Definition of Bacteria

Meaning of the Term as it Pertains to Mattresses

What is Bacteria?

A group of single-celled organisms that have cell walls but no organelles or organized nucleus. Some bacteria can live and breed in mattresses. We shed dry skin as we sleep, and skin flakes end up on our mattresses for bacteria to feed on. After a long enough time, bacteria can give mattresses unpleasant odors, which may permeate out into rooms.

Bedding should be removed and washed weekly to prevent bacterial growth. Latex and memory foam mattresses prohibit bacterial growth. Innerspring mattresses may include antimicrobial materials to prevent bacterial growth. Antimicrobial mattress covers may also be used to inhibit bacterial growth.