How to Clean a Memory Foam Mattress? With 4 Steps

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We understand how tough it might be to know how to clean a memory foam mattress, so we’re here to assist! Even if you’ve kept your mattress in pristine shape, you may feel like it needs a little sprucing up. It’s unavoidable that your mattress will become dirty or that you will spill something on it, therefore we’re here to help.

We recommend sponging any stains with a moist cloth, but the most essential thing to remember is to first consult the care guide to see what procedures the manufacturer suggests. Check out our standard mattress cleaning advice if you don’t have a memory foam mattress.

Here are some pointers on how to spot-clean your mattress to keep it clean and fresh.

How Can Clean a Memory Foam Mattress?

1. Vacuum the Mattress Completely

The first step in cleaning memory foam mattresses is to strip the bed and thoroughly vacuum the entire surface of the bed. A handheld vacuum cleaner is ideal for this task, but a standard vac will suffice.

Because most memory foam mattresses have elaborately stitched covers that can become magnets for lint, dirt, and debris, when cleaning your mattress, you should vacuum all the nooks and crannies.

For this purpose, the small brush attachment works well. You may also want to use the crevice tool or upholstery attachment to get into difficult-to-reach areas, such as the mattress’s sides.

2. Construct a Mattress Cleaning Solution

We’re ready to make some cleaning solutions now that your bed is free of hair, debris, and other debris.

Most stains can be removed with a diluted fabric cleaner, dishwashing liquid, or mild detergent. Choose your favorite cleaner, dilute it in a spray bottle with two parts warm water for every one part cleaner in a 2:1 ratio.

Make a solution of 34 cup water and 14 cup white vinegar for tough stains. You should also have baking soda on hand for urine stains and severe discoloration. A hydrogen peroxide solution can be used on traditional mattresses, but you should avoid using it on memory foam.

3. Clean the Mattress in Spots

Next, locate any stains on the mattress and plan to spot clean them. The fabric cleanser solution will perform best for mild stains.

Spray the solution lightly onto the stain, taking care not to apply too much liquid. If you overspray the stain, the bed will absorb the solution, which can lead to mold or mildew growth.

Once the spray has been applied to the stain, use a rag or a clean sponge to wipe the mattress in a small circular motion. Allow the soiled area to dry after wiping it down with a clean towel.

Follow the same cleaning procedure to remove more stubborn stains. However, instead of the fabric cleaner solution, use the vinegar solution. After cleaning, wipe the area down with a clean, damp cloth.

Apply a generous amount of vinegar solution to more severe stains, such as pet urine or vomit. After that, pat the area dry with paper towels and sprinkle it with baking soda. The baking soda will absorb the liquid, deodorize it, and aid in the removal of the stain. Vacuum all of the baking soda from the mattress after about eight hours.

4. Air out the Mattress

Because memory foam has a proclivity for collecting fluids, the drying procedure is vital. If you have a blow dryer on hand, this is an excellent opportunity to use it.

Move the dryer in a circular motion about 4-6 inches above the surface of the mattress until the damp patch is dry to the touch. Avoid utilizing the warmest setting, since this may cause harm to the mattress.

It’s fine if you don’t have a hairdryer handy. You may also use a fan. Place the fan over the moist sections of the mattress, turn it on high, and leave it to work for a few hours.

Once your bed is completely dry, replace your sheets and prepare to sleep soundly on your freshly cleaned mattress.

What to Clean a Pillow Top Mattress?

We’re included this one for good measure. Pillow top and Euro top mattresses are typically seen on hybrid mattresses that have coils as well as foam layers for added comfort. They generally feel like a large cushion, as the name implies. Saatva and the Stearns & Foster Estate Addison Grace are two of our favorite pillow top mattresses.

  • Vacuum. Vacuum the top of your mattress to remove any excess dirt or crumbs. Pillow tops typically have tufted tops where particles can readily collect.
  • Clean with the cleaning solution. As previously stated, avoid using any strange chemicals on your mattress. Dab a solution of clear liquid laundry detergent and water all over your bed. Avoid getting it too wet.
  • Deodorize. Sprinkle baking soda over the top of your bed to absorb any lingering odors. Allow it to dry naturally while soaking up the baking soda. You can accomplish this by using a ceiling fan or opening a window.
  • Vacuum once more. Vacuum your mattress again once it has dried (this could take a few hours). It’s time to put on some fresh, clean sheets and get some rest that night.

We hope this information assists you in keeping your mattress fresh.

Cleaning a Memory Foam Mattress Topper

To avoid damage, you must clean a memory foam topper by hand. But, as we’ll see below, cleaning a memory foam mattress topper is actually quite simple.

  • Clean with a vacuum. A hand-held dust vacuum is ideal for this step, but a soft brush attachment on a regular vacuum cleaner will suffice. Vacuum all parts of the topper thoroughly.
  • Combine the spot cleaning solution. Clear liquid laundry detergent mixed with equal parts water can be used to remove stains.
  • Remove the stain. Blot the stain gently and set aside for about a half hour.
  • Rinse. Then, using a damp cloth, wipe the spot clean.
  • Dry. Allow to dry using a clean towel.

Can I steam Clean a Memory Foam Mattress?

No, using a steam cleaning on your memory foam mattress is not recommended. This is because the heat and moisture from the steam cleaner can harm the construction of your mattress as well as the memory foam layer’s integrity. Using a steam cleaning may void your mattress guarantee.

Try the techniques above if you’re having trouble removing a stubborn stain. Vacuuming and airing out your mattress will keep it clean without hurting the foam comfort layer within.

How can I Clean my Memory Foam Mattress?

Now that you’ve cleaned your memory foam mattress, here are some ideas for keeping it fresh and clean for a longer period of time:

1. Frequently vacuum

When washing your bedding, vacuum the surface of your mattress lightly to remove any hair or dirt.

2. Allow for airflow by opening your windows.

To get rid of odors, open your bedroom windows and air out your mattress.

3. Wash bedding and covers on a regular basis.

Keeping your sheets and mattress cover clean can help to keep your mattress clean as well!

4. Avoid eating or drinking in bed.

Prevention is better than cure, so avoid spills wherever possible.

How Often Do I Need to Clean My Mattress?

When you change your sheets, vacuum the top and sides of your mattress to remove any dead skin, dust mites, hair, or debris that may have gotten underneath your sheets. This will help your mattress last longer and improve your sleep hygiene.

Follow the steps above twice a year for a more thorough cleaning.

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You spend one-third of your life sleeping, which gathers dust and filth. Failure to clean them might result in allergy buildup and quicker degradation of the bed itself. Vacuuming and spot cleaning our bedding on a regular basis is an excellent strategy to maintain our health. Furthermore, a clean and supportive mattress promotes comfortable sleep while reducing sagging and filth.

  • July 8, 2022