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Can You Clean A Mattress With Water Damage? And Do You Want To?
Much like carpeting, mattresses are one of those items that can be severely damaged by water, and well nigh impossible to effectively repair. Before spending time and money trying to restore one, you have to ask yourself a) is it worth the effort? And b) do you think you stand a reasonable chance of success?
If the mattress is of the less expensive (read: “cheap”) variety, then you’re probably better off just throwing it out and replacing it. However, if the mattress is something you forked over some major cash for, then you probably want to at least take a run at salvaging it.
Remember that mattresses provide an excellent place for mold to take root and grow, so as with any case of water damage, time is of the essence, and you want to make sure that your mattress is properly treated the first time…..water damage doesn’t forgive many mistakes.
In most cases, professional restoration is recommended, as your local water restoration pros know what to do with various types of water damage and will treat your possessions with care. Have a professional look at your mattress and determine if it will be less costly to restore than to replace.
If you insist on trying it yourself, remember these tips:
Speed is important. As with any case of water damage, you only have about 48 hours before mold becomes a factor. If your mattress has been saturated longer than that, call the whole thing off and get ready to go shopping.
Dry out the mattress completely. You can place it outside in direct sunlight, and you can also use fans or blowers to help the process along. As with any case of water damage drying, allow a day or two for it to dry out completely. Remember that even the slightest residual moisture can provide enough of a breeding ground for mold. Never underestimate your adversary.
Use a vacuum to remove dirt and debris from the mattress. It may not all come up, but you’ll be a lot closer to clean than you were when you started. Wipe the mattress down with a cloth that has been dipped in an alcohol solution.
Some mattresses unzip to provide access to the internal structure. Take advantage of this feature to make sure that all elements of the mattress have been properly dried.
Usually when a mattress is damaged, the box springs have been as well. Remember that box springs often have wood components and support, which means that the wood will have to be dried out completely. It does no good to treat the rest of the box springs if you are going to leave the wood wet. Remember, in any case of water damage restoration, the operative word is “dry”.
Remember that a professional water damage repair company is always the preferred way to go, simply because these companies have the training, experience, and tools that far surpass those of mortal men (read: “homeowners”). They can do the job quicker, more efficiently, and without the subsequent problems that always seem to crop up following inexperienced do it yourself attempts.
If you have water damage, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110 for a free estimate!