The Proper Way to Thoroughly and Rapidly Dry a Soaked Mattress

2023-01-05 00:56:44 - 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.

A wet mattress can be caused by anything from a glass of orange juice that was knocked over to an accident that occurred during the night. Perhaps you fell while making your way to breakfast in bed, or you forgot to close the window before a thunderstorm. If you're really unlucky, you could wake up to find your bed floating in a river.

Whether it's from a spilled drink, a bad dream, or a burst pipe, I'll explain how to get that mattress dry. Inquiring minds want to know more; please continue reading

Find and fix the leak.

To begin, it is important to follow these steps to ensure the source of moisture is removed:

  1. Please clean up the broken glass, turn off the running water, or secure the windows before the storm hits.
  2. Put away any bedding, such as sheets and pillows, and move the mattress to a dry location.
  3. Take out the comforter Since it lies directly against the liquid, it has probably soaked up the vast majority of it.
  4. Gather up the surplus moisture and blot it out using a towel.
  5. Dump the fluid in a container.

Do this again until the mattress is completely dry to the touch and there are no puddles left, or until a dry cloth can no longer soak up moisture from the surface.

The Best Methods for Air-Drying a Soggy Mattress

Then it's time to deal with the dampness deep within. Here are a few possibilities:

Intensify the temperature by using a hair dryer.

When dealing with minor bed accidents, a hair dryer works wonders. To avoid sagging, keep some room behind the mattress when propping it up. Keep the hair dryer at a safe distance from the bed and move it around to ensure an even drying. You should spend at least 15 minutes doing this, and up to two hours if possible.

There are two things to remember when using a hair dryer:

  • Use a low heat setting on the hair dryer. Since memory foam mattresses are more delicate, they can be harmed by a constant stream of hot air. Do not blast your hair with a hot blow dryer; in fact, cold air works just as well. The higher pressure of cold air aids in expelling the moisture rather than allowing it to evaporate. If you're in a hurry, you can increase the power.
  • Avoid close contact. Damage to the mattress's texture can result from using a hair dryer too close to it. As a result of preventing the wind from reaching the bed, it can also lead to uneven drying. That's why it's recommended to maintain a distance of 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) from the mattress for optimal drying and to prevent any permanent damage.

Make sure your mattress has cooled down before checking to see if it is dry. An increase in temperature may make the environment feel drier than it actually is. Furthermore, similar to how dry heat can make you feel more moist, cold can do the same thing with moisture.

Kitty litter can be used as a second option.

This is because kitty litter is able to draw moisture from the ground. Sprinkle clean kitty litter over the damp spot, then cover it with another towel for maximum efficiency. Gently press down on the litter to encourage it to sink and absorb more moisture. Leave it for up to 24 hours, then use a wet/dry or standard vacuum on the moist litter.

Put in some baking soda.

Baking soda is a great adsorbent, and it can help remove moisture from the mattress's inner layers. There will be less unpleasant odors as a result as well.

It performs similarly to kitty litter but is better suited for contained settings and spills. Just sprinkle some baking soda over the damp area, wait a few hours, and then vacuum it up.

#4: Turn on the Fan

It's possible that using a fan to dry a completely soaked mattress is your best bet.

To accomplish this, place a piece of furniture under your mattress and lift it so that it is 3 feet away from any wall or other obstruction.

Putting the fan in the direction of your bed and turning it up to high should help you sleep better. Even if your fan rotates on its own, standing back at least 5 feet (1 1) 5 meters) away, depending on the size and strength of your fan. Be sure to hit all the spots by moving the fan around.

The mattress will lose its moisture-retaining properties if you turn it over or position a fan against it. That's why switching the wind's direction is useless; it just brings the water back inside.

Time required for drying could range from a few hours to several days. Please wait until the rain stops.

A ceiling fan may be your only option when this occurs. While things aren't perfect, they aren't hopeless, either. The mattress needs to be elevated in this situation. It must be suspended at least 1 5 feet (0 5 meters) Avoid covering the base as much as possible.

The fifth step is to expose the damp mattress to sunlight.

Mattresses have traditionally been dried in the sun, either outside in the fresh air or indoors by being propped up against a chair in front of a window.

However, the sun's natural disinfecting properties more than make up for the lack of wind power from fans and hairdryers. Mattresses should be aired out in the sun whenever possible.

Drying times are greatly impacted by the location and time of year in terms of available sunlight. As was previously mentioned, you should wait for the mattress to cool down before checking its dryness.

When will the mattress be completely dry?

The length of time a mattress needs to dry after being soaked depends on factors such as the amount and type of liquid soaked into it. After less than half a day, your bed should be dry enough to use again if the water damage is minimal. It can take a wet mattress up to a week to dry completely.

A child's accident might take a day to clean up, while a night's storm might take a few days, and a leaking pipe might take a week.

However, it's probably best to just toss the mattress if the leakage is severe and you haven't attempted to fix it. Why

A few hours after the accident, bacteria and mold begin to form, and by the second day, they have spread to most of the mattress. Sleeping on a mattress contaminated with mold can cause a variety of health issues, some of which I'll detail below. These include difficulty breathing, snoring, nasal congestion, insomnia, and blurred vision.  

When Mattresses Get Wet, Can Mold Grow?

Wet mattresses can promote mold growth. the same way it does in any place where there is moisture and decaying food Mildew is even more common than mold, so both should be avoided.

Mildew, being a surface fungus, does not send down taproots. Because of this, it can be easily wiped away. However, mold eventually makes its way into the mattress and grows. It's more difficult to get rid of, and it gives off a fuzzier vibe.

Mold spores are not only unpleasant to smell, but also potentially dangerous to your health. Common signs and symptoms also include headaches, fatigue, and itchy eyes. These symptoms should disappear shortly after you leave, but if they do, mold growth has likely already begun somewhere, so you should investigate further.

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Cleaning a Damp Mattress

Wet and dry vacuuming, sun drying, and baking soda all have disinfecting effects. In case you're still concerned that your mattress needs more attention, consider the following:

  • Spray with a disinfectant or antibacterial spray to eliminate bacteria. Make sure there is no bleach in it, as that will ruin the fabric.
  • Give it some time to dry after spraying it on and letting it sink in a little. Take care to reach the edges as well.
  • Instead of spraying a liquid disinfectant, use a rag to wipe it all over.
  • Vinegar and baking soda can be used to create a homemade disinfectant spray.

Disinfection at the surface level is where these techniques excel. If you suspect mold growth in the inner layers of your mattress, it is best to have a professional inspect it or get rid of it.

Mattress Disposal Instructions

Mold, a strong odor, or a particularly stubborn stain can do irreparable damage to a mattress, making it unusable. You can mattress disposal, mattress donation, mattress recycling in such a predicament

Check your local regulations and the terms of your mattress' warranty before throwing it away.

It's possible that the company will still honor your warranty and provide you with a replacement mattress at a reduced price or even cover some of your costs, even if it has expired.

If you need help disposing of your old mattress because of local regulations prohibiting the dumping of bulky items, such as mattresses, you can hire a junk removal service to do it for you. The price of this service typically includes the expense of a rented truck and laborers.

Another option is to give away your old bed. But if you worry that mold or other contaminants might be hiding in your mattress, you should not do this.

Putting a Mattress Through Its Recycling Motion

You can recycle your old mattress instead of having it dumped in a landfill. You can either hire a service, or you can do it yourself.

Various locations, such as the, are available for recycling. Bedstuf Reuse and Recycling Organization , locating a local recycling center, or inquiring about store-based take-back programs Costs associated with junk removal are typically much higher than those associated with recycling.

A mattress can be recycled by disassembling it and chopping up the materials into smaller pieces.

The springs, for example, can be sold for scrap metal, and the foam can be turned into carpet or other products. These components might be the easiest to find recycling services for.

You could even put some of it to use at home. The foam can be used to patch a leak, the fabric as clothing, and the springs as garage support.

Mattress Drying: Frequently Asked Questions

Can Water Destroy a Mattress?

Water damage to a mattress is not always a major issue. There is no harm done by sleeping on a mattress that has been exposed to moisture or that has been quickly dried. If the mattress has been wet for more than 48 hours, however, mold and bacteria will have already begun to grow. This is not a situation in which it is wise to keep or dry the bed.

It wouldn't matter how long it took for the water to become undrinkable if it came from a sewage backup or a flood. Sleeping on a dirty or contaminated mattress is not recommended.

A wet mattress: quick drying tips

A mattress can be dried in a short amount of time by pressing a towel or other absorbent cloth firmly against it to draw out as much water as possible. After that, you should use a hairdryer to remove any remaining moisture for at least 15 minutes.

In case you were wondering, yes, you can vacuum up a wet mattress.

Water can be sucked up from the mattress's inner layers and collected in a wet-dry vacuum. To remove all the liquid, use the regular cleaning brush and adjust the suction pressure.

Can a mattress be dried with baking soda?

Since it is a powerful absorbent, baking soda can be used to dry a mattress. It works best when only the inner layers of a mattress are wet, but not so well when the entire mattress has been soaked.

Lessons Learned

Avoid undue stress if your mattress gets wet. Pick up a towel and use it to soak up the water that has accumulated on top of the mattress. Then, you can dry the inner layers by using kitty litter, baking soda, a wet-dry vacuum, or a fan.

Mold and bacteria growth should be avoided or eradicated at all costs to prevent allergic reactions and other health problems.

The mattress can be recycled or thrown away as a last resort. It's possible, though, that there will be expenses.

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