Everything can do with a clean now again, some more often than others. Chances are you’ve never or don’t often clean your memory foam mattress. And why would you? It’s not the sort of thing you can put in a washing machine and hosing it down won’t do it much good. So how do you clean a memory foam mattress? We’re going to tell you how.
How Often Should You Clean A Memory Foam Mattress?
The great thing about memory foam is that it is inherently antimicrobial. Whilst no mattress can claim to be entirely free from microorganisms, memory foam mattresses are known to be much more hygienic than other mattress types. Memory foam is much more likely to inhibit the growth of mould, fungus and other nasty stuff which would make your mattress generally unpleasant to sleep on. With that said, it’s still a good idea to clean a memory foam mattress every so often.
Guide to Clean A Memory Foam Mattress
There’re only a few things you need to clean a memory foam mattress. You’ll need some baking soda, a vacuum cleaner, warm soapy water, a sponge and white vinegar (optional). Bear in mind that this method is good for general cleaning to help maintain a fresh and more hygienic mattress. A heavily stained or soiled mattress will not benefit from this. If your mattress is like this, it may be necessary to replace it instead.
Firstly, remove the cover from your memory foam mattress. If you own a mattress from Lion Mattresses, you can easily unzip the breathable sleep surface cover. This cover is machine washable, so you may want to launder it at the same time.
Once you have removed your memory foam, sprinkle baking soda over it. This helps to eliminate odours and absorbs any moisture which may be in the foam. Once this is done, leave the baking soda to settle for approximately ten minutes. Once ten minutes is up, use your vacuum cleaner to vacuum the baking soda off the memory foam.
Once the baking soda is gone, take your warm soapy water and sponge. Here you want to only spot clean the memory foam mattress. Pick out key areas and gently apply the soapy water using your sponge. If you have a memory foam mattress with a particularly strong odour, adding some white vinegar to the water can help with this.
Leaving Your Mattress to Dry
Once you have finished spot cleaning your mattress, you can use some paper towels or a hand towel to dry up any excess moisture. Press down on the towels to better help absorb the moisture and leave them to sit overnight. Leaving the towels to sit overnight should also allow time for your memory foam mattress cover to dry.
It is advisable to leave your mattress to dry overnight, however, you of course, will need a mattress to sleep on. If you have an alternative place to sleep that night, this won’t be an issue. If not, try to clean the memory foam mattress as early as possible. This will allow more time for your mattress to dry. Do not replace the covers until you are happy that the memory foam in your mattress is dry.
And that’s it! Enjoy sleeping on your freshly cleaned memory foam mattress!