Also referred to as a memory mattress, this type of futon is best at relieving pressure on aching joints and enhance sleep although it is more expensive than sprung mattresses.
The mattress is not only soft but also highly energy permeable and shapes to the body in reaction to pressure and heat hence distributes body weight evenly. Once the pressure is removed, the mattress goes back to its original position. Like any other bedding, the mattress needs to be adequately cleaned for it to be safe for use and to remove drink spillages, urine, vomit, and mess by a pet among other things that cause it to be dirty. This article explains the essential and easy steps on how you can properly clean a memory foam mattress to retain its advantages.
Dedicate enough time to conduct the cleaning in no hurry. Adequate preparation is necessary. You need to have the necessary items ready. You will need a hand-held vacuum or a normal vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment, fabric cleaner, water, baking soda, vinegar, and a fan or a hair dryer. Follow the steps below.
- Place the memory foam mattress outside on a flat surface or the floor. The first step is to clean the mattress using the vacuum. Before vacuuming it up, treat the whole mattress and then pour baking soda on the entire foam mattress. Leave it or approximately three to four hours and then vacuum clean it. A handheld vacuum cleaner or a regular one with a brush attachment will be suitable for appropriate cleaning. The vacuum cleaner helps to remove extra dirt that may be on the memory foam mattress and prevents it from getting crushed.
- Mix a half cup of the fabric cleaner with one cup of water. You can also improvise the cleaning agent by making a solution of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dishwashing soap. Fill the mixture in a spray bottle. Properly shake the solution to ensure that it is perfectly mixed and then spray it on the memory foam mattress. Put the foam mattress on a tarp near an external source of water or a bathtub and spray it with the mixture until it is entirely covered at the front and the back. You can spray more solution on bigger stains to make cleaning easier. Sprinkling the solution on it is a way of treating the mattress. Allow the memory foam mattress to sit for up to forty-five minutes and then rinse it off in a shower or with a hosepipe.
- The next step is conducting a second treatment on the mattress. Refill the spray bottle with a ¾ cup of water and ½ cup of a safe cleaner appropriate for the fabric and then shake it well as above. Sprinkle the vinegar mixture all over the memory foam mattress and rinse it again with lots of water to remove all solution. Gently squeeze the mattress to clean out extra water. The memory foam mattress can get damaged permanently if twisted or folded.
- Lastly, thoroughly dry the memory foam mattress using the fan or a hair dryer. To aid in the process of drying, use the dryer or fan every few hours. Let the mattress dry properly outside or in an area that is well ventilated.
The above process is made easier with the assistance of another person. After soaking up water, the memory foam mattress becomes reasonably dense making it necessary for an extra pair of hands to handle the weight. You will not have to sleep in an unhealthy memory foam mattress that is dirty and smelly if you adhere to the above procedures.
Steam cleaners, though not recommended by the manufacturer, can be used to remove the blemishes and stench if vinegar and baking soda do not give excellent results though this method is too strong and can damage the mattress. Steam cleaning can be an option to remove awful smell instead of throwing away an expensive memory foam mattress. In such a case, you will require a steam cleaner, a fan, the best odor neutralizer, dry towels and a sturdy table.
First, identify an area that is well ventilated and place the sturdy table to put the mattress and leave it for three to five days and ensure that the mattress does not droop. Place the mattress on the table with the stained part facing upwards.
Next, spray a fine vapor of the smell neutralizer on the mattress’ surface. With long strokes, take the steam cleaner and lightly steam from side to side of the memory foam. Use the dry towels to press firmly the mattress to blot up any additional moisture. Let the mattress sit for forty-five minutes or more and then vacuum it up.
Carefully turn the other side of the mattress to clean the other side. To avoid tearing up the mattress, get the assistance of another person because the dampness due to washing one side makes the memory foam mattress heavier. Follow the same procedure to clean the mattress.
Use the fun to blow over the memory foam mattress. To evenly dry, turn over the mattress after every four hours if you have also washed the underside. It may take the mattress three to five days to completely dry.
It is tricky to clean a memory foam because it holds water hence making it difficult to dry. At whichever point when cleaning the memory foam mattress, do not soak, saturate, twist, or wring it. Get rid of a memory foam that smells moldy after cleaning because it is hazardous to your health.