You may have heard that after about ten years, your mattress doubles its weight due to the presence of dust mites and other microbes. While many industry professionals feel that this is an exaggeration (by that logic, a mattress would way four times as much after twenty years, and that’s not the case), they can’t deny that dust mites do multiply in your mattress over the years, and in some cases, they can cause allergic reactions. While only roughly 10% of the population has sensitivities to dust mites, those with asthma can experience far more serious reactions to those tiny pests. That’s why it’s important to keep your mattress and bedding as protected as possible.
Eliminating Dust Mites
While it’s nearly impossible to completely eliminate dust mites from your home, there are some steps you can take to diminish their presence and protect yourself from potential allergic reactions.
- Purchase a mattress pad or protector that is designed to prevent the growth of dust mites and other potentially harmful microbes.
- Wash your bedding linens frequently in water at 60 degrees
- Thoroughly vacuum your mattress frequently.
Preventing With Proper Care
Properly caring for your mattress can not only help you get the most out of your sleep, but it can also improve your health. Typically, your mattress warranty will provide guidelines on proper mattress care. Taking steps to ensure your mattress is clean will greatly diminish the growth and spread of dust mites and other microbes, but unfortunately, many people neglect their mattress and only focus on cleaning the bedding. While it is vitally important to clean and rotate your bedding linens, it’s equally important to keep up the condition of your mattress itself. If you’re concerned about the build-up of dust mites in your mattress over time, then a good rule of thumb is to replace your mattress when the warranty runs out. By that time, the comfort materials of your mattress will likely have worn considerably, so you will probably feel like you need to replace your mattress anyway. Even if you purchase a mattress and mattress protector that resist and prevent dust mites, the best defence against those pesky critters is a clean, well maintained mattress.