Topic: Pillows

Moisture Control in Mattresses and Bedding

Moisture control in mattresses and bedding.

Often overlooked by traditional manufacturers, moisture control in mattresses and bedding is probably the most important factor in creating a successful sleep environment.

When we sleep we perspire.  If that moisture remains next to our body we get clammy and hot.  Often to alleviate this issue we will throw off the blankets causing the moisture to evaporate quickly and cooling us so fast we get a chill.  Then we repeat the process over and over destroying any hope of a decent night sleep.

To ensure the comfort of our mattress and bedding products we use two natural fibres – Wool and Alpaca.  I will expand on Alpaca later but first let’s look at why wool is great for moisture control.  Wool will continue to feel dry even when it has absorbed 30% – 50% of its weight in moisture.  Capillary action (wicking) moves the moisture along the fibres and away from your body.  Wool has a very fast drying rate so it releases the moisture that has been drawn away from you into the air keeping you warm and dry; not hot and sweaty.  Alpaca’s fibre is hollow and it works like wool but even better with faster drying and better capillary action.  It does not contain lanolin which we love for its antibacterial and anti-dust mite properties so we use Alpaca in pillows and duvets, blended with 30% to 50% wool.

In closing, research with tell you there are many synthetic wicking fibres on the market today.  They are used in sportswear and some traditional mattresses and show excellent capillary action. Unfortunately tests show they do not offer the quick drying ability of wool and also have the problem of trapping fats and bacteria in the fibre pores resulting in odour.  Most of us have purchased these high tech garments and have been stunned by the seemingly impossible to remove smell after just a few workouts.  Manufacturers combat this problem by adding even more chemicals to combat the odour – something none of us need in our chemical soaked environment.  This is why we have no doubt Wool and Alpaca are the best fibres for moisture control in mattresses and bedding.

New Pillows Arrive at Dormio Organic Beds. Check them out!

Our pillow selection keeps on growing as that elusive perfect pillow is still out there. We have the largest selection of pillows that you have ever seen and yet we are still looking. We want to make sure that whatever you need in a pillow you will be able to find it with us. We have a wide range of organic pillows made from alpaca fibre, wool, cotton, kapok, buckwheat and much more. Choose from carded or knopped wool pillows, shredded or molded latex pillows, alpaca pillows, kapok pillows, buckwheat pillows and then of course we mix the raw materials sometimes to get special feels and supports. Our travel pillow selection now consists of 6 different models ranging from your standard travel pillow to neck rolls to a Dr Bills, with all of the different types of natural fills. We even have pillows that have been designed just for kids. It truly is an amazing selection. We have high loft pillows, medium loft and low loft; we have firm pillows, and soft pillows. Some have zippers allowing you to adjust the height of the pillow, to make it your own. Some have washable covers, while some of the pillows are completely washable. Here are just a few examples of our pillows.

The Premium Organic Alpaca pillows are filled with 70% alpaca fibre, 30% wool and are 100% organic. Known as the greenest animal on the planet, alpacas are raised in natural, organic settings by farmers who are committed to their care and well being. Covered in a silk-like organic cotton, these pillows will make you feel like royalty.

The Dormio Gold latex pillow creates a breathable, cozy rest for your head. The natural ventilation of the latex allows everything to remain breathable for a temperature-controlled environment. 300% more resilient to dust mites and allergens than other foams. The cotton/bamboo blend cover is super soft and machine washable.

The Dormio Kapok pillow offers down like comfort and softness. Naturally hypoallergenic this pillow is great for people with down sensitivities. A side zipper lets you take out or add kapok fill, truly making this your own pillow. Covered in a soft 100% washable cotton cover.

The Dormio Dream Organic Buckwheat Roll Pillow is the perfect size for neck support and very comfortable. Use it as a regular pillow or travel pillow. Unlike fibre-filled pillows, buckwheat hulls shift to contour to the shape of your head and neck. It’s breathable, remaining cool in warm weather and gently wicking moisture and perspiration away. Dust mite repellent.

Come in and choose your new pillow, lie down on our range of organic mattresses and experience each pillow to determine a perfect fit for you. A  We promise you that you will find one that is right just for you and you will be amazed at the huge selection we carry. We at Dormio believe, the pillow is a very crucial aspect in creating the ultimate sleep experience and unfortunately consumers are not placing as much emphasis on choosing one as is needed. To assist our customers, the Dormio staff is here to help you find the perfect pillow. If you are looking for organic pillows to complement our range of organic mattresses, be it known, we are providing clients in Toronto and all over Ontario a healthier sleeping experience. Come visit out showroom today, and find out what a healthier sleep really means.

Is your pillow making you sick?

We spend all night with our faces pressed against them, but your pillow could be a fungi breeding ground.

As we drift off to sleep, few of us spend much time considering the mites and fungus that inhabit our pillows, but they can have serious health implications.

Feather pillows used for periods ranging from a few months up to 20 years have an average of more than a million fungal spores in each pillow.

The most common variety, Aspergillus fumigatus, has the potential to cause disease in people with serious pre-existing conditions, such as transplant patients or those recently hospitalised.

People with asthma or sinusitis should take note they spend each night lying close to a potentially large source of fungi. Most moulds produce millions of spores that are easily airborne. When breathed in, they can cause a range of respiratory disorders, not just in people with asthma.

Adding to the potential problem are dust mites, tiny creatures related to ticks and spiders that are found all over the house, but especially favour bedding and pillows. The mites themselves are not the issue, but many people are allergic to their droppings.

Both fungi and dust mites thrive in warm, damp conditions. They love the moisture we sweat and use nutrients from our dead skin cells to grow.

Over time, pillows can grow quite a complex ecosystem.

All this may sound alarming, but the solution is simple. You can never get rid of all mites and fungal spores, but good pillow care will reduce their numbers substantially.

Synthetic pillows should be replaced often or invest in a good quality wool or latex pillow for a much cleaner and natural environment.

Dormio Organic Beds…naturally better

Best selection of natural and organic quality mattresses and bedding in the GTA!



Magniflex Standard Pillow

This is one special pillow…. there’s nothing standard about it.

Embracing and soft, it relaxes the neck and the shoulders.

The design is that of a traditional pillow but only by trying it one discovers that this simple and elegant pillow has nothing to do with your ordinary pillows.

It has an essential shape but the special comfort of the Memoform Magnifoam that is made with the airy foam system, makes it even more anatomical and transparent. The small holes at the centre of the pillow allow for a constant recycle of air at every moment. The transpiration is felt when one comes into contact with the fabric that is removable and washable and completely hygienic.

Buy one and get 50% off the second

Good ’til June 11th

Dormio Organic Beds….naturally better

Best selection of natural and organic quality mattresses and bedding in the Toronto area!


Pillows Continued…Organic Pillows

A good pillow can be just as important as a good mattress in ensuring a restful night’s sleep. There are few other products that you spend as much time with as the pillow. The right pillow can help prevent neck pain, upper back pain and headaches. It makes you more comfortable and can be essential to long-term health. Finding the right pillow can be an adventure. We offer a huge selection. Let us help select the right pillow for you.

Dormio Gold Pillows provide the ultimate in support, comfort and correct neck alignment. Wool knop, or carded wool; shredded latex or solid latex this selection is pure. Our knopped wool filled pillows allow you to remove or add for further adjustment for individual sleeping preferences.

The Dormio Gold Wool Knop Pillow, 100% Pure Wool knop filling with a removable Bamboo / Cotton cover could be the last pillow you ever buy…….

Dormio Gold Wool Knop Plus pillow

Dormio Organic Beds…naturally better

Best selection of natural and organic quality mattresses and bedding in the Toronto area!

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