Couch Encasements(19 posts)
My name is Ken Hippner I am the founder and developer of Sofa Safe. Its a FULL couch encasment for a bed bug infested couch/sofa.
I am here to answer any questions anyone may have about how it works, and its multi purpose use for bed bug removal and containment.
Is this your website?
How has your encasement been tested? Does it keep out 1st instar nymphs?
Do you make one for recliner chairs?
Additional questions: what are your encasements made of?
Is it waterproof plastic/vinyl on the inside but cloth on the outside <like many mattress encasements>? How easily does it tear?
And how do you know the zippers are bb proof? (I'm seconding the 1st instar question above)
Are fabric swatches available?
With mattress encasements, BB sometimes try to get around inside the encasements, but get crushed by the sleeping hosts. With a mattress, that's acceptable, as the encasements is intended yo be used forever and is covered by bedding. With a couch, you'll need to contend with crushed bugs when you decide to remove the encasements. Any ideas to prevent or mitigate this?
Thank you for all the questions.
As for testing. In addition to The Sofa Safe, I also own a pest control company. I set up 18 tests in 18 different homes, (actual customers) with confirmed bed bug infestations. I personally inspected all 18 every 20 days for 6 months. My concern as with all encasements was the zipper and zipper stop. We did not have a single bed bug (at any life-stage) penetrate the encasement. I have contacted Dr. Dini Miller's office/staff to set up testing to confirm my results through her own testing. She is busy, but I'm hoping to have that completed sooner rather then later. We also used Double sided tape (on the outside) along zipper line and around zipper stop to track any activity coming out from the inside, not a single bug was found. It works really well.
Its made of a Polyester material that is fairly comfortable with a water resistant backing. Notice I used water "resistant" I know other encasements say "proof" but in fact that is not the case. I have sold every brand of encasements to my customers AND have tested all of them while developing The Sofa Safe. NONE of them are water PROOF. All of them will leak water through seams under pressure (its VERY slow) none the less NOT water PROOF. So I just want to make that distinction. AND they are all very good encasements for bed bug protection. I should add - if you spill wine on The Sofa Safe its not getting through.
As for tearing, it would take a sharp object to tear The Sofa Safe. Its very durable. But caution should still be exercised - same rules apply to any couch without The Sofa Safe. NO Sharp objects allowed!
Great question about crushed bugs. First I will say: thats a problem with or without The Sofa Safe. Sleeping on a couch and tossing and turning will crush bugs. Also - contrary to popular belief - blood stains are not that difficult to remove. In addition -when we took off The Sofa Safe we found very little movement from the original location of the bed bugs, there was some, but to our surpise we found most dead in the seams, cracks and crevices.
Please remember The Sofa Safe is a temporary "tool" - to be used to stop the spread of bed bugs to and from the couch, AND to kill all live bed bugs inside.
Its comes in one solid color (light tan) we tested patterns, but it is much harder to detect activity with patterns. The inspectors eye is distracted. So we do not have swatches either.
The Sofa Safe is great product, it gets the job done, and its re-usable, which is a nice feature for some homes that have been re-infested.
How do you ensure the feet don't tear through?
Like Mattress encasements, you must inspect for any sharp edges on bed frames etc, you must also perform an inspection on the bottom of a couch. The pest control company or occupant must take action to protect encasement(s) from sharp objects. This is true for any encasement.
Most legs are smooth, but for the few that have sharp edges, we recommend placing either an old blanket or some other barrier between legs and The Sofa Safe. Then zip it closed.
Glad to see you finally made it..Just one question can it with stand my 22 month old jumping on it... she weights 32 lbs.. and is very active...
Thanks cilecto I get behind some days...
Ken. You probably want it breathable, or any moisture inside will fester over the 6-15 months the safe will be used.
Your site shows a light colored cover. Many customers will miss the "actual cover us tan" note, leading to annoyed customers and wasted time for you. I'd reshoot the photos. And, like Lands' End, I'd offer small swatches of the fabric to potential customers, so there are fewer "surprises".
I'd be interested in getting a sample of your product to take a look at and if the initial evaluation goes well, possibly looking at it in the field. Any chance you could PM me or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we could discuss this further.
Although I'm skeptical how an encasement would hold up against the wear and tear a couch receives, I would still love to see it an evaluate it. Skepticism only holds people back from discovering new, worthwhile products.
Let me know.
Thanks for telling us more, Ken.
I hope you will get the product tested soon and look forward to that data.
Please give the dimensions. You know, it may be great for things other than sofas.
...and what's the price?
Thanks again for the feedback and questions.
The Sofa Safe IS totally breathable. All part of the design.
Yes it will take a serious "beating" very durable. Jump Away!!
If you have beg bugs - The Sofa Safe is a great product to stop the spread, save the couch, and kill what's inside.
All sales are through distributors/pest control companies. We no longer sell direct through website.
Anyone who would like to purchase or distribute you can contact me direct.
Not sure if I'm following the rules, but my email is email@example.com
As for color, yes tan pics will be up soon. The white actually renders better online. You can see it better.
But again we are not selling direct to end-user. So Pest companies will be able to describe color or show color to customer.
Pricing varies according to amount purchased. Minimum order is 5.
AAAW man so the commoner like me would have to go through the PCO to get one.. SO who would we contact. You directly to find out who to purchase one from or what.? ALSO I am planning on purchasing a sectional in a few months I may want one just to protect it from these little buggers getting in... Do you make them for these kinda couches ..I haven't decided on a specific one yet..
US Bed Bugs is selling this sofa encasement. You can see photos demonstrating its use and a fabric swatch there.
US Bed Bugs makes the following suggestions:
Important Note: The manufacturer strongly recommends a piece of heavy duty tape (not included) over the end of the zipper once installed in order to secure the end of the zipper. SofaSafe will not be bed bug proof without this step.
Warning: To avoid tears or holes in SofaSafe we recommend that cardboard or padding be placed under feet of sofa (inside cover). Also, pets can cause holes with teeth or nails so pets should be kept off SofaSafe altogether.
In other words, you are placing your sofa inside an encasement which can tear, and it will be useless if there are holes allowing bed bugs in or out. Use great care with any encasement!
We would like to see data showing product tests by an independent entomologist. If you use the Sofa Safe, I would definitely follow those suggestions closely.
Please also see Bedbugger's Disclosure Policy.
I have a question regarding the dimensions.
the usbedbugs website states it is 96w x42l x 40h. My couch (a sectional) is 43 inches high. is there any flexibility to the dimensions, meaning that if I don't fill the entire width, does that give any sort of leeway on the height?
I'd require 2 or 3 due to the dimensions of the sectional I am hoping to cover, so I'd like to know if this will work because I reeeeealy don't want to get bb inside a couch that is less than 4 months old. (or possibly get any more inside than are already there).
I think 43 inches should not be a problem if you are not using the full 96 inches of width. The material is quite soft, although not stretchable, per se. Of course, we can not guarantee the fit without seeing the sofas and the item is not returnable once opened. However, it sounds like it could be a solution for you.
Could this be used for a reclining sofa bed or just for a standard non reclining sofa. Thanks
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