Mattresses live in different environments – it's a fact. Bedrooms vary in size, air flow, the intensity of the light sources, and levels of humidity. Not all of these factors are favorable for mattresses. Moisture can be a number one problem you would want to avoid. Unless you’re a mermaid or something and like sleeping on wet things.
While ideally you'd want to keep your mattress where the moisture levels are low, it isn't always possible. Moisture can come from general humidity (air), emanate from floors, and even happen by accident (spills). So how do you keep your mattress in tip-top shape?
- Keep it off the floor – most people do so already, using box springs or a mattress base. Your mattress will be safe even in a damp environment. Unless your place is flooded…then at the very least you can use it as a floaty.
- Check the bottom of the mattress every so often if you like keeping it on the floor – if the bottom is dry, your mattress is fine!
- If the bottom of your mattress feels damp, air it out every few weeks by putting it on its side – it will serve you for years to come.
- To prevent lasting damage from spills, consider a mattress protector but beware – it may diminish all the great qualities of your mattress if it's not breathable. Choose a protector that is made from similar materials your mattress is built from. For example, wool offers amazing benefits. Sheep seem to really like it.
- Last but not least, high-quality mattresses should offer some "built-in" moisture protection by being made from materials that repel mold, mildew, and fungus. For instance, the Eyri mattress is protected due to its natural yet resistant materials that are hypoallergenic, antibacterial and antimicrobial. The top layer is resilient and breathable: combined with the sheep's wool layer, it will keep your mattress naturally moisture-resistant.
Assessing your living environment is a very important first step in protecting your mattress from moisture. If you know that your bedroom is prone to humidity, consider a base for your mattress to keep it off the floor. It is also a good idea to air out your mattress to keep it fresh and the layers ventilated. Other than that, your mattress should do the hard work for you, so invest wisely into a high-quality mattress that will be naturally moisture-resistant.