A memory foam mattress is a big investment, and therefore keeping it clean and maintaining its freshness is crucial.
There are a number of ways a memory foam mattress can turn unhygienic and unclean. Some of these include – allergens, dust, spills, molds, etc.
To take care of your mattress, follow the simple tips discussed in this post.
Cleaning a memory foam mattress
- Wash the mattress cover as and when
A memory foam mattress usually comes with two covers, an internal one which is attached to the mattress and an external one which can be removed and cleaned.
As and when you feel the mattress is looking dirty or that it does not feel fresh and hygienic, remove the outer cover and give it a spin in the machine.
- Use a vacuum cleaner
This could be a weekly cleaning that you can give your mattress.
Though most of the memory foam mattresses today are hypoallergenic, some people like being extra sure. If you are one of those smart people, then use your vacuum cleaner to sweep over the sides and the nooks & crannies of the mattress.
- Spot cleaning
In order to clean a stain on your mattress, you can spot clean it with a fabric cleaner.
All you have to do is wash and dry a spray bottle and fill it with some concentrated fabric cleaner. Now add a cup of water to the cleaner to dilute it. Shake the contents and then spray the cleaner on the spot. Make sure you cover the entire spot. Again, just the spot and not more. You don’t want your mattress to get wet. Moreover, memory foam absorbs quickly so if it gets wet, then it will take a lot of time to dry.
After you spray the cleaner, use a rag to scrub the stain gently. Use circular motions to clean. Make sure you are not scrubbing too hard and tearing the mattress.
Once the stain is cleaned, use a wet rag to get rid of the excess solution. Let the mattress dry and then you can put the fitted bed sheet on top.
- For urine stains
For people with children and/or pets, bedwetting is a problem. How do you keep the mattress clean in such cases?
One way to go about it is to use paper towels. These towels will absorb the maximum urine, making sure none of it reaches the mattress. Once they are saturated, remove them.
Next, apply white vinegar on the affected area. You can use a spray bottle to make sure just the right amount is sprayed and at the right spot. Now use some more paper towels to absorb excess vinegar.
Finally, use baking soda to cover the affected spot, and leave it on for about 10 hours. You can use a vacuum machine to remove the baking soda the next day.
Let the mattress dry completely, and then cover it with the sheets.
Why not have a mattress protector?
A mattress protector shields your mattress from stains and spills. It is, in fact, the most important part of modern bedding, but unfortunately, some people still don’t invest in.
Check out these mattress protector benefits:
- Maintains the freshness of the mattress
Stains and spills are not the only things the mattress protector shields your mattress from.
It also makes sure your body sweat and moisture is not absorbed directly by the mattress, thus keeping it fresh for a long time.
If you have children and/or pets, then a mattress protector is a must for you. Once you have this, you need not worry about them dropping something on the mattress or getting up on it with muddy and dirty feet/paws.
- Keeps the mattress looking new
By not staining or messing the mattress, the mattress protector maintains its newness for a long time.
Usually, the sleeper’s body sweat absorbed by the mattress causes the foam in the mattress to wear down, thus making it lose its firmness.
By using a protector, you will prevent the wear and tear of the mattress, thus making it retain the new quality.
- Keeps the bedding hygienic
Since the mattress protector safeguards the mattress from dust, molds, and other allergens, it enhances the hypoallergenic properties of the mattress.
So if you are someone with sensitive skin and/or someone who catches a cold easily, a mattress protector is a must.
Also, cleaning a mattress protector is so simple. All you have to do is remove it from the mattress, and drop it into the machine. This keeps the mattress and the entire bedding hygienic throughout.
- Protects the warranty offered on the mattress
By protecting the mattress against wear and tear, stains, spills, etc. the mattress protector safeguards the mattress’ warranty.
How do you clean your mattress? Share your tips with us!