How To Clean A Memory Foam Mattress Topper 

May 23, 2022

How To Clean A Memory Foam Mattress Topper 

If you just want to freshen up your mattress topper, it’s easy to start with a routine cleaning. If there aren’t any deep stains in your foam topper, all you’ll need is a handheld vacuum. First, take your mattress topper off your bed and move it to a clean, flat surface (i.e. the floor.) Doing this will make cleaning the corners and crevices of your topper easier. Then, put the soft brush attachment on your handheld vacuum and suck up all the dust and debris using a gentle, circular motion. Don’t rub your foamy friend too hard or it can get damaged. When you’re done with one side, flip the mattress topper over and vacuum the other side as well.

How do you clean a foam mattress topper that needs a little more than routine cleaning? Turn it up a notch with baking soda. Baking soda can neutralize odor and draw out moisture better than a handheld vacuum alone. If you’re going this route, start by sprinkling a thin layer of baking soda over the entire surface of the topper and let it sit for at least 8 hours. Then, vacuum up all the baking soda. You can do the other side as well, but make sure you take time to sleep!

If you’re anything like us here at Linenspa, you might have had one or two spills in bed over the lifetime of your mattress topper. If that happens, and you need to spot clean or deep clean your entire topper, our friends over at Sleep Foundation have created a wonderful guide on getting new spills out of mattress toppers.

1. Strip and launder bedding.
2. If there is substantial liquid on the topper, gently soak it up using a towel or paper towels. Blot gently to soak up moisture. Do not rub, as it risks pushing the liquid further into the topper.
3. Gently remove the topper from the mattress and place it on the floor.
4. Check to see if any liquid soaked through to the mattress itself (there’s another blog for that).
5. Mix equal parts cool water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.
6. Spray the affected areas of the mattress topper.
7. Gently blot out excess moisture using a towel.
8. Sprinkle a generous layer of baking soda over the mattress topper and allow it to rest for at least 8 hours.
9. Vacuum up the baking soda.
10. Check for signs of stains and/or odors. You may need to repeat steps 6-9, if necessary.
11. Allow the topper to dry fully. Opening windows to increase airflow, turning on a fan, or turning up the heat can all help speed up this process.

Different sources say to use laundry detergent, baking soda, distilled white vinegar, and even boric acid to get your mattress topper’s stains out. We say use whatever you have around the house and are most comfortable with. Also, remember that your mattress topper has a tag with care instructions that can help you choose which cleaning solution is best for your topper.

It’s of the utmost importance to make sure your mattress topper is dry after cleaning it. Memory foam takes a long time to dry, and if you throw it back on your bed while it’s still damp, you’re at risk of creating a cozy home for mold and mildew. Over time, these fungi can actually ruin your mattress topper.