Do you struggle to get a good night’s sleep because of allergies? While you may think pollen outside is to blame, the issue could actually be in your own bed.
Mattresses and bedding can be breeding grounds for dust mites. And, while you may not be able to see these tiny bugs, they can have a major impact on your health. So, it’s best to deal with them as soon as possible. To help you, we’ve created this guide on how to get rid of dust mites.
What are dust mites?
Before you start trying to banish all dust mites from your bed, it’s important to understand what they are and why they can be bad for you.
Dust mites are microscopic creatures that feed on flakes of human skin. As such, they are commonly found in homes and beds, where these flakes often build up. Additionally, because dust mites thrive in humidity, they are drawn to mattresses due to the warmth and perspiration.
Why are dust mites bad?
Although dust mites do not bite or burrow into your skin, they can still impact your health. The issue is with their faeces, which features enzymes that can trigger allergic reactions. In turn, this can cause coughing, sneezing, wheezing and watery eyes.
Asthma is also commonly triggered by dust mites, which can lead to potentially dangerous breathing difficulties during the night.
While these symptoms are frustrating on their own, they can also negatively affect your sleep. And, as we all know, not getting enough good-quality sleep can be detrimental to your health and wellbeing.
How to remove dust mites from your mattress
Once in your mattress, dust mites can be notoriously difficult to remove. However, there are ways to reduce their numbers and create a more hygienic and healthy sleeping environment.
Use a dehumidifier
Dust mites require high levels of humidity to survive. So, by lowering the humidity levels in your bedroom, you can create unfavourable conditions for them. Of course, it’s important to note that this method won’t reduce the dust mite faecal matter already in your mattress, so you should use it in conjunction with cleaning.
Vacuum with baking soda
If your mattress has a fabric surface, you can apply baking soda and vacuum it to help remove dust mites. To do so, sprinkle one cup of baking soda mixed with a few drops of essential oil on your mattress and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Then, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to suck it, and dust mites, up.
Use steam cleaning
Steam cleaning can be an excellent way to kill dust mites and their eggs on a deeper level. You can either do the process yourself with a store-bought or hired steam cleaner or pay a professional to do it for you. But, be sure to allow your mattress to dry out afterwards.
Enlist professional help
There are many professional services available that can clean your mattress and kill dust mites for a fee. But, be sure to do your research into the methods they use. Often, the chemicals used to clean a mattress can trigger allergies themselves.
Dust mite prevention
As dust mites can be extremely difficult to remove, prevention is the best course of action. In particular, buying a dust mite-resistant mattress can help you stay healthy and well-rested with ease.
At BedGuard, our high-quality mattresses are waterproof and resistant to dust mites. Thanks to their unique construction and treatment process, they can prevent dust mites from entering and laying eggs inside. Therefore, they make an incredibly hygienic and health-wise choice for allergy sufferers.
Don’t forget your bedding
It’s not just your mattress that can be a haven for dust mites. Your pillow, doona and bedding can all also house these bugs. To clean them, regularly wash your bedding at a high temperature, which will kill the mites.
At BedGuard, we offer pillow and doona protectors that are waterproof and dust mite-resistant. Thanks to their unique, protective designs, these products can stop dust mites and other solid-borne allergens from entering your pillow and doona.
No matter which method you choose, it’s essential to deal with the dust mites in your mattress. Thankfully, once you get rid of them, you’ll be able to get a better night’s sleep that isn’t filled with sneezes and coughs.
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