Do you know what dust mites are? They are microscopic bugs that are absolutely gross looking, and they survive by eating the dead skin that our bodies shed every day. That means that one of the worst areas we might encounter dust mites is in our beds. Yuck!
Unfortunately, I suffer from seasonal allergies, and I took a three hour class on allergies and asthma, where I learned a lot about dust mites. The instructor had three bedding samples available for us to feel and examine, which were made by National Allergy and Mission Allergy. I was very impressed with the softness and quality of the Mission Allergy brand, and am planning on ordering a bed casing and pillow casing to protect my husband and myself from any possible dust mite allergies.
At the Mission Allergy website, they have two choices in their bedding, the first is their Premium Microfiber line and the second is a cheaper Barrier II line. While the Barrier II products are cheaper, I feel if I am going to start buying specialty products to protect from dust mites, I might as well buy the best, because I don’t plan on buying these casings again for many years.
The Premium Microfiber line is available in pillow encasings and mattress encasings. Our bed is a king size, so we are going to pay some of the highest prices for the supplies we need. The king size version of the mattress encasings cost $143.95, but we don’t have a pillow top mattress. That price is for the standard size of 9″ deep, and the encasings also come in 12″ ($157.90), 15″ ($162.90) and 18″ depths ($168.90). As you can see, each of these steps up in size is also an increase in cost.
The Premium Microfiber pillow encasings run $16.95 for a standard size, $18.95 for queen, and $20.95 for king. Travel, body and Euro sizes are also available.
Prices for the less expensive Barrier II mattress encasings run $95.95 for the 9″ king, and $109.90 for the 12″ deep king sized mattress. The pillow encasings for this version runs $12.95 for the king size.
Box spring encasings are also available, but I am not planning on purchasing these, I feel that the mattress and pillow encasings will be sufficient for our needs. The instructor and a gal in our class also said they didn’t encase the box springs and they noticed a big relief in symptoms from just encasing the mattress and pillows. This is a call that each of us needs to make, and what is right for me is not necessarily right for someone else.
Of the several samples that I held and examined, I felt that the Mission Allergy encasings were of superior quality. I was expecting a plastic case, but these feel soft and plush like a high thread count sheet. Just as the company says, they really are silky soft. The fabric has a very tight weave, with a pore size of 2 microns. This fabric will let air and water vapor pass through (they are “breathable”), but they are too small of a weave to let allergens through, so they block the allergens. The Premium version comes with a lifetime warranty.
To care for the encasings is easier than I thought. They recommend that you wash your sheets and pillow cases every 1-2 weeks in hot water (so I will be buying only white colored sheets from now on, as they are going to fade!), but the casings themselves should not be washed frequently. To care for them properly, you just wipe damp wipe or vacuum once a month to remove any dust that is resting on the surface. They only need to be washed if they become dirty!! Other brands that I looked at needed to be washed regularly, so this is indeed great news for me, it means less work!
Some brands that I looked at suggested using a blue painters tape (which they also sell) to tape the seams of the mattress encasings. This really turned me off! I learned that the Mission Allergy brand does not need to be taped, instead the encasings are designed with interior flaps to prevent allergens from coming through the zipper. They do not need to be taped.
I am so thankful that I learned so much from this class, and that I was able to see first hand what the Mission Allergy Premium Microfiber mattress encasings look like. They feel soft and silky, and look like high end bed linens. I have no doubt that I am purchasing some of the best quality allergen encasings available.