4 Easy Steps on How To Clean a Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Having a good night’s sleep is important for our health. However, getting one is not as easy as it sounds. For people dealing with various health conditions, doing the same can be extra challenging. Hence, many of them purchase memory foam mattress toppers to help improve their sleep. Before you go out buying your own, you need first to learn how to clean a memory foam mattress topper.

I know how that cleaning a memory foam mattress topper sounds so complicated and you think that it would be easier just to let the professionals do it for you. I used to dread having to clean my mattress topper because I had to hire professional cleaners to do it. It’s not that difficult, and you don’t have to buy expensive cleaning agents. Read on, and I’ll let you in on the secret towards keeping your mattress topper clean while saving money at the same time.

What you will need for this tutorial

Cleaning memory foam mattress topper tools
  • Handheld vacuum cleaner

It is essential to use a handheld vacuum cleaner so that you can remove the pieces of dirt on the surface of the mattress topper. Although you can use a simple brush to do this, using a vacuum cleaner can help you make sure that even the little pieces of dirt that clung to your mattress topper will be removed. You can also use a regular vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment, but I recommend the handheld vacuum cleaner since it is easier to move around while using it compared to a bulky regular vacuum cleaner.

  • Baking Soda
  • Spray Bottle
  • Sponge
  • Vinegar
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Blow-dryer

Step by Step Instructions

1. Vacuum Your Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Vacuum Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Use a handheld vacuum cleaner to get rid of the dirt on the surface of your mattress topper. Dust and lint can accumulate and form stubborn stains when they become wet. Aside from dirt, using a vacuum cleaner will help you remove dead skin cells, pet hair, dust mites, and food particles from your memory foam. Remember to also vacuum the sides and the bottom part of the topper as they can also collect dirt over time.

If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner, you can use a regular cleaning brush. Just make sure that you gently brush away the dirt and avoid grounding it into your topper.

2. Remove Odor and Stains from Your Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Remove Odor and Stains from Your Memory Foam Mattress Topper

A memory foam mattress topper can quickly soak up sweat and spilled drinks. These result into stains and unwanted odor that you need to get rid of. Bring your mattress topper to your, or you can also place a plastic tarp on your bathroom floor and place the topper on top of it.

Pour some dishwashing liquid into a pail of warm water and mix it until you get a bubbly and foamy mixture. Using a spray bottle, lightly spray the mixture into the foam topper. Spray more solution on stained areas and use a sponge or a clean cloth to remove the stain. If you are cleaning a stain that is deep-seated, press down on the stained part of the mattress and scrub it in a circular motion until the stain is removed.

If you notice a lingering odor on the mattress topper, you can get rid of it using a vinegar solution. Create a mixture of ¼ cup vinegar and ¾ cup water. Using your spray bottle, spray the solution on your topper and then scrub the area in a circular motion. The enzyme in the vinegar will break down the bacteria that causes bad odor on your topper.

3. Rinse Your Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Rinse Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Use a hose or your shower to rinse off your mattress topper. Depending on the size of your mattress topper, you might need some help in this part. Memory foam soaks up water, and it can get quite heavy when soaked. Gently press down on the mattress topper to remove excess water.

4. Dry Your Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Dry Your Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Bring the mattress topper outside so it can dry out under the sun. If you don’t have an area where you can dry out your mattress topper, you can place it in a well-ventilated area.

Because memory foam mattress toppers soak up water, it may take up to 3 days to completely dry it. One alternative is to aid the drying process by using a blow dryer or an electric fan. Remember to turn the mattress topper over so that every part of it completely dries.

When the mattress topper is sufficiently dry, you can use baking soda as a soaking agent and as an additional odor remover. Just sprinkle it on the wet spots and then leave it for an hour. You will notice that the baking soda will form clumps as it absorbs moisture. Use your handheld vacuum cleaner to remove the clumps of baking soda.

If you’re not convinced on why you should clean your mattress topper often, then watch this video on the ten disgusting things that live in your bed:

Tips on How to Clean a Memory Foam Mattress Topper Safely

While cleaning your memory foam mattress topper, you need to keep in mind some tips to avoid damaging your mattress topper. Here are some tips on cleaning your memory foam mattress topper safely:

  • Avoid using chemical cleaning agents like bleach or ammonia. These chemicals are too abrasive and may damage or deform your memory foam
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    When rinsing the memory foam mattress topper, do not fold or twist it to avoid damaging or deforming it
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    If you decide to use a blow dryer, remember to use the warm medium setting and to avoid lingering on one spot for long. Using a blow dryer on one spot for too long can deform the memory foam
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    Always wear gloves when handling cleaning chemicals
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    Double check the acidity and ingredients of the cleaning agent you are using


A memory foam mattress topper is more than just an accessory to our mattresses. It also helps relieve back pains when we are sleeping. Knowing how important it is to us, it is equally important to take proper care to it. We can start by making sure that we thoroughly clean it at least once a year. Finding the best mattress topper for back pain or the best mattress for fibromyalgia would be worthless unless you take care of your mattress topper.

Just like what I mentioned earlier, cleaning your memory foam mattress topper is easy, and you don’t need a professional to do it. A few simple tools and household cleaning agents are all you need to do the job. I hope you found my tutorial informative yet enjoyable.

Use the comments section below to let me know what you think of the tutorial. Let me know how it worked for you. You can also use the comments section if you have suggestions you would like to share with other readers. Be sure to share the article so others can also see how easy it is to clean a memory foam mattress topper.

I am Vera Watson. Drawing The House is a dream that was conceived when I saw a niche in consumer guide on almost everything in our homes. My main aim is to help you save money by testing the products you need and recommending you the best of them all. I believe in the family as an institution and the first way to make a family happy is providing the best for them.

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