If you have ever had a goose down duvet or a feather pillow that smelled, or you may have felt a little mold, it is likely that the goose down filling has not been cleaned properly at the factory level and you got a lower product.
People are not allergic to goose down and feathers. They are allergic to what remains in goose down and feathers.
People aren’t actually allergic to goose down, goose feathers or goose feathers – that’s what remains on the goose before filling the quilt or pillow that people are allergic to.
This may sound negative, but things like dust mites, hairs, greases and oils are very common in unwashed goose down material. They are those elements that, if not washed out, cause allergies and reactions in some people. These are the elements that cause odors in goose down products.
When goose down material is improperly washed at the factory level and allergies result from some products, most people mistakenly associate allergy as directly related to goose down and feather filling. Since many people are not really aware of these facts, they believe it is the goose down that they are allergic to.
If you’ve ever felt uncomfortable or experienced an allergic reaction to what you think goosebumps are, there are many ways to avoid a future reaction. It all depends on choosing the right product.
I can assure you that you are not allergic to properly cleaned and sterilized goose down materials. When goose down is properly cleaned and sterilized, it becomes “truly hypoallergenic”. This type of goose down has been completely stripped of all allergy-causing materials and has undergone heat treatment to make it completely sterile before being inserted into the quilt or pillow shell.
Another thing to look for are the “down-proofed” shells. The watertight shells do not lose. Nothing enters, nothing exits. When the truly hypoallergenic goose down is placed in a feather-proof shell, you are guaranteed a hypoallergenic product.
Some things to be wary of are the full products that claim to be “disinfected”. There is a difference between the words “sterilized” and “sterilized”.
– Sanitization is a chemical treatment. It can be used in periods when goose down is not cleaned according to truly hypoallergenic standards. By spraying chemical disinfectant on goose down, manufacturers are only masking the problem of allergies, not solving it.
– Sterilization goose down is the result of heat treatment over time. High-end manufacturers wash the goose down so that it is completely free of dust, hair and mites. Then they will heat the goose in massive commercial dryers to temperatures above 120 degrees Celsius. When the goose down has been heated to such temperatures, it is kept there for at least 30 minutes, which ensures the sterilization of the goose down material.
Due to this fundamental difference, sanitized goose down cannot be considered “truly” hypoallergenic goose down and, therefore, is a lower quality product, much cheaper than sterilized goose down.
According to North American standards, there are numerous requirements that a goose down must meet in order to be considered hypoallergenic goose down. The minimum industry standards for turbidity are 500 mm. The best manufacturers in the sector have set their internal turbidity standards at 800 mm to ensure the achievement of a true hypoallergenic goose down material.
In another article, I will explain exactly what “Turbidity” is and how it is calculated. Another cleaning specification I will reveal is the “Oxygen number”. These are two of the largest specifications that determine the quality of cleanliness of the goose down filling material.
As you can see, there are many factors that contribute to the cleanliness and quality of the truly hypoallergenic goose down, and it is extremely important that you are aware of these factors when buying your next luxury goose down duvets, pillows or goose down duvets.
Don’t be fooled by companies that claim that their goose down is hypoallergenic when they don’t free their materials from allergenic substances! Stay informed, live well.