How to Clean Memory Foam – Toppers, Mattresses, and Pillows

Before we start I have to point out – please read the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations for your memory foam product as they can differ from manufacturer to manufacturer.

If your product is still under warranty you can void the warranty by using cleaning products and methods that are not advised by the manufacturer.

With this said, if you need to clean your memory foam product and are happy to proceed, here are the best methods to get the job done.

How to Clean a Memory Foam Mattress

Most memory foam mattress come complete with a cover that you can remove. If you have a quality cover it’s likely to be waterproof to protect the memory foam and will be easy to clean.

Check what temperature it recommends but you can probably run the cover through a cold cycle in your washing machine.

It’s not recommended that you use cleaning machines on the memory foam under the cover like you would for your upholstery, especially if they use water.

To clean stains out of your memory foam start by hoovering the surface lightly to pick up any debris. If there are stains you can try using a little stain remover and a damp cloth to see if it lifts up the stain.

A useful cleaning agent that’s also great at removing odors is baking soda. If you have spilled some fluid on your mattress apply baking soda to absorb as much of the liquid as possible.

When it’s dry you can hoover up the baking powder and it should pull up the stain and leave your mattress smelling fresh as well as looking clean.

Allow the foam to dry out naturally and make sure it’s completely dry before putting the cover back on.

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How to Clean a Memory Foam Topper

Memory foam toppers are a little easier to handle as they are much thinner than mattresses. You should think about giving your topper a clean at least once a year, even if you haven’t spilled anything on it. This will reduce the amount of bacteria and dust mites building up.

The first thing to do is to give the topper a good hoovering. Use a soft bristle attachment and be careful not to tear any foam, but allow the vacuum to suck deep into the foam.

To freshen up the foam and remove some surface stains spray a mixture of warm water and laundry detergent over the topper as you hoover it.

If you have some stains to remove you can try to dampen the area with the stain and sprinkle a little boric acid on it. Keep dabbing with a damp cloth and you should see the stain breaking up and removing.

Another method, and one that will also remove odors is to use baking soda as discussed above with the memory foam mattresses. This is a very effective way of removing stains and bringing your topper back to its best.

How to Clean a Memory Foam Pillow

Memory foam pillows should come with a washable cover like the mattresses. You probably use a pillowcase on top of this too, so stains are much less common on pillows but you still need to give your pillows a good clean to remove any bacteria and other nasties building up.

Baking soda is the key ingredient here once again. There are a couple of ways you can do this, but I like to cover the pillow with baking soda and leave it for up to an hour. Then vacuum the powder off and you’re left with a clean, and fresh smelling pillow.

If you have stains to remove then use a detergent solution and using a damp cloth rub inwards to the stain breaking it up and removing it.

For seriously large or stubborn stains you can submerge a memory foam pillow in water and rinse the cleaning solution through the foam. This can damage older pillows and should be used as the last and most severe method.

Always allow the pillow to dry out naturally in a well-ventilated area and ensure it’s completely dry before putting the cover back on and using.

Final Thoughts

As I mentioned in the opening comments, read the care label for your memory foam product for individual advice. If you have to clean your item, here are some tips in summary:

Try and use as little water as possible when cleaning memory foam.

Vacuum your memory form regularly to avoid buildup of dirt, debris, and bacteria.

If you don’t have a cover see if you can buy one that fits, it’s an important barrier against stains and dirt.

Pick up some baking soda, it works wonders for cleaning memory foam!

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