Care for a Waterproof Mattress Cover

2023-04-03 00:03:14 - Patrick Gruce Patrick Gruce is a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience in the tech and media industries, offering unique insights on the intersection of technology, media, and legal/regulatory issues through his background in journalism and law.

In homes with children, waterproof bed covers (also known as mattress protectors) are a necessity. They aid in keeping the mattress clean, which in turn increases its lifespan. The covers also make cleanup less of a hassle.

Bedwetting is a common problem in young children, and it often necessitates more frequent washings of the bed cover. If you or a loved one suffers from bedwetting, you should read our guide to the best waterproof bed cover.

However, how do you launder a duvet cover? Is it okay to wash it in the machine as if it were a duvet cover or pillowcase?

Is there a better way to wash the blankets?

Clear the air, shall we?

Unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer, waterproof bed covers can be washed in a washing machine. These covers are delicate and should only be washed in cold water and on a low heat setting. After washing, you can either hang the cover to dry or dry it in a low heat setting in the dryer.

But how does one go about washing a waterproof bed cover?

The best way to remove stubborn stains And if mold grows on the waterproof mattress cover, does that render it useless?

In this post, we cover all of these topics and more.

Waterproof Mattress Cover Care Instructions

It's trickier than you might think to clean a waterproof mattress cover:

Verify All Stitching

Checking the mattress cover's seams for openness should be your first step.

If your cover is brand new, this is still a necessary procedure. There's a good chance the cover will come apart in the wash if a seam is open. The mattress's fillings (feathers, cotton, etc.) may escape into the washing machine if the cover is particularly fluffy.  

Covers should be taken to a tailor before being washed if you notice any open seams.

Take Care of the Spots

Then, you should inspect the cover for stains and eliminate them before washing it.  

One simple method is to pour some detergent onto a damp spot on the cover and let it sit there for a few minutes to soak into the stain. The next section will go over some alternate strategies for spot cleaning.  

Put your clothes in the washer.

Throw the watertight mattress cover into the washing machine. You can wash your sheets and pillowcases in the same detergent you always have, but we suggest switching to a more environmentally friendly brand. Set the washer's temperature to low, or a similar setting such as gentle or delicate.  

Waterproof bed covers are easily deformed and broken apart, so it's important to wash them in cold water. Don't use too much detergent or a high temperature.  

The bed cover can be rinsed in a second cycle without detergent if you have a larger bed.

Cover Drying

Drying a waterproof mattress cover in the dryer with some dryer balls is the most efficient method. To expedite drying time and prevent clumping, use dryer balls on the cover. Dryer balls are convenient, but if you don't have any, a dry towel will do in a pinch.  

Dry on the lowest heat setting provided by the manufacturer; if it's humid, you can increase the heat to medium.

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the dryer balls if you want your cover to smell great after it comes out of the dryer.

You could also line dry it, turning the cover over when one side is dry to ensure it dries on both sides. Your waterproof bed cover can be dried in a variety of ways, including on the line or in the washing machine.

Fixing Permanent Stains on a Waterproof Mattress Cover

The vinyl backing of most commercially available mattress covers serves as a barrier and safeguards the mattress. Not cleaning up an accident as soon as you discover it is what causes stains to set in.

But if you discover a stain on your otherwise watertight mattress cover, don't freak out. Even the most stubborn stains can be cleaned up with the right product.  

However, stain removal treatments are often harsh and can harm the fabric. The following are some options for dealing with stubborn stains:

  • Apply some laundry detergent to the affected area and let it soak for a few minutes before attempting to remove the stain. You can also remove the cover and scrub the stain gently.
  • laundry machine Grease stains on sheets and comforters are no match for dish soap.
  • Use hydrogen peroxide to get rid of a bloodstain on the cover if there is one. Put as little as possible on the stain; once the solution begins to bubble, the stain will disappear.
  • Apply baking soda and water paste (1:1/2 ratio) to the stained area. Scrub the area with an old toothbrush.

There is no need to dry the treated area if the cover is going straight into the washing machine after treatment, regardless of the method used.  

You can use the stained area again after rinsing it with water and drying it, but only if you plan to wash the bed cover after stain removal. The cover can be dried quickly with a hairdryer set on low.

Is a moldy waterproof mattress cover useless?


The natural fibers used to make luxury bed linens are susceptible to mold growth if they are left damp for too long. Mold growth is more likely in hot, humid conditions and low light.

Bed covers with mold on them can still be used, but only after being washed in hot water to kill the mold.  

Using a mold-killing solution and running the bed cover through two full washing machine cycles is the most effective method for removing the mold.

Here's how to use borax detergent to get rid of mold on your duvet cover:

  • Wash your duvet cover with the rest of your laundry and some detergent.
  • Dissolve half a cup of borax in a cup of hot water.
  • When the washer has reached capacity, add the solution.
  • Go ahead and start the washing machine.

Borax detergent is great for killing mold because it is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly option.

You can also use vinegar to eliminate the mold on the watertight mattress cover. Vinegar is an excellent deodorizer and is effective against 82% of mold species.

To remove mold from your mattress cover, you can either soak it in vinegar or wash it with vinegar. The best way to get rid of the mold is to employ both techniques.

To begin, add two cups of vinegar to your cover's bucket. Put the bucket in an hour's worth of water.

Then, simply toss the bed skirt into the washing machine with some detergent. As the washer fills with water, pour in two cups of vinegar.

Dry your cover in the sun after a cycle through the washing machine. The mold stains are removed and any remaining mold is killed by the sun's natural bleaching power.

In what frequency should a waterproof mattress pad be washed?

Waterproof mattress protectors can be washed along with regular bed linens, ideally once weekly.

Keep in mind that harsh solvents can weaken bed covers, so it's best to use an eco-friendly detergent whenever washing covers.

In addition, soften the fabric by washing your waterproof mattress cover before using it.  

Neither bleaching nor the use of store-bought stain removers are permitted. A waterproof mattress protector can be damaged by heat, so you should never iron or dry clean it.

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