Now that you have taken the step to deal with your
allergies, from dust mites and other allergens with special dust mite allergy covers, you need to know how to take
care of your mattress and pillow covers. Don't worry, it really is no hassle.
First of all your
dust mite covers do not need to be washed
before they are put on for the first time unless you just want to. None of the
allergy covers we sell are treated with any antimicrobial products. Some
companies treat their fabrics. Also, there is
also no need to clean your mattress or pillows before you put the covers on. Some of our
customers prefer to vacuum the mattress but it is not necessary. Whatever is in
the bed or pillows will stay there.
The dust mite covers on the mattress only need to be washed once or
twice a year unless something is spilled on them. If the covers are for a child
with dust mite allergies and the child still has accidents every so often then the
mattress covers will need to be washed more
You will wash the pillow covers more often. We
wash ours about ever 4 to 6 weeks. Just take them off and wash them when you
wash your sheets.
Vinyl box spring covers require even less
maintenance, just wipe the cover down
with a damp cloth whenever you flip your mattress. If you are using the SMS
for the box springs there is nothing to do.
Duvet and comforter covers should be washed as
needed. We wash our cover about every 6 to 8 weeks. Once again only when needed.
We also spray our comforter once a month the ADMS spray.
If you have a comforter you sleep with and do not
have a dust mite cover you may
want really want to consider getting one. We found it's cheaper to get a cover than it is
to clean a down or wool comforter. It costs us about $60 to have our wool
Dust Mite Cover Washing
allergy mattress covers, micro
fiber and membrane fabrics, should be washed in water up to 130 degrees. What we
find is that most residential hot water heaters are set around 105 to 110for
Make sure the zipper is partially unzipped before
placing the mattress cover in the washing machine. Do not use any chlorine
bleach or fabric softener when washing the cover. Wash them in hot water on the
gentle or regular cycle. Machine dry with medium heat. No need to iron.
cotton covers have been made to allow for a minimal amount of shrinkage so hot
water will not cause a problem. If you take to a commercial Laundromat do not
use their hot settings.
Personally we use either the Demite laundry additive or
Allersearch anti allergen laundry detergent
when we wash out covers. We prefer to wash in warm or cold and our hot water does not get hot enough
anyway. Plus hot water in
general causes fabric to wear out faster.
When you remove the allergy mattress covers from the
washing machine make sure all the water is out of the cover or you and the floor
may get wet. The membrane fabric covers being water proof may hold water if you
didn't zip it closed.
Tumble dry on a medium setting. If you take them
to a commercial laundry do not dry on high. Some of the dryers get over 140
degrees and that will damage the dust mite cover.
All dust mite covers can be hand washed and hung to dry but
remember anything hung outside will be exposed to dust, pollens and grasses.
sure your allergy covers are completely dry before you put them on your
mattress, pillows or comforter.
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store