England Journal of Medicine

1. Results of a Home-Based Environmental Intervention among Urban Children with Asthma
2. Evaluation of Impermeable Covers for Bedding in Patients with Allergic Rhinitis

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

1. First National Survey Shows Americans' Bedding Can Make Them Sick; Allergens the Culprit
2. National Survey Examines Factors Related to High Levels of Dust Mite and Cockroach Allergen in Beds


Useful Web Products and Information Links

Environmental Protection Agency
National Asthma Education Program
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Office of Communications
Food and Drug Administration
MEDLINEplus
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
ABC News Health Living Section
CNN News Health Section
American Lung Association American Thoracic Society
Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
Mayo Clinic Allergy and Asthma Center
MSNBC News Health Section
CBS News Health Watch


You can see after reviewing this material, doing your own research and reading some of the answers to some of most asked questions why Beacon Carpet Cleaning, Inc. is so concerned about proper mattress sanitizing. We take this aspect of our business as seriously as carpet and upholstery cleaning.

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