How To Prevent Mould Growing Under Your Mattress

Friday 15th September 2023

Ellen Warren

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If you have ever woken up feeling congested and or have a tickle in your throat, your bedroom could be harbouring mould. Mould poses significant health risks, like respiratory issues and skin irritation, which can worsen over time.

ICE Cleaning is the UK's leading company for mould remediation services and is working closely with councils to adhere to Awaab's Law. We can be on-site within a few hours in an emergency and provide high-quality cleaning solutions for your home or business.

Read on to learn more about mould and why it may grow on your mattress.

What is mould?

Mould, a form of fungus, thrives in damp and warm environments. These fungi often grow in colours like black, green, or white on various surfaces such as walls.

What makes mould dangerous is its ability to multiply rapidly under favourable conditions. Spores, the tiny reproductive units produced by moulds, are easily airborne and can infest large areas in a short time.

Exposure to mould can cause various health problems, including respiratory issues, skin irritation, headaches, and fatigue. It can even result in more severe ailments such as asthma and hypersensitivities.

Why mould in your bedroom is dangerous

Mould lurking in your bedroom is not just an unsightly problem, but a health hazard. As you sleep, you inhale invisible spores which can cause long-term issues in the near future.

This fungus thrives on moisture and organic matter, making your bed its perfect breeding ground. As we sleep, we naturally sweat and shed skin cells, which can encourage mould to spread and take over your mattress within a few weeks.

The danger lies in those microscopic mould spores that float freely around our bedrooms. Once inhaled, they can trigger allergies or even lead to serious lung infections. If you suspect mould beneath your mattress, you must act quickly and seek professional help from cleaning services.

Why mould is growing under your mattress

The dark and damp environment under your mattress is a perfect breeding ground for mould. Factors such as sweat, other bodily fluids, and poor ventilation make this ideal.

Mattresses harbour bodily fluids, especially sweat from hot summer nights or regular body heat. This creates humidity that seeps into our mattresses over time, but regular cleaning and consistent air circulation around your bed can prevent mould.

How to prevent mould in your bedroom

The first step towards preventing mould is understanding what it needs to thrive. Just like we need air and food, mould needs moisture and warmth. Therefore, by removing one of these elements, you can help prevent mould.

Investing in a good quality dehumidifier can help keep your bedroom dry by extracting excess moisture from the air. Keeping your bedroom well-ventilated can also work, which you can achieve by opening windows regularly or using fans.

Over time, your mattress will accumulate sweat and other bodily fluids, creating an ideal environment for mould growth. A regular cleaning routine with a vacuum or steam cleaner can prevent mould or remove some spores.

What to do when you see mould

If you see signs of mould in your bedroom, it is integral to take action immediately. Do not try to remediate the affected area by using a bleach or DIY solution like vinegar, as this will not kill the mould. You must adjust your environment to prevent further spread and call for assistance. 

Mould removal companies like ICE Cleaning can step in and take control of the situation, thoroughly removing mould and preventing its return. Mould experts have expertise in various moulds and use advanced methods to eradicate them.

Frequently asked questions

Why is the underside of my mattress mouldy?

Mattresses can trap sweat and other body fluids, creating a damp environment. Without proper ventilation or cleaning, this moisture invites mould growth.

How do you treat mould under a mattress?

You should isolate the mattress for professional cleaning. If the mould is a persistent issue, you may need to replace it.

Can you get mould out of the bottom of a mattress?

You can remove mildew from mattresses using steam cleaners or specific products. But for severe cases, you need professional help.

What does mould on the bottom of a mattress look like?

Mould usually appears as black, green or white spots. It might also have an unpleasant musty smell that's hard to miss.

Get in touch

If mould has already infested your property or begun to grow under your mattress, you rely on ICE Cleaning to step in. Our mould removal services are leading the way for future mould prevention in the UK, and with our lifetime guarantee*, your home will be protected from mould growth for life.

To get in touch, you can contact our friendly team at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk, where we will provide a free, no-obligation quote for your cleaning needs. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and can be on-site within a few hours in an emergency.

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