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How to Dry a Wet Mattress

Updated February 21, 2017

A number of circumstances can cause a mattress to become wet. Pets or children can have accidents on the mattress or food or beverage spills can happen. If you have leaky plumbing, water can drain onto your mattress. It is important to dry the mattress as soon as possible to prevent mildew and mould growth in its interior. Drying a wet mattress does not require any special equipment.

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  1. Remove the mattress from the bed. Cover the wet spots with clean, dry towels. Stand on the towels to draw out as much moisture as possible. Remove the wet towels and replace them with dry ones, then repeat the process. Continue blotting until the towels stop drawing up moisture.

  2. Sprinkle the wet area of the mattress with a thin layer of baking soda Rub the baking soda with a dry sponge to work it into the mattress fabric. Leave the baking soda on the mattress for eight hours to help prevent mould growth.

  3. Run a vacuum over the mattress to remove the baking soda.

  4. Take the mattress outside and set it in a sunny spot. Leave it outside the entire day.

  5. Plug an oscillating portable fan into an extension cord and bring the fan outside to the mattress. Set the mattress on its side, aim the fan at the wet area of the mattress and turn it on high. Leave the fan blowing on the mattress the entire day until the mattress is dry. Use the fan on the mattress indoors if weather conditions do not permit it to be placed outside.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dry towels
  • Baking soda
  • Sponge
  • Vacuum
  • Portable fan
  • Extension cord

About the Author

Dawn Gibbs

Based in Richmond, Va., Dawn Gibbs writes about topics such as history, fashion, literature, crafts, alternative medicine and healthy living. Her work has appeared on GreenDaily.com and several style websites. Gibbs holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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