We spend one third of our lives in bed. If your mattress is infested with mold, the hours you spend in bed could be the least restful and the most harmful of your entire day. Mold is dangerous for reasons ranging from a mild allergic reaction to irritations and inflammations of eye, nose, throat and lung to inciting a full blown asthma attack or worse. If your mattress smells moldy or if you are having symptoms that indicate that mold is growing in your mattress, you must do what it takes to remove it immediately.
Mold thrives where there is darkness and moisture so it can begin to grow in your mattress when you forget to pick your wet towel off the bed when you go to work or when you go to sleep with damp hair. Once it begins to grow, the spores proliferate quickly so don’t delay if you detect the smell of mold in your mattress.
This simple plan to remove mold from your mattress will have you sleeping more soundly in no time. Make sure to wear a protective mask and gloves when you are cleaning your mattress. Mold spores will take flight while you are cleaning and can be very dangerous to your health!
1. Take the mattress outside and lay it in full sunlight on a clean tarp.
2. Vacuum both sides of the mattress. When you’ve finished, dispose of the vacuum’s filter and bag to prevent the mold spores from leaking out the next time you use the vacuum.
3. If you can see any mold stains on the mattress, mix equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and warm water and sponge it onto the mattress. Rinse by sponging the area with plain warm water.
4. Sun-dry the mattress for several hours to remove odors. You can use a fan or hairdryer to speed the process.
5. You can use a common household disinfectant like Lysol to kill any spores that linger.
6. Make sure the mattress is completely dry before returning it to the house.
Prevention is always the best cure. Keep these simple things in mind and you will find that you won’t be dragging your mattress out to the grass to remove mold from it any time soon.
1. Never leave wet bathing suits or towels on the bed, even for a minute or two.
2. Dry your hair completely before going to sleep. If mold begins to grow in your pillow, it will soon be in your mattress!
3. Consider using a mattress cover to protect your mattress from mold.
4. If you live in an area with high humidity or have to leave your windows closed tightly due to the weather, consider taking your mattress out for a suntan session on a hot, sunny day to kill any spores that are trying to take root.
If you find that the moldy smell or other signs of mold infestation returns, try the process again but if the mold has found its way deeply into the mattress, you may find yourself shopping for a new mattress. Note that if your mattress has grown mold, your box springs will certainly be infested as well and should be checked thoroughly for signs of mold growth.