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Old 08-26-2010, 11:16 PM
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Mattress Firm says 8 yrs and your mattress is full of skin/dust mites

Have ya'll seen these commercials? They say that after 8 years, your mattress is basically disgustingly full of skin cells and dust mites. It's bad enough that the new mattresses cannot even be flipped over--is this all marketing? Is there any factual research about this? If so, why have mattress companies (for many years), warranted mattresses for 15+ years? My current mattress is 3 years old--and I'm getting really grossed out! Ewwwwww!
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:19 PM
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Your whole house is full of skin cells and dust mites. The dust is the old skin cells. Do you have any idea what is happening in your intestines?
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:55 PM
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They say that after 8 years, your mattress is basically disgustingly full of skin cells and dust mites.
True, though the "disgustingly" is optional.

It's bad enough that the new mattresses cannot even be flipped over--is this all marketing?
If by "marketing" you mean exaggeration, distortion, and deceit, I'd say yes. But what is being claimed here? First we're talking about an 8 year old mattress, then we're talking about a new mattress. And I'm sure the mattress -- old or new -- CAN be flipped over, though some designs have a top and bottom and should not be flipped.

If so, why have mattress companies (for many years), warranted mattresses for 15+ years?
Mattresses are warranted against things like excessive sagging, not against your getting them dirty.

My current mattress is 3 years old--and I'm getting really grossed out! Ewwwwww!
As mentioned above, claiming your mattress has a bunch of dust mites and dead skin cells is like claiming fried chicken is made from DEAD BIRDS! Absolutely true, and absolutely ordinary. Heck, your skin has had a bunch of dust mites and dead skin cells, not to mention bacteria, on it for essentially your whole life. It's not a problem unless you let these advertising jerks make it problem.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:12 AM
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Haven't seen the commercial the OP mentions, but I found these:

"After 8 years, your mattress practically doubles in weight from dead skin, sweat, and millions of dust mites."

"It is estimated that up to 20% of a mattress's weight after 5-7 years of use is dust mite and dust mite fecal matter."

Obviously they can't both be true (translation: at least one is lying big time), but I feel confident saying they're both false (translation: they're both lying big time). And true or not, it's still not a problem.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:17 AM
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Easily fixed with a mattress cover. Although I have to wonder whether the mattress is really "saturated" or if it's just near the surface. Seems like something that could be easily fixed with a vacuum or some kind of spray..
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:19 AM
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The dust is the old skin cells.
And the dead bodies of the skin mites themselves. These are the main irritants for people with allergies and asthma because they are sharp and prickly like pollen grains.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:26 AM
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The dust is the old skin cells.
And the dead bodies of the skin mites themselves. These are the main irritants for people with allergies and asthma because they are sharp and prickly like pollen grains.
Good point. And to a lesser degree, the smaller mites that live on the dust and skin mites.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:32 AM
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:33 AM
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Mattress cover, anyone? Who doesn't put something between the sheets and the mattress? My plain old $400 mattress and boxspring still look new - I bought them in 1995. I've always had a mattress pad and cover on the top and a bedskirt around the boxspring. Considering I launder the cover, yet still needs to be replaced about every 2 years, I can only imagine what the mattress would look like by now if it didn't have that cover on it. Ew.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:44 AM
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If people are making claims about the excess weight added by the dead skin cells and dust mites, that ought to be trivially easy for them to demonstrate, particularly if we're talking about something as substantial as a 20% increase or more. Weigh a bunch of new matresses, weigh a bunch of old matresses, match them up as closely as possible by size and general construction, and hey presto! The old ones should weigh more!

Matress companies and matress salespeople, however, don't seem to have such a very basic study to show the consumer, even when they are making the claim. I think I can guess why.
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:13 AM
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And the dead bodies of the skin mites themselves. These are the main irritants for people with allergies and asthma because they are sharp and prickly like pollen grains.
Good point. And to a lesser degree, the smaller mites that live on the dust and skin mites.
It's mites all the way down, you see.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:00 PM
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Mites live in mattresses,
and have tiny mites to bite 'em;
tiny mites have lesser mites,
and so ad infinitum
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:08 PM
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Mites live in mattresses,
and have tiny mites to bite 'em;
tiny mites have lesser mites,
and so ad infinitum
That's awesome. Is that yours?
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:00 PM
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Mites live in mattresses,
and have tiny mites to bite 'em;
tiny mites have lesser mites,
and so ad infinitum
That's awesome. Is that yours?
It appears to be a paraphrase of Jonathan Swift. Good one thou.

So nat'ralists observe, a flea
Hath smaller fleas that on him prey,
And these have smaller fleas that bite 'em,
And so proceed ad infinitum.
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:05 PM
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Ah, thought that sounded familiar, thanks. I like Nametag's better.
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:00 PM
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Who doesn't put something between the sheets and the mattress?
Me. I've never kept covers on mattresses, although I do put sheets on 'em.

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I can only imagine what the mattress would look like by now if it didn't have that cover on it. Ew.
Ours look fine.
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:33 PM
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A friend of mine once sold very expensive vacuum cleaners door to door. In the morning, everyone would gather, get psyched up with motivational donuts and loud talk, then shuffle out to the vans to be dropped off on a corner and do their thing.

The prime territory for these vacuums, priced upwards of $600, was...wait for it...trailer parks. It was no problem getting in the door once he offered to clean a room for free. And clean he did. Sofas, carpets (trailers almost always have carpet), the little demonstration of how the vacuum head was oh so gentle and would beat the tobacco out of a cigarette without so much as tearing the paper, blah blah.

But the winner, the thing that sealed the deal, was if you could get in the bedroom. He could suck so much crap out of a pillow, then dump it out right in front of you that you would gag. And buy a vacuum. Five easy payment plans, one is right for you. Sign here. Done deal.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:20 PM
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Haven't seen the commercial the OP mentions, but I found these:

"After 8 years, your mattress practically doubles in weight from dead skin, sweat, and millions of dust mites."

"It is estimated that up to 20% of a mattress's weight after 5-7 years of use is dust mite and dust mite fecal matter."

Obviously they can't both be true (translation: at least one is lying big time), but I feel confident saying they're both false (translation: they're both lying big time). And true or not, it's still not a problem.
Since the second claim doesn't include dead skin and sweat, they can both be true.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:26 PM
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That's awesome. Is that yours?
It appears to be a paraphrase of Jonathan Swift. Good one thou.

So nat'ralists observe, a flea
Hath smaller fleas that on him prey,
And these have smaller fleas that bite 'em,
And so proceed ad infinitum.
As I recall, this was a dig at the genus of critics.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:44 PM
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Good point. And to a lesser degree, the smaller mites that live on the dust and skin mites.
It's mites all the way down, you see.
How am I ever to establish a reputation as resident Board wit if people keep stealing my jokes?
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:40 PM
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I' m glad that I live in a time that this is a question or a problem.
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Old 08-28-2010, 09:44 AM
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Mites live in mattresses,
and have tiny mites to bite 'em;
tiny mites have lesser mites,
and so ad infinitum
That's awesome. Is that yours?
It appears to be a paraphrase of Jonathan Swift. Good one thou.

So nat'ralists observe, a flea
Hath smaller fleas that on him prey,
And these have smaller fleas that bite 'em,
And so proceed ad infinitum.
Actually, more due to Augustus de Morgan:
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"Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on,
While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on."
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