Collection: Mattresses

Latex mattresses are often recommended for people with dust mite allergies because they are naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites.

Dust mite free mattress - all your questions answered

How do I protect my mattress from dust mites?

  1. Use Dust Mite Covers: Encase your mattress, box spring, duvet and pillows in dust mite-proof covers. These covers are made of tightly woven fabric that prevents dust mites from entering or exiting.
  2. Wash Bedding Regularly: Wash all bedding (sheets, pillowcases, and blankets) in hot water (at least 55°C) weekly. This temperature is high enough to kill dust mites. If the bedding can't be washed in hot water, using a dryer at a similar temperature for around 15 minutes can also be effective.
  3. Maintain Low Humidity: Dust mites thrive in high humidity. Keep the humidity in your bedroom and home below 50% using air conditioners or dehumidifiers.
  4. Vacuum Regularly: Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to regularly clean the bedroom, especially if you have carpeting. While this may not remove mites deep within the mattress, it can help reduce the overall mite population in the room.
  5. Consider Replacing the Mattress: If your mattress is old and heavily infested, it may be worth considering replacing it. Mattresses tend to accumulate dust mites and their allergens over time.
  6. Minimise Carpeting and Upholstered Furniture: Dust mites can live in carpeting and furniture as well. If possible, replace carpeting with hard flooring and minimise the amount of upholstered furniture to reduce dust mite habitats.
  7. Use Air Purifiers: While air purifiers won’t remove dust mites directly from the mattress, they can help reduce airborne allergens, including those from dust mites.
  8. Regular Sunlight Exposure: If possible, expose your mattress to direct sunlight periodically. Sunlight can help kill dust mites, although it's not always practical for everyone.
  9. Freeze Non-Washable Items: For small items that cannot be washed, consider placing them in a plastic bag and freezing them for 24 hours to kill dust mites.

Why you need a mattress protector

  1. Allergy Management: If you suffer from allergies, especially due to dust mites, a dust mite mattress protector can help by creating a barrier between you and allergens.
  2. Hygiene and Cleanliness: A mattress protector keeps your mattress clean by protecting it from spills, stains, sweat, and bodily fluids. It's much easier to wash a protector than to clean a mattress.
  3. Bed Bug Prevention: Some protectors are designed to keep bed bugs away, providing an additional layer of defense against these pests.
  4. Prolonging Mattress Life: By shielding your mattress from dust, spills, and wear, a protector can extend its lifespan, maintaining its quality and comfort for a longer period.
  5. Comfort: Some mattress protectors come with additional padding, offering an extra layer of comfort.

Will a mattress protector stop dust mites in an used mattress?

Research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology discovered that dust mite covers significantly alleviate allergy symptoms in asthmatic children. These mattress covers act as an effective shield, stopping dust mites by forming a barrier between the sleeper and the mites, especially when designed to be allergen-resistant.

What are the standard mattress sizes in Australia?

  • Single: 92 cm x 188 cm (approximately 36 in x 74 in)
  • King Single: 106 cm x 203 cm (approximately 42 in x 80 in)
  • Double: 138 cm x 188 cm (approximately 54 in x 74 in)
  • Queen: 153 cm x 203 cm (approximately 60 in x 80 in)
  • King: 183 cm x 203 cm (approximately 72 in x 80 in)
  • Super King: 203 cm x 203 cm (approximately 80 in x 80 in)

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