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Bed Bugs ?
on 5 October 2015
This is made of an interesting, non-woven fabric so dense it would almost certainly benefit anybody with allergies or general hygiene concerns. It's good quality, well made and durable with (in my opinion) a delightful "peach-skin" texture, not at all hot or rustly (they do recommend washing it before use). Aside from its protective qualities, it's firmed up and rejuvenated my ageing feather pillow, made it better than new. I'd be happy to have this against my skin, although in the end I put a pillow case over it. Purely for the luxuriousness and the fact that my pillow no longer makes me cough, I immediately ordered a square pillow encasement and the mattress one.
So much for allergies. I couldn't find any objective information regarding its efficacy as a bed bug barrier. No doubt that the fabric is dense enough.The zip does have a substantial baffle at the end to protect case it were to come undone a few notches, although the one I was sent did not have a locking zipper as advertised. But when the seams, which are overlocked but single seamed, are spread apart even gently, there are holes visible where the stitches puncture the dense fabric. I'm not an expert, and I will keep looking for objective test results on this - but my gut feeling is that although this might keep nasties OUT, it would be possible for bed bug nymphs to escape through these tiny holes, so I'm dubious of claims of "encasement".
So I have mixed feelings - as this was bought as a bed bug encasement. If this were not my main concern, I would be absolutely delighted with the quality, feel and luxury. But, sad to say, we do have a case of bed bugs brought in by my mum's agency carers, and I have to evaluate on the basis of that concern. I intend to email the company and ask for their views on this.
One other point regarding bed bugs - this took a relatively long time to dry in a hot dryer (hotter than recommended on the instructions). It didn't seem to suffer from the heat, but in bed bug management the ability to wash and dry quickly and is fairly key (... but, yes, I know you're not supposed to remove encasements in this situation anyway).