The climate in some parts of Nigeria is mild and humid. Rainy season is particularly humid and foggy. The walls, the ground, and the glass windows all have large water droplets. Even the clothes, bedding, and bed sheets are affected by the humid environment and become sticky. It is quite imperative that we have to diligently clean and prevent the growth of mold.

We spend a good amount of our life sleeping. After a busy day, the greatest comfort is to rest and sleep comfortably in bed. Mattress maintenance and moisture protection are very important for extending the life of the mattress. Mold can grow all year round. Finding mold on a mattress is not only unsettling; it can pose a potential hazard to your health.

Mold growth is predominantly caused by humid environments, sweat, moisture or stains. Also factor in that the human body perspires during sleep to cool down and there are many other contributing factors. This guide will help you avoid mattress mold.

What is a Mold?

Mold is very insidious and spreads quickly. Mold spores are in the air all the time, and they will thrive and grow on warm damp surfaces. By the time you can see visible evidence of mold on a mattress (pink or black spots or stains); it can already be a very entrenched problem.

Mold is a type of fungi that are commonly found in homes and which thrive in moist environments. It can grow all year round and grow fast. Typically, the earliest symptoms of mold under the mattress are a visible appearance of small black dots.

Mattress mold will not always be immediately visible to you; it will attach to dust, and stay on various objects. They rely on the decomposition of organic matter in the environment. Stains on mattress fabric, dirt, oils, mites, etc. all make the mattress a perfect host for mold growth, especially when in a dark and unventilated environment. When it meets the appropriate humidity and temperature, the growth of mold can be terrible.

Mold typically occurs on the bottom of your bed. The reason why the underneath of your bed is the most common spot for fungus growth is that it gets practically no light exposure and the air circulation is limited.

Future preventions

You should always take steps to prevent molds on the mattress. The cleaning of the mattress is not once and for all. To prolong the life of the mattress, it must be cleaned regularly.

Protect mattress

Moisture and sweat in the room can further cause the mold for a rapid growth. In order to prevent the mattress from being directly affected by the moisture, you can choose to buy a mattress protector. The mattress protector can be placed on top of the mattress to remove sweat and avoid direct contact with the mattress surface. If the mattress itself is provided with a waterproof cover, it can help you a lot in preventing mold on the mattress as well as base forms inside, and the mattress would be more durable.

Every time you get up, uncover your bed during the day to allow the mattress surface layer to be breathable, to avoid residual sweat and body temperature on the mattress, and to keep the mattress ventilated and dry.

Bed frame type

When the mattress is directly placed on the ground it is most likely to become moldy. The reasons are first of all, the mattress is not breathable, and second, when the mattress is placed on the ground, the ground moisture condenses the bottom of the bed, and it is easy to provide a perfect host for the mold.

The air permeability of the slatted bed frame is high, and we recommend the use of a dehumidifier indoors to make the room be well ventilated as well remove accumulated moisture, but it may not be enough to keep the mattress dry. You can choose to use a desiccant or anti-mold agent and place it near or at the bottom of the mattress to absorb the moisture to avoid the accumulation of moisture.

Moisture-proof measures

Many people use a dehumidifier when it is wet to keep the room dry and remove accumulated moisture, but it may not be enough to keep the mattress dry. You can choose to use a desiccant or anti-mold agent and place it near or at the bottom of the mattress to absorb the moisture to avoid the accumulation of moisture.

A dehumidifier
A dehumidifier

In addition, the environment should be kept well ventilated. Although closing the window can indeed prevent moisture from entering the room, it will also prevent the entry of fresh air. Insufficient air convection may also help mold to be formed. You may open a little window to allow good circulation, and then add a dehumidifier to dehumidify, making the room both ventilated and dry.

There’s no perfect mattress and no perfect environment, but knowing good care instructions can create a healthy environment for both of you and your mattress.

Keep good airflow on the underside of the mattress

To help prevent mold, air has to circulate properly on both sides of the mattress – not just one side. Therefore, invest in a slatted bed base. Because the slats are spaced out, the air will flow freely on the underside of the mattress, unlike standard flat top bases. You can find a good quality sprung slatted bed base at European Bedding Singapore. The technology is very advanced and the level of springiness can be adjusted for your comfort, making for a truly relaxing experience. The high-quality beech wood lends a tone of natural elegance and luxury to your bedroom.

What to do if your mattress develops mold?

If your mattress does develop mold then there’s no need to panic; it can be removed by following the mattress maintenance steps below.

  • You would first need to vacuum both sides of the mattress thoroughly; it’s advisable to thoroughly vacuum both sides. Once you have done this ensure that you fully empty your vacuum in order to prevent any further spread of the mold.
  • Using warm soapy water use a circular motion to clean the affected area with a damp cloth. Ensure that you do not soak the cloth that you’re using as this will only exacerbate the situation by adding further moisture to the area.
  • Sparingly and evenly spray on a disinfectant suitable for upholstery usage. Do this over the surface of the mattress.
  • Once this is done allow as much air to the mattress as you can in order to let it dry and ventilate. The ideal way to do this is to allow direct sunlight to the mattress. If this can’t be done, just allow as much air as possible to it.

Mold on a mattress is a product of the environment in which it is kept and is not caused by the mattress itself.


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