Is my mattress a source of smell?
It is not uncommon for a mattress to produce a bad odor. Especially if you are not cleaning your mattress regularly.
There are few triggers bad odors on a mattress. The most common one is sweat. When we sweat, the mattress absorbs the fluid. After some time, sweat turns stale and this promotes the formation of bacteria and germs. Bacteria and germs are the usually causes of odor.
Liquid spills and nappy leaks are also quite common causes of odour. Any liquid absorbed by the mattress can be turned into a breeding ground by micro organisms such as molds and mildew. On the other hand, mattresses can stink because of poor circulation of air inside the bed. Make sure you ask for a mattress than ventilates well next time you buy one. Because of the heat that doesn’t ventilate the mattress produces moisture that will eventually lead to the appearance of molds.
But its not all lost, follow the tips below to make your mattress smell fresh and healthy:
Tip 1: Immediately clean any liquid spills on the mattress. Do not let the bed absorb it. If you do you will have more trouble getting rid of smells. Try using odor neutralizing cleaning agents to clean the stains or any sort of lemon based cleaner. Vacuum the mattress to get rid of dust particles. Ideally with a power head, if you have one
Tip 2: Use upholstery odor neutralizers like Agar spice or frehaire. This can be bought in commercial cleaner supply shops . Spray it liberally all over your mattress to get rid of the unwanted smell. These solutions will not mask the smells but attack and kill the actual bacteria that creates smell, gives you a much more effective odor control.
Tip 3: The best way to avoid bed odor is to air it out. Take your mattress outside on a sunny day and let them stay there for at least a day. The air will help get rid of smells and the sun can get rid of the germs and bacteria thriving in it.
Tip 4: once a month sprinkle baking soda all over the mattress. Let is stay there for about an hour before and then vacuum it off. Baking soda helps absorb bad odors.
Tip 5: If you tend to sweat a lot at night, use a mattress protector. There are comfortable mattress protectors made from water-repellent fabrics. They will not let moisture get into your mattress which will help with controlling bad odors.