When water damage hits your property be it from floodwaters or piping leakages, it doesn’t spare anything. Unfortunately, that includes your mattress! The same thing with the other household items, mattresses can also be damaged by contaminated water. Restoring it becomes quite hard especially if the mattress has been soaked for more than 24 hours. In this case, consider discarding it. However, in some conditions, saving a soaked mattress might be possible. In this article, we will go through with some helpful tips on how to dry and restore a wet mattress.
Just like your carpets and rugs, mattresses are home to many allergens, too. They provide a good place for mold and mildew to grow especially within 24 hours to 48 hours of water exposure.
So before getting into the whole repair and restoration process, try to assess first the extent of the damage. Determine whether your wet mattress is worth the effort and money that will be spent in the process. Or will it be able to accomplish the restoration task or not?
If you have a mattress that is of low quality and common, it is better to just dispose of it and buy a new one. But if your memory foam mattress is way expensive and has a sentimental value, you must go for whatever it takes to recover it from the damage.
And to help you restore the mattress, better consult with professional restoration.
How to Completely Dry a Mattress
Reconditioning and cleaning a mattress at home is extremely difficult and sometimes hard to restore. Check the following steps in trying to salvage your mattress at home:
- Treat the mattress right away or within 24 hours to prevent mold growth.
- You may want to rent a wet-dry vacuum to use on your mattress. This will help in absorbing excess liquid.
- Dry your wet mattress thoroughly. If the weather is fine, dry your mattress outdoors especially in direct sunlight for a few hours. You may use fans, too. This will speed up the process. You may also open windows for better air circulation.
- Try adding baking soda to cover your mattress before vacuuming it. This cleaning solution is effective and helps in absorbing excess moisture. Moreover, it gets rid of the musty smell and prevents mold growth.
- Brush off any surface soil and debris or use a nozzle vacuum cleaner. The purpose of this type of vacuum is for picking up as many different kinds of dust as possible.
- For dirt/water stains: use a cleaning solution such as water and a part of dish soap or any gentle cleanser.
- For mold stains: dip a clean cloth in an alcohol solution. (1cup alcohol:1 cup water) for mold prevention. You can also use hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, or bleach.
- Wring out the cloth and wipe the mattress gently.
- Dry using a fan for a rapid drying process.
If upholstered box springs and wood frames are slightly damaged, thoroughly dry them first before replacing the mattress cover and pad. However, consider buying new boxsprings if the old ones are severely damaged.
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Though DIY basic tips for repairing your water damaged mattress are given, it is still preferable to contact a water damage restoration company. We have teams of highly-skilled experts that can help you get your mattress completely dry!
We are always open to serving you 24/7. Call us today, Water Damage Murrieta to know more about our water damage, mold, and fire restoration services.