These creatures look like alien invaders from another planet, but millions of them are already here on earth, living in your bedroom. They’re called dust mites, microscopic creatures that thrive in warm, moist surroundings like the insides of a mattress, cushioned sofas, carpets, or pillows. The reason they concentrate on lounging areas is because they feed on the dead skin cells or dander we shed. Humans shed about 10 grams of dead skin a week, and our beds and living room sets contain a high amount of dander from all the time we spend sleeping or watching TV. In fact, a typical bedroom mattress can have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites inside. Ten percent of the weight of a two-year old pillow is probably made up of dead dust mites and their droppings.
Although dust mites are generally harmless to human beings, a large number of mites can cause allergies. One single dust mite can produce 20 waste droppings everyday, and all of their droppings contain a protein that humans are allergic to. Depending on the person’s sensitivity and the amount of exposure, allergic reactions can range from watery eyes to asthma attacks.
To get rid of dust mites and other accumulated dirt, it’s a good idea to have your mattresses, cushions, and pillows deep-cleaned twice a year. Yesterday, we had all of our mattresses and living room set professionally vacuumed for the first time. Want to see just how dirty a mattress can get after years without cleaning?
This is from a mattress that has been with us for over ten years. It gathered so much dirt, the water from the vacuum cleaner turned into mud!
According to the cleaners, the first cleaning is usually the worst because you’re getting rid of years worth of dead mites and dirt. But if you have your mattresses cleaned regularly, you probably won’t see this much dirt.
We called Dust Mite Home Cleaning Services to vacuum our mattresses. A single bed mattress costs P330 to deep-clean while a queen full-sized mattress costs P550. Call them at 434-6738 or 09273299417.