You’re cleaning your bed wrong – experts say there may be 1m bugs in bedding

You’re cleaning your bed wrong – experts say there may be 1m bugs in bedding

June 21, 2023

Cleaning is a tiresome job – and changing the beds can be a bit of a pain.

But you may want to make sure you clean your sheets more often, as there could be millions of bugs sleeping with you.

With summer in full swing, bed and cleaning experts have said many pests may be lurking in your bed in their droves.

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The average bed may contain up to one million dust mites as they thrive in warm, damp settings.

Summer is the optimal time to overhaul your cleaning routine, give your bed a deep clean and say goodbye to dust mites.

Leading bed retailer Bensons for Beds claim 40% of us don’t clean our mattresses as often as we should, which may mean you're sleeping with a lot of bugs.

Feasting on old, dead skin cells, dust mites are more likely to settle in beds that are not cleaned often enough.

In fact, the average Brit spends over seven hours sleeping per night, which is seven hours for dead skin cells, sweat and dust to amass in the warmth of your mattress.

If we take that over six months it equates to approximately 1,260 hours – 52 whole days – that the debris has to accumulate.

Speaking in collaboration with Bensons for Beds, Akshay Vijayan, Head of Strategic Projects and Technical at McKLords who manufacture Bensons’ BedGuard kit and dust mite inhibitor said: "On average, a female dust mite can lay between 25 and 50 eggs a week.

"That equates to around one million dust mites in one bed alone."

"While it might not be a problem that is in plain sight, dust mites cause a host of issues when it comes to your overall health and wellbeing," he continued.

"Unlike pet allergens, dust mite allergens – mainly from eggs and excrement droppings, quickly settle deep within your bedding, mattresses and upholstered furniture.

"Breathing in these droppings is so easy when there is so much of it and the long-term effect to this exposure is detrimental.

"The good news is there are easy ways to remove and prevent dust mite infestations in your home including investing in a BedGuard kit, cleaning your bedding more regularly, investing in machine washable bedding and installing a mattress protector."

For more tips on how to get rid of dust mites or advice on how to clean your mattress visit the Bensons for Beds Sleep Hub.

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