Debugging the mattress
I had heard of such services but was not brave enough to try until Healthy Home contacted me on Twitter and offered a demo session to get me to try it out. I have seen enough documentaries and news stories to know that what they advocate is true but none of us want bad news about how DIRTY our mattresses or sofas really are. The very warm and humid temperatures here are a perfect petrie dishes for these dust mites and other micro-organisms.
The whole experience with Healthy Home was quite civilised. It started with an exchange on Twitter. Moved to email for some information. Followed by phone calls to explain the procedure, schedule the appointment.
The team arrived on time. They were clean, courteous and efficient. Showed me a demo on what the process would be and cleaned up after themselves. I asked for an estimate for the other bedroom and the sofa. The charges are reasonable - 350 for a King and 300 for a Queen size mattress, 75 per seat for a sofa - so a two seater and three seater counted as 5. They even brought a mobile credit card machine - so you did not need to have cash lying around. A very useful tool.
I would definitely recommend them and will schedule a full treatment for the house after the summer.