There is nothing like that romantic feeling of being snuggled up in your bed on a rainy day while watching your favorite movie and eating pakoras. But did you know that the bed bugs, molds, and mildew are getting ready to invade your bed for monsoon too! This season brings the party to your mattress for all these nasty foreigners. Rains affect the interiors in unbelievable ways and generally wreak havoc on your mattresses. How to maintain your bed during this season- let’s find out.
Use alternative ways to air out your mattress
As most foam mattresses are designed to be breathable, it also is sensible that they will be quite absorbent. They soak up perspiration, oil, and air moisture that may really create foul odors, develop molds, and even trigger adverse reactions to sleepers. To forestall these and eradicate sleepless nights, finding ways to air out your mattresses, despite the season, is a must.
Commonly, people air out their mattresses by taking it out of the bedroom and laying it out under the sun. The warmth and dryness of the sunlit day allow it to dry, freshening it up after absorbing moisture, sweat, oil, and other fluids that are seeped under the sheets. However, since the rainy season is already here, it will be too difficult to put your mattresses outside of the house just to lug it back in after some minutes when it starts drizzling.
What you should do instead is to get rid of the sheets and leave them bare for the day after you wake up. Done best when you are changing sheets because it can really boost the freshness of your mattress. This can let your mattress breathe for the day, giving it time to dry out.
Use soda to keep it fresh
If you wish to clean your mattress on a weekend, you can also strip the sheets off and sprinkle some sodium bicarbonate on top of the foam mattress. Let it sit for a half-hour before vacuuming, therefore the bicarbonate of soda get the possibility to soak all the moisture and odor the mattress may have.
Ensure sheets are completely dry before putting them on
It is typical to have difficulties drying bed sheets during this time of year. Although this is often the case, it is still important to be sure that your bedsheets are completely dry before you put them on. This way, you are not putting your mattress at greater risk of mold growth. If you don’t want to risk it on a rare sunny day, just strip off the bed sheets, open the windows, and draw the curtains to let the sunshine into your bedroom.
Don’t hang wet clothes in your bedroom
If you hang your laundry indoors, find other areas within your home rather than hanging all of them inside your bedroom. An area that is warm and moist is the perfect tract for mold. This way, you won’t put your mattress in danger of mold growth and your bedroom won’t get a foul odor. This tip might not involve a mattress directly, but putting damp clothes within the same stuffy room as your mattress can spell trouble over time, so ensure to avoid it generally.
What can you do to save a water-damaged mattress?
A completely soaked mattress presents an awfully difficult job for you to totally remove water and moisture. The water-damaged mattress that is not properly cleaned is a dangerous piece of land for mold, mildew, and bacteria. Flood waters often contain toxins and sewage. This can be absorbed into the mattress and other upholstered furnishings that are affected.
- Absorb Up Water from Mattress: Replace wet towels with dry ones and keep repeating this step until you are feeling you have got absorbed the maximum amount of the water that you possibly can from the wet mattress.
- Remove Leftover Moisture: Once the towels have done their job absorbing water from the mattress surface, it is of utmost importance to assure that moisture sitting inside the mattress is removed fully likewise. Buy or rent a wet/dry shop vacuum built to vacuum up liquids. Use the vacuum on the mattress to suction up the water from within the bed.
- Using sodium bicarbonate, sprinkle it onto the foam mattress to completely cover it. Work it into the inside of the bed by scrubbing the bicarbonate with a dry sponge. The bicarbonate works to not only absorb moisture but also help in preventing the expansion of mold. Let the soda sit for some hours, then remove by vacuuming.
- For a really wet mattress, you can also use cat litter to take in extra dampness. Similar to the bicarbonate of soda, sprinkle the clay over the mattress’s surfaces. Use pressure to push the litter into the surface to assist it to try and do its absorbing work. Vacuum wet litter up and repeat until you are feeling you have removed the maximum amount of moisture as you can.
Even if you are done with your magic wringing out the mattress with bicarbonate and a store vacuum, mold usually still finds an area to grow. Once mold appears, all of your toil saving the mattress is for nothing, as, for health and safety reasons, you want to throw away a mold-infested bed. The use of alcohol within the cleaning process will work as a deterrent against any mold growth. Mix up a cleaning solution with one cup of water and one cup of lotion. Use a clean cloth to spread the mixture. Wring the fabric out and start wiping the complete surface of the bed to let the alcohol do its mold-preventing job.
Sunshine is a natural sanitizer and also the best to confirm your mattress is going to be fully dried. Keep the mattress upright on its side supported on small blocks and leaning against a wall. You can use a dehumidifier as well. Don’t use the mattress unless completely dry.
If your mattress has been sitting absorbing water for an extended period, then your healthiest and best choice are to call in an expert to assess the damage. Certified professionals cater to water damage restoration. These businesses have the equipment and education during which to completely assess and know the most effective way to advise you, on the way to proceed when handling a water-damaged mattress.
Once the mattress is restored by the expert and confirmed that it's safe to use, you can regain use of the bed.
Livpure Sleep Mattresses
Why are our mattresses good for the rainy season?
Well, taking care of a mattress during the rainy season is a must, but we at Livpure have crafted the mattress requiring minimum maintenance. Our memory foam mattresses, latex mattresses, natural foam mattresses are all made to prevent bacterial growth and sleep cool all throughout the year. Livpure Sleep mattress protector also prevents it from getting dust mites and several other allergens. The waterproof mattress protector protects the bed from any accidental spillage. You can sleep on these foam mattresses without any tension of infection and allergies.
Livpure’s Natural ayurvedic mattress is perfect for anyone who is even a little bit scared of getting allergies- all the components are naturally sourced which is built to prevent any mold build and allergens.
These above mentioned tips, combined with the regular maintenance tip that we recommend with buying our products, can be your best bet in prolonging the life of your mattress even more than what we give you a warranty for. Just don’t throw away your mattress if you see a tiny chance of damage, learn to salvage the situation and live the best out of your investment.