Allergy Mattress Covers: A Primer
An allergy mattress cover
is a specially designed cover that encases your mattress and keeps common allergens
, like dust mites, contained inside the mattress. These covers are different from regular mattress pads in that they envelop the entire mattress rather than just fitting over the top. The design ensures that allergens
donít escape the cover.Allergy mattress covers
are made from special fabrics with very tight weaves that prevent even the smallest particles from coming through. They encase the mattress, closing tightly with a zipper. Some covers have a urethane barrier called a membrane that blocks the allergens
. These are also waterproof, making them a good choice for childrenís beds.
The covers are a necessity for people who suffer from allergies and wake up with a stuffy nose and other symptoms. Dust mites are allergens
that live in bedding, and breathing them in overnight can cause allergy symptoms and poor sleep. Protecting yourself from exposure to dust mites can greatly improve your quality of life. They fit tightly on the bed so you can top them with your regular sheets.
To keep your mattress cover working properly and in good shape, it will need to be removed from the bed and laundered about four times a year. It should be washed in warm or hot water and dried on the gentle or low dryer cycle.
In addition to mattress covers, allergy pillow covers are also available, and will add an extra layer of protection to those with dust mite allergens