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Should car upholstery be vacuumed regularly for dust mites the same as household upholstery?

I was wondering if the seats and the rest of the insides of my car should be vacuumed regularly to reduce dust mites?  If so, weekly? Monthly?

The information that my doctor has given me and that I can find only speaks to household cleaning – vacuuming, dusting, washing bed sheets, etc.  Seems logical that dust mites would also be in car upholstery.  

Has anyone seen research on this?

Thanks!!

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  • Melissa G

    I have never thought about that! But it does make sense. We actually clean our cars often due to Rebekah's food allergies and wanting to keep everything clean and safe for her. 

  • Shea

    I need to vacuum my car out :/ …. My don has dust mite allergies and he will usually tell me when he is gettung stuffed up. I should do it weekly but I vacuum it monthly :/   It is hard for ne to vacuum because I have to drag out my heavy vacuum and need an extension cord…. Often times I will just do it at the gas station using their vacuum. 

  • K8sMom2002

    One reason we went with leather seats was because of allergies. It's been so much easier with those seats! We recently had to borrow my sister's car, and she has cloth seats and has long-haired cats. My poor kiddo's allergies really ramped up. 

  • LK

    Cynthia, I hadn't thought about the different material making a difference on the seats.  Good point.  Could it also be that your sister isn't ( I am making an assumption here )  as meticulous about cleaning her car as you are and that caused the stronger reactions?

  • K8sMom2002

     My sister's car has all manner of things in it because she's always helping someone do something … so, yeah, it would be harder to keep it deep down clean than ours.

    I was noticing, though, when I drove our car yesterday for the first time in a long time (DD usually has been driving it), that there is a thin layer of dust on the dash! Yikes! I need to ask my DH to get in there and square it all away. 

    Did you ever find any research about how often to deep clean, Lisa? I'm thinking that it may also depend on how often you drive the car, and on what kinds of roads you drive it. 

  • LK

    Cynthia,  That reminds me that my car needs a good interior cleaning.  

    I'm afraid I haven't looked into it further!    

    Thanks for reminding me!  

  • K8sMom2002

    Tiffany, that's a very good point! It was a selling point for us that our new car had that capability! 

    I need to get the car cleaned up, too — DD's been providing a taxi service this summer for a lot of her friends, and while they've been pretty good about not leaving any trash in there, the carpets need vacuuming something awful!

  • Melissa G

    My and Grace's car has leather seats. Neil's new car and cloth seats. I am thinking about getting him seat covers, easier to clean. 

  • Melissa G

    I thought we had been doing a good job about keeping our cars clean. we may be trading/selling my suburban so I had Josh really clean it out. Oh my goodness, it was a mess. Had no idea, how much stuff we actually had in there. and it could have been a lot cleaner.