The thought of buying a new mattress is not attractive to some people because they’ve just become so attached and used to their old beds. It’s no wonder that some of us do become very fond of our mattresses considering that we spend about 6 to 8 hours in bed sleeping or just relaxing. But what if your old mattress is already pretty dirty and it’s got mildew? Dust and fungi can exacerbate lung conditions, and these microscopic organisms can also cause allergies. So, even if a bed still feels comfortable, it might not be very healthy to sleep in it. If you’re not keen on buying, there might still be hope for your favorite beds even though they may be slightly moldy. Some old mattresses can be restored, and this is an option if you are not yet prepared to invest in a new bed. Below are some helpful tips.
Removing Loose Mold
The first step is to carry your old mattress outside. Then, remove any loose mold using a broom. Don’t forget to wear a mask because you might inhale the spores, which could cause some respiratory problems. Also, always do this outdoors. This way, you prevent mold spores from becoming airborne inside your home, and you also avoid exposing your family to spores.
Using a Vacuum Cleaner
Use a vacuum cleaner to draw out more of the mold. Slowly run your appliance over the surface of the mattress. Work methodically from left to right or from top to bottom to be sure that you have gone through the entire thing. Be sure to vacuum the sides and corners as well.
When using a vacuum cleaner, you have to be careful when emptying the bag. Again, don’t do this inside your home because shaking the bag will release mold spores into your home. Empty the bag outdoors very carefully if you’re still going to reuse it. It’s better if you make use of a disposable bag.
Killing the Mold
It may be difficult to kill the mold that’s already inside your mattress. The best way is to send your bed to professionals that offer exterminating and fumigating services. They have the skills and equipment to thoroughly disinfect your mattress.
In case the mold is still on the surface, you can use rubbing alcohol and disinfectant sprays. Mix equal parts of alcohol and water. Dip a clean rag or a brush in the solution. Squeeze out excess liquid and gently scrub the affected area. Don’t saturate the mattress with the fluid because the moisture might seep into the bed which will take time to dry. After cleaning, expose to sunlight until completely dry.
- Disinfectant Spray
Just buy any kind of mold spray or disinfectant. Then, spray the mattress’ entire surface and allow to air dry. Or you can also put the bed under direct sunlight.
Claire Thorpe is a freelance blogger who regularly writes about home improvements. She’s done a couple of DIY projects at home, which she’s eager to share with others. So, she blogs about her interior decoration experiences, including a few bedroom renovations that she’s made. She also writes for Parklane Mattress Store Hazel Dell, where she always finds great deals and products for her projects.