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Mattress and Upholstery Cleaning and Sanitization Systems

Every once in a while, a new cleaning product becomes available that can improve your health in ways no other can.
 
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The Hygienitech sanitation system is the new product you've been looking for.  With dealers and cleaning companies in over 80 countries worldwide, Hygienitech Mattress and Upholstery Cleaning and Sanitizing System represents the new proven standard in personal health care. 

"The Hygienitech system works better, faster and cheaper to eliminate dust mites, bed bugs and other harmful micro-organisms as well as other allergens lurking in your home."

Get Allergy Relief NOW!
Consumers who have used the Hygienitech Service report an instant overnight  reduction in allergies and a vast improvement in the quality of their sleep.  Click here to learn how it works... 

If you suffer from allergies or skin rashes and irritation, you've come to the right place.  Your local Hygienitech service provider can clean and sanitize your:
• Mattresses
• Pillows
• Carpets
• Curtains
• Upholstery & furniture
• Stuffed toys
• and all of the hard surfaces in your home, hotel, motel or multi-bed facility.

FACT:  In as little as a few months after purchasing a new bed or furniture, thousands, even millions of dust mites grow and live in these surfaces.  You can read more about how they affect your health here.  

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

What are they?
Bedbugs are making a comeback. People now travel more than ever before, and bedbugs are hitching rides on clothing and luggage. They can now be found everywhere from homeless shelters to five-star hotels to single family dwellings to public transportation. They are moved from room to room on infested objects. Anyone can get an infestation of bedbugs and this does not mean a lack of cleanliness.

Adult bedbugs are about the same size and shape as an apple seed. They have an oval, broad, flat body and a short, broad head. Bedbugs cannot easily climb metal or polished surfaces and cannot fly or jump. Unfed adults are around 6 to 10 mm long, brown and wingless. After feeding, they swell slightly in size and darken to a blood-red colour. The nymphs are shaped like the adults, but are yellow-white in colour.

The bedbug eggs are white, about 1 mm long (1/25 inch), and are almost impossible to see on most surfaces. The female bedbug lays at least 200 eggs in her lifetime, at a rate of about 2 to 4 per day. The eggs have a sticky coating and are placed in cracks and crevices, behind woodwork and any other hiding place they can find. They usually hatch in 6 to 17 days.

Newly hatched nymphs feed as soon as food is available. A bedbug goes through five moults (shedding its skin) before it reaches full maturity. Adults usually live for around 10 months, but can live for a year or more and can breed year round in a home where the environment is good for reproduction (like temperatures between 21° and 28°C). Bedbugs can live from several weeks up to roughly a year and a half without feeding.

What can they do?
Bedbugs are not known to transmit disease from one person to another person.

Bedbugs can go undetected because they are small, can easily hide in tiny cracks and crevices and usually feed at night. Itchy welts on skin and/or black or brown spots on mattresses, sheets, bed frames or walls are all signs of a bedbug infestation.

Reactions to bedbug bites vary between people. Some people don't react to bedbug bites while others can have allergic reactions like itchy welts. Allergic sensitivity in a person may increase the more they are bit. Bedbug bites may not be noticed right away because bedbugs usually feed at night when people are asleep and there may be a delayed reaction to the bites. It can also be hard to identify a bedbug bite compared to other insect bites or other skin conditions.

How can I manage them?
Bedbugs are very hard to get rid of.
Because they are so difficult to completely eliminate, it is strongly recommended that you hire a pest control operator experienced in bedbug control. They may suggest chemical, heating or freezing treatments. Usually more than one treatment is needed, and must be done in addition to the control treatments you can do yourself. 

At Hygienitech, our patented system is used in both Residential and Commercial applications and uses a combination of the latest science and engineering technology to provide a green and complete mattress sanitization.

Early detection of a bedbug infestation is very important. The larger the infestation, the more difficult getting rid of the bedbugs will be. Because bedbugs travel easily, you may also have to treat nearby rooms. Remove or reduce any clutter where bedbugs can hide. Bedbugs may fall off infested items when moved. Securely seal items in an enclosed bag, plastic wrap or plastic container to prevent them from spreading to non-infested areas of the building.

Bed Treatment
Consumers have the choice of several systems for treating and controlling bedbugs.  The first (and recommended) choice is the Hygienitech method which uses a combination of a powerful light source specifically designed to kill bedbugs and a specially designed vacuum system made for bedbug and dust mite removal.  Our system actually provides protection for days after your treatment by our company!

Steam can be used to control bedbugs on infested mattresses. Take care to use steam that is hot enough, and avoid excess moisture, which could lead to mould, smells, stains, and ruin your mattress.

If you are a DIY expert, simply inspect your bed thoroughly by checking the seams and tufts of the mattress as well as the box spring, bed frame and headboard. You may have to remove the cloth underside of the box spring to see if there are bugs inside. Mattress pads, sheets and other bedding should be washed in hot water and dried on the high setting.  Or better yet...  Call the Hygienitech Experts in your area to get permanent and lasting results!

You can read more about how the Hygienitech system has many advantages over steam cleaning by clicking here.

Create a barrier to stop bedbugs from crawling up from the floor and walls of the room to the bed. Keep all items on the bed from touching the floor and walls (e.g., bed skirts). Commercially available devices are now available which prevent bedbugs from crawling up the legs of beds to the mattress. You can also place the legs of the bed inside glass jars or metal cans with a bit of talc (baby) powder. Then treat the legs of beds with double sided tape to keep the bedbugs from reaching the bed.

You may have to throw your bed out or purchase a mattress encasement. Holes or worn spots in the fabric may let bedbugs lay eggs in areas not easily reached.  Treatment with the Hygienitech system will penetrate up to 3/4" deep within your mattress and halt the reproductive process of bed bugs, eliminating the problem and saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in mattress replacements.  Our sanitizing system is guaranteed!

Not all pesticides can be used on mattresses and bed frames. Carefully read the label to ensure that the pesticide is approved for use on mattresses and bed frames.

Treatment of Other Items
Check items carefully for bedbugs before moving them from one location to another. Bedbugs like to rest in dark, undisturbed areas. Carefully examine all night tables, baseboards, dressers, headboards (especially padded ones), electrical outlets, any items stored near or under the bed, any nearby carpeting or rugs, picture frames, switch plates, inside clocks, phones, televisions and smoke detectors: in short, anything and everything that is in the room where there is an infestation.

Bedbugs can hide in upholstered chairs and sofas that should also be treated with careful vacuuming and UV light treatment such as the process used with Hygienitech, steaming or freezing and laundering of all possible parts (cushions, slipcovers, skirts, etc.).

Small items that cannot be laundered can sometimes be treated by heating (temperatures greater than 50°C) by freezing. Some items can be wrapped in plastic wrap and placed outdoors in the sun on a very hot day, or in sub-zero temperatures in the winter. However, the freezing temperatures must be kept for a prolonged period of time (e.g., 4 days of consistent cold at -19°C) and may not kill all of the bedbugs.

Be very cautious about taking in second-hand items such as furniture and mattresses. Inspect and clean them before bringing them into the home. When you travel, carefully check the hotel room for bedbugs. Don't bring your pillow from home; and don't put your suitcase and other items on the bed.

Zippered mattress and box spring encasements designed for bedbug control will prevent bedbugs from hiding in the seams and tuft of mattresses and in the boxsprings. However, bedbugs are capable of crawling between the teeth of zippers and not all encasements are able to keep bedbugs out. In these cases, duct tape can be placed over the zipper. Check encasements often for tears and holes where bedbugs could get in.

Products
Pesticides are just one part of bedbug control. A variety of chemical and non-chemical methods are usually needed to get rid of bedbugs.

Products available to homeowners will generally contain the active ingredients pyrethrin or other pyrethroids or diatomaceous earth.

Several commercial class products and techniques are available to professional pest control operators. These may include low-odour sprays, dusts, aerosols, canine detection, heat and freezing devices. Your pest control operator will choose the best approach for your particular situation.

Please note:
• Bedbug infestations are extremely hard to treat, and repeat applications may be needed.
• Between treatments, keep monitoring the situation to control ongoing infestations and prevent future ones.
• Always follow the pesticide label directions to protect yourself and maximize how well the product works.
• Never use, or allow anyone else to use, a pesticide indoors that is meant for outdoor use. Using the wrong pesticide or using it incorrectly to treat bedbugs can make you, your family, and your pets sick. It can also make your home unsafe to live in - and may not solve the bedbug problem. 

Your best option is to seek outside, trained professionals to properly eliminate the infestation. The kind of trained professionals you'll find with Hygienitech™.


Health Risks

Health Risks

Recent studies have determined that an alarming number of harmful germs exist in your sleeping environment, including Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These two contaminants in particular were found in 50% of mattresses and are major triggers of sickness and diarhoea. These statistics were based on 154 mattresses that were tested in hospitals and other institutional type multi-bed facilities. Leading experts have concluded that you would have a much higher reading in hotel and resort mattresses, as well as mattresses found in private homes due to the less sanitary nature of the surrounding environment.

The reason for the testing was to determine how effective the decontamination of the bed was once the occupant had been moved, using a commercial grade of disinfectant spray.

The study results suggest that the usual disinfection procedures, instead of diminishing the number of microbes, merely displace them from one part of the mattress to another. The number of microorganisms remains the same.

The good news is that the Hygienitech™ process is a totally "green," no-chemical, no-moisture process that is capable of destroying all impurities found in a mattress. This is only possible by sanitizing both the surface and the inside of the mattress by combining a UV-C Germicidal lamp with a powerful extraction device.

Indoor air quality also plays a big part in people's overall well-being and health. Pollen, animal-related allergens, dust mites and mite excrement are also a danger to asthma and hay fever sufferers, causing great discomfort. The fine dust that we breathe in while sleeping in our beds each night can disrupt an intended peaceful night's rest, trigger allergic reactions or result in symptoms such as itchy eyes, a running nose, sneezing, scratchy or irritated throat, headaches, fatigue, depression and so on. Many people mistake these symptoms for unavoidable allergic reactions, without realizing that the cause is likely the cleanliness of the environment in which they are sleeping.

We don't like to think that the environment we are sleeping in is dirty, however common sense dictates that the mattress serves as a ready and willing depository for organic and inorganic impurities.

In your lifetime your body will have more close contact with your bed than with any other piece of furniture and the simple truth is we all release as much as a pint of sweat each night and our bodies are permanently shedding skin. Adding these to the bacteria that is formed from the other fluids our bodies release and deposit onto the mattress. It makes you wonder why this problem has never been studied and remedied until now.

You now have the choice to sleep in a healthy and sanitized environment in the comfort of your own home and there should be no excuse for you to be sleeping in an accommodation provider's mattress that has not been sanitized by a certified Hygienitech Anti-Allergen Services Provider.


Facts

• Recent studies have shown that exposure to house dust mite allergens is a significant risk factor for the development of allergic diseases, such as asthma and rhinitis (hay fever). According to Dr. Zeldin, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), "Results from an earlier study suggest that over 45% of U.S. homes, or approximately 44 million dwellings, have bedding with dust mite allergen concentrations that exceed a level that has been associated with allergic sensitization. We estimated that 22 million homes have bedding with dust mite allergen concentrations at a level that can trigger asthma in susceptible people. So we were eager to test ways to reduce these troublesome substances."

• According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), dust mites are the #2 cause of allergy problems (topped only by Pollen). There are likely millions of them in your home.

• We shed 10,000 million scales of bacteria laden skin each day, most end up in our mattresses.

• Dust mites produce 200 times it's body weight in excrement during their normal life span.

• Dust mites feast for up to 170 days on our shed skin.

• Dust mites spread rapidly. A female dust mite lays 300 eggs.

• They can live without food for up to a year.

Related Articles
The New England Journal of Medicine


National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


If you, or someone you know, suffers from Asthma, allergies or skin disorders, or you just want to know more about how dangerous Dust mites are, then we hope you find some of the following links useful. They will provide you with the latest information from around the world and each of these in turn leads on to numerous other links, so there is a wealth of information available to you.

Asthma

Eczema & Dermatits

General - Allergies

Dust Mites

Dust Mites

There have been several stories in the news recently about the return of bed bugs, which is rapidly becoming a growing problem throughout North America as well as worldwide. Please note that Hygienitech dealers are equipped to handle bed bug problems and we have a treatment specialist on board to assist you should you encounter a bed bug situation. But first, it's important that you know the difference between a Bed Bug and a Dust Mite.

Dust mites and bed bugs are very different organisms and affect humans in very different ways. Dust mites are present in every room of every home, multi-bed facility such as hotels, dormitories, nursing homes and just about any building.

Bed bugs are not present everywhere, although they are beginning to appear in many places ranging from hotels to college dormitories to hospital wings to homeless shelters to private homes and beyond.

Dust mites are microscopic bugs that primarily live on dead skin cells shed regularly from humans and their pets. They don't carry disease, but they can cause some rather uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous allergic reactions in a growing number of people who are allergic to their feces. Dust mites create even more of a problem for asthmatics and others with severe allergies. A single dust mite produces about 20 waste droppings (feces) each day, each containing a protein to which many people are allergic. Depending on the person and exposure, reactions can range from itchy red eyes, headaches, nasal and sinus problems, scratchy or sore throat, fatigue, depression, to triggering more frequent asthma attacks. And, unlike other types of mites, house dust mites are not parasites since they only eat dead skin.

Bed bugs, on the other hand, are small, wingless insects that are part of the arachnid family that feed solely upon the blood of warm-blooded animals. Bed bugs and their relatives have evolved as nest parasites. Certain kinds inhabit bird nests and bat roosts and await the return of their hosts; others have adapted well to living in the "nests" (homes) of people.

Hatchling bed bugs are about the size of a poppy seed, with adults about a quarter-inch in length. Bed bugs seek out people and animals, generally at night while these hosts are asleep, and painlessly sip a few drops of blood. While feeding, they inject a tiny amount of their saliva into the skin. Repeated exposure to bed bug bites during a period of several weeks or more causes people to become sensitized to the saliva of these bugs; additional bites may then result in mild intense allergic responses. The skin lesion produced by the bite of a bed bug resembles those caused by many other kinds of blood feeding insects, such as mosquitoes and fleas. 

 

Are You Sleeping With The Enemy?

If you or anyone in your family identifies with any of the following allergy related maladies such as Asthma, Eczema, Hay Fever, Bronchitis, Inflammation of the Mucous Membranes, Itchy Red Eyes, Headaches, Sinus Pain, Fatigue, early morning fits of excessive sneezing, even a feeling of depression when you wake up, you may well be sleeping with the enemy. Who is this enemy? He's called a dust mite and we'll spare you trying to remember or even pronounce the scientific name. Dust mites live in household articles, such as furniture and carpets. Millions may inhabit one home, but they are invisible to the human eye. The dust mite feeds on shed dead skin cells. The feces and dead bodies of mites are allergens to susceptible people, causing asthma, rhinitis or dermatitis.

Those ominous things in the picture on the right are the real trouble makers. These little creatures, not visible to the naked eye, and in fact, they're so small that as many as 100 of them could be placed on the head of a pin. And guess where their favorite breeding spot is? Yes, that's right... the mattress. Their ideal home!

Why the mattress? Because it's warm, often moist, cozy, easy to burrow into and full of their favorite food...skin flakes, the skin flakes every human being sheds every day and night of his or her life, no matter what their age, sex or state of health.

And you can't vacuum them away.

FACTS
• We shed 10,000 million scales of bacteria laden skin each day, most end up in our mattresses.
• Dust mites produce 200 times it's body weight in excrement during their normal life span.
• Dust mites feast for up to 170 days on our shed skin.
• Dust mites spread rapidly. A female dust mite lays 300 eggs.
• They can live without food for up to a year.

They're a resiliant bunch and it takes Hygienitech®'s all-natural, chemical-free scientifically proven mattress cleaning and sanitizing process to remove and destroy them. You can find out who you're sleeping with by arranging for a Free, in-home Allergen and Dust Mite Test.


How It Works

How It Works

Hygienitech's® Mattress Cleaning and Sanitizing System is based on a powerful, specially engineered portable cleaning device designed to extract the dust mites and other harmful debris that are deeply embedded in your mattresses and upholstered items.

It doesn't matter how often you change the sheets or even if you've tried vacuuming the mattress yourself, there could be millions of dust mites along with other harmful bacteria and contaminants deeply embedded.

There's only one safe, chemical -free way to clean and sanitize a mattress and upholstered items properly, the Hygienitech ® way. Our equipment is state of the art and our service and support is unparalleled

The Hygienitech Process

The Hygienitech Process

The scientifically proven Hygienitech® Mattress Cleaning and Sanitizing process is an all-natural, chemical-free, dry treatment procedure that effectively removes and destroys dust mites, fungal spores, bacteria and other harmful debris found in all mattresses.

It is a completely non-invasive and totally safe and effective way to disinfect any mattress, regardless of its age, size or style. The process we have developed is merely an extension of the same methods that the medical profession has been using for many years.

Like many medical breakthroughs, Europe has led the way in bringing this safe, chemical-free, dust mite and allergen eliminating process to the people. Europeans have been cleaning and sanitizing mattresses for years. Today, there are thousands of European dealers performing tens of thousands of mattress cleaning and sanitizing services every week. This explains why they don't have(or need) as many Allergy Doctors per capita as you would find in the U.S.A.

While relatively new, through our promotional efforts and the affiliations we are forging with various healthcare organizations, it will not be very long before the entire world recognizes that a clean mattress can make a tremendous difference in the way we feel. When it comes to most common allergies, it's very likely that a dust mite infested mattress is the cause. But you don't have to wait; you can find your local Hygienitech® Service Provider today and begin feeling better tomorrow morning.

Hygienitech Process VS Steam Cleaning

Hygienitech Process Steam Cleaning
• Dry, chemical-free, no toxins
• No drying time required
• No moisture to penetrate mattress
• 72+ hour residual effect to continue destroying allergens
• Safe on all types of mattresses and pillows
• Color safe, no bleaching agents
• Neutralizes odor inducing bacteria
• No need to remove the mattress from the bed
• Completely portable system
• 14-16 minutes application time
• No set up time required
• Wet, steam plus toxic cleaning agents
• Requires 2-3 days for partial, surface drying
• Traps moisture inside the mattress creating an environment that promotes the growth of mold and mildew.
• No residual effect
• Can not be used on memory foam mattress or pillows
• Can induce fading and color variations
• Can result in musty smell coming from inside the mattress
• May damage surrounding areas and box spring
• May require cumbersome truck mounted unit
• 30-40 minute application time
• Equipment set up required