If you haven’t noticed, sleeping comes with its own share of problems. When we sleep, our bodies release all kinds of fluids through the skin, including sweat. The mattress absorbs all this. Within no time, you realize that you need to know how to clean a memory foam mattress to keep it looking and smelling natural.
Memory foam mattresses are more popular than ordinary brands thanks to their impressive level of comfort and support they provide at night. They contour to your body so that your weight is evenly distributed to reduce pain and relieve pressure points while sleeping.
Unlike ordinary mattresses, memory foams are designed with a unique material using advanced Visco technology. Therefore, cleaning and maintaining them becomes an important factor to keep in mind to prolong mattress life.
Here are helpful DIY tips on how to clean a memory foam mattress to ensure it stays in excellent conditions for years to come.
Preparation for the Cleaning Process
Before we jump into the actual cleaning process, I would like to outline some few things you need to get started. You will need:
Cleaning a Memory Foam Mattress
How do you clean a memory foam mattress?
There are several steps involved in the process of cleaning a memory foam mattress. They are:
Now, let’s dig deeper and explore each step in greater detail.
How to Clean a Memory Foam Mattress
Your mattress is your favorite sleeping accessory. Research shows that the body sheds between 30,000 and 40,000 skin cells every hour. In 24 hours, you lose close to a million skin cells, which are the major source of dust in your home. The skin cells become a feeding ground for dust times. These small organisms shed their skins and multiply and die in your mattress.
Dust mites are great sources of allergens that can lead to a runny nose, watery eyes, and can be a serious threat for asthmatic patients. So, how do you prevent this source of allergens and other harmful components that may settle on your mattress?
Here are some ways:
Place the mattress in a firm and solid foundation: A broad box spring with a hard surface or a no spaced slatted base will work perfectly to support the weight of the mattress and the person. This allows breathability while providing the right kind of support you need while sleeping.
Vacuum cleaning regularly: I cannot mention it enough, but vacuum cleaning is the best way to clean your mattress. Take the mattress topper off then spread it across a clean and dry surface. You can either do it in your bedroom or take it outside on your front porch or backyard. Use a hand-held vacuum or a stand-alone vacuum with the upholstery attachment to sweep over the mattress surface and all the sides.
Doing it weekly or in once every fortnight would be enough to control the population of dust mites, dirt, stray hair, and other debris that may find their way into the memory foam mattress.
Doing it on an open-air has an advantage as it allows the mattress to breathe fresh air and get direct sunlight for disinfecting. This helps to keep allergens at bay and eliminate the bad odors.
People spill drinks, kids pee on the mattress, and pets stain the mattress too. But you can get pee stains out of any mattress including memory foam with the right cleaning process. As it is made of foam, liquids tend to soak in quickly, so you need to know how to care for the unforeseen accidents specifically.
Here are simple ways to get started:
Cleaning Stains with a Homemade Solution
When it comes to a home-made solution, we don’t recommend using harsh cleaning agents such as ammonia or any other bleaching agent as it may ruin the foam.
Foam mattresses should not be immersed in excessive water, so extra caution should be taken when spot cleaning stains. When removing stains, it’s easy to get too aggressive, which can push the stain even deeper or get the mattress too wet. Instead of using a wet rag, use a spray bottle.
To remove sweat stains from memory foam, you will need a few detergents such as vinegar, dishwashing liquid, baking soda, or a commercial enzymatic cleaner. If the effect isn’t satisfactory, you can create a homemade cleaning agent by mixing a few drops of dishwashing soap into there tablespoons of baking soda in one pint of water.
Stir the solution until the soda is dissolved. You can then add about 10 ounces of hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar if you have some. There may be some foaming of the soda because of the acidity of the vinegar, which is okay to speed up the cleaning process.
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray gently into the area -not too much that it gets too wet. If you use a sponge, dip it into the mixture and squeeze to dampen the are then scrub gently in circular motions. Avoid rubbing too hard, or you may drive the solution deeper into the mattress.
Once the stain is removed, gently wipe the spot with a wet cloth to remove any excess solution and allow it to dry completely.
Use Vinegar to Remove Tough Stains
Some stains won’t come off even after a thorough wash.
The type of stains that occur if your toddler or pet has a bedwetting problem. Or the tough blood stains.
To get rid of fresh or dried blood stains, check out our recent article on how to get blood out of a mattress.
If you have to deal with stubborn stains, you can try cleaning it with a stronger solution.
First, use clean towels to blot out as much as possible. Then fill the spray bottle with a ¼ cup white vinegar and a ¾ cup of water.
Shake thoroughly, then spray the solution gently on the stain. Use paper towels to absorb the vinegar. Now, let it sit there for some time before putting the sheets back on.
The best place to dry off your memory foam mattress is outside in the sunshine, but sometimes the sun won’t shine. So, you can use the following ways to dry your mattress.
Use a small fun or hair dryer on a low heat setting and dry the memory foam as much as you can. It should be warm and done gently. Leave it for a day to dry completely.
If possible, place the mattress outside or simply open the windows in the bedroom to ensure there is enough airflow to dry the mattress quickly.
Once it’s dry, you can clean any remaining pee or urine stains with the right cleaning agents, such as baking soda. If you use baking soda, remember to let it sit for some hours then vacuum thoroughly.
Deodorize your foam: Put your mattress on the backyard or front porch for several hours. Direct sunlight helps to eliminate and deodorize the foam mattress.
Prolong the Memory Foam Mattress Life
Use a mattress topper
A waterproof mattress cover is the best thing that can help preserve your memory foam mattress. Not only does it prevent stains from getting into contact with the mattress surface, but it is also easy to clean and maintain at a low cost. The cotton option feels great under the skin, and it will provide numerous health benefits compared to synthetic materials
If you want to learn more about cleaning memory foam, check out this video. It describes how to clean a memory foam pillow, but the same tips work great for memory foam mattresses.
Memory foam is highly absorbent and for this reason, it can be almost impossible to remove exceptionally large, dark, and smelly stains. If you try all the methods above and you notice no difference, it may time to consider getting a new memory foam mattress.
But at least one of these steps should work. Try them out!