Sleeping on memory foam is like a warm hug at night – although it might unknowingly be a hug from dirt and bacteria on the mattress. Gross.
Not-so-fun-fact: we shed 30,000-40,000 dead skin cells per minute, and sleep for an average of 8 hours in a day. Do the maths and it’ll tell you just how dirty your mattress has become.
So, it comes down to this: cleaning your memory foam mattress isn’t optional. There are no excuses. It’s easy – we swear.
How to Clean a Memory Foam Mattress WITHOUT Stains
Congratulations if your mattress doesn’t appear to have any VISIBLE stains! But microscopically, we can agree it isn’t 100% clean. So, make a habit of cleaning your mattress every six months. If you or someone at home has any health issues, we recommend cleaning at the end of every season.
All you need to do is remove the machine-washable mattress cover and let the washing machine do its job. Now get a regular vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment or even a handheld vacuum to suck all the lint, dust mites and allergens on your mattress. We also recommend letting it breathe on a clean outdoor space like your patio.
How to Clean a Memory Foam Mattress WITH Stains/Odour
If you did get some stains, it’s not the end of the world. It’s still not too hard!
- As above, if your mattress foam has a zip cover, remove it and machine-wash. Leave to air dry.
- Vacuum the mattress surface. Remember to go through the sides as well.
- Spot-clean the stain with a damp cloth and mild detergent (e.g., dishwashing liquid). Mix them together until foamy – please use as little water as possible to avoid seepage through the mattress. This can create a site for moulds to grow on (EEP!). Lastly, stay clear of any harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia to avoid permanent damage.
- Work your way from outside the stain towards the centre in a circular motion.
- If bad odour is present from urine or sweat, vinegar could do wonders to remove it. Fill in a spray bottle with a mixture of
¾cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar.
- Spray on the smelly area and scrub in circular motion.
Drying the Mattress Thoroughly
Place your mattress under the sun to dry it. Doing so will increase the chances of disinfecting your mattress as the Ultra Violet (UV) exposure from the sun is known to kill dust mites and bacteria.
If gloomy days are taking over, you can sprinkle baking powder on damp areas instead and let it absorb the wetness. Expect it to clump up after 30 minutes before you vacuum it. Not only will this dry the mattress, but this also removes all foul odour from it.
For best results, allow it to still thoroughly air-dry before putting back all bedding.
Keep Your Memory Foam Mattress Clean
To avoid a complicated cleaning process, protect your mattress at all costs! Don’t let the dirt build up. Don’t let the stains stay on for too long either. You can buy a waterproof mattress protector, or invest in a mattress with a waterproof inner cover.
Now that you know how to clean your mattress in different scenarios, it’s time to clean up and bring it back to its glory days. Then off to dreamland, you go!