How To Get Rid Of Dust Mites In A Couch (Dust Free Couch)

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Achieving a dust mite free couch may seem like an impossible feat.  Today I’ll share how to get rid of dust mites in a couch. It all comes down to the type of couch you have.

Is your couch covered in cloth, microfiber, or leather?

If your couch isn’t leather you’ll need to come up with a plan to regularly clean your couch, both inside and out. You might be wondering about couch covers for dust mite, but guess what, unless you make your own you’re out of luck.

I’ve struggled with dust mite allergy for years and I’ve taken steps to remove most dust from my house. But dust is a constant – it keeps on coming!

Hopefully this guide puts you on the right path to a cleaner couch and fewer allergy symptoms!

Getting Rid Of Dust Mites In A Couch: Fabric Matters

The first thing to know about dust mites and couches is the style of couch matters. In other words, is it covered with fabric, with leather, or a synthetic? Let’s take a look at the type of couch you might have.


A cloth covered couch is the most common in America. They are comfy and warm and the cloth is soft on the skin.

But cloth is a major problem when it comes to dust and dust mites. Similar to carpets, cloth-covered couches have a tendency to catch and hold onto dust.

Have you ever sat down on a couch and seen dust erupt from the cushion? Yep, there’s a lot of dust in cloth-covered couches.

The other problem with cloth is it’s porous. There are tiny holes in the weave (so small we can’t see without a microscope) that allow dust to penetrate from the cover into the cushion. The pore space also allows dust mites to freely move between the cloth cover and the cushion.  This means there are more hiding places!

Leather (or synthetic leather)dust free couch - no dust mites in couch

A leather couch is a perfect option for people who have dust mite allergy. Leather or synthetic-covered couches do not catch dust and are really easy to clean.  Just wipe them down with a damp towel.

Leather couches don’t have pore space so dust mites can’t enter and exit the cushions. People with dust mite allergy won’t have to worry about sitting on a dust mite infested couch.

Dust can’t penetrate the covers and get into the cushions so you don’t even have to clean the couch cushions!


You might have heard that microfiber couches don’t have dust mites. The term “microfiber” is broad and most of the microfiber-covered couches can become quite dusty.

They tend to catch dust and their pore space provides more than enough space for dust mites to pass through into couch cushions.

There is a specific type of microfiber that is widely used for mattresses and pillows but those are allergy-grade with tested pore space (usually 3-4 microns).

Although I’ve heard of microfiber couches, I’ve never heard of a “dust mite proof microfiber couch”.  There’s a big difference.

If you have a microfiber couch I’d recommend cleaning it a similar way you’d clean a cloth couch (of course check the washing instructions first).

Cleaning Dust Mites In A Couch: For Cloth and Microfiber

If you have dust mite allergy and you’re unable to switch out your couch for a leather couch you’ll want to wash your cushion covers regularly. Steaming the cushions and drying them in a dry, ventilated place is also wise. Let’s discuss in more detail below.

  • Remove Couch Covers and Wash

Most cushion covers can be removed and washed. This should be done routinely (1-2 per month) for people with dust mite allergy.

To eliminate dust mites and larvae you’ll want to wash them properly (high temperatures or essential oils).

  • Steam Cleaning Or Washing Cushions

Once the cushion covers are off, you can use a steam cleaner to sanitize the cushions. Unfortunately, cushions are usually too big to put in the washing machine. A steam cleaner washes the surface of cushions and uses high temperatures to kill dust mites and larvae.

  • Allow Cushions To Dry Or Air Out In The Sun

If you steam clean the cushions it’s a good idea to put the cushions in the sun to dry them out and discourage dust mites (dust mites like dark, moist hiding places and although sunlight won’t kill them, warm dry temperatures will).

Couch Mites: Protect Yourself

Consider taking steps to protect yourself from dust mites living in your couch. If you don’t have a leather or synthetic couch you can try the following tips:

  • Keep a freshly washed blanket near the couch and put over the couch before sitting down (my niece does this at her house and washes the blanket a few times a week – no more allergy symptoms)
  • Choose to sit on a nearby chair rather than the couch
  • Upgrade! Now you have an excuse to buy a nice leather couch

Is There A Couch Cover For Dust Mites

Couches are made in all sizes and shapes, therefore, it’s impossible to find a dust mite cover for your couch. Your best bet is to use a clean blanket and place it over the couch. Here is an option for a dust mite proof blanket.


Getting rid of dust mites in a couch can be an easy fix with a leather couch, but it can also be a tedious process (cleaning cushion covers). I grew up with cloth couches and experienced itchy skin, fatigue, and chronic cough.

I always sat on our couch and noticed the dust but didn’t realize it was causing my symptoms.

I found out I was allergic to dust mites and one of the first things I did was make an investment in leather couches. They are simple to clean and I don’t have to worry about couch mites.

Sure it cost some money up front but I won’t be buying new couches for another decade.

8 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of Dust Mites In A Couch (Dust Free Couch)”

  1. I live in my car and in the past three weeks have seen little mites come out at night and I have trouble sleeping. I tried your eucalyptus oil, vodka and water recipe but they just keep coming. The only solution I see now is just going up to a cold climate and freezing them. Do you have any other suggestions? I don’t find any website that talks about mites in cars. Not one; I seem to be the only person who has them there!

    • Hi William, thanks for the comment. If you can see the mites then they are definitely NOT dust mites (dust mites can’t be seen unless under a microscope). You might have to use a chemical spray as they are another problem.

  2. we have been fighting some sort of mite in our leather sofa…….. I sit on it for about 15-20 mins and than the itching and biting start… had the house and sofa treated my 3 different companies …. nothing is killing these things…… cant see anything . when they bite you the leaves a red mark on your skin for about 5 mins than if goes away and than later another are gets bitten . we have treated been treated with iverpectin pills 2 times and pythrin cream …….. I WHICH SOMEONE WOULD TELL US THE RIGHT STUFF TO USE TO KILL THEM . iT IS HARD TO KILL A MITE THAT YOU CAN NOT SEE OR IDENTIFY . THANKS FOR ANY HELP

    • If it’s a bite then it’s not dust mites. Dust mites irritate skin, they don’t bite. Bed bugs actually bite you and are a more serious problem (they leave welts).

  3. I have a couch that I love and recently moved from a place with mold. Now I have severe mold, pollen and dust mite allergies. It hasn’t subsided. I’ve been researching Demodex mites and treating that to see if it helps and realized that while my couch probably has Demodex, it’s also probably packed with dust mites. I’m handicapped so it’sa challenge to launder my couch cushions constantly. If I threw out my throw pillows and created an allergen couch cushion covers, could that work? Or would that create an issue by encasing the cushions for long periods of time?? I sew, so I could take a mattress encasing and sew cushion covers for all the couch cushions. But would the pillow case seams allow them/their particles to escape??

  4. I seem to have dust mite allergies. And every time I fall asleep I keep rubbing my eyes while sleeping & I have no clue unless someone tells me I’ve been rubbing my eyes. I grew up like this & have been experiencing fatigue. What do you think I should do? Any form of help would be nice. Thank you!

  5. We’re clearing out my parents’ house getting it ready for sale. Every time I go to the basement, my skin, scalp, nose and ears starts to crawl and itch. Nobody else who goes to the basement is bothered this way, so I guess I’m allergic to whatever is down there. Eventually, the itching and crawly feeling goes away once I leave the house.There is a chair down there that I am supposed to take to my house, but I’m afraid it’s infested with whatever is down there. Is there something I can treat it with?


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