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#1 of 4 Old 05-23-2008, 09:22 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi, I don't know hoo bad dustmites can be in a 2yr old organic cotton mattress. Someone is selling one locally for 250. Would you get it? The dustmiate encasing is really expensive - 400 or so. So it really adds up to the cost. Thanks for your advice.
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I think if you steamed it with something like a http://www.asseenontv.com/prod-pages...i_steamer.html

I think they even have knock offs....I'm lusting after this if you haven't noticed.
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I'm not saying you shouldn't - but I wouldn't. I have a thing about used mattresses. I think of bedbugs and such, which are hard to get rid off - not sure if a steamer would penetrate the mattress deeeply enough. Anything I can thoroughly wash, I am happy to get used, but not a mattress (and I am by no means a germaphobe or a very clean housekeeper! mattresses are just a thing for me).

eta: all that being said, I really want a steamer and now I'm totally lusting after the one linked above!!)

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Yeah, I probably would, if I could see that it was clean, and came from a pet/smoke-free home. Because dustmites are a fact of life with natural fibers, I wouldn't worry about two years worth-- would you replace a two-year-old mattress of your own because of dustmites? And around here we don't have to worry about begbugs (yet. shudder).

The thing I would NOT do is steam it. Moisture ruins futons, clumping the cotton fibers together and making them permanently lumpy.

Gotta say, I love the post-consumer gray market, and feel like it's just the most ethical (not to mention cheapest) place to get almost anything!

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