I like to think that our home is clean. Not sparkly, perfect, you-could-eat-your-dinner-off-the-floor clean, but certainly well looked after. And (usually) mother-in-law inspection-ready. So imagine my surprise when the guys at The Healthy Home showed me the amount of dust that they had sucked out of our mattress! (Eww!)
No matter how much we clean our homes, dust mites, bed bugs, mould and other nasties will inhabit our mattresses. They are in our furniture, soft furnishings, A/C ducts and carpets. Add our dusty, hot weather, closed windows, A/C and humid climate, and you have the perfect conditions for these little guys to thrive. No wonder that many of us are suffering from health issues that we may not even recognise as being caused by our homes. Allergic reactions such as asthma, eczema and headaches can be the result of these microscopic tenants.
With this in mind, and especially as we share our home with three cats, I decided to get The Healthy Home to help out with my autumn deep clean. They arrived promptly, with two big cases of perfectly organised equipment. A powerful vacuum cleaner to purge the nasties, a UV machine to sanitise and a dry-steam cleaner.
- Starting with the master bedroom, I helped to strip the bed as the experts explained what would happen. First, the industrial-strength vacuum cleaner would suck up the dust particles and fungal spores from the mattress. This machine is 11 times more powerful than a household vacuum cleaner, but still I was surprised (and more than a little embarrassed!) to see the amount of yuck that was sucked out of our mattress.
- The second step involved sanitising the mattress, using a medical-grade Germicidal Ultra Violet Light (GUVL). This machine eliminates any remaining food source for dust mites, bed bugs, bacteria, mould and other pathogens. The UV light mimics the natural purification abilities of the sun, decomposing the microbes living and multiplying in the mattress. Just 10 seconds’ exposure to the UV light is equal to 48 hours in bright sunlight – a super-quick solution without having to drag your mattress outside!
- Finally, the guys used a dry-steam cleaner on the pillows, shams and quilt cover. The whole process took less than 30 minutes, leaving me confident that our bed was much cleaner than ever. The Health Home recommend carrying out the process every six months to keep things clean. The guys put a reminder sticker on the mattress with the date of the next recommended clean – so helpful.
Children’s rooms and toys
We also had my son’s mattress treated, and his bedroom and toys sanitised with the dry-steam cleaner. He was fascinated by the UV light machine, but as the equipment is hot, I would recommend keeping little ones well out of the way while The Healthy Home work their magic. The process itself though is perfectly safe for children and pets, being dry and chemical-free, and we made up the beds an hour later for a very peaceful night’s sleep.
The Healthy Home made our autumn deep clean so much easier, and I am now confident that our beds have been properly sanitised. The speed of the process was amazing, and caused little disruption to our household. I will definitely be including a regular visit from The Healthy Home in my household cleaning routine from now on.
For further information please contact www.thehealthyhome.me
The Healthy Home visited More Organised to give a free-of-charge demonstration of their service, which included a Mattress Treatment and a Children’s Room Sanitisation.