How to dry a wet mattress

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Everyone can end up having a wet mattress, and a wet mattress can be quite annoying. Nobody likes to sleep on a cold and wet mattress. Not only is a wet mattress a pain, but a wet mattress also attracts mold and dust, and it gets even dirtier. It also might leave a stain. No matter how a mattress got wet, the witness has to go fast, and that is why in this article, there will be all the ways on how to dry a wet mattress.

Why a wet mattress should be dried right away

First off, if someone has a wet mattress, they should get rid of all the moisture right away. The reason why someone would dry a mattress is that it is a good place for molds and bacterias to grow. Plus it makes for a very uncomfortable sleep, and it will damage the mattress.

Remove any dust or bedding sheets

The first thing needed to be done is to remove any beddings from the wet mattress. The beddings must be washed away as fast as possible to avoid any mold and bacteria. If there is no place to wash them away, hang them outside or in the direct sunlight. 

Remove the Moisture

After removing any beddings, the next thing needed to be done is to remove any moisture from the mattress, or at least, remove the majority of it. If the mattress is wet with anything else rather than water, it can leave a stain if the mattress does not get dried quickly. There are several ways to do this.

Using a Towel

If there are any wet spots on the bed, and they are not big enough, taking away their moisture is a good idea. Using a clean towel or any type of material that absorbs moisture is a good idea. Try using the best type of material for absorbing water because if the wetness cannot be absorbed well, the process will be ruined. Press the towel onto the mattress and when the towel gets too wet, switch it. Try taking out as much water as possible from the mattress.

Using Kitten Litter

If there is a lot of wetness that cannot be absorbed by a simple towel, use kitten litter. Kitten litters will help in absorbing more water, and they will speed up the process of drying a mattress. Usually, latex mattresses or memory foam mattresses do not absorb much water, so there is no need to use kitten litter for them, unless they are really soaked into water. 

Using Wet-Dry Vacuum

Using Wet-Dry Vacuum

It is also possible to use a wet-dry vacuum to suck up all the water from that spot. Move the hose of the vacuum across the mattress, top to bottom and sometimes left to right, until there is no more water to suck. 

Remove the Stains 

Like mentioned, if something rather than water causes the wetness of the mattress, it can leave a stain. Even water can leave stains too. So the next thing is to clean the stain before it is too late. For doing so, it is recommended to use dish soap and hydrogen peroxide. 

Use the dish soap liquid on the stain and scrub it with a toothbrush, or something with similar material that can wash away stains from a surface. It is also a good idea to spread the hydrogen peroxide across the stain and leave it there for a couple of minutes, and then damp it with a clean piece of cloth.

Also Read: How To Remove Yellow Stains From A Mattress

Dry the Mattress

After doing all the steps above, it is time to let the mattress dry. Even if the surface of the mattress feels totally dry, the inside of it might still have a bit of moisture, and that might make the mattress rot from the inside. The mattress should be dried, so do not leave it in the same room hoping for it to dry as time goes on. There are several ways to dry a mattress properly. 

Dry the Mattress with a Hairdryer

If the wet spot is not too large, it is possible to use a hairdryer or similar devices that let out heat. Keep the heating source or the hairdryer a few inches away from the mattress and move the device back and forth for a solid 10 or 20 minutes. This way of drying a mattress is best for smaller wet spots and for those who want their mattress to dry as soon as possible. 

Prop the Mattress Against a Wall and Use a Fan

Prop the Mattress Against a Wall and Use a Fan

Airflow can also speed up the process of the mattress getting dry. Lean the mattress against a wall, and use a fan or any device that can flow air faster. Such as an air conditioner. To make the process faster, put the speed of the fan at its fastest. Make sure there is enough space between the fan and the leaned mattress, so if the mattress falls, it does not fall on the fan. This process can take up to 7 or 8 hours long, so make sure that you check the mattress every once in a while, and adjust the fan to the wet spots if there are few of them. 

Move the Mattress out-door

If the weather is good and the sun is shining, sunlight and hot weather can also be a great option on how to dry a wet mattress. Make sure the temperature is not so cold and get the mattress outside of the house, and put it under direct sunlight. If not possible, open a window, and let the sunlight dry the wet spot on the mattress. Sunlight might not speed up the drying process, but the airflow and the sunlight themselves are great for the mattress. Using one of the two ways above while the mattress is under sunlight will also make the drying process more effective.

Disinfect the Mattress

At last, when the mattress is all dried, use alcohol to disinfect any sort of mold or bacteria on the mattress and make the mattress as good as new. If the mattress was under sunlight, there is no need to use alcohol as the sunlight itself is anti-bacterial [1].


In this article, there was a lot of useful information about how to dry a wet mattress. Overall, a mattress should never be wet, and especially if it is not a budget mattress. Make sure that the mattresses are always dry to prevent any kind of mold, or damage to the mattress, or someone's health. 

Thanks for reading this article. Please feel free to comment down any other ways there is to dry a mattress, and how you would do it. Also, ask us if there is anything else that you want to know about mattresses.


  1. Kimberly Holland (November 28, 2018) Want to Kill Dangerous Bacteria? Open Your Blinds. Retrieved from

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