Entire GCC is witnessing heavy rains like never before in recent years. Especially in Bahrain, the winter season has turned into a full-on wet season. Maintaining the dryness within the house is important for comfort. Needless to say, mattress maintenance is one of the major factors of comfort. No matter foam mattress or spring mattress Bahrain people have a challenge to face.
Get ready to sleep tight even in the raging monsoon. Mattress maintenance is key for your sleep. Some additional steps are required to keep the comfort level of the mattress intact. Here we try to put before you certain precautionary steps to defend the wet season efficiently.
Bed sheet rotation
Yeah, I know what you are thinking. Indeed, it is a regular practice in most houses. However, the frequency of the bed sheet rotation should be more in the wet season. You must have experienced the dampness of mattresses in the wet season even if the bedroom is not exposed directly to the outer environment. This is due to the absorbent nature of the bed. Recently, almost every spring mattress Bahrain people opt for is of pocketed spring. These pockets are also moisture traps if not covered properly.
According to the type of foam and cover used in the bed manufacture, the level of the moisture absorption will be different. Using a good cotton rich bed sheet can reduce this absorption to a great extent. However, since it is made of cotton, it will not be completely impermeable for moisture. So regular replacement is a must to prevent moisture absorption by the mattress.
Sorry for those who have their mattress fixed to the bed. This one is not for you. If you have your mattress not fixed to the bed, you have a luxury to flip the side of the bed when the top side is dampened by moisture. However, mere flipping of the mattress will not allow the trapped moisture to escape much. Almost every spring mattress Bahrain houses have is double sided. So, flipping will not be a problem. Not only spring mattresses, double sided beds are available in most types.
When you flip your mattress, make sure the bed platform has something spread over that can absorb moisture from the mattress surface. Also make sure the moisture absorbent is easily replaceable in the next flip. You may use a cotton rich cloth spread or a layer of silica gel. Cotton cloth may need to be replaced in every flip. But, the layer of silica gel mentioned can be used for a longer period.
Yeah, It is a bit of a confusing suggestion to make. Waterproofing of mattresses cannot be done by painting over it. There are only two ways to achieve this. Either you have to purchase a mattress with waterproofing cloth as the outer layer or you need to look for a waterproof mattress protector later on. Both ways it costs you some extra pennies.
Another reason I was hesitant about this suggestion is the problem about the waterproofing material. Most waterproof clothes are not well known for comfort. So you are compromising on comfort for this type of waterproofing. The choice is yours. And, I’ve no courage to recommend this method as long as I cannot tell how much comfort you are ready to compromise. Basically, never.
You cannot find waterproof mattress and accessories in every mattress and bed shop Bahrain has. However, there are some premium shops where these are available. American beds is on such. They are the leading manufacturer and supplier of bed and mattress in Bahrain. They have a collection of waterproof beds as well as accessories for waterproofing.
Don’t ask me whether I am talking about the wet season itself. But, I hope there will be some amount of sunshine available no matter how rainy it is. So, when the sunlight is available, use it. Sunlight is a natural disinfectant. You may not take your mattress outdoors to show sunlight. Please don’t raise complaints about this idea after you get your mattresses wet. Keep it inside the house and use available sunlight to warm it.
Outdoor warming indeed is more beneficial to disinfect as well as deodorize. However, we will save it for the summer season.
Air quality determines the mattress quality to an extent. Moist air can contain more particles than dry air. So having an air purifier in the room can save your bed from getting contaminated. However, this alone cannot act as an ultimate solution.
With air purifiers, if you can add a dehumidifier also, it will be great in improving the room air quality. Thereby improving the bed mattress quality. I know I am asking for a bit more but this is for your good sleep. Dehumidifiers are available in different forms. You can get dehydrating chemicals which are safe to use in confined environments as well. You may also find dehumidifying appliances as well these days. Make your choice according to your budget and convenience.