How to clean a memory foam mattress

Updated

July 20, 2021

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Do you want to clean your memory foam mattress? Foam mattresses are among the most popular types of mattresses in Australia, according to IBISWorld. No wonder people want to make sure they stay clean with their many benefits for sleep and health.

Dishwashing soap, vinegar, and baking soda are all you need to clean a foam mattress. Don’t soak a memory foam mattress instead lightly rub a suitable mixture for best results, leave the solution for at least half an hour. Then dry with a cloth. 


How to wash a foam mattress

Foam mattresses usually don't require much cleaning as compared to older types of mattresses. Indeed, studies suggest beds with a foam build are less likely to retain bacteria, mites, and other allergens. 

First off, it is never advised to entirely soak a foam mattress in water or any other liquid. It can cause problems like mould or mildew as foam can absorb a lot of fluid. It not only damages the foam but could be a potential health risk. Now, to the matter at hand- how do you clean a foam mattress pad?

  1. Vacuum any loose dirt and debris from the surface of your mattress. Ensure that your vacuum is padding-safe.
  2. Mix a suitable solution. It is recommended to use mild soaps and cleansers. Don't use harsh chemicals that could damage the foam or foam cover. 
  3. Clean the mattress by spraying the liquid in areas that need cleaning. Do not spray too much solution on the surface, as it may dampen the inner layers and prevent them from drying. As stated, this can lead to mould and mildew issues. 
  4. With a tissue or towel, dab away any excess liquid and let it dry. Alternatively, you can use a hairdryer on low heat or turn up the ceiling fan. As they can be kept close to the mattress, table fans are also great. It provides maximum air without generating heat. 
  5. If your mattress smells funny, try additional steps to eliminate it. Vinegar or cornstarch mixed with water is the most effective solution. Baking soda can also be added to the solution. It works like a charm. For best results, leave the solution for at least half an hour.

How to clean a memory foam mattress topper?

Memory foam mattress toppers add an extra layer of foam to your mattress. It's usually a 1-to-3-inch foam pad, making it thinner, lighter, and easier to move. Although memory foam has a higher density, a topper is no doubt easier to clean and dry than a full foam mattress.

Cleaning a memory foam mattress topper is the same as cleaning a full foam mattress. If you're cleaning regularly, vacuuming and a few hours in the sun will do the trick. Stains and odours:

  1. Vacuum the mattress topper to remove dust and debris
  2. Scrub lightly with a mild solution of soap or vinegar water
  3. Sprinkle baking soda and leave for 30 minutes - several hours
  4. Vacuum the baking soda
  5. Any remaining liquid should be dabbed and dried

Alternatively, you can flip the topper to clean off the other side. Unlike a foam mattress with several layers, a topper only has one layer of foam. Feel free to flip it when necessary.  

How to remove stains from memory foam mattress        

Stains that are tough to remove require tough cleaning. With memory foam, people are tempted to use harsh chemicals like bleach and hydrogen peroxide. The memory foam soaks up a lot of liquid, which can cause mould. There is a better solution that is memory foam friendly. It's vinegar. Make sure you wear gloves! Follow these steps to remove that stain:

  1. Make a vinegar and water solution of one third. It is one part vinegar and two parts water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle.
  2. Let the mix sit for 30 minutes to a few hours in the stained area. The vinegar will have ample time to break down the stain. 
  3. Scrub lightly the same area with another solution of mild soap and water. Remove any excess fluid with a tissue or towel.
  4. Finally, sprinkle baking soda on the mattress to remove any remaining moisture or odor. Once done, vacuum off any remaining soda.
  5. To finish, use an electric fan to dry the mattress. You could also use a hairdryer on low heat.

How to clean a Tempurpedic mattress

The process of cleaning a Tempurpedic mattress is the same as cleaning a memory foam mattress. Because Tempurpedic foam is just another name for memory foam. 

In order to clean a Tempurpedic mattress as part of a regular cleaning regime, vacuum and sun-dry it for a couple of hours. You can remove stains from your Tempur mattress by following the above-listed steps for 'how to clean a memory foam mattress.' They include:

  1. Vacuuming the mattress to remove dust and debris
  2. Scrubbing mildly with a solution of vinegar and water
  3. Scrubbing again mildly with a gentle soap and water solution
  4. Wiping or dabbing dry any excess water
  5. Sprinkling baking soda to remove odour and moisture
  6. Leaving under a fan to dry or drying with a hairdryer

Final words

A memory foam mattress is a great investment for a comfortable sleep schedule. You can keep your prized foams in pristine condition by following these steps! Taking care of them is essential for their durability.