You could say that allergies are becoming something of an epidemic. It’s now estimated that 1 in 3 of the UK population will suffer from an allergy at some point in their lives, with around 15 million people actually coping with an allergy as we speak.
From peanuts to dairy, pet hair to gluten, there’s an allergy for just about anything, with the most common being asthma, hay fever, and eczema. Practically everyone nowadays knows someone with one of these big three allergies, or may even suffer from one themselves, so just imagine how likely it is that someone with an allergy will check-in to your B&B, small hotel or guest house!
But there is something you can do to help keep their symptoms at bay, and provide that bit of relief they’ll need to get a sounder night’s sleep – anti-allergy bedding.
Rise of the dirty dust mites
Dust mites are the villains in all of this. They love our beds, with the average snooze-station housing between 1 and 10 million of the pests! They thrive in a warm, moist environment a bed can provide and feed on dead flakes of skin before we, in turn, breathe in their waste particles and decomposed body parts. It’s the breathing in of this waste that worsens the allergies of sufferers and can even create them in other people, causing seemingly less serious allergies like asthma, hay fever, and eczema to become increasingly detrimental when they start interrupting a sufferer’s sleep and causing gastrointestinal troubles, a weakened immune system, poor concentration and low mood.
So how does anti-allergy bedding work?
It’s simple really, anti-allergy bedding acts as a barrier between your guests and any dust mites that could be hanging around, cutting off their valuable food supply. It does this through a tightly woven fabric that ensures the dreaded dust mites don’t slip between its pores, zipping up tightly and invisibly under your normal sheets to encase pillows and mattresses without breaking up the decorative theme of your guestrooms.
What’s more, studies have shown that mite populations and allergen levels decreased by up to 90% or more within just a month of treating bedding and utilising anti-allergy mattresses and pillow covers.
What to look for when making a purchase
You can’t deny the benefits of including anti-allergy products on your beds, but if you do decide to add a little extra protection to your B&B or guest house rooms, there are a few things to bear in mind when shopping around…
1) Quality: Before you do anything, make sure that the covers are going to be comfortable enough for your guests to sleep on. Before buying, don’t be afraid to feel them when you can.
2) Pore size: How much open air space exists between the threads in the fabric of anti-allergy bedding is also a deciding factor in its quality. This pore size determines how effectively allergens will be blocked, and when you consider that most dust mite particles measure just 10 microns (a grain of sand measures 300!) anything less than 10 microns is the optimum measurement.
3) Care instructions: Always make time to look over the care instructions of any bedding product. To be really effective, anti-allergy bedding must be able to withstand washing temperatures of up to 60 degrees centigrade, as this is the temperature that kills dust mites.
You never know what specific needs a guest may have, especially if they forget to mention them during the booking process. Placing anti-allergy bedding in all your rooms is an ideal way of not just helping relieve the symptoms of sufferers, but protecting those who could be susceptible from something that could interrupt their good night’s sleep. What’s more, you can buy a whole range of anti-allergy bedding right here at Hilden Linens!
Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry.