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4 Easy Steps To Clean A Memory Foam Mattress

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Memory foam mattresses have grown in popularity and can provide a great sleep experience. However, if you want to enjoy its benefits and prolong its life as long as possible, you will have to know how to properly maintain it. Inadequate care will significantly shorten your mattress’s life span.

The good news is, it isn’t as daunting as it might seem. Simply follow the steps below to keep your memory foam mattress or mattress topper as good as new! (You can also apply these tips to latex foam mattresses or toppers) 

How to Clean Your Mattress

First of all, it is important to remember that you should always clean memory foam by hand. Machine cleaning destroys the structure and will render it unusable.

Before you follow any steps, remove your mattress or mattress topper from your bed and lay it on the floor in a spacious area. If you have a hardwood floor, or you are working on a carpet, get a tarp and put it underneath your mattress so as not to damage your floor.

Make sure the room is properly ventilated, get your materials, and you are ready to go! 

1. Vaccuum

vacuuming a mattress

Work your way across the mattress or mattress topper with a vacuum to pick up any dust, debris, lint, hair, crumbs, dust mites, or other particles. Make sure to clean in all nooks and crevices to get everything out. Make sure to clean the sides or other hard to reach areas as well.

Be extra thorough with an eggshell-styled mattress as these things can permanently damage the memory foam if they are left neglected too long or get scrubbed deep into the mattress in the following steps.

A handheld vacuum or an upholstery attachment works best. A standard vacuum can also do the job, but you will have to make sure that the mattress fabric does not rip. If you have a pet that sheds for, use a vacuum specifically made to pick up pet dandruff and hair. 

2. Wipe

spray bottle

Use a gentle laundry detergent (e.g. one used for hand washing or diluted fabric cleaner) and mix it with warm water.

Next, grab a spray bottle and spray the entire mattress with your mixture lightly. Don’t make it too wet, as it will have trouble drying and could damage your mattress. To do this, simply keep moving your spray bottle.

Finally, take a rag and gently rum your memory foam mattress if you see any stains with small, circular motions until the stain disappears.  

3. Spot Clean

wiping a mattress

After an accidental spill you will probably ask yourself "how on earth will I remove the stain from the mattress?".

The most important rule regarding stains is that whenever you encounter a stain, you should immediately take care of it. Letting the stain dry or linger will only make it harder to remove later.

But even if the stain has manifested, it’s not over yet. Make a stronger cleaning solution by mixing vinegar (1/4 cup) with water (3/4 cup). You could use Hydrogen Peroxide can work but is risky as it can damage or discolor the memory foam.

DO NOT USE BLEACH.

Fill this mixture into your spray bottle, shake it well, then spray it on the stain. Wipe the stain gently, then wipe it again with a clean, moist cloth to take away any excess.

4. Dry

placing a mattress

Memory foam is very absorbent, so to avoid mold or mildew growing inside it, make sure to dry it completely before using it again.

To do this, either place your mattress out in the sun or hold a hairdryer 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) away from the mattress and blow-dry it. Keep moving your hairdryer around until the spot is completely dry. It might take 1-2 days for the memory foam to fully dry, depending on how much water there was. Use the hairdryer every couple of hours, but make sure that the temperature is not too hot. Too much heat can damage the memory foam.

Once your mattress or mattress topper is fully dry, you are now ready to put the bedsheets back on and get some good, clean sleep!

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the question that interests you to read the answer!

pilllows on clean bed

By cleaning your mattress regularly, you will benefit in more ways than one. Not only will you extend the lifespan of your mattress, but you will also remove allergens, provide you with a clean surface to sleep on, prevent mold from growing and improve the air quality of the room.

But sometimes, even after we’ve tried everything to fix it, memory foam cannot be saved and simply needs to be replaced. If a stain has seeped into the mattress too far, and cannot be taken out again, consider buying a new mattress.

If you are still unsure about getting a mattress protector, read this article to see more about what it is and what it can do.

Or check out our collection of memory foam mattress toppers.

You can use the discount code SweetSleep15 on your next order to get a 15% discount. Don't miss out! 

4 Easy Steps To Clean A Memory Foam Mattress

cleaning supplies

Memory foam mattresses have grown in popularity and can provide a great sleep experience. However, if you want to enjoy its benefits and prolong its life as long as possible, you will have to know how to properly maintain it. Inadequate care will significantly shorten your mattress’s life span.

The good news is, it isn’t as daunting as it might seem. Simply follow the steps below to keep your memory foam mattress or mattress topper as good as new! (You can also apply these tips to latex foam mattresses or toppers) 

How to Clean Your Mattress

First of all, it is important to remember that you should always clean memory foam by hand. Machine cleaning destroys the structure and will render it unusable.

Before you follow any steps, remove your mattress or mattress topper from your bed and lay it on the floor in a spacious area. If you have a hardwood floor, or you are working on a carpet, get a tarp and put it underneath your mattress so as not to damage your floor.

Make sure the room is properly ventilated, get your materials, and you are ready to go! 

1. Vaccuum

vacuuming a mattress

Work your way across the mattress or mattress topper with a vacuum to pick up any dust, debris, lint, hair, crumbs, dust mites, or other particles. Make sure to clean in all nooks and crevices to get everything out. Make sure to clean the sides or other hard to reach areas as well.

Be extra thorough with an eggshell-styled mattress as these things can permanently damage the memory foam if they are left neglected too long or get scrubbed deep into the mattress in the following steps.

A handheld vacuum or an upholstery attachment works best. A standard vacuum can also do the job, but you will have to make sure that the mattress fabric does not rip. If you have a pet that sheds for, use a vacuum specifically made to pick up pet dandruff and hair. 

2. Wipe

spray bottle

Use a gentle laundry detergent (e.g. one used for hand washing or diluted fabric cleaner) and mix it with warm water.

Next, grab a spray bottle and spray the entire mattress with your mixture lightly. Don’t make it too wet, as it will have trouble drying and could damage your mattress. To do this, simply keep moving your spray bottle.

Finally, take a rag and gently rum your memory foam mattress if you see any stains with small, circular motions until the stain disappears.  

3. Spot Clean

wiping a mattress

After an accidental spill you will probably ask yourself "how on earth will I remove the stain from the mattress?".

The most important rule regarding stains is that whenever you encounter a stain, you should immediately take care of it. Letting the stain dry or linger will only make it harder to remove later.

But even if the stain has manifested, it’s not over yet. Make a stronger cleaning solution by mixing vinegar (1/4 cup) with water (3/4 cup). You could use Hydrogen Peroxide can work but is risky as it can damage or discolor the memory foam.

DO NOT USE BLEACH.

Fill this mixture into your spray bottle, shake it well, then spray it on the stain. Wipe the stain gently, then wipe it again with a clean, moist cloth to take away any excess.

4. Dry

placing a mattress

Memory foam is very absorbent, so to avoid mold or mildew growing inside it, make sure to dry it completely before using it again.

To do this, either place your mattress out in the sun or hold a hairdryer 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) away from the mattress and blow-dry it. Keep moving your hairdryer around until the spot is completely dry. It might take 1-2 days for the memory foam to fully dry, depending on how much water there was. Use the hairdryer every couple of hours, but make sure that the temperature is not too hot. Too much heat can damage the memory foam.

Once your mattress or mattress topper is fully dry, you are now ready to put the bedsheets back on and get some good, clean sleep!

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the question that interests you to read the answer!

pilllows on clean bed

By cleaning your mattress regularly, you will benefit in more ways than one. Not only will you extend the lifespan of your mattress, but you will also remove allergens, provide you with a clean surface to sleep on, prevent mold from growing and improve the air quality of the room.

But sometimes, even after we’ve tried everything to fix it, memory foam cannot be saved and simply needs to be replaced. If a stain has seeped into the mattress too far, and cannot be taken out again, consider buying a new mattress.

If you are still unsure about getting a mattress protector, read this article to see more about what it is and what it can do.

Or check out our collection of memory foam mattress toppers.

You can use the discount code SweetSleep15 on your next order to get a 15% discount. Don't miss out!