Dust mite covers are used under your regular bedding as a barrier to protect you from dust mites and their allergens that can live in your bedding. These microscopic bedtime allergens can cause you to wake up with a runny nose, congestion, headache or itchy skin. The pore size of the dust mite cover fabric (measured in microns) determines how effectively these allergens will be blocked. Industry standards suggest a pore size below 6 microns. The pore size of our dust mite covers range from 0 to 6 microns. Our experts have reviewed and rated many independently tested dust mite covers for your mattress, box spring, comforter and pillows. From these, we've selected what we feel are the most comfortable and effective dust mite covers in the industry.
Dust Mite Removal, Dust Mite Covers Answers to common questions about dust mites.
Q: What is the difference between dust and dust mites?
Answer: Dust is the accumulation of very fine particulates, the kind that you can sometimes see floating around the air when the light streams through the windows late afternoon. It is not healthy to breathe in dirt. Dust mites are live microscopic creatures which inhabit our bedding, carpets and upholstery. Mites feed on human and animal dander, pollen, fungi and bacteria. The food consumption and development of the mites increases with higher relative humidity (70 to 80%) and common indoor temperatures (75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit). Since you spend up to 1/3 of your life in the bedroom and need a good night's sleep it is essential to take care of the dust mite problem there first! To keep it simple, dust mite proof covers on your bedding cut off their food source. Encase mattresses, box spring, pillows and comforters in non-allergenic tightly woven zippered dust mite covers. Keep your room at a low humidity level[below 50%] and eliminate any dust harboring articles in the room.
Q: How do I really know that I have a problem?
Answer: Here are some of the signs of dust mite allergy: persistently stuffy nose and ears, repeated sneezing on awakening, itchy watery eyes, worsening of symptoms when beds are made, improving symptoms outside the house.
To check for the dust mite level in your rooms before you begin a plan of attack you can use a simple home dust mite test kit to see how bad the problem is.
Q: Will I know the dust mite covers are there when I am in bed?
Answer: Our dust mite covers are comfortable, noiseless and cool. The fabric has a gentle, light-weight finish which provides an effective yet luxurious feel. Our best dust mite covers are cotton choices with small pore sizes[under 10 microns] yet have exceptional breathability that allows air and perspiration to flow through but not the mites or their allergens. These cotton fabric dust mite covers are not hot or sweaty to sleep on! We have evaluated other dust mite covers and found these to be the most comfortable, effective protection you can buy. You won't even know that they are there. We do however offer impermeable, water proof dust mite covers which are useful for children and the elderly.
Q: How do I use dust mite covers?
Answer: The dust mite covers are used to cover your pillows, mattress, mattress pad, box spring and comforter and are underneath your pillow cases, sheets and decorative comforter cover.
Q: How do I know what size of dust mite cover to buy?
Answer: You buy the size that matches the bed that you want to cover (twin, XL twin, queen, etc.) However, we sell the covers in several different depths within these sizes. We sell the mattress covers in three depths: 9 inch (standard) 12 inch (deep - These will fit standard beds as well) and extra deep 15 inch or more mattress encasing sets. We suggest that you measure your mattress height (without sheets) from at least 3 different sides of the mattress including any pillowtop or foam mattress pads if you have them. Buy the dust mite cover set that best fits the mattress size plus topper depth.
Q: Can I put dust mite covers on by myself?
Answer: We suggest that you get someone to help you since putting them on requires that you remove the mattress and box spring from the frame. Put the mattress or box spring up on its end and gently pull the encasing evenly over the width of the mattress. If you try to pull too much on one side it could tear. When you have the cover over the entire mattress or box spring - zip it up and return it to the bed. Click here for further detailed instructions.
Q: Do I have to take them off when I wash my sheets and pillowcases?
Answer: We recommend that you wash your regular bed linens and pillow cases in hot water once a week (130°F/54.4°C). A cooler temperature will not kill the mites. You do not have to remove the mattress and box spring encasings and wash them every week. You can remove the bed linens and vacuum the encasing with a HEPA vacuum or use a vapor steam cleaner over the surface of the mattress.
Q: Are these dust mite covers washable?
Answer: All of our dust mite covers are completely machine washable and can be tumbled dry. Do not use chlorine bleach on them.
Q: What should be on my checklist to reduce dust mite allergens in my bedroom?
1. Encase your mattress, box spring, pillows and comforter in dust mite encasings. Keep humidity below 50%, ideally between 30-40%.
2. Keep your closet door closed. Clothes can harbor dust if the door is left open.
3. Avoid upholstered furniture when possible. Use plastic, leather or wood furniture instead.
4. Remove carpeting when possible or use a low pile carpet or throw rugs on bare floors. Wash throw rugs frequently.
5. Use microfiber for dusting instead of regular mops or cloths.
6. Use light washable curtains, valances and shades or vertical blinds on your windows.
7. Use a high quality air purifier to filter out airborne allergens. Find one that will do the job at low frequency so that you do not have to live with noise of a filter at high speed.
8. Dust and vacuum twice a week using a HEPA vacuum cleaner. This will reduce the small particle dust in the room.
9. Fry them: Use a vapor steam cleaner on your bedding and/or scatter rugs to assist in killing dust mites between washes.
10. Freeze dust mites: Take advantage of the freezing weather. Put pillows, cloth or stuffed toys, any thing that could host dust mites into plastic bags and put them outside in the deep freeze. Yes, the frost kills the mites.
11. Change your air conditioners filters before the season starts.
12. Discourage pets from bedrooms. Mites feed on pet dander as well. (We know this is a tough one but it will make a big difference!)