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How to Clean a Mattress: Dust Mites

How To Clean Dust Mites From Your Mattress

If you've read our previous blog post on how to clean a mattress, you know that this is an important process to protect your mattress and keep sleeping happy for years to come. It can take time, energy, resources and a good bit of patience to clean your mattress. However, removing dust mites from your mattress is an even "mite"-ier task altogether as it can be difficult to know how to treat dust mites in mattresses. To make getting rid of them a little bit easier, we're going to give you three simple tips so you can get these pesky bugs out of your mattress once and for all.

What Are Dust Mites Anyway?


Dust mites are incredibly small insects (almost impossible to see with the naked eye) that feed on flakes of shed human skin. And, therefore, known to live wherever there are humans. They are known to live anywhere there is high humidity and a good source of food, making human mattresses and bedding the perfect spot.

Dust mites are a nuisance to humans due to their likelihood of triggering year-round allergies as well as other unpleasant symptoms, such as itchiness, sneezing, wheezing, coughing and watery eyes, so this begs the questions: how do you kill dust mites in a mattress?

3 Simple Ways To Get Dust Mites Out Of Your Mattress

There are several ways you can kill dust mites in a mattress as well as keep them away once they have been removed. Here are our top 3 tips:

  1. Baking Soda & A Vacuum

    Similar to removing urine stains from a mattress, baking soda then vacuuming proves to be a potent weapon in the fight against dust mites. Mix a cup of baking soda with a couple of drops of an essential oil of your choice. Then sprinkle the baking soda across the entire top side of the mattress and let it sit for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes are up, vacuum up all of the baking soda from the mattress so that the dust mites are sucked away as well as the baking soda. Flip your mattress and repeat these steps for the other side.

  2. Lowering Your Room's Humidity

    While this option is a bit less effective as well as possibly more expensive, it is still one way to get rid of the dust mites living amongst your mattress fibers. Dust mites require around 85% humidity to survive in your mattress, so running a dehumidifier can have a positive effect in terms of getting rid of these little buggers. This option can be expensive, as a good humidifier is not cheap, as well as lower humidity being uncomfortable to some people more than others.

  3. Call In A Mattress Cleaning Professional

    If either of the above options listed are not working for you, it is best to bring in an expert to help you rid yourself of these pests. Be sure to ask your specialized mattress cleaner exactly what chemicals they are using to remove the dust mites, as some chemicals can cause adverse reactions based on allergies.

Additional Mattress Cleaning Action For Dust Mites


When working to remove dust mites from your mattress, remember that they can also live in your sheets and pillow as well. Always wash and dry your sheets on the "hot" setting and replace your pillow if it is over two years old. Removable mattress covers can also help to reduce an influx of dust mites and can be purchased at your local Mattress Firm store. These go over your mattress, under your sheets and are quite effective when it comes to removing the dust mites.

Dust mites are small creatures that become a large problem quickly, so it is best to tackle this problem head-on. Clean your sheets and mattress regularly as well as employ some of the other action items listed above. You'll be bug-free in no time and on the way to sleeping healthier, cleaner and better.

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