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Moldy Mattress - Now What?

Any mattress can develop mold or mildew. Whether it’s a memory foam mattress, latex mattress, innerspring mattress, hybrid mattress, or a different kind. The reason for that is the foam. And you will most likely find foam in all of those mattresses.

Inside the foam, there are little air pockets, all of which can contain spores once moisture enters them. Unfortunately, most people realize too late that their mattress has mold or mildew growth so that it can go unnoticed for weeks, and then most ask themselves the question, is there anything that can be done about it?

Yes and no would be the answer. No matter what it is though, you should take care of it as soon as possible. Leaving either unattended too long will only cause you more trouble down the line, and possibly render the mattress completely useless. Mildew at least can be wiped off if noticed soon enough. But we’re jumping ahead.

First of all:  

What is the difference between Mold and Mildew?

MoldMildew
Green, black  Grey, white, yellow
Fuzzy, slimyFluffy, powdery
Underneath the surface of anything that has got wetGrows on moist, warm areas
Best left to professionalsCan be cleaned off with household products

Why is it so important to get rid of mold?

Being in a mold-infested environment for too long will have a serious impact on your health. Anyone can get nasal congestions, throat irritations, wheezing, coughing, itchy skin, or irritated eyes, but those symptoms will be more serious for people suffering from an immune system disorder or who are fighting lung disease.

It can be extremely harmful to children, and can result in asthma, respiratory illnesses, or pneumonitis (lung tissue inflammation) for both adults and children.

The reason why mold has such a strong impact on the lungs and breathing is that mold-spores are airborne.  

How to prevent mold on a memory foam mattress?

Moisture can enter your mattress through excessive sweating, or if you have a humid room. And even though any mattress can get moldy, no matter how clean your house is, there are some things you can do to possibly prevent them.

  • Get a waterproof yet breathable mattress protector
  • If you live in a very humid climate, consider getting a dehumidifier 
  • Regularly check under your mattress
  • Let your mattress air out, and make sure it is well ventilated. (Don’t place your mattress directly on the ground)
  • Don’t go to sleep with wet hair, or put wet towels, clothes, or swimsuits on your bed 
  • Let air circulate even if you are not home. Whether that means opening a window or keeping the air conditioning on, it is up to you. 
  • Get an air purifier. This actively removes mold spores that fly through the air 

Unfortunately, if you ever notice mold on the surface of your memory foam mattress, likely, mold is inside too. You will barely be able to dry a memory foam mattress on the inside. So for your health, it would be the more sensible decision to throw it away and replace it.

Before you set up your new mattress though, figure out, what caused the old mattress to get moldy. Chances are, whatever it was that caused it might cause it again, and you wouldn’t want to throw out a new mattress immediately.

That’s it for this article. If you’re on a roll to create the perfect sleep environment, read these two articles to get some clean sleep. The Science Behind Getting Good Sleep & Habits You Need For Better Sleep.

Check out our collection of memory foam mattresses right here.

Don’t forget that you can use the discount code SweetSleep15 on your next order to get a 15% discount!  

Moldy Mattress - Now What?

Any mattress can develop mold or mildew. Whether it’s a memory foam mattress, latex mattress, innerspring mattress, hybrid mattress, or a different kind. The reason for that is the foam. And you will most likely find foam in all of those mattresses.

Inside the foam, there are little air pockets, all of which can contain spores once moisture enters them. Unfortunately, most people realize too late that their mattress has mold or mildew growth so that it can go unnoticed for weeks, and then most ask themselves the question, is there anything that can be done about it?

Yes and no would be the answer. No matter what it is though, you should take care of it as soon as possible. Leaving either unattended too long will only cause you more trouble down the line, and possibly render the mattress completely useless. Mildew at least can be wiped off if noticed soon enough. But we’re jumping ahead.

First of all:  

What is the difference between Mold and Mildew?

MoldMildew
Green, black  Grey, white, yellow
Fuzzy, slimyFluffy, powdery
Underneath the surface of anything that has got wetGrows on moist, warm areas
Best left to professionalsCan be cleaned off with household products

Why is it so important to get rid of mold?

Being in a mold-infested environment for too long will have a serious impact on your health. Anyone can get nasal congestions, throat irritations, wheezing, coughing, itchy skin, or irritated eyes, but those symptoms will be more serious for people suffering from an immune system disorder or who are fighting lung disease.

It can be extremely harmful to children, and can result in asthma, respiratory illnesses, or pneumonitis (lung tissue inflammation) for both adults and children.

The reason why mold has such a strong impact on the lungs and breathing is that mold-spores are airborne.  

How to prevent mold on a memory foam mattress?

Moisture can enter your mattress through excessive sweating, or if you have a humid room. And even though any mattress can get moldy, no matter how clean your house is, there are some things you can do to possibly prevent them.

  • Get a waterproof yet breathable mattress protector
  • If you live in a very humid climate, consider getting a dehumidifier 
  • Regularly check under your mattress
  • Let your mattress air out, and make sure it is well ventilated. (Don’t place your mattress directly on the ground)
  • Don’t go to sleep with wet hair, or put wet towels, clothes, or swimsuits on your bed 
  • Let air circulate even if you are not home. Whether that means opening a window or keeping the air conditioning on, it is up to you. 
  • Get an air purifier. This actively removes mold spores that fly through the air 

Unfortunately, if you ever notice mold on the surface of your memory foam mattress, likely, mold is inside too. You will barely be able to dry a memory foam mattress on the inside. So for your health, it would be the more sensible decision to throw it away and replace it.

Before you set up your new mattress though, figure out, what caused the old mattress to get moldy. Chances are, whatever it was that caused it might cause it again, and you wouldn’t want to throw out a new mattress immediately.

That’s it for this article. If you’re on a roll to create the perfect sleep environment, read these two articles to get some clean sleep. The Science Behind Getting Good Sleep & Habits You Need For Better Sleep.

Check out our collection of memory foam mattresses right here.

Don’t forget that you can use the discount code SweetSleep15 on your next order to get a 15% discount!