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.
- 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.
- 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.
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