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A 'hooverable' matress
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VacuMatress has an inbuilt vacuum cleaner socket, thereby enabling the removal of dust from inside the matress! Great for dust-mite allergy sufferers!
ilawrow, May 03 2001

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       I didn't think dust *inside* the mattress was usually a problem.
egnor, May 03 2001

       What's up with you and hoover vacuum cleaners, are you some sort of vacuum salesman ilawrow?
salmon, May 03 2001

       Doubles in weight over 10 years? OMG. Ask Stan the Gadget Man (Yes-the one from TV in 70s and 80s) what he thinks. He is an avid collector of vacuum cleaners.
thumbwax, May 03 2001

       Salmon: "Hoover" seems to be a generic name for 'vacuum cleaner' in Rightpondia...
StarChaser, May 04 2001

       maybe just a hole on the side of the mattress that would allow you to suck all the dust out through a series of air ducts with your ordinary household vaccume attatchment.
plasticornflake, Feb 13 2003

       You can get dust-mite resistant matresses already. I am not sure whether they're 100% effective and whether it's worth cleaning out the inside of a matress. A problem with your design is that unless you have an airbed (or a waterbed for that matter) the matress would act as a big filter and a powerful vacuum would be ineffective at drawing dust out of the matress. It might even pull surface dirt deeper into the matress.   

       One solution could be to have a totally hermetically sealed matress. The existing springs and padding would remain. There could be (an) expansion pocket(s) on the bottom/sides to allow the matress to function normally.   

       Your idea does have merit, but in a different application. Airbeds are awful to sleep on, but compact for storage. If you had an airbed-type liner with a modified conventional spring-and-filler-type fller, you could make a mattress that feels (almost) as good as a conventional-type, but stores easily, because instead of inflating it with a pump, you deflate it with a vaccuum. It's like those space-saver vacuum storage bags for winter clothing. There's also an added bonus that you can control how hard or soft the matress is by partially deflating it.
FloridaManatee, Feb 13 2003

       I find taking it out with your built up steam or aggression by beating the mattress with a cricket bat usually works fine.
skinflaps, Feb 13 2003

       //built up steam //   

       Aha! I know it's not what you meant, but steam cleaning of a mattress - now there's an idea worth marketing. It could sterilise the mattress to a reasonable depth.   

       An alternative is gamma-irradiation, but that'll definately require professional help.
FloridaManatee, Feb 14 2003


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