FAQ's about AllerGuard
Q: Why should I buy AllerGuard?
A: There is a huge variety in the quality of anti allergy bedding brands. Some are not effective at all. Choose a brand that has been scientifically proven to reduce symptoms caused by dust mite allergy, and scientifically proven to drastically reduce level of dust mites in the bed – i.e. AllerGuard.
Also make sure to choose a brand with a pore size less than 4 micron (not many brands have this). The AllerGuard material captures 99.5% of particles sized 0.4 micron (1 micron=1 millionth of a meter). The allergens from the house dust mite measure between 1 and 4 micron.
Q: How do I know if I have a dust mite allergy?
A: Symptoms range from: sneezing, runny nose, itchy red and watery eyes, nasal congestion, itchy nose mouth or throat, postnasal drip, cough and facial pressure / pain.
We recommend getting tested for dust mite allergy, either a blood test or a skin prick test. We recommend 'Allergy London' – which is run by Adam Fox: Consultant Paediatric Allergist and his colleague Stephen Till: Consultant Adult Allergist.
Q: My child does not have a dust mite allergy but has other allergies, is there any point in buying AllerGuard?
A: Yes. As well as drastically reducing symptoms of allergy and asthma (caused by allergy to the house dust mite) and drastically reducing medicine intake, AllerGuard also prevents other allergies from developing in children.
Q: When choosing anti allergy bedding, shouldn’t I go for a natural material like cotton rather than a synthetic material like AllerGuard?
A: Cotton is generally not woven tightly enough to prevent against dust mites slipping trough – and although AllerGuardis a synthetic material, it is very breathable and has very high moisture permeability plus it has high water absorption. Furthermore, the material is super light so you won’t even feel that it is on the bed. Some allergy bedding is made of plastic or rubber which can be a barrier against the dust mites, however it is not breathable and people find themselves sweating a lot when using these covers. The AllerGuard material has received the Oekotex certification which means it is tested for harmful substances.
Q: Is it enough to just protect my mattress, do I have to protect my pillow and duvet as well?
A: The mattress is the most important part of the bed to protect, as most of the dust mite allergens will be found here – mattresses provide dust mites with the warmth, humidity and food they need for ideal growth. However, your pillow and duvet will contain millions of dust mites too so we recommend protecting these too – especially in case of a severe dust mite allergy. Ideally you should protect all the beds in the house with allergen proof bedding, in particular if you have a child who is likely to use more than one bed in the house.
We have recently launched 'AllerGuard Starter Packs' which includes all items for mattress, duvet and pillow at a reduced price of 20 % off full price and we have introduced free shipping too.
Q: How do I wash my anti allergy bedding and how often?
A: AllerGuard can be washed at 60 Degrees Celsius and can be tumble dried too – this goes for our goose down pillows and duvets too. We recommend washing the protective covers up to 4 times a year and our pillows and duvets up to twice a year.
Q: If colored liquid was spilt on the fabric would it stain?
A: In terms of staining, the material should be treated like any other bedding – it should be washed at 60 degrees straight away and the coloured liquid will come out. If there is a small stain, simply rub it with a damp cloth and let it dry naturally and then there is no need to wash the products in the washing machine again.
Q: I think I am allergic to feather – is it safe to buy AllerGuard Goose down pillows / duvets?
A: People are generally not allergic to the feathers themselves – they are allergic to the dust on the feathers. The goose down used for the AllerGuard pillows and duvets has been specially treated to become hypoallergenic, and the AllerGuard material which surrounds the goose down is so tightly woven that it will ensure that no dust mite allergens will come through to the goose down. Besides that, it is recommended these days to use pillows and duvets with down/feather rather than with synthetic filling. Q: Do I have to replace my mattress, duvet and pillows after buying AllerGuard?
A: You shouldn't have to - only for peace of mind (unless they are very old and damp). Once the AllerGuard covers are on, your bed is protected and dust mites will no longer be able to travel in or outside the bedding.