Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the last few weeks, you would have seen the article that went viral on social media talking about the millions of dust mites and germs that live in our mattresses. Apparently, those of us who have a habit of making our beds every day before heading off to work create the perfect warm conditions to let dust mites thrive in our mattresses. Dust mites have been linked to illnesses such as asthma, hay fever and the flu. What made the article especially disconcerting for me was that I read it while lying down in bed right before falling asleep. As you can imagine, it took me a little bit longer to fall asleep that night.
The next morning, I frantically searched online for mattress cleaning companies in Dubai, not just to get my own mattress cleaned, but also to make sure we get those companies on ServiceMarket. ServiceMarket is all about helping UAE residents find and get quotes for any service they need around the home, and I was on a mission to get mattress cleaners on our site!
I found a company called Healthy Home who offers mattress, upholstery, carpet and curtain deep cleaning and sanitation. When I told them I was from ServiceMarket, they were nice enough to offer me a complimentary first clean to try out their dry and chemical-free treatment. I booked their standard mattress deep cleaning and sanitation treatment service for the following Saturday.
On the day of the service, the Healthy Home team arrived 10 minutes before schedule (a nice surprise in Dubai), and showed up in uniform, with a colorful large trunk that contained their equipment. The supervisor explained that the service would include three steps:
1. Deep vacuuming,
2. Sanitation using UV light treatment and finally,
3. Over-heated dry steam for additional sanitation.
They removed the linens from the bed, and then proceeded to use a deceivingly small – but very loud and powerful (11 times higher suction power from the traditional household vacuum and HEPA filteration) – vacuum to suck out all the dust from my mattress, pillows and duvet. The team was so thorough to make sure they vacuumed every inch of my mattress (both sides!) that this first step took 15 minutes alone. At the end of this first step – it pains me to admit it – there was a full bag of dust that came out of my mattress and pillows (evidence below!). It was 7 years’ worth of dust, dead skin cells and hair (insert lots of sickly green emoji’s here).
The next step was to use medical grade UV light to kill off any germs, bacteria and dust mites that remain in the mattress. The Healthy Home have a unique machine in the UAE that exposes your mattress to strong UV light, such that 10 seconds of it is equivalent to putting your mattress in the sun for two full days. Their last step was to sanitize my pillows, duvet and bed cover to ensure that if there were any germs or mites left, they would be dealt with!
Now that I’ve gone through the treatment, I would highly recommend it to anyone living in Dubai and the rest of the UAE. You will be really surprised by the amount of dust and impurities that gets sucked up by that machine on top of the direct health benefits you will feel post dust mite extraction (reduction of symptoms of asthma, allergy, eczema, fatigue, etc.). The Healthy Home recommends you get your mattress cleaned every 6 months, and I’m definitely signing up for that. They are now listed on our site, so you can get quotes for mattress, sofa, carpet and curtain deep cleaning and sanitation!
The pictures from my experience are below.
I’m so happy I did it and would really recommend it! It isn’t just the mattress that needs to be cleaned regularly to improve your sleep hygeine, you also need comfortable and clean sheets! Here is some excellent advice on how to wash your bedsheets for a good night’s sleep. Wishing all our readers a happy and a “Healthy Home”!
This article was written by Bana Shomali, ServiceMarket Co-Founder and CEO.