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
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 mattress cover 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 comforter cleaned.
Dust Mite Cover Washing
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 safety reasons.
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.
Our 100% 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
sure your allergy covers are completely dry before you put them on your
mattress, pillows or comforter.
know how to put your mattress cover on the bed? Here is a video that shows you
how easy it is.
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store