If you or any of the family members have been infected with the Covid-19 Coronavirus, You may have concerns over disinfecting your home to avoid spread of the virus to other members. This usually includes spraying disinfectants and wiping out every surface area in the house which we touch. From Toilet seats to kitchen tops, everything we put our hands on should be disinfected with a good surface cleaner. With that said, how do you disinfect your mattress? Should you change your mattress after the covid-19 or can you disinfect the mattress?
Before you make a decision on your mattress purchase, you need to understand how the covid-19 spreads and how long it stays on a surface. Its common knowledge now that the Coronavirus lives on surfaces for a specific time. For instance, on plastic surfaces, Glasstops and steel surfaces, the corona virus could live up to 72 hours or 3 days. On a Cotton sheet or cardboard, paper etc, the virus could live up to 24 hours. The virus could stay alive for up to 3 hours in the air and up to 4 hours on copper surfaces.
Purchasing a mattress may not be a good decision after all. How sure can you be that the mattress which comes to your home is not infected already with the virus from the people who transport it or from the people who work in manufacturing the mattress itself? Sometimes even thinking of these possibilities will create panic and you may not want to consider purchasing a mattress anywhere in the near future. Panic will not help and proper planning can go a long way in deciding your purchase and also making it safe for you. Understanding the pandemic and how it spreads is important. First, let’s assume that you wouldn’t want to purchase a mattress at all. What can you do to disinfect your mattress?
Simple Way to disinfect your mattress is to put it out in the open. When possible, leave the mattress in the sun for at least 3 days. If it’s not possible to leave the mattress in the sun, leave it untouched in an airy room. Be sure that no one is allowed in the room and no one touches the mattress for 3 days. Ensure the windows are open. Even when you leave the mattress in the sun, ensure that kids are not allowed to play near the mattress. Ensure proper safety while moving the mattress around. Wear a disposable glove and an N95 Mask while handling any infected object including your mattress.
If your mattress is aired out in the outdoors, ensure that you move it back indoors every evening. Rain and even normal dew could leave the mattress moist and ruin it. Keep the mattress dry at all times during the disinfection period.
Once the mattress completes 3 days of airing out in the sun or a ventilated room, you can be sure that it’s already safe and free from any virus. But it’s always a good idea to disinfect further. Dust out your mattress completely as much as you can. Leaving your mattress outdoors will accumulate dust and this will cause allergies and other symptoms (which may be very similar to the COVID symptoms and create unnecessary panic). A good vacuum cleaner is your tool for this and added with a crevice tool, you should go about the entire surface of the mattress including the sides and back.
Dusting the mattress is key, especially if you have left the mattress outdoors for even a single day. If your mattress has been indoor, there may not be much dust but it’s a good idea to dust it out to avoid problems later. Moreover, it takes less that 20 minutes to vacuum your mattress. Why not get it done now when you are already at it!
If you have sheets and toppers or protectors, now is the time to remove them and get them laundered. A normal detergent should do . Watch out for washing methods of your specific mattress covers and protectors. Avoid Bleach in your detergent as it may ruin your protectors or sheets. Mild detergent should be enough at this stage. Check out your mattress protector washing label on how to handle your protectors and toppers. If your topper is not washable, do not worry. Normal dusting should do at this stage.
Steaming your mattress will not rid the mattress off COVID-19. Its a theory provided by some social media posts which went viral for some time. There is no evidence whatsoever about the effect of steaming on coronavirus. So if you are wondering why you should steam your mattress, let me assure you that it’s not because you can get rid of the COVID-19 but for ensuring that the chemicals which you are going to use from now on do not put in a bad effect on the mattress itself. Some of the chemicals like alcohol may be reactive to your mattress fabric and may actually ruin your mattress. Moreover, The small amount of moisture in the steam will help the alcohol and disinfectant spread better over the mattress without making it wet and soggy. Steaming will help spread more alcohol/spirit/ disinfectant spread out deeper and better with lesser quantity.
A wide range of disinfectants is available in the market. Choosing the right one is very important. Harsh chemicals may ruin your mattress and a mild one would have no effect on the Covid-19 virus. Your options are
Once Disinfected, leave the mattress to dry indoors in a well-ventilated room. Leave the fan running to speed up the process. Ensure that the mattress is dry before putting on the sheets or using it. Even a bit of moisture in any corner of the mattress will lead to molds and fungus over a period of time. If needed, turn the mattress upside down and ensure the bottom area of the mattress is dry too. A day extra in drying is always better than finding molds after a week.
It may be necessary that you purchase a new mattress. You may not be mentally prepared to use the old mattress or its time you Replaced your old mattress. Whatever may be the case, You may want to check out and prepare yourself for the purchase. Before you even purchase a new mattress, ensure that you have a face mask, Gloves and hand sanitizers ready. You need to understand that white glove delivery requires a delivery person to enter your home. Practice social distancing. Wear a mask and ask the person setting up the mattress to disinfect their hand with the hand sanitizer you provide. Ensure that the person does not touch anywhere else. Do not Help them transport the mattress to your room. Let them do their job. If they are infected, they may transmit the virus to you and if you are carrying the virus already, you may infect them.
It’s important that you be careful while you purchase your new mattress but its just as important that you ensure that your old mattress is removed safely without infecting someone. If you or a member of your family is already infected, ensure that you disinfect your old mattress before asking a mattress removal service company to get rid of it. Ensure that the mattress is aired out, preferably in the sun for at least 4 days before they take the mattress away. Chances are its already safe after 5 days in the sun. If you think you need to disinfect the mattress thoroughly, follow the Disinfection process above before you ask for mattress removal.
During these tough times, ensure that your community is safe. Practice safe distance and also practice safe garbage removal. Ensure that you store all your waste products in a covered Garbage bag for at least 3 days before sending it out. Do your part to keep the community safe.