What are dust mites?
They may look like tiny insects, but these
eight-legged arachnids are actually related to spiders. Dust mites
are too small to be seen with the human eye. They flourish in warm,
humid environments like your bed and survive by feeding off dead
human skin cells and animal dander. Dust mite populations increase
rapidly; each egg-laying female can increase the population by 25 or
30 mites a week, and depending on its age, your bed may house
between one and ten million dust mites. At least 10% of humans are
allergic to dust mite proteins that are found in their waste
particles and decomposed body parts. During its 80-day lifespan, the
average dust mite produces around 1,000 allergenic waste particles.
Dust mite allergen is the number one cause of year-round allergic
How do I know if I have a dust mite problem?
Dust mite allergens can
cause sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, runny nose,
stuffy ears, respiratory problems, atopic dermatitis, and asthma. If
you think you may have a dust mite problem, you should consult with an allergist.
What is allergy bedding?
Allergy bedding (also
referred to as dust mite bedding or dust mite covers) is
specifically designed to prevent dust mites and other allergens from
infesting your bed. The only way to eliminate dust mites is to cut
off their source of food (your dead skin cells) by setting up a
barrier between yourself and the dust mites. Allergy bedding
encases your entire bed and provides that necessary physical barrier.
How does allergy bedding eliminate dust mites?
Dust mites and
other common household allergens are so tiny that they can easily
slip through the pores between the thread of normal bedding fabrics.
Allergy bedding, on the other hand, is woven tightly so that
the pores are too small for dust mites to penetrate. Once their
food supply is cut off, the dust mites will soon die. Best of all,
you can continue to use all your favorite decorative sheets and
pillow cases; simply wash them on a weekly basis to keep them free
of dust mites.
How big is dust mite allergen?
Dust mite allergen averages around 10 microns in diameter. One
micron is 1/25,000 of an inch. To give you an idea of how small this
is, dust mites are around 300 microns, and a grain of sand can be
over 800 microns! Therefore, in order to effectively block dust mite
allergens, the pore size of allergy bedding must be smaller
than 10 microns. Allergy Armor
Ultra has the smallest average pore size in the industry at 2.8
microns. This fabric offers the absolute best protection against allergens while retaining a very
Allergy Armor Cotton has an average pore size of
Allergy Armor Advanced, a luxurious microfiber fabric, and
Allergy Armor Organic have an
average pore size of 6 microns each. All of these fabrics offer effective
protection against dust mites.
Allergy Armor Classic and Allergy Armor Bed Bug offer excellent
protection as well; instead of small pores, they have a poly/cotton shell with a urethane lining that makes them
impervious to dust mites and waterproof.
Does allergy bedding block out other allergens besides
Yes, allergy relief bedding also blocks out other allergens like
mold and pollen, and with an average pore size of 2.8 microns,
Allergy Armor Ultra blocks out even the smallest allergens like cat
dander. While dust mite allergen averages around 10 microns, pet
dander is often smaller than 5 microns.
Ultra also has a special
antimicrobial finish that provides long-term protection against
mold, mildew, soiling agents, stains, and deterioration.
What are the advantages of allergy bedding?
Over 50 million
people in the United States alone suffer from allergies, and of
those 50 million people, 80% are allergic to dust mites. Allergy
relief bedding is the first line of defense against allergies. A
Johns Hopkins University study showed that "mite population and
allergen levels decreased by 90% or more within a month of placing
mattress and pillow covers and treating bedding." If you decrease
your exposure to allergens, then you will breathe easier, sleep more
soundly, and feel better. It's that simple! Even if you don't have
allergies, you'll rest easier knowing that you're not living in a
miniature ecosystem of microorganisms. Furthermore, a recent medical
study suggests that decreased exposure to allergens in infancy may
prevent the development of allergic disease. So if you're not
allergic to dust mites now, you could develop an allergy if you
continue allowing them to live in your bed. Allergy bedding
will also protect your mattress and add years to its lifespan.
What type of fabric is allergy bedding?
The type of fabric depends on the type of Allergy Armor bedding
that you need. Our highest quality choices for allergy bedding,
Allergy Armor Ultra and Allergy Armor Advanced, are both made from microfiber fabric; it
is the softest, coolest, and most breathable type of fabric.
Allergy Armor Cotton fabric is a breathable membrane-free
Allergy Armor Classic fabric is a cotton/poly
blend with an inner urethane membrane which makes the fabric too
noisy and warm for some sleepers, but the waterproof membrane makes
it a good option for young children. We also offer an organic allergy bedding in
Allergy Armor Organic. The pore size is slightly larger because this
wholly organic cotton is untreated and un-dyed, but it still offers excellent protection
when dealing with dust mites, pollen and some pet dander. Our
Allergy Armor Vinyl box spring encasings are also a waterproof membrane
fabric, but they lacks the outer cotton/poly blend and are only
recommended for encasing box springs. Our most recent addition to the Allergy Armor line of
bedding covers is Allergy Armor Bed Bug. Similar to Classic,
Allergy Armor Bed Bug has a special sew pattern that prevents bed bugs from nesting in your mattress. With it you have dual protection against
allergens and bed bugs. Refer to our
Allergy Bedding Buying Guide for a more detailed
explanation of the different fabric types.
Is allergy bedding hot?
Allergy bedding has improved
drastically over the past few years. Fifteen years ago, all allergy
bedding was hot, noisy, and uncomfortable. Today, thanks to
technological advances, you can buy allergy bedding that
feels just as cool and comfortable as regular sheets. You still may find that cheap allergy bedding, like that found in big box stores
is hot and noisy. This type, often mass produced overseas, is many times not even a genuine fabric but instead a rubber/plastic substance
that can be warm, slippery, or noisy to sleep on.
How do I clean my allergy bedding?
Caring for allergy relief
mattress and pillow covers is simple. Most encasings can be machine
washed on warm or hot and gently tumble dried. Others can be wiped
with a wet wash cloth. Never use bleach.
Pillow covers can be washed
every couple of weeks.
Mattress covers need to be washed only 3 or 4
times per year. Other bedding should be washed in hot water every
one to two weeks. Visit our bedding care instructions page for specific details on how to care for you particular brand of Allergy
How do I know what size to buy?
It is very important to measure the
depth of your mattress when ordering allergy bedding. Simply
measure your mattress from the bottom to top, seam to seam. Don't
worry if your mattress is thicker in the middle, as our fabrics are
cut to accommodate center bulges. In most fabrics, the sizes we have available
are 9" deep, 12" deep, 15" deep, and 18" deep. For mattresses 9" deep and smaller, order
9" encasings. If there is extra fabric left over, it can be easily
tucked between the mattress and box spring.
Should I encase my box spring?
Box springs should be encased to keep
dust mite allergens from penetrating your mattress. These encasings
work synergistically with mattress encasings to provide maximum
Box spring covers are effective and inexpensive. They
are easy to clean and are made of thick vinyl that does not rip
Should I encase my comforter?
Allergy relief comforter and
duvet covers are
woven so tightly that no allergens can penetrate. You do not have to
throw out your old comforter and purchase a new one. Simply shield
your old comforter with an encasing, and if you like, you can cover
the encasing with a decorative duvet cover.
Do I need a hypoallergenic mattress pad?
pads are great for allergy sufferers who are allergic to regular
down mattress pads. They replicate the dreamy softness and warmth of
down without the allergens. Wake up feeling completely rested and
allergy-free on a hypoallergenic mattress pad.
When should I replace my mattress?
We recommended that you replace your mattress every 10 years-at
the very least. When you replace your mattress, we recommend that
you switch to a
hypoallergenic mattress, but in the meantime, you can increase the
lifespan of your mattress by using an encasing. Since you spend
about a third of your life sleeping, shouldn't you choose a bed that
lets you to sleep comfortably and allergy-free?
Why doesn't everybody have allergy bedding?
Most people, even asthmatics and allergy sufferers who are the most severely effected groups, are
unaware of the proliferation of allergens in their bedrooms. They do
not realize that they shed 2-3 pounds of skin per year, while
spending about a third of that year in bed; therefore, they deposit
about a pound of skin directly into their mattress. All of that
dead skin feeds the growing dust mite population living in their
bed. After 10 years, the weight of the average mattress doubles due
to dust mite infestation. Most people don't realize that 80% of
allergy sufferers are allergic to
dust mites, nor do they realize
that exposure to allergens can actually cause allergic disease.
Finally, most people have no idea that modern allergy bedding
is just as cool and comfortable as regular bedding. When dust mite
covers first appeared several years ago, they were comparable to big
trash bags that went over your mattress-hot, noisy, and
uncomfortable. But thanks to scientific advances, today's allergy
relief bedding is nothing like a trash bag. Modern allergy bedding provides more protection from allergens, and it is so
comfortable that most people can't even tell that it has been
installed on their mattress.
Where can I buy allergy bedding?
in allergy bedding! You can purchase
dust mite covers right
here on our website.
What else can I do to protect my bed from dust mites and other allergens?
The air inside your house can be 5 to 100 times dirtier
than the air outside! You can remove allergens from your home's air
with a HEPA air purifier.
Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters can
remove allergens from your carpet and upholstery, and dehumidifiers also
play an important role in
making your home
allergen-free. AchooAllergy.com also sells a wide variety of
products specifically designed to eliminate dust mites and other