How to Get Rid of Dust Mites in Your Mattress
Dust mites live in places of high humidity with a good food source, making our mattresses and bedding the perfect habitat for them. They can trigger allergies and cause other discomfort such as itching, wheezing and coughing, sneezing and watering eyes. There are several ways to rid your bedding of dust mites and also to keep them away once removed.
1. Lower the humidity in your bedroom
To survive in your bedding, dust mites require about 85% humidity to survive, so using a dehumidifier can be effective when it comes to getting rid of these pests. Decent humidifiers are not cheap and lowering humidity can get uncomfortable for some people, but although this method is less effective than others and sometimes more expensive, it is still a good way to remove the dust mites which live in the fibres of your mattress.
2. Use baking soda before vacuuming
Mix a few drops of essential oil with a cup of baking soda. Sprinkle the mixture across the top of the mattress and leave it to sit for fifteen minutes. Then vacuum the baking soda mixture up, so that the dust mites are removed along with it. Turn the mattress over and repeat these steps on the other side. This is a proven defence in the war against dust mites.
3. Get your bedding cleaned professionally
If the above options are not working for you, it is important to get a trained expert to help you with the problem. Check exactly what chemicals are being used by your dedicated mattress cleaner, as some chemicals can make allergies flare up, which will give you a whole new set of problems.
4. Additional ways to remove dust mites from your bedding and mattresses
Dust mites can also live in your pillows and sheets, so always remember to wash and dry your sheets and pillow cases on a hot setting and replace your existing pillows if they are over two years old. You can purchase removable dust mite mattress covers, dust mite mattress protectors, anti dust mite pillows and dust mite pillow covers from your local bedding store, which all help to reduce the build-up of dust mites. These will cover your mattress and pillows and sit under your sheets, making them highly effective when it comes to removing dust mites. If you need an effective mattress cover for dust mites, call Mite Guard. We can assist with dust mite resistant mattress covers and pillow covers, as well as anti dust mite mattresses.
Dust mites may be small in size, but they can cause big problems, so take prevention measures rather than waiting until you have a dust mite problem. Cleaning your bedding regularly and using some of the other suggested methods will ensure that your mattresses and bedding are free of dust mites, which will give you a better, healthier and more hygienic rest.
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