About Atocare
Symptoms
symptoms

  1. Allergy
  2. Headaches
  3. Asthma
  4. Bronchitis
  5. Itchy Red Eyes
  6. Eczema
  7. Fatigue
  8. Depression


About Allergens
allergens

An allergy is a specific reaction of the immune system to normally harmless substances called Allergens. The body mistakenly believes the allergen is harmful and responds to the false alarm by producing an antibody (a disease fighting protein) to attack the invader. We deal with the source of the problem When the allergen encounters the antibody it signals the cell to release powerful inflammatory chemicals like Histamine, cytokines and leukotrienes. These chemicals act on tissues in various parts of the body, such as the respiratory system, and cause the symptoms of allergy. Allergens that cause allergic reactions include pollens, dust particles, dust mites, mold and fungus spores, food or medicines. Millions of people around the world are allergic to "house dust". House dust is a mixture of potentially allergenic materials. Dust mites and their waste products make up a large percentage of the allergic component in house dust. Dust mite symptoms are very similar to pollen allergy symptoms. Dust mites live in beddings, upholstered furniture and carpets. The good news is that dust mites don't bite people. Their diet consists of the 50 million flakes of dead skin that are shed from our bodies each and every day. Inside your home, about 25 Kgs of dust is generated per 1500 square feet per year.


The Problem
problem
Are Dust Mites Making You Sick? They're Living In Your Mattress

More than 300 years later, the dust mite continues to live and thrive in our homes. "Even the cleanest-looking households can harbor a host of invisible allergens..... Dust mites live in mattresses, beddings, pillows, carpets, fabric furniture and stuffed toys.

Depending on the age of a mattress, it may contain between 100,000 and 10,000,000 (10 million) dust mites. 20%-50% of the weight of the average pillow is made up of dust mites. While new homes and furniture are dust free, within a month both are populated with dust mites.

Are Dust Mites Making You Sick? They're Living in Your Mattress

Dust Mites cause Huge Problem in Homes over 45%, about 44 million homes have bedding with dust mite allergen levels associated with the development of allergies..

These organisms are microscopic spider-like creatures that feed on flakes of human skin. We unknowingly shed as many as 50,000,000 flakes of skin a day! That's a healthy diet for a lot of dust mites.

Are Dust Mites Making You Sick? They're Living In Your Mattress

Beds are a prime habitat and we spend about 1/3 of our life sleeping. As mites grow they produce waste that causes allergy symptoms in millions of people. Many people with dust allergy reactions to dust mite particles and waste by producing a substance called Histamine. Histamines cause a wide variety of allergic reactions - allergy headaches, asthma triggers and other symptoms - sending sufferers racing to the drug store and doctor for allergy medications, asthma medications and other prescriptions to stop symptoms..

The house dust mite can actually cause asthma. Even if someone does not currently have any symptoms, reducing exposure to these allergens may reduce the chance of developing allergies and asthma.

WHO DO YOU KNOW THAT HAS ALLERGY SYMPTOMS?

DUST MITES - Not a pleasant subject to think about. We can try to ignore the situation or we can work towards a solution to control the source. At first glance it's easy to enter a state of denial. We did.

"This isn't a problem in our house", we think. "Our house is clean. Those mites are living down the street in the neighbour's house." But in reality the picture of millions of dust mites in the mattress could not be ignored and a solution needed to be found.

JUST TRY NOT to think about dust mites the next time you get into your nice, warm cozy bed


About Dust Mites
dust mites

If you or anyone in your family identifies with any of the following allergy related maladies such as Asthma, Eczema, Bronchitis, Inflammation of the Mucous Membranes, Itchy Red Eyes, Headaches, Sinus Pain, Fatigue, early morning fits or excessive sneezing, even a feeling of depression when you wake up, you may well be sleeping with the enemy.

Who is this enemy? He's called a dust mite and we'll spare you trying to remember or even pronounce the scientific name. Dust mites live in household articles, such as furniture and carpets. Millions may inhabit one home, but they are invisible to the human eye. The dust mite feeds on shed dead skin cells. The faeces and dead bodies of mites are allergens to susceptible people, causing asthma, rhinitis or dermatitis.

Those ominous things in the picture on the right are the real trouble makers. These little creatures, not visible to the naked eye, and in fact, they're so small that as many as 1000 of them could be placed on the head of a pin. And guess where their favorite breeding spot is? Yes, that's right... the mattress. Their ideal home!

Why the mattress? Because it's warm, often moist, cozy, easy to burrow into and full of their favorite food...skin flakes, the skin flakes every human being sheds every day and night of his or her life, no matter what their age, sex or state of health. And you can't vacuum them away. Facts

  1. We shed 10,000 million scales of bacteria laden skin each day, most end up in our mattresses.
  2. Dust mites produce 200 times its body weight in excrement during their normal life span.
  3. Dust mites feast for up to 170 days on our shed skin.
  4. Dust mites spread rapidly. A female dust mite lays 300 eggs.
  5. They can live without food for up to a year.

How It Works
how it works
Spectrum Of Light

UV-C LIGHT is germicidal i.e it deactivates the DNA of dust mite, bed bugs, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, thus destroying their ability to multiply and cause disease. Specifically, UV-C light causes damage to the nucleic acid of the microorganisms by forming covalent bonds between certain adjacent bases in the DNA.The formation of such bonds prevent the DNA from being unzipped for replication, and the organism is unable to reproduce. In fact, when the organism tries to replicate, it dies.


Atocare Process
process

The Scientifically proven Atocare Mattress Cleaning and Sanitizing process is an all-natural, chemical-free, dry treatment procedure that effectively removes and destroys dust mites, bed bugs, fungal spores, bacteria and other harmful debris found in the mattress.

It is a completely non-invasive and totally safe and effective way to disinfect any mattress, regardless of its age, size or style. The process we have developed is merely an extension of the same methods that the medical profession has been using for many years.

Korea has led the way in bringing this safe, chemical-free, dust mite and allergen eliminating process to the people.

While relatively new, through our promotional efforts and the affiliations we are forging with various healthcare organizations, it will not be very long before the entire world recognizes that a clean mattress can make a tremendous difference in the way we feel. When it comes to most common allergies, it is very likely that a dust mite infested mattress is the cause.

Atocare VS Steam Cleaning

Atocare

Steam Cleaning

  • Dry, chemical-free, no toxins
  • No drying time required
  • No moisture to penetrate mattress
  • 72+ hour residual effect to continue
    destroying allergens
  • Safe on all types of mattresses and pillows
  • Colour safe, no bleaching agents
  • Neutralizes odour inducing bacteria
  • No need to remove the mattress from the bed
  • Completely portable system
  • 10-12 minutes application time
  • No set up time required
  • Wet,steam plus toxic cleaning agents
  • Requires 2-3 days for partial, surface drying
  • Traps moisture inside the mattress creating an environment that promotes the growth of mold and mildew.
  • No residual effect
  • Can not be used on memory foam mattress or pillows
  • Can induce fading and color variations
  • Can result in musty smell coming from inside the mattress
  • May damage surrounding areas and box spring
  • May require cumbersome truck mounted unit
  • 30-40 minute application time
  • Equipment set up required

Safety Mark
safety mark

The product (Name: ATOCARE; Model Number: EP505 Mama) has been type-tested and considered to be in compliance with the safety requirements of the Standard [IEC 60335-2-2:2002 + A1:2004 and IEC 60335-2-27:2002 + A1:2004 (clause 32.101 only)] and hence registered and entered into the Register of Registered Controlled Goods, (under pursuant to) the Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Regulations 2002. The registration is NOT an endorsement of the quality control system of the manufacturing process.


faqs
faqs
How often should a residential mattress be cleaned and sanitized?

Dust mites thrive on the skin flakes we shed every night. The recommended interval is once every six months. In cases where a person suffers severe allergies or asthma, we recommend servicing the mattress once three months.

Why can't I just vacuum my own mattress?

Traditional household or commercial vacuum cleaners do not have the extraction power to remove the highly resilient dust mites, bed bugs, bacteria, allergy triggering contaminants and other harmful debris that are deeply embedded in the mattress. And, they do not incorporate the all important germ killing UV-C Germicidal lamp, the key to effective disinfection and sterilization. In addition, most standard household vacuums are designed primarily for use on carpets and therefore the stiff bristles embedded in the rotating brush may cause serious damage to the mattress surface as well as other upholstered items

How long does it take to service a mattress?

This depends upon the size of the mattress. For example, a king-sized mattress takes approximately 12 minutes. A queen-sized mattress takes 10 minutes. You may reduce this time for every size reduction from queen-size down.

Will the process of sanitizing a mattress or upholstered item be messy?

The process is completely green and environmentally friendly. There are no liquids or nasty chemicals used in the sanitation process and beds can be remade 10 minutes after the service is completed. Since there are no chemicals or perfumes used, it is not necessary to air out the room.

Do protective mattress covers work?

There have been studies that show them not to work effectively. Also, from our experience, whenever we have tested a mattress with a protective cover, the mattress has always tested positive for contamination. However, if you already have them or you are intending to buy some, then only use them on a brand new mattress or one that has just been cleaned and sterilized by us. If you don't, all you are doing is incubating the contaminants that are already present.

Is Atocare system safe for use on children beddings & toys?

Absolutely. Since there are no chemicals used in the sanitizing process, there's nothing to harm infants or children in any way. In fact, we recommend that the system be used on cribs, young children's mattresses, stuffed toys, blankets, as well as carpets if present in a child's room.

What is UV-C Light?

UV-C is a powerful, highly concentrated form of light in the Ultra Violet spectrum that is classified as Germicidal. This light destroys dust mites and their eggs by literally breaking apart the DNA of all microorganisms. UV-C light also eliminates germs, bacteria, mold, mildew and fungal spores, common viruses and harmful allergens, including Anthrax, H1N1 (Swine Flu), Bird Flu and other potentially dangerous environmental hazards. UV-C light is not harmful to humans and it is widely used to purify drinking water, sterilize medical instruments and used wherever a germ and bacteria-free environment is required.

What has to be done to prepare for servicing a mattress?

Simply remove the linens and any mattress covers that may be present.

Can mattress cleaning and sanitizing cure my allergy?

No, it doesn't offer any cure to pre-existing allergies, but it will help to reduce the severity and frequency of allergy attacks. Many of our customers have found that their particular allergy disappears altogether and the need for regular medication is eliminated. In the case of asthmatics, about 85% of sufferers are allergic to House Dust Mite droppings, so the chance of us helping an asthma sufferer is very high.

How old does a mattress have to be before it is worthwhile cleaning it?

We have found that a new mattress, if used on a regular basis, would benefit from a cleaning and sanitizing after as little as 6-months use.

Can an old mattress be cleaned effectively?

Yes, most definitely. Mattresses that are old will have much higher levels of dust mites and fecal droppings, dead skin, fungal spores, bacteria and germs. This will also apply to hand-me-down ones as well. Our process is extremely effective and will make them clean and fresh again.

Is there such a thing as a dust mite season, as there is with pollen or molds? Are the summer months tougher on people with dust mite allergies because of the higher humidity?

The dust mite season is actually quite erratic. It may be higher in the summer, in many climates because of the warmth and higher humidity. But people who are sensitive to dust mites often will have symptoms all year-round. And in the winter time, when people spend more time indoors and keep windows and doors closed, dust mite particles are often still in the house, and they still can be a problem.

Can exposure to dust mites actually cause the sensitivity, or are your just born allergic to dust mites?

The main area of concern is in very young children growing up in environments where there's high dust mite exposure - or other types of allergen exposure. There is some evidence that if an infant or a young child grows up where there's a high exposure to sensitizing substances, he or she will be more likely to develop allergy problems, asthma or both.



ONLINE BLOGS - DUST MITE
The Online Allergist
The online allergist

1) "Dust mite allergy symtoptoms might include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, as well as itchy eyes, nose and throat."
2) "Can lead to asthma sympthoms such as coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing."
3) "Can also exacerbate the skin irritation and inflamation of eczema, especially in young children.
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Allergy and Asthma Research Programme
Allergy & Asthma NUH

1) "Athma and Allergic diseases are common in Singapore, with up to 20% of schoolchildren with diagnosed asthma."
2) "The house dust mite is undoubtedly the most inportant inhalant allergen ..... and its association with allergic respitory disease.

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Singapore's Dust Mite Fight
sneezywheezy

1) "Singapore is dust mite heaven."
2) "90% of children treated at KK for eczema, allergic rhintis or asthma are allergic to dust mites."
3) "The mite allergy sets off these other conditions."

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Dust Mites! Everthing You Might Not Want To Know!
EHSO

1) "A typical used mattress may have  ..... 10 Million mites inside."
2) "House dust mites, are too small to be visible to the naked eye; they are only 250 to 300 microns in length and have translucent bodies."
3) "They primarily live on dead skin cells regularly shed from humans and their animal pets."

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