We've all heard about bed bugs: the tiny, quarter-inch long pests that lurk in and around your mattress waiting until your fast asleep to feast. These blood-sucking critters have garnered a great deal of attention as of late, in part because of their morbid nature of existence. For this reason, Dust Mites have been largely overlooked.
About 1 in 10 people are allergic to dust mites, or more specifically, their excrement. As Dr. Sharon Horesh Bergquist points out, good vacuuming is key to tackling allergy-causing dust mites: "I don't think people give a lot of thought and energy into proper mattress care. It really can improve not only the quality of people's sleep but also reduce their chances of having mites and infestations of bedbugs."
The saliva, perspiration, and blood from body contact create an ideal environment for dust mites to congregate. Mattress pads and allergy-proof covers are certainly helpful. If all else fails, consider giving us a call.
At Mark's Cleaning Service, we use a state-of-the-art steam-cleaning process that sanitizes and deodorizes. Our vans come equipped with a truck-mount for superior hot water extraction. Your mattress will look and feel brand new. We clean all types of upholstery at Mark's Cleaning, including mattresses. Give us a call and ask about our cleaning specials: 330-725-5702.
Jennifer's Healthy Home Tips
Here's a secret little trick I learned from my mother.
Baking soda naturally absorbs odors. Due to its alkaline nature, it actually neutralizes acidic odors in particular. However, a box of baking soda doesn't do a great job on its own because there is such a small surface area within the box. Try spreading the baking soda on a sheet pan. That should do the trick.
Better yet, activated charcoal absorbs odors extremely well. You can purchase this at any pet store, and it is already broken up into small bits to increase surface area. Everyone can appreciate a clean fridge!