Memory Foam Mattress Care and Maintenance

2023-01-08 00:05:13 - Patrick Gruce Patrick Gruce is a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience in the tech and media industries, offering unique insights on the intersection of technology, media, and legal/regulatory issues through his background in journalism and law.

Memory foam mattresses have contouring, supportive, and pressure relieving properties because they are made from materials that are partially or wholly derived from petroleum. These mattresses may promote restful sleep, but they quickly lose their supportiveness and comfort if they are not properly maintained.

In contrast to traditional mattress materials, memory foam has some distinct advantages. Polyurethane foam harbors odors from body fluids, skin flakes, and dust mites. You can keep your bed in great condition by cleaning your mattress regularly to get rid of dust, odors, grime, and pollen.

How to quickly dry your mattress after a spot cleaning or vacuuming is covered here. We'll also talk about the importance of using a mattress protector and other methods for keeping your mattress clean.

Following the instructions on the law tag or the manufacturer's website for your mattress is the safest and most effective way to maintain it. If you don't follow these care instructions, you could end up with a damaged mattress. Our mattress care guide is your best bet if you can't find the instructions.


Using a handheld vacuum or an upholstery attachment is the quickest and most efficient way to remove the debris. These cleaners are lightweight and easy to maneuver; something heavier could tear the mattress cover.

Once a week, or whenever you change your sheets, give your mattress a good vacuuming.

  • Vacuuming the buttons and cracks thoroughly is a must.
  • Dead skin cells and dust tend to accumulate in the crevices, so be thorough.
  • Do not forget to vacuum the walls of your bed.
  • If you rotate or flip your mattress at least once every six months, you should also vacuum the underside. If you haven't flipped your mattress in a while, check the manual to see if it needs to be.
  • Use a vacuum that is made for pet hair and dander if you have a pet.

Dissolving Old Stains

A stain should be treated as soon as possible after it is discovered. If you can get to a fresh stain right away, you can remove it with less effort than if you let it sit.

We recommend unzipping a mattress cover with a zipper to check for stain penetration and to get ready to spot clean the stain on the mattress and the cover.

Foam materials are easily damaged by bleach and other harsh chemicals. To avoid this, you can make your own cleaning solution by mixing one part mild detergent with two parts water and shaking it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture lightly on the bed. You need just enough to create a light lather on the fabric's surface.

A solution's safety can be compromised if too much of it is used. Just like a sponge, a memory foam mattress takes its time drying out after being wet.

There is a risk of mildew and mold growth on the mattress if it doesn't dry out within 24 hours.

  1. Scrub the stain in circular motions with a rag after spraying it with stain remover. If you scrub too vigorously, you could force the cleaning solution deep into the mattress, ruining the foam.
  2. Repeat the circular motion with a new, clean damp rag to wipe away any remaining solution. Once the stain has been removed from a mattress with a removable cover, the cover can be washed in the washing machine using cold water and a gentle cycle.
  3. When a spot on the mattress gets wet, the quickest way to get rid of the moisture is to press a dry, clean rag against it. Then, dry the bed using a fan or the sun. Cover the mattress with fresh sheets once the foam has dried.

Extremely Difficult Stains

Stains that are more difficult to remove can be tackled with a solution of one part vinegar to three parts warm water. Hydrogen peroxide is an alternative to vinegar for those who can't stand the odor. Don't forget that using hydrogen peroxide on your mattress can ruin the material and void the warranty.

This mixture, unlike the detergent solution, will be stored in a bowl.

  1. Scrub the stain with a rag dipped in the liquid.
  2. A clean, damp rag can be used to remove any remaining cleaning agent.
  3. Applying pressure from a dry towel can help remove excess moisture before you dry the area in the sun or with a fan.

Fluid Marks

No matter how old you are, accidents can and do happen. It can be challenging to remove stains from dark-colored drinks, so it's best to clean up spills as soon as possible.

  1. Take advantage of the paper towels at your disposal and soak up all the fluid you can! Towels should be rewashed until they stop soaking up water.
  2. It can be remedied by spraying the affected area with white vinegar and blotting it dry with another paper towel.
  3. Baking soda can be used to dry out damp spots, so sprinkle some on there and give it 8-10 hours. Baking soda can remove smells and excess moisture.
  4. Remove the baking soda by suctioning it. It's best to wait until the stain is completely dry before replacing the sheets. The use of baking soda and sunlight can help eliminate any lingering odors in a mattress. Cleanse the mattress and eliminate odors with this

Your Memory Foam Mattress Needs to Be Dried ASAP

Memory foam mattresses, as we've mentioned, are more like sponges. Because of their high density, they readily absorb water but take a long time to dry. Making sure the room has adequate ventilation by opening the door and window will help things dry out quickly.

To speed up the drying process, use a small fan or hairdryer on low heat. The foam will melt if you use the high heat setting on the hair dryer.

Memory Foam Mattress Care: A Guide

Keeping your mattress free from dirt and dust is the first step in maintaining it. While spot cleaning and vacuuming will keep your mattress clean, a mattress protector or encasement will prevent wear and tear and protect against allergens like dust mites, pollen, and bed bugs.

The use of waterproof covers and encasements can ensure that bedtime snackers and drinkers stay safe.

A mattress protector or encasement may be necessary to maintain the warranty of your mattress from some manufacturers. The warranty on a mattress is typically nullified if it has been stained or discolored.

Protection from a mattress topper is also possible, but it is not very strong. No side protection means liquids can seep through and collect debris on the bed's surface.

Maintenance Tips

You can get more use out of your mattress by cleaning it regularly. But there are other methods of maintenance that can lengthen the life of your mattress as well.

  • Make sure you have a sturdy base for your memory foam mattress. More support is required for a memory foam mattress than an innerspring mattress. If too much force is applied to a single spot, the material may fracture. The weight of the mattress will be distributed over a larger area, preventing pressure points from breaking down the mattress, on a base with slats no more than 3 inches apart, as is recommended by us.
  • Every four to six months, you should rotate your mattress. This will promote more even wear on your mattress over time.
  • It's best to leave the mattress out in the sun. Memory foam that has been exposed to the sun has had its odor neutralized. Foam mattresses kept in direct sunlight have a longer lifespan.
  • Bedding and mattress covers should be laundered every week. If your mattress has a removable cover with a zipper, you can wash it in lukewarm water along with your sheets.


The question: how do I prevent stains on my mattress?

Put on a mattress protector, ideally one that completely encloses the mattress on all six sides. It's important to find a waterproof protector because not all of them are. Use a cover that prevents dust mites and bed bugs from invading your personal space.

Can a memory foam bed be cleaned with shampoo?

Cleaning your mattress in small areas is fine, but you should only use a mild detergent.

Is there a special method for cleaning a memory foam mattress?

Apply detergent to a damp cloth and rub the stain in a circular motion on the mattress. You can also try removing the stain by dabbing at it.

Why do mattresses sometimes get yellow stains?

A common problem with older mattresses is the presence of yellow stains caused by sweat. The steps in this article will help you get rid of them.


About one-third of your life is spent on a mattress that is usually dirty and full of dust. Avoiding cleaning increases the likelihood of an allergen buildup and accelerates the bed's natural deterioration. We can greatly improve our health by regularly dusting, vacuuming, and spot-cleaning our mattresses. Additionally, a clean and supportive mattress discourages sagging and promotes a more hygienic sleeping environment.

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