How to Care For Your New Dust Mite Covers
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. It's easy! In general, mattress covers can all be machine washed and dried, just like the rest of your bedding.
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 often.
Here is a video that shows you how easy it is to install your new dust mite and bed bug mattress cover.
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 Instructions
All 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 110 for 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. Why? Bleach is highly caustic. This is how it gets whites so bright. For people with allergies, asthma, or MCS, bleach can sometimes cause more problems than what it's worth. This is mainly due to the fumes that come from bleach. They can trigger reactions, particularly for those with asthma. 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 grasses.
Please make sure your allergy covers are completely dry before you put them on your mattress, pillows or comforter.
Want to 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