Tips and Tricks on How to Clean a Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam, originally created for NASA astronauts to relieve force during take-off, molds to your body’s pressure to provide comfort and support. Like any other mattress, it requires regular cleaning to maintain its quality and extend its usage.

How to Clean a Memory Foam Mattress

Cleaning a memory foam mattress may seem daunting, but with the right techniques and effort, you can keep it fresh and free from allergens. At FoamOrder, along with a wide array of size and thickness options, we also include a removable and machine-washable soft quilted double-knit case that covers our memory foam mattresses, making them easier to clean. However, this comprehensive guide will walk you through additional steps to effectively clean your memory foam mattress.

1. Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

Before you begin cleaning your memory foam mattress, gathering all the necessary cleaning supplies is essential. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mild liquid detergent
  • Distilled water
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Soft-bristle brush or sponge
  • Clean, dry towels
  • Vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment

Having these items on hand will make the cleaning process more efficient.

2. Remove Bedding and Vacuum

Start by stripping your memory foam mattress of all bedding, including sheets, pillows, pillowcases and mattress toppers. Shake and wash these items separately, following their care instructions. This will prevent any loose debris or dust from returning to the mattress.

Next, use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to thoroughly vacuum the surface of the mattress. Pay close attention to seams, crevices and any areas where dust and dirt accumulate. This step will help remove surface debris and allergens.

A person vacuuming a mattress

3. Spot Clean Stains

Memory foam mattresses are susceptible to stains from spills, sweat or accidents. We strongly recommend you buy a mattress cover to help protect from any stains. However, accidents happen and to tackle stains effectively, we recommend you follow these steps:

Blot the Stain

If the stain is fresh, gently blot it with a clean, dry towel to soak up as much liquid as possible. Avoid rubbing, as this can push the stain deeper into the mattress.

Mix a Cleaning Solution

In a spray bottle, mix a solution of mild liquid detergent and distilled water. Use a ratio of one to five, with one part detergent to five parts water. Shake the bottle to mix the solution thoroughly.

Apply the Solution

Spray the cleaning solution directly onto the stain, ensuring it is damp but not saturated. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to break down the stain.

Blot and Rinse

Gently blot the stain again with a clean, damp cloth to remove the detergent and stain. Then, rinse the area by blotting it with a cloth dampened with clean water. Finally, use a dry towel to absorb any excess moisture.

A person cleaning a mattress with a sponge

4. Deodorize with Baking Soda

Baking soda is a fantastic natural deodorizer that can help eliminate odors and freshen up your memory foam mattress for odor-free sleep. Baking soda also absorbs moisture to prevent mold and mildew while extending your mattress’s lifespan. Follow these steps to use it effectively:

Sprinkle Baking Soda

Evenly sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the entire surface of the mattress. You can also focus on specific areas that may need extra deodorizing, such as where you sleep.

Allow it to Sit

Leave the baking soda on the mattress for at least 15 minutes, but if possible, leave it on for a few hours or even overnight. This will give it ample time to absorb odors.

Vacuum Again

After the designated time, use your vacuum cleaner with the upholstery attachment to thoroughly remove the baking soda. Ensure that no residue remains.

5. Disinfect with White Vinegar

White vinegar is an effective and natural disinfectant that can help kill bacteria and germs on your memory foam mattress. Its acidity can break down organic substances and neutralize odors. Here’s how to use it:

Create a Vinegar Solution

Mix equal parts white vinegar and distilled water in a spray bottle. This diluted vinegar solution is safe for your mattress and will disinfect it without leaving a strong vinegar smell.

Spray and Wipe

Spray the vinegar solution lightly over the surface of the mattress. Use a soft-bristle brush or a sponge to gently scrub the surface. Pay extra attention to any areas with lingering odors or stains.

Allow to Dry

Let the mattress air dry completely before putting any bedding back on. Ensure it is placed in a well-ventilated area with good airflow.

using spray cleaning on a mattress to remove spots

6. Protect with a Mattress Cover

To keep your memory foam mattress cleaner for longer, consider investing in a waterproof mattress cover. At FoamOrder, we provide mattress covers crafted from eco-friendly materials, designed to withstand wear and tear. Our fabrics are weather-resistant, UV-resistant and stain-resistant but also offer a blend of comfort and practicality for a wide range of mattress covers. This cover is a barrier against spills, sweat and allergens, preventing them from seeping into the mattress. Choose a cover that fits your mattress size snugly and is easy to remove and wash.

7. Regular Maintenance

Cleaning your memory foam mattress is not a one-time task. To ensure its longevity and hygiene, follow these maintenance tips:

  • Rotate your mattress every three to six months to even out wear.
  • Vacuum the mattress surface every month to remove dust and debris.
  • Wash your bedding regularly to prevent dirt and oils from transferring to the mattress.
  • Allow your mattress to air out by removing the bedding and opening windows on sunny days.

In conclusion, cleaning a memory foam mattress is a straightforward process that, when done regularly, can help maintain its comfort and hygiene. At FoamOrder, we are committed to providing high-quality foam mattresses that stand the test of time. By following these steps and practicing good mattress care habits, you can enjoy a clean and fresh sleeping environment on one of our durable and comfortable foam mattresses for years.

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