Here’s the thing, we can’t all be perfect adults. There is only so far that our housekeeping knowledge can go.
Certain things about the house are bound to flummox us from time to time, one of which is the memory foam mattress, and for this reason, we are going to outline exactly how you can clean a memory foam mattress.
Read on to find out exactly how it’s done!
How To Clean A Memory Foam Mattress (In 4 Easy Steps)
Memory foam mattresses are great because they have been proven to help you sleep better. In fact, you will be pleased to know that you can also clean them pretty easily.
If your memory foam mattress is dirty, then you should use a cleaning solution that has been approved for use on memory foam mattresses.
You should be sure to remove any dirt with a brush or vacuum cleaner.
The best way to clean a memory foam mattress is to wash it in hot water using a mild detergent.
You should not use harsh chemicals such as ammonia-based cleaners or bleach when cleaning a memory foam mattress.
These products may damage the material, and this ultimately defeats the whole point of cleaning the mattress.
In fact, it is especially important to keep the mattress dry before you attempt to clean it. If your mattress is feeling damp, then leave it time to air-dry, or use a handheld dryer just to accelerate the process.
With that out the way, let’s take a look at the steps, shall we?
Vacuum The Entire Mattress
First thing’s first, you need to vacuum your foam mattress thoroughly before you begin cleaning it.
In fact, you could even use a handheld vacuum cleaner for this job, or you can use your regular vacuum cleaner - it depends on what you have, you really do not need to splash out on any new equipment for this.
Don't forget to clean out the crevices too - we are wanting a super thorough cleaning job here!
Ultimately, you need to make sure that no dust remains on the mattress after vacuuming, or this defeats the point of doing this entirely and could end up hindering the cleaning process in general.
Make A Memory Foam Mattress Cleaning Solution
To clean your memory foam mattress, you can just make your own cleaning solution - don’t worry, this is not as complicated as it sounds.
In order to clean your mattress thoroughly, you can use a mixture of laundry detergent and warm water.
This will not damage your foam mattress, but will ensure that your foam mattress is left super clean!
Spot Clean The Mattress
To remove light stains from mattresses, you can just use a diluted fabric cleaner solution.
You need to be cautious when you are doing this - we recommend that you just spray this lightly onto the stain, and then you can wipe off the formula with clean cloths.
Our best piece of advice here? Don't over-spray!
You might not find that this method is all that effective for stubborn stains. So, in order to remove stubborn stains, you should clean the area with vinegar first.
Then, you can wipe the area down with a damp cloth. You might also find that using baking soda will really help absorb the liquid and pull the stain to the top layer.
You should suck up the baking soda residue with your vacuum cleaner after an 8-hour resting period.
Dry The Mattress
Memory foam mattresses absorb moisture very well. Your best bet is allowing it to air dry, but using a fan or hair dryer may speed things up a little.
However, this is not something that you want to rush. For instance, don't use the hot setting because this could cause damage to the material.
You can put your clean sheets on your memory foam mattress when it is completely dry.
It is true that regular cleaning helps keep your memory foam mattress looking and feeling great, and it helps the durability of your mattress, too!
Side-note — Need to dry your memory foam mattress faster? Here are some essential pointers:
Memory foam mattresses are essentially giant sponges, in that they soak up moisture like it’s going out of style, and dry ever so slowly, as they’re insanely dense.
If you are keen to dry your memory foam mattress quickly without damaging it, then there are a few methods that you can try.
For instance, opening the door and windows ensures quick drying of your memory foam mattress because this will accelerate ventilation.
Or, as we suggested before, the use of fans or hair dryers on the coolest setting can kick the drying process into second gear.
Wash Your Mattress Cover!
Wash the cover of your memory foam mattress in hot water using mild detergent. Make sure not to use harsh soap as it will make the mattress lose its shape.
How To Maintain Your Memory Foam Mattress
You might be feeling unsure as to how exactly you are supposed to maintain your memory foam mattress.
This is totally understandable. You have made an investment purchase, and you want it to serve you well.
One of the best things you can do to ensure longevity from your mattress is to hit it with these gentle cleaning methods whenever it gets a little dirty.
You should also use mattress protectors to prevent it from getting dirty in the first place, as it’s much easier to clean a protector than a mattress.
What’s more, mattress protectors cost next to nothing, while memory foam mattresses, well… we don’t need to tell you how pricey they are.
Using an appropriate bed base is essential too, and flipping it from time to time so each side gets some respite is another amazing way to extend its service life.
Overall, it can be really difficult to know exactly how to clean your memory foam mattress, which can lead to some dire mistakes.
This is something that you need to do with care, but remember what you’ve learned here today, and you’ll be able to freshen up your mattress without causing any damage.
On the whole, we suggest using a damp cloth to sponge out any stains, but the most important thing to remember is to first check the care guide to see what steps the manufacturer recommends.