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How to clean a memory foam mattress and pillows

Read on to discover how to clean a memory foam mattress or pillow with our simple guide.


how to clean a memory foam mattress and pillows

Key steps 

  • Vacuum your pillows and mattress at least once a week.
  • Remove stains from mattresses with boric acid.
  • Wash mattresses with a detergent and warm water spray.
  • Use baking soda to remove odours from mattresses.
  • Remove stains from pillows with vinegar and baking soda.
  • Wash pillows in a bath with detergent.

Are you a memory foam aficionado? These mattresses and pillows can be both comfy and good for you, but just like other bedding, memory foam needs a good clean every now and then. We’ve put together some quick and easy tips on how to clean a memory foam mattress or pillow and get them ready for sleeping on again in no time. If you have other beds that need a thorough clean and which don’t have memory foam mattresses, check out our article on how to clean an ordinary mattress.

Memory foam mattresses and pillows can’t go in the washing machine so always clean these by hand. Take care to always use a gentle detergent such as Persil.


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Can you wash memory foam mattresses? A step-by-step guide to cleaning memory foam

Thankfully, cleaning your memory foam mattress is actually easier than you think. Here’s how to clean a memory foam mattress in a few simple steps:

1.    When cleaning a memory foam mattress or topper, start by vacuuming the surface. Work across the surface in circular motions. This should be done at least once a week, even if you are not deep cleaning your mattress.

2.    If you have stains on your mattress, follow these steps:

  1. Blot the stain with water.
  2. Sprinkle the area with boric acid. If you’re wondering how to get urine out of a memory foam mattress after a night-time accident, you can use enzymatic pet cleaner. You can also follow the advice in our article on how to remove urine from a mattress.
  3. Allow the acid or cleaner to soak for around 15 minutes.
  4. Blot the area with a damp sponge to remove the stain and all traces of acid or cleaner.
  5. Allow the mattress to air-dry.

3.    Once you have vacuumed and treated your mattress for stains, it’s time to clean it! Here’s how:

  1. Mix up a cleaning solution in a spray bottle. We recommend two-parts warm water and one-part quality detergent.
  2. Lightly spray the entire mattress.
  3. Take care not to soak the mattress, moving the bottle as you spray the solution across the surface.
  4. To rinse, blot the mattress with a damp sponge to remove any traces of detergent.

4.    Everything from smoking to urine can leave some pretty nasty odours behind on your mattress. Here’s how to clean memory foam odours away:

  1. Once vacuumed and spray cleaned, sprinkle the entire mattress with baking soda.
  2. Leave to sit for at least 8 hours. For the best results, leave it to sit overnight.
  3. Vacuum the baking soda off the surface.

5.    Once you’ve cleaned your memory foam mattress, don’t forget to flip it. This will help to prolong the life of your mattress.

Can you wash memory foam pillows? A step-by-step guide to cleaning memory foam pillows

Now you know how to clean your mattress, you may also want to know how to wash a memory foam pillow. Here’s our simple guide:

1.    To wash a memory foam pillow, start by vacuuming the surface in circular motions. Ensure you vacuum the pillow once a week, even if you do not deep clean it.

2.    To spot clean stains from your pillow, follow these steps:

  1. Remove any pillowcases and pillow protectors.
  2. Mix one teaspoon of white vinegar with two tablespoons of baking soda.
  3. Apply your mixture to the stained area.
  4. Leave to soak overnight.
  5. Rinse the area by blotting with a damp sponge.

3.    Now you know how to remove stains, follow the guide below to wash your pillow.

4.    Use the same steps as above when removing odours from a memory foam mattress:

  1. Fill your sink or bathtub with lukewarm water.
  2. Add a cup of detergent. For an added scent boost, add a drop or two of your favourite essential oil. 
  3. Slowly place your pillow into the soapy water. 
  4. Squeeze the pillow. This will allow the soapy water to soak into the pillow.
  5. Empty the sink or bathtub and refill it with clean water. 
  6. Once again, squeeze the pillow until the water runs clear.
  7. Remove excess water by gently squeezing. Take care not to twist the foam.
  8. Always air-dry memory foam. The best way to do so is in direct sunlight. 

With this simple guide you now have everything you need to be able to clean memory foam mattresses and pillows.

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