How to clean a memory foam mattress: A step-by-step guide

Claire Small
Authored by Claire Small
Posted Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:03am

A memory foam mattress is not just any kind of mattress. This is a state-of-the-art mattress created to provide a wide range of benefits to the users and to allow them to sleep soundly at night without being worried about body pains when they wake up.

Learning how to clean your memory foam mattress is one of the things that you need to know before buying. Well, you will have to clean it once in a while so you should know how to do it properly so you won’t damage your investment. 

Here are a few simple tips on how you can clean your memory foam mattress properly.

1. Use a Vacuum to Remove the Lint, Hair, and Dirt

The lint, hair, and dirt can damage the foam. If you think that these things are harmless to the memory foam mattress, you are making a big mistake. Once they get ground into the mattress, they might cause permanent damage to the foam.

After removing the sheets, use a vacuum to remove all the dirt and grimes on the surface of the mattress. Check the sides as well before putting on the new sheet.

There are different types of memory foam mattresses: Traditional, Plant-based and Gel memory foam. They also come in different designs and there are mattresses with small crevices in the covers. You have to go through every nook and cranny with the vacuum because dirt and grimes usually stay on these small crevices.

2. Use a Homemade cleaning Solution to Remove Stains

No matter how careful you are with your memory foam mattress, stains cannot be prevented. You cannot simply wipe the stain with soap and water as it might damage the mattress. 

Here is a step-by-step instruction on how to clean it with a homemade cleaning solution.

  • Prepare a spray bottle along with a 1/2 cup of fabric cleaner and one cup of water.
  • Combine the fabric cleaner and water inside the spray bottle.
  • Give a quick shake on the bottle so the water and fabric cleaner will mix evenly.
  • Spray the stain and cover it completely. Don’t spray too much as memory foam is practically a big sponge. It will absorb the solution and it would take a long time before it dries.
  • Get a clean rug and scrub the stain gently. Never scrub too hard as it would press the solution deeper into the foam.
  • Once the stain is removed, wipe it with a wet rag to remove the remaining solution and let it dry.

Make sure that you remove the stain as soon as you see it and don’t let it stay for a long time. It is better if you won’t let the stain dry up before you clean them.

3. Vinegar Solution for Tough Stains

There are instances where it is too late when you found the stain. It might have been there for a long time as it already dried up. You don’t need to worry because you can use a vinegar solution to remove these tough stains.

If the fabric solution wasn’t able to remove the stain from the memory foam mattress, you can try something stronger.

  • Prepare a spray bottle, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 3/4 cup of water.
  • Combine the vinegar and water inside the spray bottle and shake it well.
  • Spray the solution on the stain. Don’t soak the memory foam as it would take a long time to dry.
  • Scrub the stain gently and wipe the excess vinegar solution by using a wet rag.
  • Let it dry before you put the sheets on.

4. Dry the Memory Foam Mattress Immediately

After removing the stains or dirt from the mattress, the next step is to dry it. If you only use a vacuum when cleaning the mattress, there is no need to dry it.

When drying the wet memory foam, you can use a small fan or hairdryer and use the low-heat setting. After that, leave the foam in a well-ventilated area. You have to remember that it will take about one or two days for the memory foam to dry up fully.

You can also use the fan or dryer every few hours to speed up the process. Do not use the memory foam mattress unless it is completely dry. If you use it while some parts are still wet, it would go in deeper and the foam would have an unpleasant smell.

Important Considerations When Cleaning a Memory Foam Mattress

There are a few things that you have to pay attention to when you are cleaning your memory foam. It is not advisable to wash the whole mattress unless it was stained completely. The best thing to do is to simply deal with the stained part and let it dry.

Never use any kind of soap when you are cleaning your memory foam mattress. A fabric solution is already a good one and using soap or powder will not be a good idea as it may affect the color of the mattress.

You should always check your memory foam mattress and see if there are any stains. If your children played on the bed, check the mattress immediately when they leave. There is a chance that the mattress would be stained or it would be dirty right after. Dealing with stains as soon as possible can help you remove it faster.

For cleaning, you should check the instructions from the manufacturers. There are different brands of memory foam mattress and there are specific instructions when cleaning it. You should read about it so you would at least have an idea of what to do.

If your memory foam mattress is already old and it has a lot of stains that you can’t remove, you can try and replace it with a new one. This mattress won’t last forever so getting a new one might be a good option if the mattress has been serving you for many years.


Cleaning your memory foam mattress is not a difficult job because you can do it as long as you know the proper steps to follow. You just have to know the step-by-step procedure and the things that you should avoid to make sure that your memory foam mattress will last for a long time. Cleaning is also a form of maintenance so you have to do it the right way.

Author Bio

I am Johnson from and I love sharing my knowledge about random things that I buy in my house. I am a very meticulous person when it comes to things I buy so I always do in-depth research about this. I share my expertise by writing about the things that I usually do when buying something.



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