There were approximately 494 thousand structure fires reported in the U.S. in 2014, resulting in about $9.8 billion in damages. Even if it was a small fire, such as a garbage can fire, the damages can cost up to several hundred dollars in restoring your household items from the soot and smoke that may have been created. Smoke can permeate your fabrics and textiles, and your mattress is one of those things that can be affected. If your fire resulted in an extinguisher being used on the mattress, then you would be better served to replace it altogether. However, smoke and soot damage can be cleaned, and the mattress can be reused.
So if you have had a fire and want to save your money for bigger cleanups, here are some ways to save that mattress.
Getting it clean
Since it is impossible to launder a mattress, cleaning it will take a bit more effort than doing the bed clothes. It is best to use a cleanser such as a pre-spray and spot remover. Before applying the cleanser, you will need to vacuum the black or brown particles that may have deposited on the mattress from the soot. Depending on the cleanser that you choose, you should follow the diluting or preparation directions given from the manufacturers. Spray the cleanser on the soot-stained areas.
Use a nylon brush to scrub at the soot areas and then flush the area thoroughly with water. If possible, you can put the mattress out in the air to dry, as this will also aid with getting rid of the smoke odor. If you live in an apartment, then open the windows and doors, move the mattress to where it might be able to catch some sunlight and use air movers to aid in the drying process.
Getting it fresh
Household items found in your kitchen such as vinegar and baking soda are odor eaters and can be used to restore a natural fresh scent to your mattress. Once it is cleaned of the soot, spray some white vinegar on the mattress. Spray enough to saturate the top layer of the mattress. Allow the vinegar to air dry before sprinkling baking soda on it. You can once again do a scrub that will spread the baking soda particles into the mattress fibers and then allow to sit for at least a day.
Vacuum the baking soda from the mattress and then repeat the process if you can still detect any hint of a smoke or soot smell. Remember to do the same treatment on both sides of the mattress before use.
For more information about smoke damage, contact Serclean Inc or a similar company.