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Posted by kevvyg on Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Protect Your InvestmentPurchasing a new bed is something where you can spend as much or as little as you like.  Coil, air pocket, gel, memory foam, organic, adjustable, pillowtop - the choices are almost endless.  Regardless of the style you ultimately select, a mattress is something you will spend a good deal of your time sleeping on as well as something most people intend to keep around for many years.  In my family, it's not uncommon for mattresses to actually be passed around, and for something that you can easily sink $1000 or more into, it's not hard to see why.

When you do purchase a new mattress you want it to last. You want to protect your investment. So what are some of the things that (queue dramatic music) turn a good mattress, bad?

Children and pets are two very good places to start. Kids are unpredictable, and that's part of what makes them great! At the same time, this means no matter how many "rules" you may have about eating or drinking in bed, it's still probably going to happen. So when the cookie crumbs are left and milk is spilled now what? Sour milk smell for a couple weeks? And with pets, some of us like to sleep with our pets. Other pets like to sleep on the bed when we're not around. Either way, they can leave behind a lot of dirt, hair and dander.

Allergens are another good reason to protect your mattress. If you've had a mattress or really any amount of time, it's teaming with dust mites. You can't see them. You can't feel them, and you can't hear them. But, if you have allergies or asthma, your body will almost certainly know they're there! Fitful sleep, sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, congestion, and watery or puffy eyes are all conditions that can be attributed to dust mites in your mattress.

So how can extend the life of your mattress and protect your investment? A mattress protector is a very good place to start. Inexpensive and washable, mattress protectors are there mainly to keep your mattress in great condition despite what life throws at it. They are lightweight, waterproof and block allergens by completely covering your mattress (top, bottom, and sides).

These types of covers are also great to have if you plan on moving. Let's face it, moving a mattress is about as much fun as a paper cut. It's bulky, heavy, and easy to get filthy while moving, but a mattress protector can help in a couple ways. First, should it sprinkle or rain and the mattress is exposed, you're covered! (What an awful pun) Not everyone who moves uses movers or rents a box truck, so if you don't have plastic and the mattress is going to be exposed to the elements, a protector can keep the mattress dry. Keeping a mattress clean can be challenging too. Moving trucks aren't the cleanest place you can put a mattress, and cleaning a home or apartment is often done AFTER you've moved everything out. A protector can help keep the mattress clean during the move.

There are two basic types of protectors - one you'll sleep on and one that can be used for moving and storing a mattress. Classic and Bed Bug are two great protector types that can be used for all purposes. Waterproof, stretchy, and allergen proof, these covers work to guard your mattress against whatever your hectic life can throw at it. The last type, Vinyl is best used for storage or moving. Since it is vinyl, it is very inexpensive, waterproof and durable, but it can be entirely too hot to sleep on.

When you consider you'll pay $500 to $1500 for a mattress, a quality mattress protector is a minimal investment to keep your mattress looking good and providing you with a restful sleep each and every night.

Author: Kevin Gilmore

Posted by Shifrah on Monday, December 19, 2011
You're probably aware of the resurgence in bedbugs that has plagued apartment buildings, hotels, and homes throughout the country, regardless of social class. Bedbugs are notoriously easy to get, and infestations happen quickly and pervasively, often filling entire apartment complexes from the initial infestation of just one unit.

If you've ever wondered just why infestations happen with such speed and intensity, a study discussed in Fox News article Inbreeding Reason for Bedbug Spread provides some insight.

Entemologists led by Coby Schal and Ed Vargo of North Carolina State University presented a study at the recent American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting in Philadelphia. The scientists studied "the genes of bedbugs infesting three multistory apartment buildings in North Carolina and New Jersey and found very low genetic diversity, meaning most of them were very close relatives."

The upshot of this finding is that it may only take one or two bedbugs hitching a ride on some furniture or a suitcase to begin an entire infestation. Imagine how quickly a mated female can proliferate: Once her eggs hatch, the new bedbugs mate with each other and with their mother – and bedbug populations soar.

Interestingly, this type of inbreeding (without the detrimental genetic effects that occur when some animals inbreed) is also found with cockroaches, another insect that can lead to allergies.

For more on bedbugs and bedbug prevention, see:
Allergy Armor Bed Bug Bedding Packages
Bed Bug Prevention Tips
How to Avoid Bringing Home Bed Bugs


Posted by Ashley on Wednesday, November 16, 2011
It wouldn't be that shocking if you discovered the couch you're sitting on was manufactured with 'suspect chemicals'. Sure, formaldehyde and flame retardants are common carcinogens we have grown to reluctantly accept into our homes as the trade-off for inexpensive, and even luxury, home furnishings. What if you were to discover these types of toxic chemicals were found in your newborn baby's crib mattress?

What had us raising our eyebrows was a recent report from the Washington Post stating that 72% of crib mattresses use suspect chemicals, some of which are not detailed by the manufacturer. To make matters worse, we've been told by pediatricians for years to limit our crib bedding and blankets, in prevention of SIDS and suffocation. Meanwhile, with little barriers in place, our babies are breathing in another type of danger, toxic chemicals.

Moonlight Slumber MattressesOne way to prevent your newborn from chemical and toxin exposure is by doing a little research before you start decorating the nursery. As far as safety and health is concerned, Moonlight Slumber manufactures some of the best baby bedding and mattresses we've found. As seen on Good Morning America, these mattresses are PVC/Vinyl free, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and are made with earth-friendly materials. We offer both foam and cotton Moonlight Slumber mattresses as well as organic cotton baby blankets.

Protecting your child from the over-exposure of harmful chemicals is not an easy task, but by starting before the baby arrives you can not only begin creating good habits for yourself but start your newborn off on the right foot.

Posted by Shifrah on Friday, April 15, 2011
The worst of spring allergies, at least here in Atlanta, is waning, along with the decrease in the yellow river of pollen we endure every year. But with summer coming up, now is a good time to prepare for the allergens that propagate during the warm weather months. Here are my three top picks for summer allergy relief:

  • Dehumidifiers are essential for allergy sufferers to use during summer months. They not only help the air in your home feel cooler and cut down on cooling costs, but they also help reduce dust mite allergen and mold spores. Choose from our robust selection of quality dehumidifiers.


  • Air purifiers are one of the number one allergy relief products that allergy sufferers should have, year round. They decrease total allergen load, and provide allergy sufferers with pure, clean, allergy-free air by cleaning the air of dust mite allergen, pet dander, mold spores, pollen, and odors and chemical fumes that trigger allergy attacks. Air purifiers are frequently among the first items recommended by allergists implementing an allergy avoidance regimen for their patients.


  • Mattress covers, also year-round essentials, are important to use during summer months. Dust mites thrive in bedding, and increased moisture due to summer humidity makes dust mites especially prolific. Allergy relief bedding keeps dust mites cut off from their food source, and most importantly, out of your breathing zone so you can breathe easy.



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