How to Fluff a Pillow-Top Mattress
by Staff Writer
Published April 28, 2010 | Updated June 30, 2015
A pillow-top mattress can be comfortable for anyone who sleeps on their side, but without the proper maintenance, it can lose some of its comfort. Fortunately, you can restore your pillow-top mattress with minimal effort, and once you know how to do it, you'll never have to sleep on a flattened mattress again.
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- Rotate the Mattress
Periodically rotate the mattress from end to end, putting the foot end on the headboard side and vice versa. This will help reduce the need to fluff the mattress, which can cause stress to the fabric. Because pillow-top mattresses are often only padded on one side, this is generally the best method for reducing wear. However, if you have a mattress with double-sided pillow-top, you may also want to flip it over once a year.
- Clean the Mattress
Remove all the sheets from the mattress; you'll want to wash them before you replace them. Sprinkle baking soda over the top of the mattress and let it sit for about an hour. Baking soda will help remove odors as well as oils that could be keeping your pillow-top from being as fluffy as it could be.
- Vacuum the Mattress
Vacuum the outer surface of the mattress and pillow-top using a canister vacuum with a hose attachment. This will clean up all the baking soda as well as remove dust, dust mites, and other particulates from the material. Even if you're not fluffing the mattress, you may want to vacuum it monthly to reduce allergens and keep your bed fresh.
- Hang Up the Mattress Top
Remove the mattress top, if possible, and take it outside to hang over a sturdy clothesline. If your mattress does not have a removable pillow-top, skip straight to the next step.
- Beat the Mattress
Put on a dust mask and beat the mattress top with a clean broom head, moving all around the pillow-top's surface. If the pillow-top is hanging on a clothesline, do this outside. Then, climb on the bed and roll with your body straight from one end to the other. It should take about 10 to 20 minutes to fluff the pillow-top mattress. Now lie down for a nap; you've earned it!