How to Clean Memory Foam: Essential Tips

How to Clean Memory Foam: Essential Tips

There’s nothing quite like a lazy breakfast in bed on a weekend morning. The sun is shining, your french toast is delicious and your coffee...just spilled all over the place. If this unfortunate experience sounds familiar, or you’ve encountered something similar, you may be looking for some advice on how to get your bed clean again. If your bed happens to include a memory foam mattress, topper or pillow, there are certain procedures you’ll have to follow to safely get the memory foam spic and span. So, check out or foolproof guide on how to clean memory foam.

How do I Know Which Cleaning Method to Use?

Luckily, there are several different ways you can clean your memory foam. Which method you use depends on the type of issue you’re troubleshooting. If you’re aiming to give your memory foam an overall thorough cleaning, it’s best to follow a three-step process:
  1. Remove any loose dirt with a vacuum.
  2. Clean with your detergent solution.
  3. Allow to dry.

Can You Wash Memory Foam in the Washing Machine?

Though you may think you can throw memory foam pillows in the washer like you would with other bedding, one thing to keep in mind is that memory foam is not safe to put in the washing machine or to expose to large amounts of water. It can lead to bacteria buildup and destroy the composition of your foam. So, try one (or multiple) of these methods instead.

How to Vacuum Memory Foam

If your memory foam has ended up with loose debris or just an accumulation of dust, it’s perfectly acceptable to use a vacuum on it. This is also a good first step if you plan to do a full and thorough cleaning of your mattress, topper or pillow. Generally speaking, it’s best to use a light touch when cleaning memory foam and vacuuming is no exception. Use a hand vacuum or brush attachment and don’t press harder or use a higher vacuum setting than necessary. If you're vacuuming a mattress or topper, you may want to place your memory foam on a clean floor before vacuuming for better leverage and stability.

How to Remove Stains from Memory Foam

It’s unavoidable – everyday life leads to stains. Whether a muddy pup jumped in bed uninvited or your little one’s juicebox made its way between the sheets, your memory foam could probably use a good spot clean. And though it may seem simple to grab the nearest household cleaner, it’s best to make your own super-diluted cleaning concoction instead. The reason? Conventional cleaning agents breakdown the carefully-crafted foam, leading to a less comfortable sleeping experience. If you’re ready to make your own cleaning solution, check out how to create a detergent below.

How to Create a Detergent for Memory Foam

As mentioned above, most store-bought cleaning solutions are not safe for use on memory foam. Instead, you can create your own solution with one teaspoon of dish detergent mixed into one gallon of water. You can also try mixing one part vinegar with four parts water.  If you’re using the detergent and water solution, you should mix them together until bubbles form. Try to use only the bubbles when cleaning your memory foam – you want to get as little liquid on the memory foam as possible. You can also try putting the solution in a spray bottle, but ensure that it sprays on the lowest setting to avoid over-saturating the memory foam. If you’re using the vinegar and water solution, it won’t bubble. However, you should still use as little liquid as possible.  Once you’ve created your detergent, dip a clean sponge in as little of the detergent as possible (remember: the less liquid, the better) or spray a small amount on your mattress, topper or pillow. Scrub in circles around the stain from the outside in until the stain is gone.

How to Remove Smells from Memory Foam

If you’ve accidentally rubbed perfume on your pillow or your beloved pet has had a bed-wetting accident, you may have an overwhelming smell to contend with. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to get your memory foam smelling as good as new.   First, allow nature to do its job! Letting fresh air ventilate the memory foam outside for several days may alleviate more of the smell than you anticipated. If, after a few days, you’re still bothered by a smell, spray the pillow or mattress with the water and vinegar solution mentioned above. Next, sprinkle the it with baking soda and allow it to sit for several minutes. Finally, vacuum it all up.

How to Dry Memory Foam

The safest way to let your memory foam dry is to place it outside in a well-ventilated area. If weather doesn’t permit that, you can also place it under a fan. If you’re attempting to quickly dry one spot, you can use the lowest-power cool setting on a hair dryer. Under no circumstances should you put your memory foam in a dryer. Cleaning memory foam can feel a little daunting, but it’s simple once you know the steps. If you prefer a simpler alternative, our zippered mattress covers are removable and can go straight into the washing machine.

Updated: 09/13/2019