How to dry a mattress quickly

Updated February 21, 2017

Aside from discomfort, a wet mattress causes a number of problems. The development of mould and mildew can lead to foul smells and respiratory issues. It can effect the bedding that is placed upon it and become a breeding ground for bacteria. It is imperative that your mattress be dried as quickly as possible. While it can seem like a hassle, it's worth the effort to dry your mattress in minimal time.

Set the mattress outside on a sunny day. Drag it outside early to take advantage of as many daylight hours as it may need.

Set a fan close by and turn it on so the air is hitting the damp spot to help it dry.

Use a hair dryer held over a wet spot on the mattress. Keep the hair dryer moving around the wet spot until it is dry.

Set kitty litter on a damp area or spill. The kitty litter will help to draw the moisture out of the inside of the mattress. Vacuum it up after 1 to 2 hours. Then use a fan to help dry the surface of the mattress.


Ensure that the mattress is completely fry before putting sheets or bedding back on it as this will cause mould.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
  • Kitty litter
  • Fan
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