How to Clean Memory a Foam Mattress

How to Clean a Memory Foam Mattress that has Tough Stains

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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The memory foam mattress is the epitome of comfortable sleep in today's lifestyle, where sleep is a huge part of one's well-being. However, cleanliness is one of the major forms of comfort and can not be separated from health and wellness. A dirty mattress comes with many risks, including dust mites, allergic reactions, a blocked nose, and a bad look on the owner's personality. You have all the reasons to clean your mattress, and we are here to show you how to clean a memory foam mattress using the following easy steps.

How to Clean Memory Foam Mattresses

You have to be careful when cleaning your mattress to keep it safe for use after you are done. However, you do not want to damage your mattress in the name of cleaning it, and if you follow the following steps, you will enjoy using your mattress for the days ahead.

1. Vacuum Mattress

If you have always wanted to use your handheld vacuum cleaner, now is the time to put it to use. You will be assured of restful sleep when you include a vacuum cleaner as part of your cleaning solution. Mattresses are the most notorious traps for dust, dead skin cells, and other tiny particles. The nature of the mattress and how it is built make the foam have a high affinity for any tiny thing that might stick to the surface.

Your other bet is to use an upholstery attachment to get the job done in no time. These devices are quite easy to handle and appropriate for cleaning mattresses. Using heavier equipment might damage the mattress and rip some parts. Our goal is to get an intact and newly cleaned mattress. These gadgets will get the entire surface cleaned because they are not as limited as using a fabric cleaner is.

The advantage of vacuuming is that you can do it as many times as you want. For example, every time you change your sheets is a good time to get some vacuuming going to ensure your mattress is clean at all times. Cleaning your mattress as many times as possible is a great way to ensure your mattress does not build up excess dust to call for a thorough cleaning.

Nooks and crevices are parts you should not forget and look out for most. These parts contain more dust and dirt than the entire mattress. You may wonder why bed bugs like these parts. And the answer is because they are the hardest parts to get to. Vacuuming is a great way to get to these parts to ensure you deep clean the mattress every time you are out cleaning.

2. Mattress Cleaning Solution

A vacuum may be a great way to get rid of dust, dead skin cells, dirt and pet hairs. However, the method is not the most efficient in removing stains. In addition, many things might cause staining on the mattress. I will not mention some, but other reasons include spilling drinks on the mattress cover or kids getting playful on the bed. All in all, you have to remove stains to keep the look of a new mattress.

You have many options for making a cleaning detergent for your mattress. You can use a dishwasher liquid, a fabric cleaner and a mild detergent to get the mattress pads or cover cleaned. The mattress materials are not very different from your other fabric and will respond to the washing solution similar to the fabric.

Once you have settled on the cleaner you want to use; you can mix one part with two-part warm water to get the process started. Next, add the solution to a spray bottle to help you clean the whole surface of the memory foam mattress evenly and neatly. Tough stains will hardly stand in the way of this solution.

You will need a stronger solution in the spray bottle for urine stains and discolored surfaces. You can use one-part white vinegar and three-part water to get the job done. Baking soda will come in handy in such situations as well. You can sprinkle baking soda on the surface to get rid of foul smells while at it.

While memory foam mattresses are the best mattresses in the market, they will not do well with hydrogen peroxide. Therefore, limit the hydrogen peroxide solution to traditional mattresses because they damage the memory foam mattress material.

3. Spot Cleaning

Identify the spots on the mattress that require most of the cleaning you can manage. The first go-to solution is the fabric cleaner, as we had established before. For tougher stains, you may want to introduce the vinegar solution on the memory foam mattress. You do not want your mattress to absorb excess water while cleaning. Therefore, you need to use a highly absorbent, clean towel to clean the memory foam mattress. Remember, harsh chemicals will do more harm to the mattress than good.

Use circular motions to clean the spots on the mattress while minding the foam underneath. Cleaning memory foam mattresses are not the hardest things to do, provided you follow the right steps.

Once you are done spot cleaning, you want to pat the area you have cleaned with paper towels to absorb the water that may be clogged in the mattress. Next, cover the cleaned area with dry baking soda for about eight hours to help completely dry the mattress by absorbing the excess water left behind. In addition, the baking soda will pull the stain off the surface of the memory foam mattress and deodorize the surface, leaving the mattress fresh.

Once the baking powder has done its job, get back the vacuum cleaner and remove all the baking soda from the cleaned surface of the mattress.

4. Drying

The drying process is one of the most important cleaning memory foam mattresses. If you keep the mattress with waterlogged in it, you might end up causing a foul smell after a few days of using the mattress. Your sleep quality will depend on how well the mattress dries. You would rather give away a few hours to let the mattress dry completely rather than suffer through many nights of discomfort.

It is important to focus on the wet spots with more stains because they probably have more waterlogged in them. If you have a hairdryer, you are in luck because now is a good time to put it to use. You can use the hairdryer by moving it in a circular motion over the spot until the patch is dry to the touch. This way, you can ensure that all the water has dried out and the mattress is ready for use. Your cleaning process will be close to complete when you do this.

If you are unlucky enough not to own a hairdryer, you have other options at your disposal that you can use. For example, you can use a fan by bringing it close to the wet spots, ensuring the spots you cleaned with a damp cloth dry before putting the mattress to use.

Ways of Caring for Your Mattress

Before you start looking for the empty spray bottle or the steam cleaner, there are ways of keeping the mattress clean and always protected. Learning how to clean a memory foam mattress is a great way to get started if the mattress gets dirty. However, these practices will make your work easier when it gets to the point of cleaning your mattress.

  • If you wish for your memory foam mattress to be clean at all times, you should look into and install memory foam mattress toppers. A memory foam mattress topper is great because it will take one for the mattress every time you want it to. A memory foam topper and mattress protector have to be on your list of things you have to get.
  • Before you learn how to deep clean memory foam mattresses, you can have good habits, including avoiding foods and drinks on your mattress.
  • Place your mattress in direct sunlight whenever you can to keep it fresh. The polyurethane foam absorbs a lot of sweat, and sunlight helps with that. This will improve the air quality in your bedroom.
  • Avoid using an excess solution of vinegar or any harsh chemicals when cleaning.
  • When cleaning spots, use a clean cloth for a damp rag to keep the memory foam mattress clean.
  • Ensure the memory foam mattress topper is machine washed and make changes every time you can.
  • Use a soft brush attachment and other mattress resources to get to the tricky crevices when cleaning.
  • Let the mattress air dry in the last stages of cleaning.
  • Turn the mattress over periodically, and not to hide stains.
  • Have multiple mattress protectors.

Final Take

Every medical professional and certified sleep coach training personnel will tell you how important it is to clean a memory foam mattress. You spend close to half your life asleep. If you do not take care of your sleep environment, you will miss out on staying healthy and happy. Good sleep is related to many advantages, including a stress-free life. Therefore, your memory foam mattress deserves the best care it can get.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.