You wash your pillow cases, sheets, and blankets on a regular basis. But have you ever thought about how clean your mattress is? Here are tips on how to clean memory foam mattresses.
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Start At The Surface
One of the easiest ways to routinely clean your memory foam mattress is by simply vacuuming it. Hair, lint, dirt, the crumbs from that late night snack you don’t want to talk about, they’re all camped out on the top of your mattress.
This debris can actually damage your memory foam mattress over time. A good rule of thumb is to vacuum your mattress every time you change out your sheets. Use a hand-held vacuum or use the brush attachment from your regular vacuum.
Don’t forget to vacuum the sides of your mattress and be sure to pay close attention to any crevices in your mattress cover.
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Take Care of Stains
Stains are unfortunately a fact of life and it wouldn’t be uncommon for one to appear on your mattress. The sooner you take care of any stains that may appear, the easier it will be to remove the stain.
You’ll need a spray bottle, fabric cleaner, and a cloth. Mix a solution of 1/2 cup fabric cleaner and 1 cup of water and put it in the spray bottle. Shake the bottle well before spraying to make sure the solution is completely mixed.
Spray the solution over the stain until it is completely covered, but be sure that you don’t over-saturate your mattress. A memory foam mattress is essentially a giant sponge and it takes a long time to dry out. You don’t want to spray any more solution on it than you absolutely need.
Then take your cloth and gently scrub the stain using circular motions. It’s extremely important that you use small, soft scrubbing motions and don’t scrub too hard. This will help keep the cleaning solution at the top of the mattress and dry easily.
When the stain is gone, wash out your cloth and lightly scrub over the surface of the stain again to soak up any remaining cleaning solution. Let your mattress dry completely before your replace your bedding.
For Tougher Jobs
If you have a stain that is particularly stubborn, try using a vinegar solution instead. Fill your spray bottle with 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar and 3/4 cup water. Mix well and then follow the same steps as before.
For urine stains and smells use the vinegar and water solution on the affected area, but then follow up by sprinkling baking soda on the area and let it sit overnight. The next day (or 8-10 hours later), vacuum the baking soda up. Again, be sure your mattress is completely dry before putting any bedding back on.
No matter what solution you choose for your stain removal, be sure it doesn’t include hydrogen peroxide or bleach. Both have been known to damage and discolor memory foam mattresses.
These tips and tricks on how to clean memory foam mattresses will help keep your mattress in tip top shape!