To help decrease the amount of dust mites, encase mattresses, box springs, and pillows with mite-proof covers. Additional methods consist of washing bedding once a week in hot water, and dusting with a wet cloth once a week. Carpets can be a significant source of dust mites and should be vacuumed weekly with a vacuum cleaner containing a HEPA filter. Switching to wooden and leather furniture is another way to reduce the dust mite population in the home.
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