Of all the things that need to be done around the house, mattress cleaning is often the one that is overlooked. Homeowners are usually willing to overlook stains and discoloration if the bed is covered with sheets and comforters, but stains are not the only problem to be concerned with. Every night, the average person produces about half a liter of sweat. This, along with thousands of skin cells, is deposited on the bed, where it will remain for a long time. This provides the optimum breeding environment for microscopic pests like dust mites or bacteria.
In fact, many allergies, headaches and respiratory illnesses can be traced back to a soiled bed. Dust mites produce feces that are a common allergen in humans when inhaled. Bacteria and fungal spores can also trigger an immune response when taken into the body. Even worse, these pests have no natural enemies in their environment, so they reproduce at alarmingly quick rates. It’s not uncommon for a bed to harbor more than a million dust mites. In some cases, the sheer amount of dust mites can be enough to increase the weight of the bed.
Deep mattress cleaning can eliminate these pests and the problems they cause. Thorough maintenance can also eliminate stains and odors caused by spills, chemicals or organic soiling. Technology in this field has improved greatly in recent years. Technicians are now capable of eliminating more than 95 percent of dust mites and their waste material in a single treatment. This is particularly helpful during the holiday season, when family members of all ages and sensitivities gather in a single home. Family members who stay the night will need a place to sleep, and if they have bad allergies or a compromised immune system, they may be rendered sick by dust mites or other pathogens. Children and the elderly are often at extra risk because their immune systems aren’t as robust.
By neglecting bed maintenance, a homeowner is allowing dust mites, bacteria and fungal spores to affect their health and the health of their loved ones. Professional treatment stops this in its tracks, while also restoring the look and comfortable feel of the bed. There are many businesses that offer this service, but homeowners should only consider those that are thoroughly trained.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the primary agency dedicated to certifying these professionals. The IICRC is the most respected industry organization and has certified tens of thousands of technicians in the field. Before a technician can offer thorough mattress cleaning services, they would do well to be certified through the IICRC. To attain this certification, the technician will have to take and pass a course dedicated to upholstery and fabric cleaning. During the upholstery and fabric maintenance class, the professional will learn how to identify fiber structure, the principle behind upholstery treatment, frequently used treatment methods and how to protect the material once it is treated. At the end of the course, the technician is prepared to thoroughly treat any bed, no matter its condition. Some technicians also seek certification in house cleaning, which means these technicians can prepare more than just the bed for a crowd of guests.
The holidays should be spent enjoying the company of family and friends, not dealing with allergies or illness. Hiring an IICRC certified professional to treat the home’s beds can ensure that dust mites don’t wreck the party.