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Product Code:
AH-ME9

AllerHealth 9" Deep Mattress Size

  

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   Twin Size - 39" wide x 75" long
   Long Twin Size - 39" wide x 80" long
   Full Size - 54" wide x 75" long
   Queen Size - 60" wide x 80" long
   King Size - 78" wide x 80" long
   California King Size - 72" wide x 84" long

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Features

  • Made for a 9" depth mattress.
  • 100% Polyester fabric for performance and durability.
  • Unique Microweave fabric with exclusive AllerBlock™ Technology provides complete protection against Dust Mites, Bed Bugs and Animal Allergens.
  • No chemical treatments or synthetic membrane coatings are applied to fabric that can cause sensitivities or hot clammy feeling.
  • Breathable and moisture permeable fabric provides cool and dry comfort.
  • Triple Tested and Certified for Fabric Pore Size, Effectiveness and Comfort.
  • The most tested Allergen Barrier available. Air and moisture permeability, fabric, seams and zippers are fully tested.
  • Mean pore size of fabric is 1.01 microns for maximum allergen protection. The lowest in the industry for uncoated barriers.
  • Unnoticeable under your sheets and pillow cases. No crinkle noise like synthetic membrane barriers.
  • Quality construction includes YKK® brand zippers, high strength thread and reinforced stitching wrapped and sealed with an additional layer of allergen blocking fabric.
  • Easy care machine washable, withstands high washing temperatures.
  • Zippers lock in place and won't open unless pulled.
  • Fabric and product are Made in the U.S.A.
  • Lifetime Warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Simply return the product for repair or replacement.
  • Try these barriers for 30 days. If these aren't the highest quality, most comfortable and effective allergen barriers you have ever experienced, just return them for a full refund.

View our Dust Mite Allergen Barrier Buying Guide

About AllerHealth Allergen Barriers

After three years of research, testing and manufacturing adjustments, the AllerHealth™ allergen barrier was introduced to the consumer. Quality construction combined with the finest of materials along with thorough independent laboratory testing assure you that your AllerHealth™ pillow and mattress encasements will deliver many years of effective allergen control. We are so sure no other allergen barrier of this type can compare to the features, performance and quality of construction that each AllerHealth™ pillow and mattress encasement comes with a Lifetime Warranty and is Satisfaction Guaranteed with a 30 day money back return policy.

AllerHeath Dust Mite Allergen Barriers Certified Air and Moisture Permeability Providing Comfort AllerHeath Dust Mite Allergen Barriers Certified for Pore Size AllerHeath Dust Mite Allergen Barriers have Reinforced Seams for Additional Protection and Strength
Pollen, Dust Mites and other Allergens are blocked while Air and Moisture pass right through. Incredibly tight weave blocks even the tiniest Allergen particles from passing through. Stitching is wrapped and sealed by an additional layer of Allergen blocking fabric to further prevent the passage of Allergen particles and provide seam strength.

AllerHealth Independent Third Party Testing

AllerHealth™ Allergen Barriers are the most laboratory tested Allergen Barriers available. We believe that no single allergen barrier test by itself will indicate the quality and effectiveness of a pillow or mattress encasement due to the variability of fabrics and construction of the finished product. For example a fabric can have a low pore size which is good, but have poor air/moisture permeability making the product uncomfortable. A product's fabric can test well, but seam and zipper construction may be poor and lead to reduced effectiveness and durability. When evaluating an Allergen Barrier, look for products that are tested in multiple ways as an indicator of high performance.

AllerHealthTriple Laboratory Tested

AllerHeath Dust Mite Allergen Barriers Certified For Pore Size, Effectiveness and Comfort

AllerHeath Dust Mite Allergen Barriers Certified For Pore Size, Effectiveness and Comfort

AllerHeath Dust Mite Allergen Barriers Certified For Pore Size, Effectiveness and Comfort

Fabric Pore Size

Effectiveness

Comfort

Fabric Pore Size Analysis

Test Facility

Porous Materials Analytical Services Division
20 Dutch Mill Rd.
Ithaca, NY  14850
Ph: 607 257-4267

Test Description

Porous Materials Capillary Flow Porometer for Pore Size Fabric Testing

The pore size of a fabric is the measurement of the air space between the fibers of the fabric or in the case of a membrane type barrier, perforations in a material. A very specialized piece of equipment is used for this type of test. A wetting liquid is used to fill the fabric pores and a pressurized gas is then used to displace the liquid. The gas pressure and flow rates through wet and dry samples are accurately measured. From the measured gas pressure and flow rates, the pore diameters and distribution can be calculated.

Test Results

Sample

Mean Flow Pore Size

AllerHealth™ 100% Polyester

1.01 microns

These results were measured in accordance with ASTM E-1294

Reference: 1 micron = 0.00003937007874 inch

Pore Size Test Result Summary

According to the study by JW Vaughan et al (JACI 1999; 103:227-231) Evaluation of materials used for bedding encasements: Effect of pore size in blocking cat and dust mite allergen, dust mite allergens were blocked below detectable limits by fabrics less than 10 microns in pore size and cat allergen was blocked by fabrics with an average pore size of 6 microns. Because of this finding, many allergen barrier manufacturers make claims to the effectiveness of their product as an allergen barrier if they test below 10 microns. However, cat allergens range in size from 1-20 microns and dust mite allergens can breakdown with movement to become smaller particles than 10 microns. Lower pore size will provide better protection, but the product needs good air and moisture permeability to be comfortable. AllerHealth™ Allergen Barriers have the lowest tested average pore size available in a non-membrane product to provide superior protection with excellent air and moisture permeability for comfort.

Use Simulation Test

Test Facility

IBT Reference Laboratory
11274 Renner Boulevard
Lenexa, KS  66219
Ph: 913 492-2224

Test Description

IBT Laboratories Use Simulation Test

A reference dust material containing a known quantity of allergen is loaded into one side of the special dual chamber apparatus as reported by JH Ransom and JF Halsey (JACI 1996 97:223) Allergen transfer chamber: A new method for testing allergen barriers. The fabric material to be tested is inserted between the empty container and the dust sample container. The area between the vials two vials is 1.13 cm2. Two 1/8” steel bearings are added to the allergen dust sample vial to simulate the pressure of normal use. The dual chamber device is rotated 25 rotations per minute for 18 hours at room temperature. The 1/8" steel balls move back and forth in the dust chamber and impact the fabric. At the conclusion of the testing period, the amount of allergen transferred across the fabric barrier to the other chamber is then determined by a sensitive immunoassay method (ELISA). The transfer experiment is set up in duplicate and each run includes positive and negative controls. With the use simulation method, the limit of detection is 0.313 ng (nanograms) of Der fl (dust mite allergen).

Test Results

Sample

Allergen Tested

Allergen Transferred

AllerHealth™ 100% Polyester

Der f1

<0.313 ng (below detection limit)

Control Fabric

Der f1

4.3 ng

Reference
Der f1 = Dust Mite Allergen (size ranges from 10- 40 microns)
ng = nanogram
1 nanogram = 0.0000000000035 ounces

Use Simulation Test Result Summary

Statement from IBT Laboratories - "When the results of the Use Simulation Test for a fabric are less than 0.313 ng Allergen transferred, it can be concluded that the fabric being tested is an effective barrier to dust mite allergen transfer." AllerHealth™ Allergen Barriers have met the standard for certification as an allergen barrier product per the Use Simulation Test. Results show no detectable Dust Mite Allergen was detected by the test.

Air Flow Panel

Test Facility

IBT Reference Laboratory
11274 Renner Boulevard
Lenexa, KS  66219
Ph: 913 492-2224

Test Description

Air Flow Panel Test Apparatus for Allergen Barrier

This method uses an apparatus to test allergen barrier properties of fabrics based on the design reported by JW Vaughan et al (JACI 1999; 103:227-231) Evaluation of materials used for bedding encasements: Effect of pore size in blocking cat and dust mite allergen. Airflow measurements were calibrated against a fabric control with know airflow rate. This design uses controlled air pressure to force the allergen dust sample through the fabric barrier. Five hundred milligrams of a dust sample with known amounts of the indicated allergens were pulled across each fabric. A filter cassette mounted downstream from the fabric collects any allergen that is able to penetrate the fabric being tested. These filters are then extracted and the resulting extracts are assayed the following day with a sensitive ELISA.

Test Results

Sample

Allergen Tested

Area Tested

Allergen Transferred

AllerHealth™ 100% Polyester

Der f1

Fabric

<1.30 ng (below detection limit)

AllerHealth™ 100% Polyester

Fel d1

Fabric

<0.31 ng (below detection limit)

AllerHealth™ 100% Polyester

Der f1

Seam

<1.30 ng (below detection limit)

AllerHealth™ 100% Polyester

Fel d1

Seam

<0.31 ng (below detection limit)

AllerHealth™ 100% Polyester

Der f1

Zipper

<1.30 ng (below detection limit)

AllerHealth™ 100% Polyester

Fel d1

Zipper

<0.31 ng (below detection limit)

Control Fabric

Der f1

Fabric

32.1 ng

Control Fabric

Fel d1

Fabric

1604.4 ng

Reference
Der f1 = Dust Mite Allergen (size ranges from 10- 40 microns)
Fel d1 = Cat Allergen (size ranges from 1- 20 microns)
ng = nanogram
1 nanogram = 0.0000000000035 ounces

Air Flow Panel Test Result Summary

Statement from IBT Laboratories- "When the results of the Air Flow Test for a fabric are less than 0.31 ng detected for Fel d1 and 1.3 ng detected for Der f1, it can be concluded that the fabric being tested is a highly effective barrier to Fel D1 and Der f1 allergen transfer. It is difficult for non-membrane fabrics to have negative results for both Der f1 (Dust Mite allergen) and especially Fel d1 (Feline allergen) as it is a smaller allergen protein than Der f1. If low measurable amounts of Der f1 (<1.3 ng) and Fel d1 (<5.0 ng) are detected, it can be concluded that the fabric tested is an effective barrier to both Cat and Dust Mite allergen."

AllerHealth™ Allergen Barriers have been tested for Fabric, Seams and Zippers. In each instance, no detectable Dust Mite and the smaller Cat allergen were detected. As IBT Laboratories has stated, "it is difficult for non membrane fabrics to have negative results for both Der f1 and especially Fel d1", but the AllerHealth™ Allergen Barrier has done it!

Skin Model Testing

Test Facility

Hohenstein Institute
Schloss Hohenstein
74357 Bönnigheim
Germany
ph: +497143271
http://www.hohenstein.de/

Test Description

Skin Model Testing For Allergen Barrier Comfort

This analysis takes the air and moisture permeability testing to another level to determine if the allergen barrier fabric will provide human comfort when used. The Hohenstein Skin Model simulates the way the skin emits heat and moisture. It consists of a sintered, porous metal plate that can be warmed electrically and to which water is supplied. It is located in a climate-chamber, a space where the most diverse environmental conditions can be simulated. Temperature, humidity and the movement of air can be set as desired. For substances and fabrics, measurements taken using the skin model supply specific parameters such as, for example, thermal insulation and moisture transport resistance, a measure for "breathability," perspiration transport and sweat buffering, and drying time, etc. These parameters characterize the thermo-physiological quality of textile materials. The Skin Model is based on significant research and has lead to the formation of international standards ISO 11092 and EN 31092.

Test Results

Sample

Test Rating

AllerHealth™ 100% Polyester

Very Good

Reference
Test conditions according to DIN EN 31092 or to ISO 11092.
Test result was based on the mean value of 6 single measurements with three different specimen items of the sample.

Skin Model Test Result Summary

Statement from Hohenstein Institute - "Generally, from a physiological point of view a textile has to be judged the better, the lower its water vapor resistance Ret, and consequently the higher its water vapor permeability, because thus the better the possible evaporation of moisture (sweat) from the wearer's or sleeper's body. Fundamental tests have shown that for the judgment of the physiological quality of barrier textiles for encasings, tight to dust, the following criteria can be applied"

  • Very Good

  • Good

  • Acceptable

  • Not Sufficient

AllerHealth™ Allergen Barriers have obtained the highest category rating of "Very Good" in the Skin Model Test. Along with effectiveness testing, this product can demonstrate that it will be comfortable to use. Allergen barriers have to be both effective and comfortable to provide maximum benefit to the user.

Quality Product Details

 
AllerHealth Dust Mite Mattress Pillow Allergen Allergy Barrier Encasement Cover
AllerHealth Dust Mite Mattress Pillow Allergen Allergy Barrier Encasement Cover AllerHealth Dust Mite Mattress Pillow Allergen Allergy Barrier Encasement Cover

AllerHealth™ Allergen Barriers are have many quality details. Unique zipper construction provides for more comfort in pillow encasements and helps provide advanced "through the Zipper" protection. YKK Zipper coil and Zipper pulls are used and are considered the best in the industry. Locking Zippers prevent the Zipper from opening during use and movement, Zippers only open when pulled. Zipper openings have a backing Allergen barrier flap to provide further "through the Zipper" protection. All seams are reinforced for strength and Allergen protection. Stitching has a high stitch per inch count and use high strength thread that is sewn in a way that won't unravel and come loose should one stitch break. Pillows have a full length zipper cover to make the zipper imperceptible against your head. Mattresses have a closed Zipper pocket to keep the metal zipper concealed when closed and keep it from touching the bed sheets. 

Washing Instructions

It is not necessary to wash your Allergen Barriers every time you wash your bed sheets and pillowcases. Allergen Barriers need to be washed if they get soiled. Bed sheets and pillowcases should be washed once a week in hot water (at least 140°F) to kill dust mites and remove allergens. The Allergen Barrier can be vacuumed with a HEPA vacuum or use a vapor steam cleaner to steam the surface of the Allergen Barrier every time you wash your sheets. Once every 2-4 months is adequate for washing your Allergen Barrier.

AllerHealth™ Allergen Barrier - Machine wash hot. No chlorine bleach, Tumble dry low heat, permanent press cycle, Do not iron, Use no fabric softener. Do not dry clean.

The indoor home environment can contain many allergens from organic and inorganic sources and they can become airborne as particles, vapors and gasses. These allergens can be derived from many sources such as entering from the exterior of the home, the building structure, furnishings, occupants, animals, plants and fungi.

The most common household indoor allergens include:

Dust Mites- These are microscopic creatures related to the spider family.  They are invisible to the human eye and are about 0.3mm in length. They live on human skin flakes and require water vapor to survive.  They are most prevalent in the bedroom where millions can exist in your mattress, boxspring, pillows and comforters. They are also found in upholstered furniture, carpeting and other fabric items. Dust Mites produce 20 or more fecal pellets per day, which is the primary allergen to humans.  We inhale these allergens while sleeping and during periods when these particle become airborne such as when vacuuming and disturbing the infested fabrics.  
 
Molds - Molds are living organisms that proliferate in environments that have warm temperatures and excessive moisture.   These areas include damp basements, drip pans under refrigerators, bathrooms and places where standing water is present such as common humidifiers. Molds release spores into the air in an effort to reproduce and these spores are inhaled and cause allergic reactions.
 
Animal Dander- This is a combination of dead skin cells, saliva and sebaceous gland secretions from animals. Dead skin cells in animals flake off as the skin regenerates itself and saliva from the animal is applied to the skin from self grooming. This animal dander becomes dry and circulates in the air and throughout the house. Inhalation and/or skin contact can cause allergic reactions.
 
Chemical Vapors and Gasses - A variety of chemicals and gasses are present around the home that can trigger allergic reactions. Gasses in tobacco smoke and wood smoke from fireplaces along with vapors from building materials and home furnishings may be present in your indoor environment.   Chemically laden household cleaning products and personal care products may produce gasses and vapors that may result in allergic reactions.
 
House Dust- A mixture of fibers from carpets, furniture and clothing that becomes mixed with sand particles, human skin flakes, food debris, grit and various microorganisms. These particles, both large and small, are inhaled into the lungs where they may become lodged there and cause airway obstruction or allergic reactions that produce restricted breathing

Many common allergic reactions include:

  • Year-long Hay Fever Symptoms.
  • Asthma Development.
  • Chronic Sinusitis.
  • Sneezing
  • Runny, Blocked or Itchy Nose
  • Itchy Palate
  • Asthma attacks.
  • Eczema
  • Headaches
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Wheezing
  • Night Time Cough
 
Some important steps you can take to reduce your allergen exposure in your home include:
  1. Use a central vacuum system (exhausts outside) or portable sealed HEPA Vacuum to prevent allergens from being dispersed into the air.
  2. Encase your bedding with Dust Mite Barriers that prevent their proliferation in an area that you spend 1/3 of your day.
  3. Wash bedding fabrics weekly in hot water (minimum 130° F).
  4. Use surface treatments for Dust Mite Control, Animal Dander Control, Mold Control and Dust Control that will reduce your exposure to these allergens throughout the home.
  5. Don't allow pets in the bedroom.
  6. Reduce your exposure to chemical gasses and vapors with natural ingredient based Household Cleaners and Personal Care Products.
  7. Reduce your exposure to airborne particulates with the use of a portable Air Purification Unit or a central air filtering system.
  8. Increase low moisture levels in the home and prevent the release of mold into the air when using humidifiers by using Germ-Free Humidifiers that kill mold and bacteria before moist air is released into the room.
  9. Remove the build-up of molds and bacteria and clean your home without irritating chemicals with a home Steam Cleaning System. 
  10. Control excess indoor humidity with adequate ventilation and the use of dehumidifiers and air conditioners as necessary.

Product Testing and Buying Advice

There are many types of tests that can be done on allergen barriers. Testing is important to demonstrate to the consumer that the product claims are legitimate and the product has demonstrated it is effective as an allergen barrier. Some companies perform one test to make their claims, while others do multiple tests. We believe that no single allergen barrier test by itself will indicate the quality and effectiveness of a pillow or mattress encasement due to the variability of fabrics and construction of the finished product. For example, a fabric can have a low pore size which is good, but have poor air/moisture permeability making the product uncomfortable. A product's fabric can test well, but seam and zipper construction may be poor and lead to reduced effectiveness and durability. When evaluating an Allergen Barrier, look for products that are tested in multiple ways as an indicator of high performance. More detailed descriptions of Allergen Barrier Testing and a Buying Guide can be found on the AllerHealth Dust Mite Allergen Barrier Testing and Buyers Guide page. Do not buy any Allergen Barrier before reading this information!

 


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