We are sometimes asked about the best methods of mold removal from waterbed mattresses and the answer depends on whether the mold is on the exterior surface of the mattress or inside the mattress.
Wherever you have mold on your waterbed, though, it’s important to remove it because exposure to mold spores has been linked to numerous health problems, including allergic reactions, rashes, respiratory disorders, sinus infections, digestive problems, pneumonia, asthma attacks, inflammation of the joints, depression and fatigue. You definitely don’t want to be breathing in mold spores every night when you sleep. In addition, most strains of mold spread quickly and easily from one part of the home to another, so it’s important to deal with mold in your waterbed right away before it spreads.
Sometimes mold begins to grow on the exterior surface of a waterbed mattress when there is a leak in the mattress. A small leak may go unnoticed for a while, but the warmth and moisture makes a perfect environment for mold. If you notice mold on the outer surface of your waterbed mattress, you should inspect the mattress carefully for leaks. Sometimes small leaks can be repaired; other times, the mattress must be replaced.
If you suspect mold on the underside of your waterbed mattress, you’ll need to drain the mattress so that you can turn it over, inspect it carefully, repair any leaks and clean the mattress thoroughly. Inspect your waterbed liner for mold, as well.
Use bleach and water, to clean mold from the exterior of your waterbed mattress and from the waterbed liner. Allow them to dry completely before putting your bed back together.
Mold removal from waterbed mattresses becomes a bit more difficult when the mold is inside the mattress. It can be hard to know if there is mold inside your waterbed mattress, but if you unplug the valve and take a sniff, a strong musty odor is a sign that there is probably mold in there. Unfortunately, the inside of a waterbed mattress is a great habitat for mold, since it’s very warm and very moist.
You can buy waterbed conditioner, which is a liquid solution you put inside the mattress when you first fill it with water, to help prevent the growth of mold inside the mattress. Once you have mold in the mattress, though, adding conditioner probably won’t help. To be safe, we recommend buying a new mattress for your waterbed. Depending on the type of mattress you buy, it may not cost that much to replace your mattress. Here is a link to replacement mattresses on Amazon.com.
As far as household mold problems go, waterbed mold is fairly simple to deal with and many people are able to handle the task themselves. If you’re not sure if you’ve removed all the mold, though, or aren’t sure if you need to replace the mattress, or if you’ve got mold in other areas of the home (a distinct possibility, given how quickly and easily many strains of mold can spread), we recommend scheduling a free in-home consultation with a mold removal professional. An experienced professional will come to your home, inspect your waterbed and any other places you have mold, and advise you about the best way to deal with the problem. You can choose to hire the professional to do the job for you, but even if you want to do the work yourself, you can benefit from some free expert advice. To find experienced mold removal professionals in your area, just follow the link provided.