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How to Clean a Mattress: Dust Mites

How To Clean Dust Mites From Your Mattress

If you’ve read our previous blog post on how to clean a mattress, you know that this is an important process to protect your mattress and keep sleeping happy for years to come. It takes time, energy, resources and a good bit of patience. However, removing dust mites from your mattress is a “mite”-ier task altogether. We’re going to give you three simple tips so you can get these pesky bugs out of your mattress once and for all.

What Are Dust Mites Anyway?

Dust mites are incredibly small insects (almost impossible to see with the naked eye) that feed on flakes of shed human skin. And, therefore, known to live wherever there are humans. They are known to live anywhere there is high humidity and a good source of food, making human mattresses and bedding the perfect spot.

Dust mites are a nuisance to humans due to their likelihood of triggering year-round allergies as well as other unpleasant symptoms, such as itchiness, sneezing, wheezing, coughing and watery eyes.

3 Simple Ways To Get Dust Mites Out Of Your Mattress

There are several ways you can get rid of dust mites as well as keep them away once they have been removed.

  1. Baking Soda & A Vacuum

    Similar to removing urine stains from a mattress, baking soda then vacuuming proves to be a potent weapon in the fight against dust mites. Mix a cup of baking soda with a couple of drops of an essential oil of your choice. Then sprinkle the baking soda across the entire top side of the mattress and let it sit for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes are up, vacuum up all of the baking soda from the mattress so that the dust mites are sucked away as well as the baking soda. Flip your mattress and repeat these steps for the other side.

  2. Lowering Your Room’s Humidity

    While this option is a bit less effective as well as possibly more expensive, it is still one way to get rid of the dust mites living amongst your mattress fibers. Dust mites require around 85% humidity to survive in your mattress, so running a dehumidifier can have a positive effect in terms of getting rid of these little buggers. This option can be expensive, as a good humidifier is not cheap, as well as lower humidity being uncomfortable to some people more than others.

  3. Call In A Mattress Cleaning Professional

    If either of the above options listed are not working for you, it is best to bring in an expert to help you rid yourself of these pests. Be sure to ask your specialized mattress cleaner exactly what chemicals they are using to remove the dust mites, as some chemicals can cause adverse reactions based on allergies.

Additional Mattress Cleaning Action For Dust Mites

When working to remove dust mites from your mattress, remember that they can also live in your sheets and pillow as well. Always wash and dry your sheets on the “hot” setting and replace your pillow if it is over two years old. Removable mattress covers can also help to reduce an influx of dust mites, and can be purchased at your local Mattress Firm store. These go over your mattress under your sheets, and are quite effective when it comes to removing the dust mites.

Dust mites are small creatures that become a large problem quickly, so it is best to tackle this problem head on. Clean your sheets and mattress regularly as well as employ some of the other action items listed above. You’ll be bug free in no time and on the way to sleeping healthier, cleaner and better.

About The Author

Craig McAndrews Craig McAndrews is the chief strategy officer for Mattress Firm, spearheading product development and merchandising strategy, both in-store and online. As a regular contributor to The Daily Doze, he shares insights on to how make the mattress buying process a little easier, and what is really important when it comes to selecting your sleep system. Craig’s career in the bedding industry initially began with Sealy’s Stearns & Foster, where he regularly worked with Mattress Firm, giving him the opportunity to witness the company’s special culture first hand. He soon joined the Mattress Firm team as a franchise owner, and played a part in the company’s expansion into Arizona. Since then, Craig has served in a variety of roles for Mattress Firm; and his passion for helping customers “Sleep Happy” and commitment to sharing his extensive industry knowledge with his teammates have garnered the respect and admiration of coworkers and peers alike. Now as chief strategy officer, Craig constantly evaluates all elements of the in-store and online customer experience, while serving as an in-house expert to keep the company focused on its growth strategy. As a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, Craig knows that great leaders need to be great coaches, which is why one of his passion projects is an internal leadership series called “Coaches Corner.” In 2015, Craig received Mattress Firm’s highest employee honor, the Spirit of Life Award, for embodying the spirit of Mattress Firm in his day-to-day life – whether he’s finding a way to deliver a more dynamic guest experience or working alongside the next generation of leaders in the company, he is committed to helping improve lives one relationship at a time. Craig graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He lives in Houston with his wife April and their two sons Ben and Nate. Best Night’s Sleep: With Mattress Firm locations coast to coast, travel is a regular part of Craig’s responsibilities; however, his best nights’ sleep happen at home when he is with his family – and, of course, following a Cowboys win.

2 thoughts on “How to Clean a Mattress: Dust Mites

  1. Michael Stebbins says:

    Wonder how well a small ozone generator does for killing dust mites in an enclosed bedroom for several hours on a once a week basis? People and animals removed during the process, of course.

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