How To Dry A Wet Mattress

How To Dry A Wet Mattress

Hurricane brings some other belongings like rain, wind, and flood that enters into your home without permission. Once inside, they damage the wooden, metal, and foam materials.

Wooden items and hard floors are easy to dry and repair. However, foam materials and upholstered items need some care after the water is gone. So, you should know how to dry a wet mattress or upholstery furniture.

If you are unaware of the steps or processes, you are on the right page. Let us discuss the process in detail.

Evaluate the mattress

Before you start anything, you should check the damage. If the bed was soaked in water for quite a long time, then it is advised to get professional help. Because a mattress wholly soaked in water for long can be a house for mold, virus, and bacteria.

Also, flood water comes with sewage, which is harmful and toxic for health. So, if it is not cleaned correctly and all the excess water and moisture is not removed, the mattress is not hygienic to sleep.

Depending upon the results, you need to decide whether you want to do the cleaning yourself or you want to contact the professionals; companies and service providers working under the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines. They have the best tools and knowledge to restore the mattress.

A cleaning team from IICRC will visit your house to evaluate the mattress, and let you know whether it can be saved or not. If you had flood insurance on the bed, then they will also help you to get the replacement.

Self-cleaning Procedure


  • Towel or any other absorbent cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Glass of water
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Piece of cloth

Step 1: Absorb excess water from the mattress

Remove all the wet bedsheets from the bed and get ready to absorb all the water. To do that, you will need some dry towels. Use one of the dry towels against the mattress, so that they can absorb the water.

Use both your hands with full force to absorb all the water from your bed. If you need, use more than two or three dries, towels to soak maximum liquid from the mattress.

Step 2: Get rid of the moisture

Towels have done their job externally. Now, you have you remove the humidity sitting inside the foam.

a. Sprinkle some baking soda over the mattress. Use a sponge to push it inside as much as you can. Soda will not only absorb the extra moisture but also prevent mold growth. Leave the pop on the mattress for around 12 hours.

b. Vacuum clean the bed to get rid of the baking soda and the remaining moisture.

c. Repeat the above steps if you notice further moisture in the mattress.

Step 3: Treat the mattress for mold

Whatever your action plan of cleaning the bed is, mold can still make way to the inside. Once it grows, you will not compromise with your health, and eventually, you have to through away an unclean bed. However, you can use alcohol to prevent any mold activities.

a. Take a glass of water and mix some rubbing alcohol into it.

b. Dip a clean cloth inside the liquid mix, wring the extra water, and wipe out the entire mattress using a clean cloth.

Step 4: Let the mattress dry

Sunshine is a natural sanitizer, so take the bed to a place where it can get some sun rays. Rotate the mattress at regular intervals, so that it gets the sunshine all around the areas. You can also use dehumidifiers and fan to dry the mattress. Do not sleep on the bed until and unless it’s completely dried.


  • Even if the mattress appears dry externally, there can be still some moisture inside. Even a small level of moisture can result in bacteria friendly mildew and mold that can compromise your health. So, over dry the mattress.
  • Use half water and half rubbing alcohol in a glass and do not overuse it on the mattress.
  • If you feel difficulty following any of the given steps, then you should consult professional cleaning services. They have the right knowledge and experience to take you out of this situation.

Note: A regular upright vacuum cleaner may look like a perfect option to remove the excess water from the mattress. However, do not use it; otherwise, exposure to water may result in electric shocks and health hazards.

Bottom line

It is essential to know how to dry a wet mattress. However, you have to make sure it is worth the time and effort. If you cannot handle the recovery process, we suggest you take professional help.

Whether you are taking care of the mattress or you are consulting professionals, in both the ways you have to make sure the bed is appropriately dried. After the restoration, keep a check on mold growth as well. Sleep well.

Last Updated on 2nd January 2023

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