Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

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    We live in an age of international travel and commerce. Unfortunately the movement of people all over the world has also lead to the global spread of bed bugs. We can easily transport bed bugs and their eggs through the movement of our luggage, clothing or bedding. It is therefore unsurprising that some of the most affected places in the UK are hotel rooms. It’s certain the 2012 London Olympics will have a huge impact on the UK bedbug population. For example, following the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the number of cases of reported bed bug infestations in Australia has risen by 15,000 per cent. This is a clear warning to UK hoteliers that necessary precautions must be taken, and unlike the London Olympic Games, imported bed bugs will be here to stay. However innovative Devon based mattress manufacturer Naturalmat have come up with an excellent solution for hoteliers. They have created a clean, healthy, hypoallergenic and most importantly anti bed bug mattress. Naturalmat uses a unique chemical free treatment that is based on Geraniol (citrus) in the final finishing of all its mattress covers. In tests this revolutionary process has proven to eliminate any bed bug that comes into contact with the cover within 72 hours, which will guarantee peace of mind for both the traveller and the hotelier.

    In addition to Naturalmat mattress covers being anti bed bug, the organic West Country wool used within all Naturalmat mattresses is anti dust-mite, anti moth and anti mosquito. This is achieved through a treatment of essential oils including lemon, eucalyptus and lavender, which is added to the lambswool during the scouring process in Devon using water from the River Dart.

    Naturalmat set an excellent example for other mattress manufacturers. They emphasise how important it is to use natural resources and operate a business with minimal environmental impact. These are key consideration behind the creation of every Naturalmat mattress, especially as they are made from sustainable and biodegradable sources, including organic coir, lambswool and cotton.

    Naturalmat mattresses provide superb comfort that is long lasting and numerous hoteliers have called upon them recently. In early 2011 Naturalmat successfully won the contract to manufacture all 686 mattresses for Yotel New York City and all mattresses for Z Hotel Soho. Naturalmat have worked with other high profile clients in the past including the Connaught, Claridges and several boutique hotels. Naturalmat already have a busy 2012 ahead of them but they will be unsurprised if further hoteliers decide to invest in their mattresses prior to the London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Naturalmat Hotel mattresses ensure that guests really do sleep tight and the issue of bed bugs biting them at night is simply one less thing to worry about.

    Daniel Fountain / 31.01.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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