Is the cold foam mattress immune to mites?

Mites are everywhere in the home. They feed on dander and hair and like it warm and humid. Therefore, the bed is the purest paradise for them. Mites also live on cold foam mattresses? Find out here and how you can reduce mites in bed with the right mattress and a few precautionary measures.

What are mites actually?

House dust mites belong to the group of arachnids, are 0.1 to 0.5 mm in size and white. They can hardly be seen with the naked eye. 10% of the population are allergic to house dust mites. However, it is not the mites themselves that trigger the allergy, but their droppings, eggs and remains of dead mites. Anyone who suffers from house mite allergies wants to reduce the number of mites as much as possible, but for hygienic reasons it is also advisable to combat them for those who are not allergic to the small animals. Up to two million mites live in a bed!

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Mites live on cold foam mattresses?

First of all, yes, mites can also spread on cold foam mattresses. When buying a cold foam mattress, it is important to ensure that the mattress breathes well, but this is especially the case with innerspring mattresses. However, high-quality cold foam mattresses are usually allergy-friendly. The following factors lead to this:

  • good breathability
  • removable mattress cover
  • Mattress cover washable at 60 to 90 degrees
  • Encasing

Good breathability

As I said, mites like it warm and humid. Therefore, fewer mites settle in a well-ventilated cold foam mattress, as the heat and moisture are less retained here.

Removable, washable mattress cover

Mites are mainly found where there is most of the food, than in the outermost layer of the cold foam mattress. If this has a mattress cover, most of the mites stay here. So you can pull it off every few months and wash it in the washing machine at the maximum temperature. The mites should not survive temperatures above 60 degrees and the mite excrement and mite residues are removed.


So-called encasings are a particular plus. These are mite-proof mattress covers that prevent the mites from getting inside the mattress.

Reduce mite infestation

No matter what mattress you have, you can significantly reduce the number of mites with a few simple tips:

  • Ventilate your bed every morning
  • Wash the mattress cover every two to three months
  • Turn your mattress over regularly
  • Clean your cold foam mattress professionally once a year
  • Put your mattress outside for a couple of hours in case of severe frost