Dust-mites need moist environments to thrive. When your bedding is dry, dust-mites are not happy.
Most people with allergies are able to use wool products because it is resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew (which can trigger allergic reactions).
Natural latex is also dust-mite resistant. Pairing latex along with wool as the uppermost layer on our mattress, creates a sleep system that will not retain moisture like other mattresses.
Mold, mildew, bacteria and dust mites love beds as much as we do. Every night we lose about one pint of moisture, and our bodies also shed millions of itsy-bitsy microscopic skin cells. This delightful concoction of "human night-time by-product" lands directly into your mattress. We know that's yucky stuff to hear, but it's true.
The outer and uppermost portion of your sleep system (linens, mattress fabric and comfort layers) will determine whether you provide favorable conditions to these infestations. Conventional polyerethane foam and memory foam, found in most traditional mattresses, trap heat and moisture in the bedding environment, allowing these contaminants to thrive, so if you're using polyester fabrics and synthetic foams, you may be inviting unwanted guests in bed every night.
The good news is there are things you can do so your haven doesn't also become a haven for mold, mildew, bacteria and dust mites.
Above our latex, we use 100% organic cotton, with NO synthetic blends as well as using ONLY wool as the fire barrier (no synthetic fiber there either), all of these ingredients work together to dispel moisture and keep the bedding dry and breathable. This type of environment doesn't allow dust mites, molds and mildews to thrive in abundance like synthetic bedding which traps moisture.
Learn more about synthetic blends by reading:
ORGANIC COTTON STRETCH KNIT FABRIC
THERAPEUTIC PURE WOOL
Natural materials BREATHE - just like we do. It makes sense to build a bed made only from natural materials. Doing this allows moisture to dispel which keeps the bed clean and dry.
OTHER TIPS TO HELP PREVENT DUST MITE ALLERGIES
Our mattresses feature a full zipper to fully remove the top panel of your mattress. Some people who are especially sensitive to dust mites like to occassionaly take this outside for "sunning" to naturally clean the fibers with fresh air and sun.
In addition to warmth and moisture, dust mites need high humidity to thrive. Do your best to keep the humidity levels in your home under 50%. In hot, humid climates, this requires the use of air conditioning and possibly dehumidifiers. In dryer, cooler climates, you may be able to achieve this by opening windows and ensuring good air flow.
Don't overlook your sheets. Be sure your linens are 100% cotton and wash them weekly.