How to Clean Memory Foam
Most beds that come in a box, if not all, are made of memory foam. Our company has dedicated years to perfecting the techniques and materials behind our comfortable, reliable mattresses. Customers prefer our memory foam because it is resistant to movement (a great plus if your partner gets up during the night or twists and turns a lot), it contours to your individual body shape, and it even helps maintain a cool temperature in bed while you sleep throughout the warm, summer nights that are quickly approaching. So, what do you have to do to enjoy these benefits? The answer is very simple: first, buy a memory foam mattress; second, properly maintain it. Now you might be wondering: why do I have to maintain my memory foam mattress? Easy: to ensure it lasts a long time.
Typically, memory foam mattresses last between eight to ten years… but that timeline will vary depending on how well you take care of them. For simple upkeep, you can use our BedInABox® Tencel™ Protector or our Sleep Tite® Five 5ided® IceTech™ Protector to create a breathable barrier against dust mites, bacteria, and fluids. Remember, you spend at least eight hours a day in your bed… so, we still suggest that you clean it every now and then. But, how exactly do you clean your mattress? Surprisingly, it is pretty simple!
The first cleaning method we recommend is to gently vacuum your mattress. Vacuuming will make the surface of your bed free of any loose particles. To do so, remove all blankets, sheets and pillows, then use a wide, clean vacuum nozzle to lightly brush the surface area of your entire mattress. Once complete, let your mattress air out for a couple of hours before dressing your mattress again.
Another tactic to clean your mattress is to create a cleaning solution using just laundry detergent and water and mixing it in a spray bottle. Shake the ingredients in the spray bottle to make sure they have completely blended together. Using this simple cleaning solution, spray the top and bottom of your mattress. For this method, you might need a cleaning buddy to help you hold the mattress in an upright position. Remember not to soak the bed and to keep moving as you spray - memory foam has absorbent qualities and too much exposure to liquids might lead to mildew or mold. If you find a stain on your mattress, use a soft rag and your cleaning solution to spot clean in a circular motion. If you scrub the stain too hard, the cleaning solution could damage the foam. Once the stain is gone, take a clean, damp rag and gently remove the solution by repeating the circular motion. The key to cleaning your bed is to be gentle. After the mattress has been sprayed clean, press a dry rag to any wet spots to absorb excess water. Then, let your bed dry under direct sunlight or under a fan. You can make your bed with linens as soon as the mattress is dry.
For tougher stains, repeat the before-mentioned process - but use vinegar, instead of laundry detergent, and mix with warm water to create your cleaning solution. Using chemicals like hydrogen peroxide can affect the color of your bed and the quality of the fabric, so we suggest sticking to the good old vinegar trick. White vinegar solutions are great for removing those darker, tougher stains… You know, the ones that happen when you’re drinking coffee or wine in bed. Before applying your cleaning solution, absorb as much of the spilled liquid as possible with a towel. Then, mist the area with the white vinegar solution (use a spray bottle to avoid drenching your bed), and dry again with a clean towel. If needed, sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on top of the stain and let it sit for about eight hours. The baking soda will absorb any remaining moisture and remove the smell of vinegar. Vacuum the baking soda, let the spot fair dry, and your bed should be good to go!
Producing a BedInABox® mattress has built-in protective qualities step by step to ensure that they remain supportive and clean from the day you unbox them until the day you decide to purchase a new one! BedInABox® memory foam mattresses are some of the most durable mattresses on the market because of the high-quality materials we use to construct them. However, to lengthen the lifespan of your memory foam mattress, you have to keep it clean. Cleaning your mattress will not only guarantee longevity, but it will also help defend bed bugs, viruses and those dreaded seasonal allergies. By vacuuming your mattress or sprinkling it with a mild cleaning solution, you are keeping your sleep space clean. Add one of our mattress protectors or our Copper Topper if you wish to minimize the need to clean your mattress while maximizing your bed preservation. If you have any questions about which mattress, mattress protector or topper is best for your needs, or if you want to talk to a specialist about bed care - contact us today!