how to clean memory foam mattress
Alas, you’ve taken a look at your memory foam mattress and you see this congregation of stains and dirt staring defiantly at you and you wonder what to do. People are often intimidated by the thought of cleaning this type of mattress however it is really simple. To help you out in this regard, we shall be looking at how to clean a memory foam mattress.
What you need
Before getting into the procedure, let’s first start off with a list of the simple household items that you’ll require for this task.
• Spray Bottle
• White Vinegar
• Fabric Cleaner
• Hair Dryer (A fan can do as well)
• Soft brush attachment to pair with your vacuum cleaner
Now, we are set to go so without further ado, here’s how:
first It goes without saying that the first step is to take out your beddings which you should wash so that the stains from the beddings aren’t transferred to the mattress after cleaning. A hand-held vacuum is an ideal tool for vacuuming a memory foam as it affords you excellent control. For regular vacuums, you’ll need a soft brush attachment. Vacuum every single inch from top-down and side to side and remember to take off the mattress cover before you begin.
2) Treatment follows
Now mix half a cup of fabric cleaner with twice the amount of water in the spray bottle. Place your mattress somewhere near a water source e.g. near an outdoor trap or in your bathtub. Shake the bottle well to ensure you get a good mixture then spray both back and front, and every other surface. Wait for at least 30 minutes but no more than 45 then rinse with a hose or in the shower.
3) More treatment
A second treatment follows immediately after the above and this time you’ll mix a quarter cup of vinegar with water three times that amount in your spray bottle. The vinegar helps dilute stains while absorbing bad smells. Spray the entirety of your memory foam mattress once again then rinse the mattress. You can remove the excess water by gently pressing the mattress but do not fold or twist in any way lest you ruin the architecture for good.
Alternatively, a mild detergent like dishwashing solution can also do the trick but be sure to stay clear of harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia as they could damage the insides of the memory foam material. Mix the liquid with water until it becomes bubbly, and then dip a clean sponge inside the bubbles then clean stains from the edge of the stains inwards in circular motions. Do not dip the sponge in the solution but in the bubbles.
4) Drying phase
At this juncture, your hair dryer or fan now comes in handy as it is extremely crucial that this type of mattress dries completely. Put it outside in a place with adequate air circulation i.e. away from clutters or obstacles and use your fan/hair dryer every few hours across the surface of the memory foam to help accelerate the drying process. It may take up to two days for your mattress to dry up completely so you might need to find an alternative sleeping arrangement for the day.
Knowing how to clean a memory foam mattress is essential as any mistake could interfere with the sensitive memory foam technology and thereby reduce the effectiveness of your mattress. Stick by this simple cleaning guide though, and you won’t ever have to worry about that. Oh, and you might find it useful to get someone to help you out with cleaning because a memory foam mattress is quite dense when wet.