While I have taken the time to write about a variety of topics over the past few months as they relate to allergy bedding and the benefits of protecting your sleep from the Micro-Toxins that build up naturally in every home regardless of how clean you keep your home. I have had various requests to go into more detail about the specific pore sizes of fabrics which are used in allergy bedding products and how the pore size can affect the performance and benefit the user receives from the product they buy. 

This entry will be the first of many discussing pore size, I will write specifically about MicronOne technology as well as other products on the market and for the first time I will mention brands and their specific claims. 

 

I would like to point out that all of the points that I will make in these posts have been idependantly verified by third party testing laboratories.

Measurements:

Not all companies and brands measure pore size the same way so it is important that you first understand the differences in how most companies describe their product’s pore size and how MicronOne and the family of products which use MicronOne technology differ.

You will find that most if not all allergy bedding products use an Average pore size as a description.  so lets take a quick look at how an average is calculated.  If a piece of barrier fabric is submitted for Average pore size measurement the following occurs.  A small sample area is examined and hundreds of individual pores are measured and the data is collected as a group here is an actual group of measurements from a pillow fabric manufactured by a brand named Allergy Luxe®.

DIFFERENTIAL              
PRESSURE DIAMETER WET FLOW DRY FLOW INCR FILTER PORE AVERAGE
PSI MICRONS L/MIN L/MIN FF% FLOW% DIST DIAMETER
               
0.3183 20.3387 0.00933 3.04 0.307 0.307    
0.5547 11.6718 0.58276 5.043 11.248 11.555 1.2978 16.0053
0.7078 9.1463 1.10521 6.257 6.108 17.663 2.4186 10.4091
0.8809 7.3496 1.88839 7.628 7.092 24.755 3.9469 8.2479
1.0232 6.3275 2.67536 8.728 5.897 30.651 5.7691 6.8385
1.1567 5.5972 3.48168 9.718 5.177 35.828 7.0887 5.9623
1.4072 4.6005 5.10324 11.575 8.262 44.09 8.2898 5.0988
1.5709 4.1211 6.23374 12.788 4.658 48.748 9.7171 4.3608
1.9499 3.3201 8.95692 15.541 8.885 57.633 11.092 3.7206
2.8938 2.2372 15.96103 22.38 13.686 71.319 12.6374 2.7787
3.5311 1.8334 20.89958 26.879 6.435 77.753 15.9367 2.0353
4.4092 1.4683 27.95802 32.73 7.668 85.421 21.0031 1.6509
5.2319 1.2374 34.63414 38.14 5.387 90.809 23.3329 1.3529
6.0301 1.0736 41.02016 43.28 3.97 94.779 24.2357 1.1555
6.6987 0.9665 46.23854 47.53 2.505 97.283 23.3716 1.02
7.4269 0.8717 51.75835 52.159 1.949 99.232 20.5704 0.9191
7.7119 0.8395 53.892 53.97 0.623 99.856 19.3579 0.8556

The above measurements are in microns, there are 160,000 microns accross the face of a penney, a micron is very small; but so are the known allergens that can make you quite ill.

For example, dust mite waste can be as small as 2-3 microns, when compacted it can become even smaller.

Here are the interesting facts about the above data, the largest measured pore in the sample area of the Allergy-Luxe® fabric by London Luxury is 20.33 microns!  that is 10 times larger than dust mite waste, the known allergic trigger which the product claims to be protecting you from! So while the average pore size is 4 microns, you can easily see how that measurement can be quite misleading, in fact 20% or one fith of the entire surface of an Allergy Luxe pillow has pores larger than 10 microns, incapable of protecting your lungs and respirtatory system from most known allergens.

MicronOne technology only describes the largest known pore in its fabric and sets a new standard of clean by creating a surface where no single pore is larger than 1 micron, infinately smaller than the host of known allergens.