House dust mite counts in different types of mattresses, sheepskins and carpets, and a comparison of brushing and vacuuming collection methods
Article first published online: 27 APR 2006
Clinical & Experimental Allergy
Volume 11, Issue 6, pages 589–595, November 1981
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ABBOTT, J., CAMERON, J. and TAYLOR, B. (1981), House dust mite counts in different types of mattresses, sheepskins and carpets, and a comparison of brushing and vacuuming collection methods. Clinical & Experimental Allergy, 11: 589–595. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2222.1981.tb02179.x
- Issue published online: 27 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2006
- (Received 7 April 1981; accepted for publication 28 May 1981))
Mite counts were compared in dust from three types of mattreses. Foam rubber mattresses appear preferable for mite sensitive atopic subjects; the surface of kapok mattresses averaged twice, and innerspring mattresses three times, the number of mites per square metre found on foam rubber mattresses (P < 0.01).
Sheepskins used for infant bedding were also found to be heavily infested, harbouring as many mites per square metre as bedroom carpet.
Mite collections are best made with vacuum sampling methods in preference to a brush and results are best expressed in mites/m2.