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How can I dry out a rain soaked queen size bed mattress

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Roof leaked in recent storms and rain water leaked onto my mattress and box spring. They are still damp and n mold has developed.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Edward replied 8 years ago.

HelloCustomer

Thank you for asking your question on Just Answer. Sorry to say replacement is the best option. It will take weeks for the mattress to dry completely and the mold growth will only get worse. There is no way to get rid of the mold inside the mattress. Odor will be the next problem. Click here for more information.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Edward's Post: As it turned out there was only slight surface wetness which I used the following recipe on and came away with great reults.
Area treatment with a dilute bleach solution applied via spray bottle.
I had rented a 14 foot U-Haul truck to move some things, including the bed. I placed the treated mattress in the truck along with a box fan and an electric fireplace/1,500 btu. Left the mattress to "cook" over night and awoke to find it dry and ready for another tour of duty.

I guess soaked was the wrong description for this instance but then there are many levels of soakedness. This one was not so severe as to replace it.
Expert:  Edward replied 8 years ago.

I would still be concerned that the mold is still present in the mattress. Another thing to consider is that many mattresses have a fire retardant that can have it's effectiveness reduced by being wet. Hopefully you will not have these problems but they are something to consider.


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