Dust Mite Proof Mattress Covers
The dust mite proof mattress cover is another first line defence against dust mite allergens. Even if you are washing your bedding every week in hot water, some of your skin cells could be penetrating to the mattress cover, allowing dust mites to flourish there. Mattresses are one of the most common places to find dust mites, second only to your pillow.
Again, you can get a variety of materials to suit your own preferences. Some dust mite covers are all cotton. Others use a variety of new fabrics. More important than the actual fiber used is that the cover is effective and ensures that dust mites are kept to a minimum.
Interestingly, recent research showed that mattress covers that did not cover the bottom of the mattress completely worked about as well as those that did. While it sounds strange, it makes sense. The issue with dust mites is to keep them and their waste away from the air we breathe in. Since you aren't usually sleeping with your head at the foot of the bed, you aren't exposed to any dust mites that might be living there.
So, you are going to look for a dust mite proof mattress cover? Keep in mind that good ones are expensive. To be effective and good value they must be:
- Dustproof. It is not enough if mites can't crawl through. They must keep mite dust in the bedding away from the air. They must enclose the mattress completely.
- Permeable to water vapor. Otherwise sweat can accumulate next to the skin.
- Comfortable to sleep on. Mattress covers should be soft enough for comfort and quiet when you turn over in bed.
- Tough. Cheap non-woven fabric may tear soon and prove poor value.
- Safe for infants and children. There should be no risk of play or other activity causing suffocation.