How To Clean a Memory Foam Mattress? Easiest Steps !

A good night’s sleep is the key to waking up fresh in the morning. However, the mattress you are currently sleeping on might be comfortable but, is that clean?

Even I was a stranger to the fact that how much junk can a mattress accumulate over the course of time. Thank God I decided to clean mine and did some digging about how to clean a memory foam mattress.

Don’t worry, I applied these methods myself, and I can assure you that it works! Obviously, if you follow the steps and trust the process, you also can get a clean mattress. But before even I start with the actual cleaning process, I think you should know your memory foam mattress a tat bit more.

Memory Foam Mattress

First and foremost, a memory foam mattress is, without a doubt, very comfortable. Because it is so unique, only astronauts used it and benefitted from its characteristics. Later on, it got commercialized, and then people started purchasing this genius invention.

Apart from its movement isolation capabilities and flexibility, a memory foam mattress also retains heat, which is beneficial to some and a matter of discomfort to others. And that’s the reason why you should maintain your mattress hygiene.

You see a warm place like that is a natural incubator for various bacteria and diseases caused by them. Also, it has been found in a study that an average person sweats about a liter or so at night. So, it’s very important to upkeep your memory foam mattress for quality sleep and better hygiene practices.

Some Cleaning Processes

These are simple processes. To clean your memory foam mattress, you don’t need many supplies also. At first, I am going to state the obvious.

Vacuum Your Mattress

Yep, that is the first and the easiest way. Simply vacuum your mattress to get rid of the accumulated dirt and debris. It doesn’t seem like it’s going to be doing much, but for a light cleaning session, that is all that you need to do.

The Baking Soda Method

But, if you want it to take a step further, then sprinkle over some baking soda. Yes, you heard it right, baking soda! It’s not only a condiment but also a cleaning agent that works like a charm.

Baking soda is a mild alkali. Meaning, it has the ability to break down grease easily. Also, it works as a deodorizer by bringing a balance between basic and acidic molecules, eventually resulting in neutral ones that do not release any bad odor.

So, by breaking down the grease and getting rid of the odor, baking soda works like the perfect cleaning partner. Wait a minute, don’t forget to vacuum after you use baking soda. The process will be more effective if you do so.

How long should you wait after using the baking soda? Well, according to the experts in the field, it should be around 24 hours. So, leave it as long as you can and vacuum after.

So, the process goes a little something like this –

  • Vacuum the mattress
  • Sift/sprinkle baking soda on to the mattress surface evenly
  • Wait for about 24 hours (preferably, less if you cannot)
  • Vacuum again
  • Use essential oil in the baking soda if you prefer it (About 5 to 10 grams)

The Vinegar Method

In the vinegar method, you are required to use cleaning vinegar or plain white vinegar in the process. Just mix equal parts of vinegar and water and use a little amount of baking soda in it as well.

Now, if you want to, then you can also add some mild dish soap or detergent for a better result. But, getting all of that out, as well as the waiting period, is longer if you add this. I would suggest that if you have the time then do use it. But it’s totally optional.

Now that you have finally made your cleaning mixture, just pour it into a spray bottle and spray it all over the mattress. Don’t forget to take off the mattress cover. After spraying, let it soak for several hours. When it’s done soaking, you can vacuum the whole mattress again.

Meanwhile, you can throw your mattress cover in the washer. And after you are done with vacuuming and have a clean mattress cover, you are ready for a rewarding sleep.

So, the process goes a little something like this –

  • Take off the mattress cover
  • Wash the mattress cover
  • Make a mixture of equal parts of cleaning vinegar and warm water
  • Add some detergent or mild dish soap (optional)
  • Add some baking soda (optional)
  • Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it all over the mattress evenly
  • Wait for several hours
  • Vacuum and put the cover back on

How to Clean Urine from a Memory Foam Mattress?

It’s an unusual scenario but not out of the picture. So, for that, there are also methods to remove urine from a memory foam mattress. If you have a toddler or a newborn, this is something that every new parent should know. Also, I won’t judge if you had any accidents in the past. We have all been there.

Let me tell you the list of ingredients you need first.

  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Mild liquid dishwashing soap
  • Baking soda
  • Measuring cup
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Vacuum cleaner

To start the process, you first need to make the cleaning mixture. So, take that measuring cup and measure 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is used vastly as a cleaning agent. It helps remove stains and disinfects depending on the concentration level used in the process.

In this case, we are using a 3% concentration one which is more than enough for the above-mentioned scenario.

Then, mix in a little amount of dish soap. Not too much; otherwise, it will get a little too soapy for your convenience. Now, put this mixture in your spraying bottle. Are you wondering where did the baking soda go? I did tell you to grab that too, didn’t I?

Well, it seems that if you mix the baking soda into this mixture, then it might not mix well with the peroxide, and that will make the spray nozzle clog. Eventually, resulting in you wasting a spray bottle and some cleaning solution over nothing.

So, don’t incorporate the baking soda into the mixture yet. At first, spray the solution all across the mattress. Let it soak for some minutes, and then sprinkle over the baking soda. This way, you get maximum efficiency out of both.

In this particular case, as you are trying to remove urine, instead of using the mixture all over, you can also spot treat. That way, you can save a lot of time. Before you spot treat, make sure the area isn’t wet anymore. If it is, use a towel or a sponge to remove as much of the pee you can.

And after doing so, use the mixture and the baking soda as mentioned above. Now, what if you don’t have a vacuum? Fret not; you can also just fan the area for as long as it takes for it to become completely dry. Or, if you have a vacuum, just vacuum the surface. And that’s about it.

A little word of advice that I would like to give you is that you can add a drop of essential oil into the solution. If you are not allergic, it will make the mattress smell heavenly. Do that and trust me, you will benefit from it. Or you can add a drop of lemon juice which will make the mattress smell nice and fresh.

So, the process goes a little something like this –

  • Make a mixture of 8ounces/a cup of peroxide, dishwashing soap
  • Pour it into a spray bottle and spray over the problem area or the entire mattress
  • Sprinkle over some baking soda and let it soak for a few hours
  • Fan the area if you don’t have a vacuum
  • Vacuum the area as clean as you can

And that is about it for this cleaning process.

Final Words

Remember that you can always seek professional help, but the cost will be more than you would like it to be for one session. So, why not just take some time and do the deed yourself? The question of how to clean a memory foam mattress has always been on top of many of ours minds. But only a few took action.

By using the methods that I have mentioned above, you can easily clean your mattress within a single day. So, do try these, and don’t forget to let me know what your experience was using these methods. Till then, take care and stay hygienic.

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