I don't want to take a risk but I have a second hand crib that came with a foam mattress that looked completely clean, no marks or stains at all like is never been used. The mattress says it can be washed at 60 degress, I've just stuck it in the wash at 90 degress... asuming it survives the 90 degree wash, will that be enough to steralise it and make it safe for a new baby? does any one know?
I would just go out and buy one but I literally have no money this month and my baby is due in 4 weeks! What does every one think?
90 degrees should be enough to kill all nasties. I would (if possible) put it outside for some uv light and make sure it dries quickly. I would be more worried that the cot was stored in a damp loft or garage (mould!) than anything else.
Can you wash the whole mattress or is it just a washable cover? I believe the advice is because of mould spores deep inside the mattress that you can't see, which would be killed by a 90 wash. I bought my crib mattress from mothercare, it was only £12 so depends if you think it's worth using the second hand one.
It's the whole mattress that is in the washing machine. It hasn't been stored in a loft or any where else it's been in use and then passed straight on.
I know it not expensive to buy a crib mattress but I had most of my Direct debits refused this month due to double mortgage payments and a flat renovation that went on for months more than expected and have had to buy the basic essentials for my hospital bag from my boots points! we've just moved house and got our other flat rented finally so should be a little better off in 6 weeks but I am concerned my baby will have nowhere to sleep it is arrives before then!
90 wash should kill any nasties mousey says, Why don't you wash it with the intention of using it if your baby does come within the next 4 wks but with the view of buying a new one as soon as you can afford it?
I don't think 90 degrees is enough to kill spores. They can have heat resistant outer coats. When I worked in a microbiology lab the standard there was something like 120 degrees C at higher pressure than usual, and that killed pretty much everything except for prions which you don't need to worry about. Dry cleaning isn't necessarily going to kill microbes/spores.