How To Keep Dust Mites Out Of Your Mattress


Dust Mite Allergy Bed CoversHow to keep dust mites out of your mattress is something we get calls about everyday and all allergy sufferers want answered. It can be unbearable to wake up every morning with itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose and wheezing, all of it caused by the waste products left by mites.

Unfortunately for us, the main food source for mites is the dead skin cells we are constantly shedding. That leaves mites to congregate in areas where these skin cells are most commonly found, our mattresses and bedding. In fact, a single mattress can have up to 1,000,000 mites living on and in it at any one time.

That may seem like an impossible foe to battle, but it’s not the case. Keep dust mites out of your mattress can actually be easier than you think. The key is staying one step ahead of the mites and making conditions less than ideal for them. That means keeping surfaces clean and preventing the mites from burrowing into fabrics in the first place.

Vacuuming your old mattress and box spring is a good first step to remove built up mites especially if it has never been covered. It will not remove them from the inside of the mattress no matter what some companies will tell you. There is not a vacuum out there that can suck the mites out of a 9" mattress much less a 18" one. Be sure to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to control the spread of allergens.

You should also wash all of your bedding in water that is hotter than 130 degrees Fahrenheit at least once a weak. This will kill off any existing mites and their eggs. Some people do not want to use hot water which is fine. We carry a couple of products thay work great in cold and warm water. You can also spray your mattress and pillows with a tannic acid solution to deactivate the substance contained in mite waste that triggers allergies.

All of these are good precautions but the only definitive solution to keep dust mites out of your mattress is a special allergy bed covers. These are covers that cover the entire mattress, box spring and pillows and effectively act as a barrier, preventing any mites from reaching you and keeping any new mites from taking up residence in your bed.

Dust mites are impossible to see and can multiply rapidly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fight them. By taking the simple steps described here, you can make your bed a safe haven again. That way you’ll be able to rest easy and wake up allergy free, which is the perfect way to start any day!

Wishing you the best of health

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