When last did you clean your mattress?

Jou kombers en My matras en Daar lê die ding

No we are not marching to Pretoria to impeach the President but this interesting new service has recently started up in St Francis which considering the fact that so many properties are rented out to holidaymakers over the holiday seaons one would think this would be an essential service.

A mattress is considered old if it has been in use for two years. In six months there may be two million dust mites and their faeces.  A six month-old pillow can harbour up to a third of its weight in mites, their faeces, dead skin and other bugs.

A really scary thought so maybe it is something every household in St Francis should think about, especially those are regularly rented out as well the many bed & breakfasts and other accommodation facilities. Maybe it is something the hospitality grading council needs to consider when awarding star gradings to accommodation establishmnents and would certainly be a marketing benefit to those who regularly have their beds and beddings treated.

The following is adverotrial but certainly makes a lot of sense.

House dust mites

House dust mites are scavengers that have lived on earth for 23 million years. They live in colonies in nest sites of warm blooded animals such as rats, birds, and humans. Adult house dust mites are so tiny they can sit on top of a pin and they lay eggs at an alarming rate. To help the colony survive the mite has evolved a clever way to recycle hard-to-digest food. Powerful enzymes, placed in mite droppings, act to break down leftover scraps, dead skin cells, animal hair, mould, bacteria and fungi turning them into nourishment. The mite considers its dropping as food. These digestive enzymes play a role in causing allergies and disease in many of us, in that they have the ability to kill delicate defence cells, enter the body and continue the journey using the bloodstream. House dust mites do not bite, what they do is far more sinister.

Children are recognised as the most vulnerable group to suffer from mite related allergic diseases. Not only because they spend more time in bed asleep (a favourite mite home) but because they are unable to identify allergy symptoms nor can they understand the need for solutions.

An important part of managing allergies from house dust mite like allergic asthma, rhinitis and eczema is education. Sufferers can use simple remedies such as eliminating bed dust mites from their sleeping area to vastly improve their condition.  Commonly 95% of  mites are found within 1.5 cm of the top of the mattress.

UV-C Light

It has been known by scientists for years, that one of the most effective air purifiers is natural sunlight’s ultra violet (UV) rays. Not the light we see when we look out the window, but the invisible “C” band, ultraviolet rays that make up part of the sun’s light spectrum. The sun’s UV-C rays act as a natural outdoor air purification system, inhibiting the growth and reproduction of dust mites, bacteria, viruses, fungi & moulds. However, this natural process does not occur indoors. The fresh UV concentrated cleaner uses UV-C rays to bring the power of the sun indoors, specifically to the mattress, a natural home to the mite. The UV-C light’s germicidal power replicates the natural outdoor purification system of the sun by destroying the allergy- and disease-causing microbes living and multiplying on and below the surface of your mattress. Used in combination with a powerful, HEPA filtered extraction device, it is the most effective way to eliminate the health risks the dust mite and bacteria represent.

UV disinfection has been determined to be adequate for inactivating bacteria and viruses. The germicidal effects of UV light cause photochemical damage to DNA and RNA within microorganisms. UVC disinfection is used worldwide and there are thousands of references to its efficacy and actual application in the literature.

The fresh UV concentrated cleaner system is 100% dry and 100% free of harmful chemicals. Our sanitising process on mattresses and pillows takes around 5 minutes to eliminate all germs, bacteria, dust mites and bed bugs. The deep cleaning process takes around 20 minutes per mattress and base. You will have peace of mind with a sanitised, hygienic and allergen-free sleep space.

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King of the Kromme

Matt Boumann – King of the Kromme 2016

The podium - King of the Kromme

From left – Bevan Manson. Matt Boumann, Richard Arderne & Josie Williams – Photo by Jane Arderne

The wind certainly did it’s very best to spoil this annual paddling event and no doubt it dissuaded several paddlers from competing in either the 22 kilometre or the shorter 12 kilometre event but those who did brave the wind deserve great applause. The stiff breeze, no it wasn’t a breeze one spectator commented, “it’s a howling bloody gale’!

After the start and moving to the Cove to see how the paddlers were fairing it was indeed an event that required not only commitment but a whole heap of tenacity and courage for nothing can be more disheartening when paddling with all one’s ability that one finds themselves actually going backwards rather than forward. Certainly some paddlers pulled out after being unable to beat the elements but even to them, well done for even trying.

Richard arderne

Richard Arderne – winner of the 12Km event

The 12K event saw the sponsor’s (Pam Golding Properties) Richard Arderne come in in first place with 13 year old (nearly 14 he told us – don’t rush it son, age catches you up quickly enough) Graydon Mitchley. Fantastic race young man!

Graydon Mitchley

13 year old Graydon Mitchley

The main race saw Matt Boumann crowned King of the Kromme ahead of Bevan Manson with Josie Williams in third. Great racing to all three of you and indeed the rest of the field who completed this gruelling challenge.

The event started and finished at St Francis Bay Paddling Club’s new headquarters based adjacent the new Quaysyde Restaurant in Sea Glades drive and what a great facility for not only the paddlers, but indeed for spectators too.


King of the Kromme 2016 - Matt Boumann

King of the Kromme 2016 – Matt Boumann

More photo’s from the event and a video of the start at the bottom of this post

Jpsie Williams at King of the Kromme

Josie Williams – third in the 22 Kilometre King of the Kromme

Having visited Quaysyde on a previous occasion we, St Francis Today, gave a rather critical review of the restaurant, not from a dining point of view but rather from a first impression. Well changes seem to have been made and it was a vast improvement this time around. Gone is the scruffy, barefoot manager who showed no interest in serving customers in spite of the restaurant being almost empty. Attitude can have a huge bearing on how something is perceived and this time the attitude was friendly, inviting and even our criticism of the menu seemed unfounded for it seems to suit the ‘vibe’. Service was crisp, attentive without being intrusive and unlike so many St Francis restaurants; we didn’t need to stand on the table to attract the waitress to bring the bill.

We shall be back and certainly support their efforts in securing a liquor license for it certainly is an upmarket facility and we doubt management is about to allow it to become a rowdy hangout. Oh and the menu well maybe because the waitresses seemed enthusiastic the menu seemed more inviting. There is something for everyone including for the kids but it seems fish dishes need to be added for those who enjoy their food harvested from the sea.

Three men in a boat - King of the Kromme

Three men in a boat

King of the Kromme

First Double home in the 12K – Well done Stephanie Ernsten and Candy Pelterburg

All hail the King

Matt Boumann and Stephanie Ernsten -

King of the Kromme Matt Boumann all 2.08 m or 6’8″ with Stephanie Ernsten. – Photo thanks to Nevil Hulett

A great day in spite of the wind!