Keeping a Memory Foam Mattress Clean

Latex Mattresses vs. Memory Foam

We’ve talked in the past about how to clean a mattress, and briefly touched on the fact that memory foam mattresses are harder to clean. However, memory foam mattresses are extremely popular in America, as they are made with a comfortable yet supportive material developed by NASA. So if you’ve invested in one of our ultra comfortable, gel-infused memory foam mattresses, we want you to know how to keep it clean.

Memory foam can be tricky to care for as the material is more delicate than traditional mattress materials. Harsh cleansers can break down the cellular structure of memory foam, even causing it to disintegrate. Memory foam also absorbs fluids more easily and takes longer to dry out. So here are a few ways to care for your memory foam mattress to take care of stains, odors, and dirt.

Vacuum Regularly

Regularly vacuuming your mattress is a good habit to get into to keep your mattress free of dirt, dust, dead skin, and other debris. It’s also easy and doesn’t require anything more than a hand-held vacuum with  an upholstery brush attachment. Strip your sheets, then slowly vacuum the entire mattress to ensure that any small particles are dislodged.

The best way to develop this habit is to vacuum every time you change your bed sheets. If you do this on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, you’ll keep your memory foam mattress fresh and clean.

Freshen Up with Baking Soda

Is your memory foam mattress starting to smell a bit? This could be due to sweat seeping into the foam, especially if it’s been a hot summer. This is an easy fix as well, as you don’t need any special cleaning equipment – just your hand-held vacuum and baking soda.

After you’ve stripped your bed sheets, sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda over the surface of your mattress. It doesn’t need to be a thick layer; just a light but even dusting. Leave the baking soda to absorb the odors and residue in the mattress. This can take some time – sometimes as long as 12 hours – so it’s best to do this first thing in the morning and leave it for the day.

When you’re ready to clean off the baking soda, use your vacuum until the surface is clear of any white powder. Then you can remake the bed and sleep on a fresh, clean mattress.

Clean Spills Promptly

We all enjoy having the occasional drink or breakfast in bed, even if we shouldn’t. Unfortunately, that can result in spills. Memory foam absorbs liquid very quickly and can take a while to dry, so don’t attempt to clean any resulting stains with a wet towel.

Cleaning a stained mattress

Instead, take a clean, dry towel and use that to absorb as much of the spilled liquid as possible as quickly as possible. Then, take a spray bottle and mix one part laundry detergent, one part white vinegar, and ten parts water. Mist the spot thoroughly and let the solution sit for 10-15 minutes before gently blotting with a clean, wet towel. Repeat as many times as necessary until the entire stain is gone, then mist one final time with clean water. Blot the water with a dry towel, then leave the foam to dry out completely.

Memory foam is a comfortable material for your mattress, but it requires a bit of extra care to keep it in pristine condition. But with these simple tips, you’ll have a mattress that provides you a comfortable, clean sleep for years to come.


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