Description of the MRM14
The SOFT-CLEAN mattress cleaning machine MRM14 produces high-frequency vibrations. This causes dirt particles inside the mattress to be dissolved and pulverized, they are then removed with a vacuum especially adjusted for the mattress.
At the same time an intensive UV-C – radiation destroys the bacteria, viruses and spores. This chemical-free disinfection is well proven in the medical area.
The cleaning method does not damage the material and is appropriate for all mattresses. It creates no noise or dust and is harmless for humans and the environment.
The mattresses can also remain in-situ in the bed.
Cleaning recommendation: Every 6-24 months.
Mites and house dust mites
What are mites?
To begin with, mites do not transmit illnesses and belong to the genre spiders. However, what makes the insects to unpleasant occupants is their allergy-rich faeces. During their lifetime (2 - 4 months) they produce about 200 times their weight in faeces and excrement. The allergen mite particles are mixed with the room air and can then cause the second most common allergy: the house dust allergy.
Different types of mites
There are several types and genres of mites. Alongside the house dust mite is the upholstery mite, spider mites and storage mites and also harvest mites. In the favourable environment, the mites lay their eggs and they multiply quickly. In spite of the dangerous excrement the mites are not visible for the human eye and are only 0,2 - 1 millimeter long.
Responsible for house dust allergy
The most well-known of the mites is the house dust mites, not least as the cause of allergies amongst approx. 4.5 million people in Germany. The storage mite is increasingly being linked to allergy illnesses, these mites are widely spread particularly in country areas.
Allergy cause: Mites
The habitat of the house dust mite
With a relative humidity between 65 - 80% and a temperature of 25 - 30 degrees celsius, the mites feel are comfortable and reproduce accordingly. With increased room temperature, the house dust mites need more ambient humidity. The mites can survive fluctuations in temperature and humidity for several days, particularly if they have enough warmth and moisture for a few hours each day. The optimal habitat is therefore our bed and there in the mattress. House dust mites also live in other areas of the house and populate upholstery and textiles, even if the reproduction possibilities are restricted. Allergens are also found in clothing and also in hair.
The food of the house dust mites
Mites are actually waste eaters. As food they consume skin scale. Mould spores and fungi. Mould can be found more or less concentrated almost everywhere in our surroundings, in mattresses is the concentration through our body fluids (sweat) higher. The integral food components are dead skin scale from humans and (house) animals. The reason why the house dust mites feel comfortable in our human surroundings and in particular in mattresses are the adequate moisture, warmth and food. A human loses approx... 1,5 grams of skin scale each day, this amount is adequate to feed millions of house dust mites.
Allergen producer house dust mite
A number of allergy particles can be found in the faeces of the mites. The irritating faeces contains high levels of protein and contains guanine. After the drying process, the mite faeces disintegrates in microfine particles, when mixed with the normal house dust, these particles have access to our respiratory system and mucous membranes. House dust mites and their allergens are the cause of the most widespread allergy in interior spaces. The burden in living areas can be established by an allergy test where samples are collected from surfaces like flooring, upholstery and mattresses. By means of a colour scale, the allergen burden can be determined.
Respiratory disease and skin disease
High concentrations of the house dust mite allergen in the house dust are directly connected with chronic respiratory disease and asthma. Direct skin contact with the allergen can lead to further problems with existing skin problems. With neurodermititis patients, the eczema can deteriorate and acute phases become more aggressive.
The consequences of an allergy against house dust mites
Even small allergen concentration can trigger an allergy
Examinations on children with allergies against house dust mites have proved that there is no general concentration limit in the household which can serve as a guide level. Significant is the individual vulnerability of each patient to allergies. Even small amounts are enough to activate the common symptoms of house dust mite allergy.
What can be done?
Many studies and recommendations from doctors to allergy avoidance (contact avoidance) verify, that appropriate measures in the home and in the bedroom can alleviate the discomfort. This includes the renovation of the bed as well as the reduction of house dust mites in the whole living area.