We spend a third of our lives in bed, so it’s important to know what you’re sleeping on! Cuddling up in a soft, bouncy and clean bed makes our sleeping cycle more effective. But did you know that mattresses are a breeding ground for allergens, dead skin, dust mites, and other yucky stuff? That is why having your mattress cleaned is important to be added on our cleaning checklist. You might think that a mattress doesn’t need to be cleaned unless there’s a spill or an accident, but because of how very often you use it, it requires more frequent cleaning.
Here are some surprising facts about mattresses you should know:
- You probably shed 1 billion flakes of skin a day to feed a million dust mites. Flakes of dead skin in mattresses are like tasty snacks for them.
- We sweat just under 1 liter per day (yes, even on cold days), with 990ml of water and 0.10ml of salt.
- Consider the fact that we secrete 38g of sebum (natural oil) each day.
- Bacteria and mites adore the ‘stuff’ we generate. We might be surprised to discover that if we looked at a square inch of a mattress through a telescope, we’d find around 10 million unwanted bedfellows playing around. Eww!
- Dust mites are unseen and can’t be felt because dust mites feed on the human skin cells we shed- your mattress and bedding are the most desirable places for them to live.
- Many allergies, including hay fever and asthma, are thought to be caused by dust mites. Humans breathe in their feces and shredded skin while sleeping. Every day, they can excrete up to twice their body weight.
It’s not easy to get rid of dust mites. It’s time to act once you notice the signs of dust mite infestation. You won’t be able to completely eliminate dust mites, but by getting professional cleaning help every six months, you’ll be able to reduce their population.
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