How to Clean a Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Using a memory foam mattress topper is a great way to preserve the life of your mattress. But how do you keep it clean?


If you're like most people, then you are willing to go to extensive lengths to ensure you get a good night sleep. This includes going shopping for the right mattress, ensuring your bed is the right height, selecting a mattress topper, and choosing the right bedding.


But once you've brought everything home, your job isn't finished. Over time dust mites, allergens, and bacteria will begin to accumulate in the foam of your mattress topper. This build up should be removed on an annual basis.


A day can be set aside to get your topper fresh and clean again. Most of that time will be used for drying the pad. But first you need to know how to clean your memory foam mattress topper, so keep reading.



Preparing to Clean Your Memory Foam Mattress Topper


The first rule of cleaning a memory foam mattress topper is to always clean it by hand. This is because the force used by laundry machines can destroy your topper over time.


Before you begin washing, you will need to remove your topper from your bed and move it to the floor. Depending on what type of surface your flooring is, you may need to place a tarp underneath your topper to prevent water damage. Some flooring types that would require a tarp include hardwood floors and carpeting.


Once you have unsettled your mattress topper, you may notice that there are stains and odours on it. It is a good idea to turn on the fan to keep the topper aerated throughout the cleaning process. Once you have located the offending stains, you should pretreat them with a spray bottle and carpet cleaner. Then it will be time to move on to the vacuum.



Vacuuming Your Memory Foam Mattress Topper


Vacuuming a memory foam mattress topper is the best way to remove odours and dead skin that may have built up. The best kind of vacuum to use is a handheld one. If possible, it should have a lot of different attachments so that you can get every bit of dirt out of your topper.


The attachment you definitely can't do without is the soft bristle brush attachment. To avoid damaging your mattress topper, you will want to use this option to get a more gentle clean.


Just like you do when you brush your teeth, you should move the bristles in small circular motions to remove particles from the mattress topper.


For those that have an eggshell style foam topper, you may need to pay extra attention to the crevices between peaks. Debris is more likely to congregate there.


If your mattress topper doesn't have any odours or stains, then you are able to move straight on to spraying it down with detergent. You want to use a gentle detergent that does not foam or bubble a lot. There are detergents formulated for hand washing that are great for this purpose.


In your spray bottle, you should have a ratio of two parts water to one part hand washing laundry detergent. You should spray the entire surface of the topper with this solution, but don't spray too much.


If you soak the foam, it may not have time to dry before you go to bed. By maintaining a steady motion you should be able to avoid over-saturating your mattress topper.



Removing Stains From Your Memory Foam Mattress Topper


If a simple spray down doesn't take care of your stains then you will need to take further action. Sometimes stains like urine from pets can be especially difficult to get out.


Luckily, there are cleaners specifically formulated to take care of this kind of a nuisance. An enzymatic pet stain cleaner should clear the problem up quickly.


For light stains, you can use a boric acid mixture for removal. Simply sprinkle it into a spray bottle and then fill it with water. Saturate the stain and allow it to penetrate the material for a couple minutes. Then simply blot the stain until it disappears.


If neither of these methods manages to successfully eradicate your problem spot, you can try to use hydrogen peroxide to remove it. This chemical is stronger than the other options so you should use it sparingly and with great care.


Also, be advised that hydrogen peroxide may discolour your foam mattress cover. It can have a bleaching effect when used in large quantities.


Once you have spot cleaned your foam mattress topper, you should wipe it down with a damp sponge to remove any surface chemicals before allowing it to dry. Your last step will be to vacuum the topper one last time once it's dry to remove any debris that may remain.



How to Eliminate Odours From Your Memory Foam Mattress Topper


Some stains carry with them atrocious odours that seem impossible to remove. You may have even considered throwing out your foam topper in frustration. Vacuuming and spray cleaning work for simple stains, but finding something to remove harsh scents like bodily fluids can be difficult.


One good solution is baking soda. It can be sprinkled on a mattress topper and left to sit overnight. It should be on there for at least eight hours before you can vacuum it off.


If this solution is unsuccessful, consider investigating a citrus-based cleaning product. They tend to have better success at covering up undesirable odours than other scents.


Final Stages of Cleaning


Once you have finished the side of your mattress topper that faces your body, you should flip it over and do the other side too. Spray it down with your detergent solution to ensure that you have thoroughly cleaned it.


Then allow it to dry and vacuum it down one more time. By this point, you should have managed to capture most of the dirt that was residing in your bed.


It is important that you make sure you give your mattress topper enough time to dry before you put it back on top of your bed. Foam like this is known to develop mildew rather easily and once your sheets have been put on the bed your foam topper will not be getting any air flow to allow remaining moisture to evaporate.


You should give your mattress topper a full twenty-four hours for dry time. There may still be moisture in its core once it feels dry to the touch.



Tips for Maintaining Your Foam Mattress Topper


Beyond the yearly deep clean, there are steps you can take on a daily basis to reduce the amount of dirt and bacteria residing in your bed. The first is to purchase a mattress cover.


This can be put on the mattress topper as a water-proof barrier. It will prevent spills from being absorbed into your foam, potentially ruining your topper.


It is much easier to take off your mattress cover and pop it in the washer than it is to go through all the steps of cleaning your memory foam mattress cover.


Another tip is that you should give your mattress topper some attention every time you change your sheets. Simply fluffing it and allowing oxygen to get to it will go a long way toward reducing odours and keeping you comfy.


If you find that your topper seems to be carrying the scent of body odour then you should consider removing your sheets on a daily basis in the morning. Many people sweat in their sleep and this liquid can be absorbed by your mattress topper.


By allowing air to get to the topper, your sweat will have a chance to evaporate so that the problem won't be compounded on a nightly basis.



Summarising Your Foam Topper Care


When you are having difficulty sleeping, a memory foam mattress topper can be an inexpensive way to improve the quality of your rest. They reduce strain on the body and can also help to regulate your body temperature while you sleep.


But once a year you will need to take your topper off of your bed and lay it out to be cleaned. The first step in your cleaning process will be to use a soft bristle attachment on your vacuum to remove surface dirt and bacteria from your topper.


Then you will wet it with cleaner. The best solution to use is one third laundry detergent (used for hand-washing) and two-thirds warm water.


Just put the solution into a spray bottle and douse your topper thoroughly, without saturating it. Allow the solution to dry over the course of twenty-four hours and then vacuum any dirt that has been left on the surface.


This type of heavy cleaning should be performed once a year but toppers should also be maintained on a weekly basis. Allowing your topper to air out can help to reduce the number of odours it carries and help it to maintain its shape over time.


If you're interested in a memory foam mattress topper for your bed, we have a wide selection to suit your needs so that you can have a better night's sleep today.