How to Clean Memory Foam

Published April 28, 2010 | Updated June 30, 2015

Memory foam pillows, mattress toppers, 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. Check the care label that came with your memory foam before you try to clean it, and if it's safe for non-professional cleaning, follow this guide.

Cleaning Memory Foam:

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Things You'll Need
Baking powder
Vacuum cleaner
Wash cloth
Liquid dish soap
Steam cleaner
  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 hand-held 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 liquid dish soap. 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 Your Method

    Memory foam pillows, mattresses, and mattress toppers will each need to be deep cleaned a bit differently. No matter which method you use, try not to get the foam too wet, and be sure to use a gentle touch.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.