What's it all about?

Do you wake up with asthma, eczema, or itchy watery eyes and a runny nose? You may have a dust mite allergy. The best place to begin fighting this problem is by protecting yourself where it counts – your bed.

Dust mites are tiny spider-like creatures, too small for the eye to see, but an infuriating reality in most households. These creatures live on the dead skin that we are constantly shedding, and because we spend around 8 hours a day in bed, we shed a lot of skin cells onto our bedding. Every time you roll over or change positions in bed, you are feeding these little critters, allowing them to provoke your allergies further.

The problem is not actually the dust mites themselves, but what they leave behind. It is their waste products that are highly allergenic. Dust mites themselves are small, and this means their excretions are even smaller.

So what can you do?

Firstly, to control and prevent dust mite allergies, wash your sheets and blankets once a week in hot water. This will temporarily eliminate the live dust mites. But for a more permanent solution, it is essential to invest in some quality anti-allergen bedding. These bedding covers are made of a very tightly woven fabric, which provides an effective barrier between you and the dust mites and are designed to fully encase your mattress, duvet or pillow.

Allergens in the home not only cause worsening of symptoms immediately after exposure to them, but they also induce a state of irritability of the lungs that could lead to acute attacks of asthma at other times. This hyper-irritable state may take several weeks after the last exposure to settle completely, so the benefits of control measures often take time to be appreciated.


How do your bedding products protect against dust mite allergens?

Air Flow Anti-Allergen Bedding covers are made from very tightly woven fabrics creating a very small pore size. Our 100% Cotton products have a pore size of 3.5 microns and our 100% Polyester products have a pore size of 1.5 microns. Dust mites are approximately 200-300 microns in size and the allergen containing faecal particles left behind by a dust mite are approximately 10-30 microns, hence both of our fabrics have a pore size small enough to protect against dust mite allergens.

Will a cover be effective if it does not fully enclose the mattress?

No. To be an effective barrier against dust mite allergens, the cover must completely enclose the mattress, duvet or pillow to ensure no allergen particles can escape. Many low cost covers available in High St retail shops do not fully enclose the item, so will not be effective. Air Flow Anti-Allergen Bedding covers fully enclose the mattress, duvet or pillow and have a zip fastener with an extra sealing flap on the inside.

Are your bedding covers treated?

No, Air Flow Anti-Allergen Bedding covers are not treated, bleached or dyed so are suitable for people with sensitivities.

How do you guarantee the quality of you bedding?

Air Flow Anti-Allergen Bedding products carry a 5 year manufacturer’s guarantee, so if you were to have any problems (other than normal wear and tear) with your covers within 5 years of purchase, we will replace them.

Are your covers machine washable?

Yes, Air Flow Anti-Allergen Bedding covers are machine washable. They come with the following washing instructions:

- Wash with zipper opened
- Wash in 60°C water on gentle wash cycle
- Dryer safe
- Do not bleach
- Do not iron
- Not suitable for dry cleaning

It is important that you are removing your regular bedding (sheets etc) often and washing them in a hot wash of around 60°C.

Are your covers breathable?

Yes, both of the Air Flow Anti-Allergen Bedding fabrics are highly permeable allowing air and moisture to pass through, while blocking dust mite allergens.

What is the difference between the 100% Cotton and the 100% Polyester fabrics?

The Cotton is a high quality fabric, having a higher thread count and therefore feeling nicer to the touch. The Polyester fabric is designed as a budget option to protect against dust mite allergens, whilst still being effective.

The Cotton fabric also has a slightly higher breathability so is the better choice if you also suffer from eczema.

In terms of effectiveness in blocking dust mite allergens, both fabrics are quite similar. The 100% Cotton fabric has a pore size of 3.5 microns, and the 100% Polyester fabric has a pore size of 1.5 microns. The size of a dust mite is approximately 200-300 microns and the size of their allergen containing faecal particles is about 10-30 microns, hence both fabrics have a pore size much smaller than that of the dust mite allergen.


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