Sleeping on a memory foam mattress topper offers comfort. But, as you’re using it all the time most likely allergens, bacteria and dust mite may build up on it. With this, you must be ready to clean it as the need arises.
Unlike other mattress topper, cleaning the memory foam mattress topper is different as you can’t use the common practices of washing. You need to know about the basic techniques of cleaning and washing it. This way, you can clean the memory foam mattress topper properly.
It’s also important to determine whether you need to clean the topper using spot cleaning or superficial cleaning or you need to clean it thoroughly. Read on this article to know how to implement both conditions of cleaning your mattress topper.
Steps in cleaning the mattress topper superficially
- Vacuum cleaning stage
The first thing to do is to remove the topper and spread it on a smooth and dry surface. By using a vacuum cleaner, you can remove any dirt, debris and dust accumulated in it.
- Spot cleaning stage
The next stage addresses the visible or dark spots present on the mattress topper. You can use a mixture of water and vinegar and apply it on the dark spot. Let it set for a while and rinse it by using a soft cloth. You can also use pet stain remover or borax to remove the spots.
- Detergent application
After removing the spots, it’s also necessary to apply diluted liquid detergent. You can use a white damp cloth or spray bottle in applying the cleaning agent. This way detergent can be avoided to seep within the inner portion of the topper. Leave it there for 30 minutes and rinse afterwards.
- Rinsing with water
When rinsing the surface, you can use a spray bottle and wipe the liquid with soft towel or cloth. Likewise, to remove the detergent or soap from it you can use absorbent cloth to dab the surface.
- Air dry the topper
After cleaning the memory foam mattress topper, you should place it in an airy room to let it dry. You can also use handheld dryer to dry the surface. But, the softness and texture of the topper will be destroyed if the dryer is too close to it.
Steps in washing the mattress topper entirely
If there are stains left on the mattress topper, the best thing to do is to wash it thoroughly. You can do the same steps as for surface cleaning, but there are other steps to include.
- Washing with water
If you want to wash the topper with water, make sure to spread it straightly. Use cold water and make sure that the detergent is washed away.
- Draining the excess water
To drain the excess water, you can roll the topper and press slightly. Never tumble dry or squeeze the mattress topper.
The ideal way to dry the topper is through air drying. You can use a dryer or a fan to facilitate the process.
Aside from those steps of cleaning a memory foam mattress topper discussed above, there are also some tips to clean the topper properly.
- Avoid using hydrogen peroxide to prevent damaging the color and texture of the memory foam.
- When using a dryer, make sure that it is slightly away to avoid damaging the surface cells.
- It is not recommended to dry the topper under direct and intense sunlight. The best way is to place it under a shade with a prevailing dry air and slight sunlight.
- To prevent buildup of mildew, make sure that there’s no moisture or mist left behind.
- Never machine wash or tumble dry the topper. Squeezing and wriggling the topper will damage the consistency.
- Using hot water is a big NO.
It can be laborious to clean a memory foam mattress topper. But, as long as you know the right way to do it, you can expect to extend the life of your mattress topper. Changing the bed sheets and vacuuming the room frequently can also keep the mattress topper clean and fresh. It is also a must to check the cleaning recommendations of the manufacturer to avoid damage.