Is Your Mattress at Risk for Mold?
You’re in bed for (hopefully) eight hours a night. That is large chunk of your day to be constantly exposed to health hazard. And while most of the time you will recover from spore exposure, the length of the exposure and the intensity of the type of mold could cause concerns to your health. Exposure will usually appear as an allergy: headaches, itchy eyes, congestion, and exhaustion. Unlike an allergy, one who is suffering from mold or mildew exposure will feel better when they leave the infected area – going to work, the store, or simply another part of the house.
When it finally reveals itself, you’ll know. It’ll be unlike any other stain or marking on your mattress. It will be growing in the darker areas where your mattress sees the least amount of light. If you’re unsure, there are experts you can hire or home test kits you can take advantage of.
Step 1Vacuum the surface of your mattress. Immediately after make sure to clean your vacuum cleaner thoroughly to avoid spreading the spores.
Step 2Mix a 1:1 ratio of warm water and rubbing alcohol, dip a cloth into the mixture, wring it out, and scrub the surface of the mattress in a circular pattern. Because all spores are not visible, make certain to scrub well outside the visible area of spores.
Step 3Wipe the surface clean with a warm wet cloth. Make sure to not soak the surface, this just adds to the warm, damp environment mold thrives in!
Step 4You’ll now want to spray a disinfectant to the entire surface of the mattress. Make sure it’s suitable for the fabric, and won’t void your warranty.
Step 5Place your mattress in a dry, sunlit, well ventilated area. Sun is mold’s worst enemy.
Prevent 1Keep your mattress dry as possible. All of that moisture that is wicked away by cooling technology has to go somewhere.
- Use a breathable mattress cover
- change the sheets often
- don’t ever lie down out of the shower or the pool
- Dry your hair before lying down
- keep all damp towels and clothes off the mattress.
Prevent 2As breathable as mattresses claim to be, all of that compressed material isn’t necessarily the best for air flow.
- Flip and rotate the mattress regularly
- Let the mattress air out occasionally, standing up, with no bedding if possible.
- Keep the airflow going, even when you’re away – fans and air conditioning can do wonders for circulation.
- Slatted foundations allow airflow from the bottom of the mattress – make certain this foundation type won’t void the warranty before use.
Prevent 3Use a dehumidifier to pull moisture out of the air
Prevent 4Use an air purifier to make certain the air is clean
Prevent 5Try a mold-resistant material mattress like Latex.
In The End
The perfect environment can grow spores just about anywhere, you can be the cleanest person and still have an issue. Even a consistent humid environment can cause problems, this you certainly don’t have much control over. It’s important to stay vigilant and take preventative measures instead of reactive. Sometimes, if caught to late in the growth process, you’ll be out treatment fees and end up having to buy a whole new mattress.
- Keep your bedroom and mattress dry
- Keep it well ventilated
- And let the sun treat spores for you by airing it out every once in awhile
- Keep your bedding cleaned and changed often
- Invest in an appropriate mattress cover, that breathes and protects