How to Clean Memory Foam

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Things You Need:

  • Borax
  • Baking powder
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Wash cloth
  • Dish soap
  • Steam cleaner
  • Vinegar

Memory foam pillows and mattresses are perfect for people looking to have a great night's sleep. They can help you sleep better, ease your back pain, and reduce snoring. The biggest challenge you'll face with memory foam is the cleaning process, but cleaning it is easier than you may think. Follow these simple steps to make your memory foam bedding like new again.

Cleaning Memory Foam:

  1. Freshen it up. Lightly sprinkle some borax or baking powder on your memory foam. Let it sit for at least 30 to 45 minutes. This will give your memory foam a bright and fresh smell.

  2. Vacuum. Remove the borax or baking powder with a handheld vacuum cleaner or a vacuum with a brush attachment. This will also clean other debris, such as dust or pet hair.

  3. Treat any stains. If you have a stain, wet a wash cloth with warm water and a little bit of dishwashing liquid. Gently rub the stain in a circular motion. Use a fresh damp wash cloth to press against the area to help dry and blot the liquid out of the foam.

  4. Choose the deep cleaning method that's right for your bedding. Memory foam pillows, mattresses, and mattress toppers will each need to be treated a bit differently. No matter which method you use, try not to get the foam too wet, and use a gentle touch.

    Choose the Right Deep-Cleaning Method:

    • Mattress toppers: These can be removed from the bed and deep cleaned. Read our guide on how to clean your memory foam mattress topper.

    • Mattresses: These can be a bit trickier, but it's possible, especially if you have some help. Read our guide on cleaning memory foam mattresses.

    • Pillows: Never put your memory foam pillows in the washer or dryer. You can use the methods for cleaning a memory foam mattress topper for your pillow. It's a good idea to use a pillow protector, so you can keep cleaning to a minimum.

  5. Dry it thoroughly. As for drying your memory foam, you can air dry it outside, use an electric fan, or place it in a well-ventilated area.

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