How to Get Rid of Dust Mites in a Mattress

5 Ways to Get Rid of Dust Mites

How To Get Rid Of Dust Mites In Mattress-bed-sheet
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Dust mites are tiny microscopic mites that cause skin irritation, asthma symptoms, stuffy nose, and watery eyes, it’s believed that these mites contribute to or influence allergies. Dust mites feed on dead human skin cells which is why they invade our bedrooms causing many health issues, below we will be looking at steps that can be taken to rid your bedroom and lives of these pesky pests.

1. Use Hot Water to Wash your Bedding

Washing your bedding ( bed sheets) in extremely hot water will bring dust mites under control, high temperatures of about 140 degrees Fahrenheit will help. It’s best to give your bedding a regular weekly washing.

2. Lower the Humidity

Lowering the humidity in your bedroom can also control dust mites, dust mites are attracted to areas that are dark and humid. The use of a dehumidifier or an air purifier will offer help greatly.

3. Vacuum your Mattress

A handheld vacuum is ideal for dust mite control, a vacuum cleaner will suck dust mites out of your mattress.

4. Call a Professional

If you don’t want to take on the task of dust mite control then consider hiring a professional cleaning company that will do the job for you.

5.  Replace Upholstery and Carpet

Carpets and upholstery can be a breathing ground to attracting dust mites if you can consider changing out your carpet with a hard surface floor.

Dust Mite Symptoms

Here are a few signs that dose mites may be affecting your allergies.

  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Skin issues
  • Server asthma attack
  • Sneezing
  • Breathing problems
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

How to Prevent Dust Mites from Living in your Mattress

There is a common saying that “prevention is better than cure” we ought to be proactive, not reactive when it comes to dust mite control, here are some steps to take to prevent dust mites.

Dust Mite Cover: Covering your mattress with plastic will ensure to discourage dust mites.

Stuff Animals: This is an all too common one that I have witnessed so many times and that is a bed that has lots of stuffed animals, even though you may think that it looks so cozy with all of those cute stuffed animals. The sad reality is these animals will attract dust mites, especially if from time to time these stuffed animals make contact with the floor.

The Benefits of a Wood or Bed Frame: Invest in and take advantage of these frame types because dust mites cannot live in these frames.

The Benefits of Using Hot Water: Washing your sheets with hot water every time you do the laundry is so important because the heat will kill them.

The Use of Dust Mite Spray: The use of dust mite spray along with following these other steps mentioned can and will bring dust mite control.

Cleaning Schedule for your Mattress: Cleaning your mattress several times a year will help to bring dust mite control, or even prevent dust mites. I would say give your mattress a cleaning 2 times every 3 months. To accomplish this, use a stiff brush to scrub the seams for bed bugs and their eggs, once that’s done use a vacuum on the bed frame, box spring, footboard, headboard, mattress, and pillows.

A Bonus Point Just for You

Bedding has an expiry date and should be disposed of and replaced, for example after years of being used bedding can become worn and torn.  Pillows, blankets, comforters, toppers, and duvets.

The final word on how to get rid of dust mites in a mattress

It may seem like lots of work but the good news is with the invested time these proven methods will help bring dust mites under control or better yet assist with the prevention of these mites. Go for it, put an end to these mites that have invaded your home making life so uncomfortable for you. You will be so happy with the results as you win the war on dust mites. Be proactive, not reactive because prevention is so much better than cure.


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