Understanding Processes and Treatments
A number of Sensitive Choice® approved products are approved (in part) because the products contain certain treatments or attributes. Following is a brief overview of some of these.
HealthGuard® is an anti-microbial product that can be formulated into various finishes. It works to inhibit a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi, moulds and house dust mites. It acts in two ways: firstly as a repellent that causes mites to move away from treated areas and secondly by inhibiting the growth of food sources such as yeasts, mould and bacteria.
HEPA filters (“High-Efficiency Particulate Air” filters) are high–standard filters that are used in some vacuum cleaners. A HEPA filter removes 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometer from the air that passes through. This is beneficial for people with asthma or allergies because the filter traps the fine particles that trigger asthma and allergy symptoms i.e. pollen and dust mite excretions.
Microban® antimicrobial protection is built-in to products during manufacturing to provide continuous antimicrobial product protection. It helps to prevent the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew.
Ultra-Fresh® is an antimicrobial treatment added during the manufacturing process. It is designed to limit the growth of bacteria and fungi and has been shown to reduce dust mites.