Bed Hygiene: Is your Bed Clean?
Everyone loves clean and comfy bed to rest. But, here's a catch:
Well, homebound and hygiene-conscious makes us pay more attention to keep things clean in the bedroom. But still, many of us aren’t cleaning our beds as often as we should be.
Let’s be honest here. Humans spend nearly 1/3 of their lives on bed, and even though your mattress is covered with a protector and sheets, it still takes a great deal of abuse from sweat, dead skin cells, dust mites, pets, and food spills. Can you imagine you are sleeping with all these residues?
Well, are these what you are thinking when we talk about mattress cleaning? Let me share you some cold hard truth.
“If you didn’t wash it for a year, it would be 1 KG heavier!”
According to a respiratory expert, “If you didn’t wash your bedding for a year it would be more than a kilo heavier just because of dead skin.” It gets worse when dust mites, thrive on these skin cells, particularly on pillows because they love the humid environment.
“More than 10% of the weight of the manky pillows will be hundreds of thousands of dust mites and their droppings,” Expert says.
Even if that doesn’t unnerve you, it can be problematic for the millions of Malaysians who have asthma. Dust mite allergy can also cause all-year-round sneezing-coughing symptoms.
Other microscopic lurkers that flourish on sweaty old bedding include bacteria that can alter the lungs’ microbiome and lead to infections or interfere with inhaled drugs, along with allergy-causing fungal spores can trigger asthma. And to complete the cycle, it’s thought these little spores, which are most commonly found in pillows, might feed on dust mite droppings.
So, freshly laundered bedding clearly has more perks than the exquisite smell of clean sheets.
But when and how should we clean it?
Ultimate Bed Care Routine: Weekly, Monthly & Bi-Monthly
It’s no surprise that we have 15 steps of skincare routine but we do not have 1 for our bed. To keep allergens at bay, we have gathered an extensive list for you to kick start your bed care routine:
Weekly: Sheets & Pillowcase
Although there is no hard and fast rule, the consensus is that sheets and pillowcases should be washed each week. Based on the research from The National Asthma Council, washing your sheets and pillowcase in water hotter than 55C can only kill mites and fungi. Failing that, they suggest hot tumble drying for 10 minutes or washing in cold water with a product containing tea tree or eucalyptus oil.
Opening the windows and airing sheets in the sun are also recommended. We suggest people with skin conditions wash even more often, adding that ironing sheets and pillowcases can also help sterilise them. Making sure the bedding is rinsed well after washing to avoid any residue.
Monthly: Mattress Cleaning
Most mattress manufacturers recommend a thorough cleaning of a mattress at least twice each year. In fact, this should be done in addition to vacuuming the mattress at least monthly to reduce dust and allergens. Regular cleaning helps the mattress last longer by removing grime that can weaken fibres and helping to prevent pest infestations.
- Give your mattress a sunbath
⦿ The natural disinfectant—the Sunlight UV rays can kill off mold, mildew and even bacteria.
⦿ Allow your mattress you air thoroughly—six is even better.
Reminder: mattresses are heavy and awkward to carry so get a buddy to help you wrestle it out of the house.
- Clean the dust out
⦿ The wise word comes from old people. Hang your mattress outdoor and beat it with rattan to knock the dust out of it. You will notice tiny bits of dust flying out when you hit the mattress.
- Vacuum Cleaning
⦿ If you need a (better) modern choice to clean your bed,investing in a professional bedding cleaner will be highly beneficial to you.
⦿ Conventional vacuum cleaners are often used to clean the floor and carpets inside cars, the suction inlet could easily be stained with pollutants. It could be counter-productive when it is used to clean a mattress.
Reminder: Choose a vacuum cleaner that comes with both HEPA Filter and UV Lights!
Bi-Monthly: Pillow Washing
One of the parts in bed cleaning that a lot of us have overlooked is pillow washing. Pillows should be washed every six months as they are hotspots for dust mites and their teeny friends. Synthetic pillows can typically be machine washed, while memory foam pillows should be soaked with gentle detergent, rinsed, gently squeezed then left to air-dry. Replace your pillows when you notice they’re starting to lose their lustre.
Clean Your Mattress At A Click!
Maintaining the cleanliness of your house is the most effective way to make the number of dust mites into a minimum. However, the cleaning process itself can trigger allergy because the dust spreads in the air which becomes easier to inhale.
In order to help you to deal with the cleaning jobs, here's the simplest solution for you: Raycop RS300 Dust Mites Allergen Vacuum Cleaner! You can easily clean your mattress within a click of a button!
A Professional Mattress Cleaner
Raycop RS300 Dust Mites Allergen Mattress Vacuum Cleaner helps you to kill, remove and purify 99.9% of dust mites, bacteria and viruses all in one step.
Well, you might ask: why can't I choose a normal vacuum cleaner instead of a mattress cleaner?
If you can imagine you are using the same vacuum to clean your pet's hair and your bed, you can probably guess the answer: Hygiene. While achieving the best possible hygiene, Raycop can do best what it's good at!
The Must Have: HEPA Filter & UV Lights
HEPA, a very familiar word that almost appear on every vacuum cleaner. But what's good on Raycop? Raycop picks the best to achieve that ultimate filtration: HEPA Grade 13 Medical Filter. Within the highest tier of HEPA, the filter can remove all particles of 0.21 microns and larger with 99.95% efficiency!
Talking about disinfection, you can never go wrong with UV Rays. RAYCOP uses a powerful UV lamp with a wavelength calibrated to effectively eliminate over 99% of bacteria from fabric surfaces throughout the home. And the best part? It comes with an auto sensor where the UV lights will off automatically when it leaves the surface.
The Humanity Feature
If you're worried of the left behind bacterial on every bed of your house, we probably have this in mind too! The product base of Raycop RS300 is made of antibacterial materials! This means it is safe even you're using it on different beds and places. You can now bring it along with you to anywhere even staycations.
The Washable Design
The transparent collecting box can tell how much dust and impurities you have sucked out from your bed. TO maximize the hygiene, the washable design ensures that the dust mites and harmful particles (PM2.5) will not cause secondary pollution in the air.
The Third Party Test Results
RAYCOP allergen vacuums have been tested by numerous third party laboratories to verify its effectiveness against dust mites, bacteria and viruses. RAYCOP allergen vacuums have also received the British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval and the SLG Certificate of Quality for house dust removal.
|RESEARCH INSTITUTE||TEST RESULTS|
*Institute of Tokyo Environmental Allergy
|House-dust removal effectiveness
RS: 99.9% in 1 min
RS Dust Removal Test Report
*Japan Food Research Laboratories
|UV effectiveness for bacteria removal:
RS: 99.99% after 2 seconds
|British Allergy Foundation||Approval for reduction in exposure
to house dust mite and bacteria.
|SLG||HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air filter) 99.9% clean, 0.3μm level
HEPA Test Report
* Internal research also conducted the test following the IEC 60312-1 guidelines and confirmed 99.9% effectiveness.
* Aiken Co.,Ltd.
|Pollen removal effectiveness
RS: 99.8% in 1 min
* Aiken Co.,Ltd.
|UV effectiveness for reduction of dust mite egg hatching
UV Hatch Rate Test Report
|Kitasato||UV effectiveness for virus removal. Test result 99.9% extraction rate in 5 seconds RS Test Report|