It can be quite disheartening when water damage happens. Furniture can start to warp. Electronic devices may end up badly damaged. It is good news though that there are ways to restore furniture and electronics. What is a bit more tricky though is your mattress.
Today, we discuss ways on how to save your mattress from water damage.
Attend to your mattress ASAP!
The worst thing you can do is to leave your bed soaking. The longer you let it soak up water, the harder it will be to truly clean it up. When water seeps into porous surfaces, moisture is allowed to form. When moisture forms, mold and fungus may start to grow.
It is still possible to save mattresses that have received water damage. However, it is important to act fast. Mattresses that have been exposed to water from more than 48 hours can be next to impossible to restore.
Harness the power of the sun
When a mattress is soaking, the best weapon you’ve got in drying it is the sun. Take the bed away from moisture and shaded areas. It’s best to bring the wet mattress somewhere it can come into contact with direct sunlight. You can help the drying process along with a blow dryer. However, for a truly penetrating dry, the sun is the best bet.
All soaked mattresses will need at least two day to dry. The longer you set it out to dry, the better it will be.
Vacuum the mattress
Once you get the material to dry completely, it would be in your best interest to vacuum it. It would be good if you use a nozzle vacuum cleaner. Be thorough in your vacuuming–every nook and cranny should be touched.
There is no assurance that every bit of dirt would be lifted. Overall, the bed should be a heck of a lot cleaner than it previously was. A lot of mattresses have the option wherein the topmost covering can be opened up for a deeper clean. If you happen to own such a one, don’t hesitate to remove the cover and go in for a closer vacuuming.
Once you’re satisfied with your vacuuming, it will be time to wipe down your bedding using a cloth soaked in alcohol. This helps to thoroughly disinfect the uppermost layer of the bed. Alcohol evaporates quickly so there’s no risk of it staying in long.
When unsure, call in experts!
This is actually one of the best things you can do for both your bed and yourself. Water damage is tricky and having it in mattresses is even trickier. While we’ve listed out some ways you can get the cleaning started out on your own, there’s no shame in asking for help.
Pros are able to use their trained eye to effectively assess if mattresses can still be saved. They can also tap into their years worth of hands-on experience to select which method of cleaning is most applicable to your situation. It is important to remember that there are different types of water damage. So it would be in your best interest to let the experts take over when you’re uncertain of how to save your mattress.