Water damage mattress
With weather hammering on the home or burst pipes, the unforeseen can cause a water-soaked mattress. The moment you find yourself with the wet bed, it is pertinent to get your mattress clean and dried as soon as possible before mold and mildew have a chance to invade. It is important to know how to save a water damaged mattress.
Step 1: Absorb Up Water from Mattress
Remove all bedding and grab towels to start working to remove as much water as possible. Using the dry towels apply pressure to the mattress surface to soak up the water from the bed. Use your muscle to really-push on the towels to pick up every drop of water you conceivably are able to.
Replace wet towels with dry ones and keep repeating this step until you feel you have absorbed as much of the water that you possibly can from the wet mattress.
Step 2: Remove Leftover Moisture
Once the towels have done their job soaking up water from the mattress surface, it is of utmost importance to assure that moisture sitting inside the mattress is removed fully as well.
Buy or rent a wet/dry shop vacuum built to vacuum up liquids. Use the vacuum on the mattress to suction up the water from the inside of the bed.
Using baking soda, sprinkle it onto the mattress to completely cover it. Work it into the inside of the mattress by scrubbing the baking soda with a dry sponge. The baking soda works to not only absorb moisture but also to assist in preventing the growth of mold. Let the baking soda sit for a few hours, then remove by vacuuming.
For a very wet mattress, you can also use cat litter to work to soak up extra dampness. Just like the baking soda, sprinkle the kitty litter over the mattresses surfaces. Use pressure to push the litter into the surface to help it to do its absorbing work. Vacuum wet litter up and then repeat until you feel you have removed as much moisture as you can.
Keep repeating the baking soda, and/ or kitty litter, and vacuuming steps until you feel that the water has been removed from the mattress as much as conceivable.
Step 3: Mold Deterrence
Even if you work your magic wringing out the mattress with baking soda and a shop vac, mold may still find a place to grow. Once mold appears, all of your hard work saving the mattress will be for naught, as, for health and safety reasons, you must throw away a mold-infested bed.
The use of alcohol in the cleaning process will work as a deterrent against any mold growth.
Mix up a cleaning solution with one cup of water and one cup of rubbing alcohol. Use a clean cloth to dip into the mixture. Wring the cloth out and begin wiping the entire surface of the bed to let the alcohol do its mold preventing job.
Step 4: Ensure Drying
Sunshine is a natural sanitizer and the best way to make sure your mattress will be fully dried. If possible place the mattress outside in the sun.
Stand the mattress up on its side supported on small blocks and leaning against the wall. It is important to get the air to circulate around the mattress as much as possible. You can also use a dehumidifier and fans inside to dry the mattress. Do not use the mattress until it is completely and absolutely dry.
IV: Method Two: Professional Cleaning
If your mattress has been sitting soaking up water for an extended period, then your healthiest and best option will be to call in an expert to assess the damage.
Step 1: Contact Professional Restoration Company
Certified professionals cater to water damage restoration. Contact a company that works using the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines. These businesses have the equipment and education in which to fully assess and know the best way to advise you, on how to proceed when dealing with a water damaged mattress.
Step 2: Evaluation by Cleaning Service
The IICRC cleaning service will come to your home to inspect the damage. With special equipment, the technician will be able to evaluate the complete damage to the mattress and if it can be saved.
You will have to give authorization for the work to restore your mattress and other furnishings to begin. The service will also ask you to provide insurance information so that they can seek reimbursement for you, if possible, from your insurance. Note that this is where it may be important for you to know if you have flood insurance.
Step 3: Clean-Up Process
The cleaning process should involve setting up machines and dehumidifiers that will work to restore your mattress and additional damaged furnishings. Machines are used to move cleaning solutions into the center of the layers of the mattress and then sucked out with commercial vacuums. Disinfectant sprays are also used.
As the restoration specialist works, he or she will document the job with notes and by taking photos. If mold is found, you should be contacted immediately and advised what to do.
Step 4: Restored Mattress
Once the mattress is restored by the expert and confirmed that it is safe to use, the bed will be positioned back in place.