A question more people should ask but don’t today we start a our 2 part blog asking the question
Can Mold Grow In My Mattress?
First we need to know what mold is. It is common fungus found in musty damp areas like attics, basements and bathrooms. These areas are mostly dark and moist with very little if any sunlight with typically very stagnate air movement. Trees and plants, and yes even fibers and foams like those found in mattresses can be common places that support mold growth. Mold spores can become airborne and move through the air seeking out wet areas to multiply in not only your home but the bed you sleep in.
Is Mold In Your Mattress Dangerous
Considering the amount of time spent in a mattress which for most of us is 7-8 hours or 1/3 of our day. This irritant could make one third of your life very unhealthy contributing or causing many problems from being a simple irritant to a severe health risk. For some mold in the mattress may be the cause of lack of rest which according to most professions has numerous additional health effects on our life we won’t even get into today. However most can set off allergies which can blow up causing major health issues that are often magnified in the form of minor to severe ear, nose, and throat problems. Lung issues such as asthma can easily be set into motion from such an irritant causing more serious health risks that could be life threatening for some.
If your mattress looks or smells moldy or musty, you have any of the above symptoms or problems mentioned this could very well be a sign of a problematic mattress that needs immediate attention.
What Causes Mold Inside Of My Mattress
So you have either found mold in your mattress or you are worried that your mattress might develop mold. Is there anything you can do? Of course there is, but first understand why mold grows in a mattress to help solve the problem. Mattresses while hyped as breathable for optimal sleep more often than not have very poor air ventilation. Inside of a mattress the air is quite stagnant and very dark, throw in the moisture found in beds and it becomes one of the most likely breeding grounds for mold. The moisture comes from a variety of sources and often can be prevented.
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