How to Clean Memory Foam: A Detailed Guide

Last updated: Aug 18, 2020

There’s no doubt that memory foam can make for a great night of sleep, no matter what form it comes in. Many people utilize memory foam mattresses, pillows, and toppers to try and make themselves as comfortable as possible. Memory foam works by adjusting to your preferred style of sleep, creating comfy outlines that are formed to how you like to relax and sleep.

After some use, or perhaps after an accident or two, your memory foam objects may become dirty, so you’ll be left wondering how to clean memory foam, no matter which memory foam object it is. Memory foam can be pretty tricky to clean, mostly due to its liquid-trapping material.

Different memory foam objects have varying methods that could be used to clean them. The different methods also depend on what type of mess you are trying to clean, such as whether it be for a regular cleaning, or perhaps after a spill.

Can you clean a whole memory foam mattress?

How to Clean Memory Foam: A Detailed GuideThe good news is that it is possible to give your whole memory foam mattress a deep clean. If it’s been used for a while, it’s likely that it has a buildup of dust and micro-organisms on it. For this reason, a deep clean would be recommended. Follow these steps to clean your memory foam mattress:

  • Place the mattress at floor level, outside if possible, to make for easier cleaning.
  • Vacuum the mattress as sufficiently as possible. This will get rid of any excess particles and dust that have built up. Using a handheld vacuum attachment will help to give a deeper clean.
  • Treat any stains with cleaning solutions, such as a laundry detergent + water mixture, baking soda and water mixture, or other brand name spray cleaners. Make sure to dissolve the mixtures/sprays with enough water.
  • Give your mattress enough time to air-dry after being cleaned. Giving it sufficient drying time will deter the possibility of any mold or odor-causing bacteria arising.

How to clean a memory foam mattress topper

Even though it may seem a little tricky, cleaning your memory foam topper is more than do-able, it just may take a little bit of effort to get done. Despite the instance of a spill, your best bet is to regularly clean your memory foam topper on a consistent schedule. Doing this will help to avoid a buildup of excess unwanted material. To clean your memory foam mattress, implement these few simple steps:

  • Use A Vacuum Cleaner: By regularly cleaning your memory foam topper off with a vacuum cleaner, you’ll prevent any buildup of dust, dead skin, and micro-organisms. If you also happen to snack in your bed from time to time, it would be recommended to clean the memory foam topper off with a vacuum after each time doing so. Small bits of food can lead to bugs being attracted to your bed. You can also implement the use of a water-based vacuum to get a deeper clean. If you do happen to use a water-based vacuum, be sure to give the topper plenty of time to dry before using it again.
  • Water / Vinegar Mix + Laundry Detergent: If you happen to be dealing with a stain on your memory foam topper, you should start out by making a water and vinegar mixture, followed by using a paper towel to lift the stain up as much as possible. Then use some laundry detergent on a damp paper towel / mixed with water to lift the stain out further. Be sure to dissolve the detergent by applying enough water afterward. Give the topper enough time to dry sufficiently before using it again.
  • Baking Soda + Water: Make a mixture of 1 part baking soda to 2 parts water, then apply this mixture to the stain in circular and consistent hand movements with a paper towel or cloth. After waiting an hour, apply a damp towel to lift out the excess mixture.

How to clean a memory foam pillow

How to Clean Memory Foam: A Detailed GuideCleaning out memory foam objects can be somewhat of a tricky task, but memory foam pillows are perhaps the easiest to clean out of the bunch. Depending on what you are trying to clean off of your memory foam pillow, you can implement a few different methods to get the job done.

  • Cleaning Out Spills: Get a towel, or a paper towel and dampen it with warm water. Apply the towel to the stain to lift up as much as possible. To help further lift stains, use an enzyme-based cleaner. Apply the cleaner, and let it soak for around 15 minutes. After this, dissolve the rest with some more warm water.
  • Removing Stains: Before you begin to use water/cleaner to lift any stains, be sure to vacuum off the memory foam pillow in order to get rid of any extra dust, particles, and micro-organisms. After vacuuming, either use stain-lifting chemicals, or make a baking soda + water mixture to apply to the stain. Give the pillow enough time to air dry after cleaning stains.
  • Getting Rid Of Odors: First off, be sure to put the pillow cover through the washing machine. Put your memory foam pillow on a flat surface, then cover the surface in a thin layer of baking soda. Then, let the baking soda and pillow sit for at least 24 hours. Following this time period, vacuum off the excess baking soda from the pillow. After this, your memory foam pillow should be odorless.

In conclusion

Memory foam objects are enjoyed by many people and are great to help yourself become more comfortable in bed. Whether it be a memory foam mattress, topper, or pillow, they are designed to change shape and form to your preferred way of sleeping. Implementing the use of memory foam can lead to more comfortability, which implies a better night of sleep overall.

Just like any other object you use a lot, it would be recommended to clean your memory foam mattress, topper and/or pillow as often as necessary. Cleaning memory foam products can be a bit tricky, but it’s important so that you don’t experience a buildup of dust, particles, micro-organisms, and odors.

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