Box Spring Got Wet? – Here Is What You Do

What do you do when your box spring gets wet? It’s going to be different than a wet mattress.

And what you should really do might surprise you.

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How To Dry A Box Spring

  • Get the box spring somewhere dry like a covered garage.
  • If you have a shop vacuum put that on the wet setting and start to vacuum the box spring. Make sure to use the wide nozzle attachment. Do not use a regular vacuum cleaner as water will destroy it.
  • Or if you have an air compressor blow out the box spring.
  • If you don’t have either of those then grab a rag and start to soak up as much of the water as possible.

Sun Dry It

The most effective thing you’ll need to do is allow the box spring to dry out in the sun. This will get most of the water out, but it will take a few days.

It’s important to use the sun as it will help to stop mold from growing.

What You Should Do Instead

9 out of 10 times when a box spring gets wet, it’s ruined. Sometimes you can get lucky, but if it were in a flood or got wet from the rain, I would give up on it.

The good news is that you can get replacements or better yet platform bed frames that are affordable.

I recommend checking out Zinus 14 Inch SmartBase Mattress Foundation (Amazon Link Ad).

If there is a chance the mattress got wet too, check out the Zinus Green Tea Mattress (Amazon Link Ad).

If want to see more options for bed frames check out my ultimate guide here.

What Could Happen?

If you don’t replace your box spring, you run the risk of water still being inside the frame. The wooden frame of the box spring will hold onto moisture for years.

That trapped moisture is ideal for mold growth.

Not only that, but the springs of the box spring that holds everything together will start to rust. The rust will slowly eat away at the metal and cause it to break.

The wet box spring will soon turn into more trouble then it’s worth if you keep it.

Also, Box Springs Suck

Another good reason to get rid of the box spring is because they suck.

Box springs are a dying breed, and no one wants them anymore.

You can get a platform bed frame that allows for more storage under it and looks better.

The truth is that box springs were needed years ago for the old style spring mattresses. But today with memory foam, latex, and modern spring mattress you don’t need box springs.

The funny part is that the box springs they sell you at the mattress stores are often hollow wooden (and cheaply made) platforms. They serve no real purpose besides making you think you “need” one.