Dust mite removal in the bedroom can eliminate uncomfortable symptoms of dust allergies that plague many people. Even though mites can inhabit just about any place in a home, the bedroom is the number one area in which they thrive.
Often, people find that they still feel sick, irritated and never seem to get a good night’s rest, even when they think they have taken care of dust problems.
Here’s 4 important tips to help you actually remove dust mites from your sleep space.
Tips to Eliminate Dust Mites
Tip #1 – Choose a Dust Mite Resistant Mattress and Pillow
The two products that are more often filled with dust mites are conventional mattresses and pillows. No matter how often you may vacuum this type of bedding, over 90% of these organisms will remain because they burrow deep into the fibers of the bedding.
Also, since people spend several hours a night sleeping, it’s natural that the most amount of human skin flakes are deposited in their mattresses and pillows.
Easily millions of dust mites make mattresses their favorite place to live even when you may think you have a seemingly very clean bed.
You can do one of two things that will ensure a dust mite proof mattress and pillow.
• Use a natural organic latex mattress – A natural latex mattress is made from pure latex that is naturally resistant to dust mites because the dense material makes it virtually impossible for them to live in the fiber cells. There is no chemical treatment involved and you can be assured of a really healthy mattress.
• Encase mattress and pillow in a dust proof, zippered cover – There are many types of mattress and pillow encasings you can use. Some are made of vinyl, but some people do not like the way plastic or vinyl feels or smells when they sleep on it.
There are also 100% cotton barrier encasings that are made from very tightly woven fabric that makes it almost impossible for mites to burrow through the material.
There are other impermeable dust mite barriers that are made from various materials as well.
Tip #2 – Maintain Optimum Humidity and Temperature Levels
Dust mites thrive in warm, high humidity environments. If your home has a humidity level over 70%, you may want to consider placing a dehumidifier in your house or bedroom to drop the the daily humidity to below 50%. Dust mites die and cannot thrive in low humidity.
Temperatures of approximately 67 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit are the perfect temperature that welcome dust mites.
Of the two, lowering the humidity to between 30% and 50% can be the most effective in controlling dust mites.
Tip #3 – Wash Bedding Once a Week in Hot Water
Be sure to wash your sheets, covers and pillow cases once a week in hot water that is at least 130° F or hotter. This is necessary to kill dust mites.
Tip # 4 – Other Important Suggestions
The above tips are the most important things to do to relieve dust mite allergy symptom. However, there are several more useful things that can be done, especially for those who suffer from serious allergies.
• Remove or don’t add carpeting to your bedroom floor. Wood floors, linoleum, vinyl, ceramic tile or other smooth surface floors are best. You can add cotton rugs that can be washed regularly. If you do use carpeting, try to use a tightly woven, short nap carpet that doesn’t as easily harbor dust mites.
• Get rid of all other materials that easily harbor dust such as upholstered furniture, curtains, blinds, as well as down filled comforters, blankets and pillows. If you do use curtains, be sure to wash them regularly. Roll-up shades are best.
• Restrict your pets from the bedroom area.
These important steps will insure a better night’s sleep as well as overall better health. It’s also very effective to apply this strategy to your whole house, if you really want to get serious about dust mite removal.