In his bestselling novel The Godfather, when Italian American author Mario Puzo wrote about mafia family warfare he used the phrase, “Going to the mattresses.” The phrase is often used out of context, but I never expected to personally use it.
That’s because I was going to the mattresses with my HEPA vacuum and eco-friendly anti-bacterial cleaners in hand. While I wasn’t going to war with a mafia family, I was waging war on something just as dangerous – mold!
Spotting Mold in Your Mattress
Mold can happen to anyone. How did I learn about my mold problem? At first I didn’t know that I had one! It’s hard to say how long I slept on a moldy mattress and breathed on mold spores before discovering it.
- EARTH FRIENDLY DETERGENT – Washing your bedding in eco-friendly laundry detergent helps remove everything from dirt and odor to bacteria and mold.
- ELIMINATE CLUTTER – A cluttered bedroom invites in harmful particles like dust mites, mold and mildew spores that hover in the air we breathe. Left unattended, the clutter can even attract pests like bedbugs or mice. Yuck!
- CLEAN YOUR MATTRESS – The best way to clean a mattress, I’ve found, is to first sprinkle on baking soda and leave it for about 15 minutes. This will absorb the odors. Then vacuum the surface with a machine that uses HEPA technology.
Sweet Mold-Free Dreams
Sleeping on a mattress that has a spot of mold is not just unhygienic but it is also bad for your physical well-being. You can’t get a good night’s rest if you spend half the night suffering the effects of sleeping on a moldy mattress, and will feel more fatigued the next day.
According to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (www.health.mo.gov), mold can set off asthma symptoms or allergic reactions such as:
- runny nose
- eye irritation
- upper respiratory problems
Prevent Mold from Happening in the First Place
If you can prevent mold from happening then you are leaps and bounds ahead of the problem. In addition to the best way to clean a mattress, get one that’s made from organic materials like natural rubber, wood from sustainable forests, and organic wool or cotton.
Use breathable cottons and linens because they allow air to pass through to the mattress which allows moisture to be released. When moisture, from whatever source, is trapped in the mattress, then it is like inviting mold and mildew over for a sleepover.
You can use a dehumidifier to help reduce the amount of moisture in your bedroom. If you notice condensation on your windows, mold spots on the ceiling or in the corners of your bedroom, or if your room smells musty, then it’s possible that you can benefit from a dehumidifier even if your mattress is mold-free.
An Extra Barrier of Protection for a Good Night’s Sleep
Now when I head to bed for a good night’s sleep, I use protection. The Mattress Barrier Cover from Green Nest keeps my mattress free from exposure to mold as well as things like potentially harmful bacteria and dust mites.
The soft fabric cover just slips over my mattress and a brass zipper holds everything closed. When I’m ready to clean it, I just unzip and toss it into the washing machine, and line dry. However, the cover is machine dryable also.
Since getting the cover, I sleep so much easier! I’ve since ordered the Pillow Barrier Covers. The covers are durable, and because my bed stays cleaner overall, I truly feel as if the covers have extended the life of my mattress and pillows.
No matter how well you sleep at night, you will sleep even better with the Mattress Barrier Cover. Made from the best organic products grown around the world, you deserve this kind of luxury. Click here to find out how to order yours now.