When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in 2020, the world forever changed and so did how we clean our homes and belongings. We’ve all been washing our hands more than ever, disinfecting our doorknobs, and even wiping down our groceries! There is likely one very important item you are forgetting to clean—your mattress.
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After you’ve been sick in bed, you’ll obviously want to change your sheets, but there can be some residual particles on your mattress. Changing and washing your sheets alone won’t remove all of the germs that have accumulated on your mattress while you’ve been sick in bed. It’s crucial to clean your mattress as well.
Here’s how to clean a bed after COVID-19 and some answers to common questions you might have about mattresses and COVID-19.
No, there is currently no evidence that the virus can spread on mattresses. So, you cannot get COVID-19 from a mattress. As research on the COVID-19 virus improves and increases, there have been new developments in learning about how the virus spreads and what surfaces it lives on. If your family has COVID-19 or is suspected of having it, health professionals suggest cleaning and disinfecting your entire home, mattress, sheets, and laundry included.
Remember that there is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning, according to the CDC, “physically eliminates germs from surfaces” by using soap or detergent to remove germs from surfaces or items. According to the CDC, disinfecting destroys germs on surfaces with chemicals but does not remove dirt. It’s vital to do both for optimal cleanliness. The best way to protect your mattress from COVID-19, allergens, and other gems is by using a mattress protector. Adding the protective layer of a mattress protector will cover up your mattress and prevent any germs from contaminating your mattress.
It has been suspected that COVID can live on a mattress anywhere between 2 hours and 2 days, according to Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an Infectious Disease Specialist at the University of Toronto. There haven’t been any studies since 2020 to determine how long COVID-19 can live on a mattress. However, this information was revealed to the CBC in 2020, in the early days of the pandemic, when research about how long the virus can live on surfaces was limited.
Additionally, the National Environmental Agency advises that as of October 2021, the virus can live on “surfaces such as curtains, bedsheets, carpets, mattresses, pillows or cushions for 2-3 days.”
Even though evidence and research is divided on how long COVID-19 can live on a mattress, it is recommended to clean your mattress after you or a family member has contracted COVID-19 to air on the side of caution. Cleaning a mattress can be a challenge and it can be difficult to know what cleaning products you can use on the mattress.
The following steps will help you get your mattress clean from COVID-19
Another important thing to remember when cleaning and washing bed linens after COVID-19 is to not shake out the linens and to keep them separate from another dirty laundry. Place the laundry directly into the washing machine. Do not let it sit in a laundry basket. Do not throw or toss fabrics as this might spread the virus in the air, which is how it is primarily transmitted.
As mentioned above, there is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. After the top layer of the mattress has been thoroughly scrubbed, the disinfectant will be able to penetrate the mattress to its core and effectively eradicate the virus.
For both cleaning and disinfection, make sure the cleaner is compatible with the surface material. Check the ingredients of the solution and check for ingredients like bleach or corrosive chemicals that might damage the surface of the mattress cover or the mattress itself. If you aren’t sure about what chemicals to use on what surface, contact the manufacturer or look up cleaner to see if they are compatible.
Yes, it is possible to spray alcohol to disinfect a mattress from COVID-19. Alcohol, including rubbing alcohol, can kill a variety of germs including COVID-19. However, not just any alcohol will kill the virus. The alcohol must be at a concentration of at least 70% alcohol. Diluted alcohol of any type can be used to disinfect from COVID-19 as long as it is at a concentration of 70%.
To disinfect a mattress from COVID-19 using alcohol, remove all bedding, spray on the mattress or mattress cover, and allow it to dry.
When cleaning your home and commonly touched surfaces after a positive COVID-19 case, many people forget to clean their mattresses. This article will help you learn how to clean a mattress after COVID-19 and hopefully keep your family safe and testing negative. Besides cleaning your mattress after COVID, it’s also important to regularly clean your mattress to reduce allergy symptoms by keeping your bed clean.
For more information on mattress cleaning and sanitizing, check out The Ultimate Guide On How To Clean Your Mattress on our blog.
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