When you change or wash your bedding, you may be shocked by the sight of mold on the mattress. Not only is this alarming, but there are also potential health hazards to having mold in your room. That’s why it is important to remove the mold as quickly as possible. Today, we will take a look at how this can be accomplished.
Why Does Mold Grow on a Mattress?
Since mold thrives off of moisture, warmth, and darkness, it isn’t hard to imagine why a mattress is an ideal place for it to grow and spread. Most people aren’t looking at their mattress, especially the bottom of it, on a frequent basis. Secondly, the air pockets in the foam soak up your sweat while you sleep, playing right into the perfect environment for growth.
How to Remove Mold From A Mattress
As always, be sure to wear the proper protective gear when cleaning mold in order to keep yourself from breathing in any mold or getting it on your skin. We recommend goggles, gloves, and a mask. Once you are finished cleaning your mattress, be sure to wash your clothes due to exposure.
To begin the mold cleaning process, remove all bedding from your mattress and wash it before drying the material on a warm setting to kill any remaining spores. Use the vacuum hose on both sides of the mattress, even if you can’t see any mold in that specific spot. When you are done, take your vacuum outside and empty the contents into a garbage bag to prevent the spread of spores.
For the next portion, combine an equal amount of rubbing alcohol and water. Dip a cloth into the mixture and lightly scrub the areas that have been directly affected by mold. Continue rubbing in circular motions until there is no visible mold. After this, put a separate cloth in water and go over those sections again. Be sure not to press too hard or use too much water during this process since an excessive amount of water could damage the mattress. Next, spray some disinfectant spray on your mattress in order to better protect it from future growth. Once you have finished cleaning, dry it out by turning on a fan or placing it outside in the sun.
Preventing Mold Growth On Your Mattress
If you want to avoid the unsettling sight of having mold on your mattress, there are a number of simple preventative measures you can take. This includes using a dehumidifier to make your room less damp or an air purifier to help circulate and filter the air. You can also open windows to improve air circulation.
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