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A memory foam mattress can be an excellent investment. This type of mattress uses material capable of providing ample support to your body’s pressure points, reducing strain on your muscles and joints when you sleep. The foam, though, can pose a concern for many people – just how do you clean it?
First, keep in mind that you should always follow the recommendations from the manufacturer. Take a moment to learn who your manufacturer is and look up information from that provider. Some companies may provide a warranty for their products. If you clean or alter the mattress in any way, this could void the warranty.
New Memory Foam Mattress: How to Prevent Problems
You’ve purchased a brand new mattress. You love the thought of having a memory foam mattress because of the support it offers. Before you put it into place, though, and begin using it, take this opportunity to protect it. The best step you can take to prevent debris and moisture problems with your mattress is to protect it before you even begin using it.
The easiest and most affordable way to do this is with a mattress pad. It works much like a fitted sheet on the bed. It covers the top of the mattress (though some cover the entire mattress itself). Once in place, it helps to keep stains and daily wear from damaging the mattress itself. Mattress pads with extra padding are generally not necessary for memory foam mattresses, but you still need to look for a few key things before you invest in a mattress pad.
Consider the material. You’ll find options ranging from cotton to wool and latex. Generally, you’ll want it to be easy to clean and launder.
Allergen protection is a nice benefit. Some are designed to block out allergens like dust, dander, and mites from entering into the mattress. This could improve sleep quality for some people.
Waterproof mattress pads are essential. Look for those that are waterproof – not just water resistant. You do not want to buy anything that allows moisture to seep through to the surface of the memory foam mattress.
Quiet material is also important. Some inexpensive mattress protectors may work well to protect from water getting in, but they sound and feel like plastic. This isn’t comfortable, and it can be noisy.
Cool touch is a feature some companies are offering. This simply means the mattress pad works to help keep you cool at night. This is due to the material used.
Once you buy a mattress pad, place it on your mattress. Be sure it fits well. Look for a product that creates a snug fit. This helps ensure the mattress pad remains in place and does not bunch up at night while you are sleeping. You’ll then want to use sheets over the top of the mattress pad. Sheets, though they may not seem like it, are also an important tool in protecting your mattress pad.
How Often Should You Clean Your Mattress?
The good news is there is no strict rule on how often you should keep them. In most cases, you’ll want to monitor the condition of your mattress and clean them whenever you spot a need. For example, if you spill a drink on them, work quickly to clean it up. If you notice dust building up, take action.
Every time you pull off the mattress protector or pad, take a look at the mattress. If you notice anything on or in it – stains, dust, debris, or odors, be sure to address it right away. You should try to launder the mattress pad whenever it gets dirty or at least as often as you change your sheets.
What to Use to Clean Your Mattress
Cleaning your memory foam mattress does not have to be a challenge. You don’t need to purchase any special materials to clean it. Most of the time, you will need just a spray bottle and a few towels, along with the solution of your choice (more on that in a minute). It also helps to have a handheld vacuum cleaner or another type of attachment for your vacuum to pull off dirt and debris.
How to Clean Your Mattress
In order to learn how to clean your memory foam mattress, you first need to address what the mattress needs. In other words, what is on your mattress determines how you should clean it. Here are a few rules to consider.
Debris and Dirt
It is common for dust and dirt to build up on the mattress. This is everything from dead skin cells to dust from the room’s ventilation system. Surface dirt like this does not have to be hard to clean up, but you will want to make sure you address it often.
Make it a rule to vacuum your memory foam mattress at least one time every three or four months. A good rule of thumb is to do so every time the seasons change. A hand-held vacuum is best here. Choose one with a pet dander setting, if possible, to help pull up more of the dust and debris present. If you have a strong vacuum, an upholstery attachment or other tool will help you to clean up the dust here.
Go over all areas of the mattress including the top portion where you sleep, but also all of the sides. Material can build up in the edges significantly. This is also a good time to move the mattress and clean up under it. Work over the surface carefully – you may not see all of the dust, lint, pet hair, and other materials here at first.
It is not uncommon for stains to occur on a mattress of any type. This happens as a result of accidents – spills from an early morning cup of coffee or even urine stains. When it happens, take action to clean them up as soon as possible. Your first step is the most important – react quickly by blotting the surface of the mattress with a clean cloth or paper towels. Do not rub here, but instead place the cloth on the surface of the stain and press hard. This helps most of the liquid to be absorbed into the cloth, removing it from the mattress.
Now, to clean the surface, you’ll need to wash it down. However, there are a few rules to remember here.
- Never use bleach or ammonia on a memory foam mattress. It can damage the surface significantly.
- Only use products with a natural enzyme cleaner in them. Natural products are best.
- For a fast, reliable solution, use liquid dish soap. Choose those that are mild and do not contain bleach or other additives to them.
- You can also use white vinegar and water in a simple solution. This can help to remove stains that may have dried.
- Always rule on the side of using less water – you do not want the mattress to be drenched in water.
- Always allow it to fully air dry. Never use a blow dryer or any type of heat application on the surface.
- Don’t cover it until it dries well. Open the windows and turn on the fan.
To clean it, apply a small amount of the treatment solution to the area. It is best to use a spray bottle or when you need to apply a bit of force, apply the product to a cloth first. Then, wash the surface as best you can. Use a clean towel and just plain water to rinse off the surface after you wash it.
For a good overall washing, just use a towel with a bit of dish soap on it and work your way over the top of the surface. Dry it off after.
Odors can occur for many reasons. It is always important for individuals to consider odors to be a sign they need to wash the mattress. You can follow the steps listed above to wash away odors as well.
To freshen the mattress, create a solution of ½ cup of fabric cleaner and 1 cup of warm – not hot – water. Place this into a spray bottle and shake it. Then, apply it to the mattress very lightly. Do this only after you have washed the surface clean. This can help to freshen the surface.
For tough smells, including musky smells, wash the surface using mild soap as noted. Then, create a solution in a spray bottle that includes ¼ of a cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Shake well and then spritz over the top of the mattress. Allow it to dry fully.
Most of the time, cleaning your memory foam mattress can be easy to do. You just need to follow a few basic rules to ensure you do not damage the material of the mattress. Avoid any type of harsh chemicals on the surface. And, be sure to take care to wash down your mattress every season. This can ensure it remains fresh and long lasting for years to come.