My Mattress Has Mold, Please Help!

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April 11, 2019

Help There's Mold on My Mattress.

The presence of mold on a mattress is not only unsettling, but it also poses a health risk.

It's important to take prompt action if you suspect mold in your mattress because this pest is sneaky and can quickly spread.

Mold doesn't require much to grow, so even the cleanest of homes can get infested with it.

Have you ever wondered, "What Is the Difference Between Mold and Mould?"

The Mold on My Mattress: Why?

Mold only requires dimness, warmth, and moisture, as we discussed in our previous post. The standard American home is pretty much always like this, unfortunately.

Some people perspire significantly more than others during sleep, and this moisture can build up in and around your mattress, creating ideal conditions for the growth of mold.

Most mattresses are made out of foam, either latex or memory foam, and the millions of tiny air pockets and open cells in the foam are perfect breeding grounds for mold.

The fact that you almost never see the underside of your mattress adds another layer of complexity to the situation.

Mattress mold can go undetected for weeks because most people only see it when they change their sheets once a month. The prevalence of mattress covers also reduces owners' chances of frequent contact with the mattress's top layer.

Due to these conditions, the mattress is an ideal environment for mold to flourish in.

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mold on a mattress

Moldy stains on a mattress's fabric

Exactly what does mold on a mattress look like

You may not always be able to spot mold on your mattress if you don't inspect it regularly.

Consider the following potential warning signs:

  • Scent: Mold and mold spores have a strong, lingering odor. When asked to describe the smell of mold, some people say it's similar to that of wet socks or rotting wood.
  • Overexposure to mold on a mattress (if there is mold) is a potential health concern because the average person spends 8 hours or more in bed each night. ) The negative health effects of mold exposure may prompt you to take notice. Symptoms of mold exposure are often similar to those of allergies, such as congestion, fatigue, and itchiness. But if they get out of the infected area, whether it's to go to work or another room in the house, the symptoms will subside.
  • Indicator #1: When the mold has made its way into the public eye Mold on a mattress will have a distinctive appearance, unlike any other kind of stain or mark. Spots that look like pink or black fluff will appear on the surface of growths.

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Mattress mold

This worrying case of mattress mold was photographed by our Australian distributor, Protective Technology.

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mold on mattress pad

Mildew on the back of the crib mattress protector

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Mold in mattress foam

When subjected to the ASTM G21 antifungal test, mattress foam was found to be effective.

Remove Mold from Mattress: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you discover mold in your mattress, you must take immediate action. The longer mold is allowed to grow, the more of a chance it will have to spread and infest your mattress.

Neglecting a mold problem can lead to irreversible damage and the need to replace the affected item.

If you notice mold on your mattress, you can get rid of it in five simple steps:

  1. Completely vacuum both sides of the mattress. As soon as you're done, empty the dust catcher on your vacuum to prevent the mold spores it collected from spreading to other parts of your home.
  2. In a disposable container, combine equal parts of rubbing alcohol and warm water. Scrub the moldy section of the mattress with a damp cloth dipped into the solution and thoroughly wrung out. Scrub with a lot of force and in a circular motion. You should investigate beyond the area where mold is obviously present.
  3. Use a fresh, wrung-out cloth and warm water to re-rinse the wet spot. Extra moisture on the mattress promotes mold growth, so be sure to wring out these clothes thoroughly.
  4. Spray the entire mattress evenly with a disinfectant solution designed for your mattress's material.
  5. Move your bed to a spot with lots of airflow and sunlight (the backyard, if possible). The mattress can dry out completely here without developing any further mold (since sunlight kills mold). )

Tips for Future Avoidance

Here are some additional guidelines for avoiding future mold growth:

  • Invest in a dehumidifier and place it in your bedroom. Keeping the bedroom's humidity levels low with a dehumidifier will help to prevent future mold growth, as mold prefers damp environments.
  • The use of a bedroom air purifier is recommended. The use of an air purifier in the bedroom will help to both clean the air and increase circulation. A properly configured air purifier can eliminate mold spores from the air, halting their potentially dangerous spread.
  • When you leave, don't shut off the ventilation system. While away from their homes, many people turn off their HVAC systems, fans, dehumidifiers, and air purifiers. In order to help prevent future mold growth, it is a good idea to leave air-circulating devices on, but to do so only during safe, predetermined times.
  • Make sure the mattress's base can breathe. An investment in a slatted bed base will promote healthy air circulation around the entire bed, not just the top. Slatted bed bases, as opposed to traditional box springs or flat top bases, will help to prevent the growth of mold on the underside of your mattress.

Preventing Mattress Mold with Ultra-Fresh

Ultra-Fresh is a line of antimicrobial treatments that are safe and effective against the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew, which can cause unpleasant odors, stains, and degradation.

The manufacturing process incorporates Ultra-Fresh into the final product. Bedding components include but are not limited to the following: mattress foam, fabric, adhesives, feathers, and down. mold and mildew find it a much less desirable food source.

This prevents the development of odorous and unsightly stains by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms.

The Use of Antimicrobials in a Protective Example

In the images below, you can see how antimicrobial additives in mattress foam improve things. Mold and mildew can grow in foam if the right conditions are met, such as when moisture is trapped inside a mattress.

The AATCC Method 30, Section III, was used to evaluate both samples of foam. Aspergillus niger was used in the experiments.

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Ultra-Fresh treated mattress foam

The use of Ultra-Fresh in mattress foam

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moldy mattress foam

Plain old mattress stuffing

After 7 days in an incubator, fungi grow abundantly in the untreated mattress foam.

However, after the same amount of time, the Ultra-Fresh treated foam sample shows no signs of mold growth.

The unseen parts are kept clean and odor-free by antimicrobial treatments.

Just so you know, Ultra-Fresh isn't meant to make your home healthier or hide any moisture problems you may already have. Products treated with an antimicrobial agent resist the growth of microorganisms that can cause unpleasant odors, discoloration, and premature wear and tear.

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