How to Take a Mold Smell Away From a Water Bed

Waterbeds have been around since the 1800s. Waterbeds provide many advantages such as minimal pressure on your bed. Waterbeds can also be heated, which can help back pain as well as create a cosy environment to sleep in during the cold winter months. Since waterbeds are full of water mould, mildew and odour problems can develop. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can remove the mould smell from your waterbed for good.

Wash all bedding in your washing machine on the hottest setting allowed for the specific fabric. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the washing machine along with your normal washing powder. The vinegar and hot water will clean and disinfect the bedding while removing any mould and mildew that may be growing on items.

Add an approve waterbed biocide--or shock treatment--to the water. Overtime, bacteria can begin to grow inside the waterbed mattress. Adding a biocide to the water will help control microbial growth.

Create a solution with 1 tbsp of baking soda to every cup of water. Dissolve the baking soda completely. Saturate a clean cloth in the baking soda-water mixture. Wipe the mattress, the sides, around the heater, the value and the side rails with the mixture. Add a vinyl waterbed cleaner to a cloth and wipe the surface of the waterbed.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Washing powder
  • Biocide approved for waterbeds
  • Shock treatment for waterbeds
  • Baking soda
  • 2 soft cloths
  • Vinyl waterbed cleaner
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.