Most people try their best to keep their homes as safe and free of harmful bacteria, mildew, and mold as possible. In fact, most homemakers spend hours each week ensuring that mold and mildew are not present in their kitchen and bathrooms believing that these two places are the most likely places for mold to grow. It can therefore be a bit terrifying to wake up one morning and in the process of changing your sheets find that little tiny dark spot that upon closer inspection you discover to be mold.
You find yourself wondering how in the world mold got on your mattress and what you can do about it. The how is easy the what is not quite as easy. When you sleep your body temperature rising in the night, as your body gets overly warm you begin to sweat as this is nature’s way of helping you cool off. That sweat has to go somewhere so it soaks into your sheets and that mattress cover and eventually into the mattress itself. And as you all ready know dark damp places are the perfect breeding ground for mold.
So over months of sleeping on that mattress, more and more sweat soaks through those bed clothes and into the mattress, mold eventually begins to grow and by the time you see that little spot of mold on the outside of your mattress there is probably a much larger spot of mold that has been there for weeks and even months.
The best way to get rid of mold in your mattress is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. There are several ways you can do this. First you can use to use a plastic mattress cover that the mattress actually slides into. This will keep the moisture from your sweat from soaking into the mattress because the plastic form a water proof barrier.
If you are one of those people who simply can’t use those plastic mattress covers then the next best thing is to thoroughly air out mattress regularly. That doesn’t just mean leave the sheets and blankets off for a few hours, it means getting it out in the sunlight and fresh air every few months so that the mattress can dry out completely even deep inside. You should also use bedding that is both breathable and absorbent because it will prevent more of the sweat from leaking down in the mattress.
If it is all ready too late for preventive measures then you have two choices. You can either ditch the mattress to ensure that you are safe from that spreading mold and the health problems it can cause or you can try to have it professionally cleaned.
Cleaning the mattress and allergy mattress covers yourself often removes the surface mold, but does little to remove the mold that has grown deep in the mattress so even though your mattress looks mold free once again it can be a festering health risk to you.