What Are The Best Dust Mite Covers?

We are asked this question several times a week by our customers. I know my first response is usually the  best dust mite covers for you are the dust mite covers you will use. the best dust mite covers are the cover you will use

The reason I say that is because we find people who will got to the expense and effort to buy some dust mite covers and then don’t use them or quit after a short period of time. Just like an air cleaner, you need to keep using them all the time. If not you just wasted your money. So, the first quality that makes it the best dust mite cover is that it will  stay on your bed.

Understand there are mattress covers and there are allergy mattress covers. What is the difference you ask?

A regular mattress cover is designed to protect the mattress from soil and the oils from your skin that can come through the sheets.  In most cases they go on the mattress like a fitted sheet is on the bed to  protect the mattress from you. The dust mite cover is there to protect you from all the allergens that collect in your mattress.

We carry several different styles of covers that not only protect you from dust mite allergens but bedbugs as well.

Are the Best Dust Mite Covers Plastic?

The membrane style mattress cover may be made of cotton, polyester or some sort of cotton/poly blend. The fabric is fused to very sheer layer of urethane that make the fabric allergen-proof and water-proof. This type of cover is great for children’s beds.

Sometimes, people will even put a vinyl cover on the mattress to give water-proof protection.  While this will protect the mattress it is not so great for the person trying to sleep on the mattress. Vinyl makes noise when the sleeper moves or shifts and because water vapor can build up under the cover it makes for hot sleeping.  So unless you need the protection of vinyl, the best dust mite covers that are waterproof are not plastic but membrane-coated.

Do Microweaves Make the Best Dust Mite Covers?

The non-membrane mattress covers are made from special barrier cloth fabrics.  These fabrics can be all cotton (AllergyCare Cotton), all polyester (Pristine Luxury), a blend of cotton and polyester (Allersoft Blend).  The fibers used to make the fabric are so tightly woven that normal household allergens cannot penetrate the allergy mattress cover.  Allergens, such as molds, dust mites, dust mite feces, pollens, and animal allergen coated fur and dander are trapped under the cover.

When you are shopping for your your covers, ask about the average (or mean) pore size.This is the amount of space (measured in microns) that exists between the fibers in the weave. For best protection, find covers with a pore size of 8 microns or less.  The smaller the pore size, the better the protection.

The smallest pore sizes will be found in mattress covers that are made of all polyester. This is because polyester is a strong fiber and can withstand tight weaving.  However, allergy mattress covers that are made from all polyester may feel a slick and might not be as cool as cotton.

Dust mite covers that are made with 100% cotton will have a larger pore size, because cotton is not as strong as polyester and cannot be woven as tightly without the fiber breaking, but will be soft and cool. All cotton covers might not last as many years as the all polyester cover. For those that only want organic products , we do have dust mite covers made with 100% organic cotton.

The Best Dust Mite Covers Have a Zipper

No matter the fabric you pick, make sure it is made with a heavy duty zipper. In some instances (such as adjustable beds or during travel) a zippered mattress cover is not practical and a fitted mattress cover is the only option.

Remember that a good quality mattress cover is an investment that will protect both you and your mattress from allergens for years to come.

Wishing you the best of health

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Do You Need An Allergy Mattress Cover in Winter?

I had what I thought was an odd question earlier this week.  A customer phoned and wanted to know if she should take her allergy proof mattress cover off her bed in the winter.  Perplexed at the question, I had a question for her, “why?”.
It turns out that she thought that if the temperatures were cold, the dust mites would not be a problem since they like warm temperatures. While it is true that dust mites like warm and moist spots (that is why they love your mattress and pillows) the cold isn’t going to get to them unless it is freezing.  I know it has been frigid in some areas these last few days, but even if it is freezing or below outside it isn’t that cold in your house. The bugs in your yard may disappear in winter, but dust mites are a year around problem.
You can keep your temperature at 68 to 72 degrees, but one of the warmest places in the house is going to be your bed when you are in it!  That means you are there as a personal warming device for the dust mites, making sure they don’t get chilly.  So it is crucial to keep your allergy mattress cover on your bed and pillow in winter as well as all other times of the year.
While you might want to take the cover off and wash it a few times a year, it is important that you promptly put it back on the mattress as soon as it is dry.   Once your mattress or pillow cover is zipped up, forget about it and let it get to work protecting you from dust mites and other common household allergens.
Winter, spring, summer or fall, you need your allergy mattress cover for dust mite protection.
Til Next Time!

How to Put a Mattress Cover on the Bed

You asked for it and you got it!  So many people have asked how to put a mattress cover on the bed that we decided to show you how! We’ve got a great video on how to put your dust mite cover on your bed.

A dust mite cover is an essential part of your allergen reduction action plan.  Its a simple thing to zip your mattress up in a mite proof cover but that dust mite cover doesn’t do any good if you don’t put it on your bed!

People have always had questions on the best way to put a dust mite cover on their bed. If you haven’t gone it before, it can seem like a really big job.  But once you know what you are going and you put into action some simple high school physics principles it really isn’t that hard.

That being said, many hands always make light work so grab a friend and ask them to help you put a dust mite cover on the bed.

First, make sure that you remove all bed linens.  Strip the bed of all sheets and blankets.  If you use a mattress pad, it might be a good idea to cover the pad and mattress together.

Next, pull the mattress forward from the foot of the bed about 4  inches or so.  Archimedes said that if he had a place to stand and a strong enough lever, he could move the world.  Well you don’t need to move the earth, but by using the box springs as a lever you can stand your mattress up quite easily.

Once the mattress is standing, put the zippered cover across the top (head) side of the mattress (the head will be closest to the ceiling and then pull it down part of the way.  Drop the mattress back down and zip the mattress up.  It is always better for your dust mite cover to fit loosely than tightly.

After the cover is zipped up, push the mattress back towards the head of the bed so that it rests squarely on the box spring.  You can now make up the bed with clean sheets, blankets, and pillow covers.  You will have a barrier between you and common household allergens, like dust mites, dust mite feces, molds, pollens, and cat and dog dander.

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