Reducing dust mites in the home
Dust mites are microscopic relatives of the spider that live on mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, carpets and curtains.
No matter how clean a home is, dust mites cannot be totally eliminated. However, the number of mites can be reduced.
Floors & Walls:
- Vacuum regularly. Stay out of the vacuumed area for 20 minutes to allow any dust and allergens to settle.
- Replace carpet with a solid surface such as hardwood tile or linoleum, if you can. This can eliminate 90% of dust mites. If you must have carpet, get low pile, not shag.
- Regularly wash or dry clean throw rugs.
- Replace window coverings with washable curtains or mini-blinds.
- Encase your mattress and pillows in dust-proof or allergen impermeable covers.
- Wash all bedding and blankets once a week in hot water (at least 130 - 140°F). Non-washable bedding can be frozen overnight to kill dust mites.
- Replace wool or feathered bedding with synthetic materials.
- Make sure any stuffed animals are washable.
- For waterbeds: Regularly wash the mattress pad.
- Keep humidity below 50% throughout the home by using a dehumidifier or air conditioning.
- Use a damp mop or rag to remove dust. Don’t use a dry cloth since this stirs up mite allergens.
- Place HEPA filters on the furnace to decrease the total number of house dust mites.