Variety is the Spice of Life: the Different Types of Anti-allergy Bedding

Updated on: February 12 2013

Even if you or your guests don’t suffer from a full blown allergy, you could be experiencing minor symptoms without even really registering them. Waking up with a stuffy nose, itchy eyes or a sore throat are classic signs of high allergen populations, as is waking up feeling congested or suffering from night time allergies or asthma attacks. One way to relieve this is with anti-allergy bedding.

As with thread count, anti-allergy bedding has become something of a buzz word. Many people don’t know what it actually means, what it does or whether it even works. The truth is, it does, with experiments indicating a 90% or more decrease in allergen levels and dust mite populations in beds that utilise allergy relieving mattress covers and pillow covers.

Just as with normal bed linens and sheets, anti allergy bedding comes in a variety of materials and make-ups. It all depends where your B&B, guest house or small hotel is situated; after all, you don’t want your guests to be too hot, too cold or unable to sleep because of a noisy sheet. Unlike normal bedding however, allergy relief bedding isn’t all that prolific, meaning that the variety of fabrics it’s available in isn’t either.

Thankfully, we took some time to outline the main fabric types so you can cut out some of the research process and be better informed when you come to choosing your bedding.


A breathable blend of 50% cotton and 50% polyester, membrane is the more traditional type of anti-allergy bedding. However, the downside comes within its inner membrane.

Manufactured from laminated urethane, it can prove somewhat noisy and too warm for some guests and, although it’s a very tough and durable material, it may break down over time and will eventually need to be replaced. On the plus side though, its waterproof qualities make it great for the beds of younger children.


Allergy relief bedding that’s free of the membrane mentioned above is, understandably, much cooler and quieter than its counterpart. It’s made of a cotton/polyester blend that’s not just woven nice and tightly, but is treated after the weaving process to ensure an average pore size of 3.9 microns (much smaller and more effective than the standard ‘less than 10’ rule).

Given that this type of bedding lacks a laminated urethane membrane, it’s also more comfortable and longer lasting.


Microfiber bedding takes protection against dust mites to the next level. It’s manufactured using a sophisticated weaving technology and completely unique finishing process to provide a densely woven fabric that offers a soft, cool and breathable place to sleep. Its antimicrobial finish also protects against other dangers such as mould, mildew, stains and general deterioration, while an additional finishing process called calendaring means that the pore size shrinks to just 2.8 microns in extreme heat, providing a fantastic barrier between those pesky dust mites and the warm bed that they crave.

Anti-allergy bedding is an ideal way of protecting both allergy sufferers and allergy-free guests alike from dust mites and allergens, but you mustn’t forget the benefits of good old fashioned bedroom care. For extra protection make sure you regularly air and vacuum your rooms, dust and wipe down surfaces (and allergy relief bedding) with a damp cloth, keep pets out of bedrooms and consider replacing carpets with tiles or wooden floors where allergens can’t hide.

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Michelle Pegg is the Assurance and Compliance Manager at Hilden Linens.