How To Limit Dust Mites In The Bedroom
The following is a guest contribution from Lisa Smalls:
If you’re looking to squeeze a lot out of your house cleaning time or budget, take a whack at your mattress.
You’ll sleep for roughly a third of your lifetime. Your mattress should last between 7-10 years. If you neglect cleaning it, you’re looking at it your bed doing its job for less than seven years. If you take care of it, it can last more like 10 years.
Why put the effort in to clean a mattress?
Your mattress is a moist, warm, bouncy breeding ground for allergens and bacteria, dust and dust mites, mold and mildew. Each has the power to make you ill, exacerbate asthma and rob you of precious sleep. We haven’t even mentioned the pain and suffering and financial burden of eradicating bed bugs.
Keep in mind that, during its life inside of your house, your mattress will absorb copious amounts of sweat, blood, tears, urine, bacteria and dust before you replace it. Just the thought of all that growing right where you put your face every night should motivate you to clean it regularly. Your sleep surface needs and deserves the cleaning attention and care you give the rest of your home.
Take these steps to keep your mattress fresh, as well as critter and feces-free over the long haul.
Air it out daily.
Dust mites, bacteria and mold love warm and moist places. They feed off of it. Airing your mattress out will release odors and dry it out. You might get even better results if you open a window and the blinds to let clean air and sunshine do some of the heavy lifting for you.
Wash and change your sheets once per week.
This is an important step for everyone, especially if you’re allergic to dust mites. Failing to change and clean your sheets could trigger all the allergy symptoms: cough, sneezing, runny nose, Itchy, red or watery eyes, stuffy nose, Itchy nose, mouth or throat that you should be trying to avoid.
Make sure you wash with hot water, which will kill allergens, and dry thoroughly. Regular cleaning will also keep dead skin and dust, which dust mites feed on, from weighing down your bedding. Cleaning with warm enough water is important. Check the laundry instructions on your sheets, pillows, blankets and comforters.
Vacuum the mattress whenever you do the rest of the house.
The average adult will shed 1.5 grams skin every day and dust mites feed off of whatever sneaks into a warm, moist atmosphere inside of your mattress. By the way, 1.5 grams of dead skin will feed 1 million dust mites. Best to suck up the dead skin and dust as much as one can. You’ll starve out those critters.
Remove stains as soon as possible.
When stains occur on your mattress, for instance, you spill a drink or a pet has left an accident for you, make sure work out those stains immediately. Use a mild soap or detergent clean the surface thoroughly. Make sure to give it plenty of time to dry. To prolong the lifespan and cleanliness of your mattress consider investing in a waterproof mattress protector. This will prevent moisture build up which can lead to mold or pest problems.
If you want to stay healthy, you need good sleep. If you want good sleep, you need the right mattress. If you have the right mattress, why would you not take care of it and clean it properly to prolong its life? It’s a big investment in your home and your own health.