After a long day, the last thing you want to do is crawl onto a mattress that may be teaming with dust mites. Dust mites are very small arachnids that feed on skin cells and over a 1-year period, a mattress can double its weight because of dust mites and skin cells that fall into it while you sleep. If you are not very good at keeping up with your hygiene or cleaning, dust mites can become so prevalent that they might start producing allergies. It’s almost impossible to remove all the dust mites in a home but a combination of methods should be enough to get rid of dust mite problems.
Eliminating Dust Mites in Your Bed
To eliminate dust mites from your mattress you will need to remove all the bedding from the beds in your home as this is the most likely spot to have concentrated amounts of dust mites. All the bedding that you are able to wash should be done so in hot water, over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. This should include pillow covers, mattress pads and comforters. If items are too large you may need to take them to a laundromat. Experiencing severe issues with dust mites will require you to wash your bedding in hot water more often. Use the hottest setting that the fabric allows to dry the bedding in a hot dryer as it will do a good job at killing any dust mites that were able to survive the wash cycle. Pillow that are 6 months to 2 years old may need to be thrown away. When a pillow reaches 2 years of age, 10-15% of its weight is dust mite waste. It’s a good idea to buy pillows and comforters that can be cleaned in your washer and dryer and cover your mattress, mattress pad and pillows with allergenic covers. Plastic ones are the best as dust mites can’t live in plastic.
Hire a Professional Mattress Steam Cleaning Company
Proper cleaning and professional steam cleaning can prolong the life of your mattress. Vacuum it regularly using a powerful vacuum with an attachment to completely vacuum out any loose dirt and debris that may be on your bed. Take your mattress out of the frame or off the platform to expose as much of it to the air as possible to keep it from getting too wet. Use short bursts of steam rather than long consistent delivery to avoid over soaking the mattress and don’t forget the sides because doing so may allow lingering odors to remain. The mattress needs to dry completely and this may be the most important part of the process. If it remains moist, it can lead to mold and mildew that will make things worse. Turn on ceiling fans and add some floor fans to the room to speed up the process.
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Most beds are home to millions of microscopic dust mites. It’s hard to believe that the big, bulky bedroom necessity is one of the easiest-to-clean items in your home. You should do it twice a year and when you’re ready to have it professionally steam cleaned, give Steam Magic Carpet Cleaning a call.