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How To Clean A Mattress From Water Damage


Your bed is the last place you’ll go at the end of the day to rest after a long day’s work. However, you will be more stressed if you see your bed suffering from water damage. Simple leaks or flood water might sneak into your room and eventually hit your regular or memory foam mattress. 

Water-damaged mattresses and pillows are usually difficult to dry. But as long as they are not soaked in water, they may be salvaged. In this article, we will help you with some DIY tips on how to clean a mattress.


Salvage or Dispose?

Prevent spending too much money and time cleaning and fixing your water-damaged mattress. Check first whether your mattress should be salvaged or discarded.

Consider these three factors:

1. Price and age

If you bought your mattress for a lower price or it’s already old and unstylish, consider purchasing a new one instead of restoring it.

2. Material

If your mattress is made of cotton, foam, or rubber, consider replacing it if it can’t be cleaned. They are all susceptible to mold and mildew.

3. The extent of the damage

Slightly damaged mattresses are lightly damp from clean rainwater and might be salvageable. However, a fully soaked bed or mattress in flood water must be discarded.


Why Should You Act Quickly?

You must act fast to do deep cleaning and drying of your mattress. According to FEMA, mold and mildew will start forming their colonies within 24 to 48 hours after exposure to moisture. It will just continue to grow until you have effectively dealt with mold issues. 

Mold can affect you and your family’s health, so it’s best to throw your mattress if it’s completely soaked up. But if you really want to restore it, the only way is to seek help from water damage restoration professionals.

How to Clean a Mattress

How to clean a mattress safely is necessary for hygiene and health and can help prolong its lifespan. Please consider the following tips.

  • It is necessary to use as little water as possible when cleaning any mattress. This will help the fabric dry easily and prevent the growth of mold or mildew. However, if the mattress is lightly soaked, use dry towels and apply pressure to absorb as much water as you can.
  • Clean the whole surface of the mattress, mattress covers, and mattress pad using a vacuum with an upholstery attachment. This will get rid of all loose material and debris. 
  • Clean and sanitize water-damaged mattresses.

a. For water or dirt stains, make a cleaning solution. 

Use two parts warm water and one part of dish soap, fabric cleaner, or any gentle cleanser. Pour into a spray bottle. Spray a small amount onto affected areas, being cautious not to saturate the mattress. Then pat it again with a dry towel or a clean rag. 

b. For mold stains, you can apply alcohol, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or white vinegar to a clean cloth or sponge. Scrub at the moldy spots until removed then allow the mattress to dry completely. 

  • Get rid of the remaining moisture in your mattress. Use or rent a wet-dry shop vacuum to completely dry your bed.

You can sprinkle baking soda, too. This helps in absorbing moisture, preventing mold and unpleasant smells. Let it sit on the mattress or bed for a few hours then vacuum.

  • You can also bring your mattress outside in the sun and let it stay for a few hours. This can greatly help the mattress to completely sanitize and dry. Air dry mattress if necessary. If you can’t bring your mattress outside, use a fan or a dehumidifier.


Call a Water Restoration Company

Cleaning a mattress is easy if it is slightly damaged. However, if it seems hard to clean and repair, seek the help of professionals from a certified restoration company. They have the experience and skills in handling any type of water damage.

Please contact our local office today, Water Damage Rancho Cucamonga for emergency water and mold damage restoration services.