How to clean a memory foam mattress

A memory foam mattress is built to respond to your body and mould seamlessly to your shape. It will provide fantastic support based on your weight and how you sleep.

As is the case with all mattresses you must clean and look after it adequately. Spills and stains not only look bad they can actually begin to impact the effectiveness of your mattress. It’s therefore essential you give it the care and attention it requires.

Here’s how to clean a memory foam mattress. Here we’ll guide you through the following:

  • What to do when you first get your mattress
  • Regular maintenance
  • How to get rid of a liquid spill
  • How to tackle a dry stain
  • How to remove any lingering smells

What will I need to clean my memory foam mattress?

To cater for all your cleaning needs for your memory foam mattress, you’ll need the following:

  • Fabric cleaner
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • A dry cloth or towel
  • A refillable spray
  • A vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment

What should I do when I first get my memory foam mattress?

Tip #1: Look after it from the outset

When you first get your memory foam mattress it will be rolled up and vacuum packed. The care should start here. Make sure you take the packaging off carefully and give it a few hours to breathe properly and expand to its full capacity. 

Do I need to always look after my memory foam mattress? 

Tip # 2: Vacuum regularly

Keep it clean with regular vacuuming and use a brush attachment to ensure you don’t go too hard on the surface of the mattress. This will remove any dirt and stop it from getting ground into the mattress. 

Tip #3: Wash the mattress cover

If your memory foam mattress has a removable cover, make sure you remove this and wash it regularly. Just ensure you follow the washing guidelines on the label.

Tip #4: Don’t expose it to excessive water

Too much water or liquid isn’t good for your memory foam mattress as it can soak into the foam and affect its ability to do its job properly. When cleaning you need to be very careful not to use too much water. Always be cautious. 

How should I deal with a liquid spillage? 

Tip #5: Dab at a liquid spill

If you spill liquid on your memory foam mattress, it’s vital that you act quickly before the liquid can soak too far into the material. You should first dab as much of it as possible using a clean cloth or a really absorbent towel. Keep adjusting the towel or cloth so you only use a dry part to dab.

Tip #6: Let the liquid dry out

Once you’ve finished dabbing, it’s important to let your mattress dry out thoroughly. Leave it in room temperature to dry and if it’s a warm day open a window to speed up the process. Remember to leave it completely uncovered, without any bedding, for a few hours until it is adequately dried out. 

How do I get rid of a dry stain on my memory foam mattress?

Tip #7: Tackle a dry stain with the right cleaning agents

If you notice a dry stain on your memory foam mattress, you’ll want to approach it with the right cleaning agents.

  • Step 1: First spray it with a solution of half a cup of fabric cleaner and one cup water
  • Step 2: Spray the stain and then dab it with a dry towel to try and remove as much of it as possible
  • Step 3: You can then try a second treatment of ¼ cup of vinegar and ¾ cup of water
  • Step 4: Repeat the process of spraying and dabbing

How do I remove any unwanted smells from my memory foam mattress? 

The final process when you’re getting rid of any stains, whether wet or dry, is remove any unwanted smells. To do this simply sprinkle baking soda over the area where the stain was and leave it overnight. The next morning, just vacuum it lightly and you’ll be done.

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