In previous times, a memory foam mattress was the best of the best and expensive. Today, the foam mattress is still the best of the best, but more affordable. More people own memory foam mattresses than any other type of mattress.
To maintain your foam mattress and ensure it’s quality, you have to clean it periodically. Here are different things you can do to keep your mattress clean and remove stains and odors from your mattress.
Cleaning the Mattress Cover
Your memory foam mattress can last for many years if it is properly maintained. You need to clean your mattress cover at least four or five times per year. Whether you spill food or a beverage on the mattress cover, it will need to be cleaned. Some memory foam mattresses are available with a cover and some are not. If your mattress has a cover, start the cleaning process by blotting as much of the stains away as possible, especially if you have beverage stains on the cover. Your mattress cover needs to be washed alone. Do not mix your clothes or other garments in the washing machine with your mattress cover. To prevent shrinking, wash the cover in cold water with a small amount of mild laundry detergent.
Many people think harsh chemical products, such as bleach, is great to use, but do not use bleach or bleach products on the mattress cover. If you are pressed for time, use the dryer to dry the cover,,but air drying is best. If you plan on using the dryer, it should be on the lowest setting. It will take only 5-10 minutes to dry. Red beverages may be more difficult to remove than others. In this instance, the mattress cover will need to be pre-treated.
Cleaning the Foam
Foam is much more difficult to clean than the mattress cover. If you spill a beverage on the foam, it needs to be cleaned and treated immediately. Foam is an absorbing material and it doesn’t take much time for stains and odors to settle in the mattress, ruining it. To clean recent spills from memory foam, use a large towel you do not plan on using again. Blot the stain instead of rubbing it. Rubbing the stain will smear the stain and cause it to set deeper within the foam. Excess liquid needs to be removed from the mattress. Depending upon how much liquid was spilled, you may require more than one large towel. Like the mattress cover, memory foam should air dry. If you are in a hurry, place two or more fans in a room, directed at the memory foam to help it dry quicker.
Odors can easily set in your memory foam mattress and cause an entire room to smell like the odor of your mattress. One solution to removing odors from memory foam is enzymatic commercial cleaners, but they can be expensive. If you are looking for something less expensive, vinegar will get the job done. This cleaning methods for cleansing odors can be used to remove urine stains and odors from a memory foam mattress. Using a clean cloth, clean as much of the urine as possible. Use a spray bottle and mix enzymatic cleanser of white vinegar with 50 percent of the solution being water. The other 50 percent of the solution will be enzymatic cleaner or white vinegar.
Spray two or three sprays of the cleaning solution on the stains to remove urine stains or spray the whole mattress to get rid of odors. Let the solution set for at least five minutes. After at least five minutes, use two or three clean towels to clean any excess liquid. Repeat this process as many times as you need to until the stains or odor is gone.
For odors in the mattress, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the stain and let it set overnight. In the morning, vacuum the dry baking soda. Use at least two or three fans to help the mattress dry quickly if it has not already dried.