Home improvements: How to keep your UAE mattress mite free

This season, try using the power of the sun to ensure your mattress is completely mite-free. Here's how:

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This season, try using the power of the sun to ensure your mattress is completely mite-free.

Allergy sufferers are aware of the potential nightmare of millions of mites, bedbugs and other pests that can colonise your bed.

Mites love the dark and moist environment of your mattress. However, these pests can’t stand sunlight, brightness and low humidity. Is it barbecue weather outside? Then stick your mattress directly in the sunlight.

Strip off the sheets, brush off the mattress and vacuum it thoroughly. Afterwards, put the mattress directly in the sun, typically on a balcony or terrace. After leaving your mattress to roast in the sun for three hours, most of the mites, along with their eggs, won’t feel so much at home there. This procedure should leave the mattress mite-free for a while.

Be warned, however. Latex mattresses should not be exposed to the sun, as the UV rays can damage the material, and overheating may cause warping.

* Courtesy of Helpling.ae a global online platform for on-­demand home services