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Our memory foam mattresses are long-term investments made to last for years. Besides, these mattresses contribute to our wellbeing as we use them to unwind and recover from the grind of daily life.
However, our mattresses are prone to stains, dust and germs from everyday living, the external environment and possible mishaps. It is essential that we take care of our memory foam mattresses by cleaning them regularly and keep them in top shape.
What products can you use to clean your memory foam mattress?
You can use many commercial cleaning products to clean your memory foam mattress. Bio-enzymatic cleaners or biological detergents are great for removing stains caused by food, body fluids and other kinds of pigments.
These detergents are effective in cleaning molecules such as proteins that exacerbate stubborn stains.
Many items that are a part of many kitchens can also be used as part of a dot it yourself solution to clean your memory foam mattress. Soda bicarbonate (baking soda) is a favourite that can be used to clean the mattress, soak up odors and freshen it up. Hydrogen peroxide works to clean more stubborn stains.
Here is a quick video about the baking soda cleaning –
Table salt, lemon and vinegar can also be used as part of cleaning solutions. Essential oils like tea tree can also work to kill germs and dust mites. Other essential oils with pleasant aromas can be used to deodorize and freshen up the mattress.
These kitchen shelf products can be mixed with commercial products to make stronger mattress cleaning solutions.
How to do Regular cleaning of a memory foam mattress
Memory foam mattresses are made to last long but it also depends on how we take care of them. Their durability will depend on a regular cleaning routine to make them feel as good as new.
Frequently vacuum cleaning your mattress will take care of particles of dust and dirt that collect on the surface. It will also get rid of fur if you have pets, lint fibers, bacteria, dead skin cells and any remains from snacking in bed.
This should be done as often as once a month to form a part of a mattress care routine. You could also do it more often as needed or if you find your mattress feeling dusty.
Before vacuuming, make sure you take off the mattress cover and wash it. Vacuum the entire mattress including the sides, edges and seams. After vacuuming, you may also sprinkle some soda bicarbonate on the mattress to soak up any odors and then re-vacuum the soda bicarbonate after an hour.
Air-drying is the best way to freshen up your memory foam mattress on a regular basis. Whenever the sun is up, use the opportunity to place it out in the sun and have it cleaned naturally.
Before you place the mattress outside, use a bat or a golf club to lightly beat dust and other particles out. Place your mattress in an area of sunlight for around 3 to 4 hours to ensure the heat gets through. Flip over the mattress so that the entire mattress is heat-treated.
You could also add some soda bicarbonate while your mattress basks in the sun. Sprinkle soda bicarbonate on the surface to soak up any moisture or odours. Dust and vacuum the soda bicarbonate before you shift the mattress back into the house.
Cleaning Stains from a Memory Foam Mattress
Stains on your mattress are a natural part of daily living. If treated on time stain removal can be effective.
Use a biological cleaner with mixed in water to form a soapy solution in a spray bottle. Spray it generously on to the stain and then blot it with some napkins. You could also scrub for a stubborn stain but within the stained area. Scrub in circular strokes gently, and don’t overdo it as it could spread the stain into the mattress.
Alternatively, for a lot of spread out stains mix enzymatic cleaners in water to form a soapy mix. Use a sponge or napkins and soak it with the cleaning solution. Either blot or scrub the stains gently as needed.
Mix the cleaning solutions with vinegar and hydrogen peroxide for stains that seem more stubborn. Vinegar will also help with odor removal. The finish of the cleaning process with some aromatic essential oils to deodorize the mattress.
Long-standing stains may require a deep cleaning process. Use more force and press down on the stain and alternate with a gentle scrub. This will permit cleanser to seep deep into the stain too and work effectively to remove it.
As a word of caution, since memory foam is porous, you have to control liquid levels from completely soaking the mattress. This could cause mould to form and further damage your mattress.
Also, use commercial cleaner in moderation and especially avoid using ones that contain high amounts of chemicals. These chemicals can cause damage to your memory foam mattress.
How to Clean Urine from a Memory Foam Mattress
It is essential to clean urine as soon as possible from your memory foam mattress. If the area is still wet, first dab the area with a cloth and allow it to dry under the fan or better still out in the sun.
Make a cleaning solution of a biological detergent, soda bicarbonate and some vinegar. Add in a few drops of tea tree oil if possible. Either spray in the solution onto the area or dab it with a soaked cloth.
Allow it to sit for around an hour to 2 hours as needed and then wipe it off with some plain water. Allow the mattress to dry completely and vacuum any excess soda bicarbonate if necessary. Use aromatic oils to completely deodorize the mattress off any odors.
Cleaning a memory foam mattress is fairly easy if done regularly and stains are addressed on time. It also helps if to invest in a mattress cover or pad that will lessen any cleaning tasks. In case of kids mattresses, it helps to use moisture absorbent sheets or covers.