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How to Wash A Mattress Topper

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Written by: Allana Wass
Read 9 minLast updated June 23, 2021

Having a mattress topper comes with benefits such as durability for your mattress, increased comfort in bed, and other services. Owning a mattress topper is great but knowing how to wash a mattress topper is the key to enjoying the benefits of your mattress topper for a reasonable time.

This article is poised to give the best answers to musings individuals can have on the proper maintenance of mattress toppers. Easy procedures that will help achieve the best possible state of your mattress topper will also be shared here.

What are Mattress Toppers?

Mattress toppers are beddings that increase the comfort we experience in bed. They are positioned above the mattress and below the bedsheets. Apart from the increased comfort, the mattress topper offers, they act as protection for your mattress.

However, mattress toppers are often exposed to dirt, dead skin cells, pheromones, sweat, and every other contaminant that can compromise the purity of mattress toppers (1). Not cleaning our mattress toppers on time and very well will likely lead to health hazards for the occupants

Types of Mattress Toppers

Before learning how to wash a mattress topper, we must define the material with which mattress toppers are made—Defining this area will help immensely in knowing what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. These different materials cater to varying needs of people in bed, although every type of these mattress toppers is designed to increase comfort.

Five materials are usually used to make a mattress topper, and they are:

  • Memory foam
  • Down feathers
  • Latex
  • Fiber and
  • Wool

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The frequency and method of cleaning a mattress topper are largely dependent on the material it is made of and the magnitude of the contaminant on it.

Different Ways To Clean a Mattress Topper

There are many ways to dry clean a mattress topper. Some methods are strictly for a particular topper to not damage the integrity of the material the topper is made of. The three overall ways to dry clean a mattress topper are:

  • General cleaning
  • Spot Cleaning
  • Air Drying

Mattress toppers need tender care. Of the mattress toppers that we have, memory foam mattress toppers are more popular and need an extra slice of tender care. The inappropriate use of any of the cleaning supplies can affect the quality of the topper.

General Cleaning

General cleaning of mattress toppers is necessary because of the accumulated dead skin cells, dust, and allergens on the topper. Failure to clean the mattress topper for a long time can lead to a foul odor. A vacuum cleaner is suitable for general cleaning. However, make sure to use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush or a handheld attachment. Follow the simple steps below for mattress toppers general cleaning:

  1. Remove the mattress topper from the bed.
  2. Make sure to lay the mattress topper on a flat surface
  3. Vacuum clean your mattress topper with your handheld attachment.
  4. Repeat step 3 for the flip side.

If you use a water-based vacuum cleaner, make sure your topper is dry before putting it back on the bed.  Memory foam mattress toppers can take between 10 – 24 hours to dry.

Spot Cleaning

Urine, sweat, blood, body oils are bodily fluids that can stain our mattress topper and make them emanate foul odors. Spot cleaning is a good way of focusing on the stained area of the mattress topper. Spot/deep cleaning requires the use of a stain removal agent. Listed below are some stain removal agents and the methods to use them.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a good stain removal agent because it soaks up moisture and can neutralize odors. Two methods to use baking soda to remove stain from your mattress topper are:

Method 1

  1. Mix baking soda with cold water in the ratio of 1:2
  2. Apply the mixture to the affected area and leave for 30 minutes
  3. Dip a clean towel in water and use it to remove the residue of the mixture
  4. You can now dab away at the spot with a dry cloth to remove excess moisture

Method 2

  1. Spray baking soda lightly on the topper.
  2. Make sure the baking soda sits on the topper for a minimum of 8 hours.
  3. Vacuum dry the surface of the topper after the eight hours is up

Laundry detergents

Make sure to use liquid detergents when opting for laundry detergents. Powder detergents can damage or discolor the quality of your mattress topper. Ways to use the laundry detergent are in the following steps:

  1. Mix water and detergent in a 50:50 ratio
  2. Dip a towel in the mixture and gently rub it on the stain. Make sure you rub in a circular motion. Then leave for 30 minutes.
  3. Use another damp cloth to clean the mixture residue off the topper
  4. Now use a dry cloth to dab at the spot to remove moisture.

To use laundry detergents for general cleaning and removal of odor, follow these steps:

  1. Mix laundry detergent and warm water in a 1 to 2 ratio.
  2. Pour mixture in a spray bottle and lightly spray on the mattress topper. Make sure to move the bottle while spraying.
  3. Leave the topper to dry before putting it back on the bed.

White Vinegar

Using white vinegar should be one of the last options when thinking of how to wash a mattress topper because of its strong bleaching attributes. One easy way to use white vinegar as a stain remover is:

  1. Mix water with vinegar in a 50:50 ratio.
  2. Dip a soft piece of cloth/towel in the mixture and dab on the stained area.
  3. Repeat step 2 until the stain is removed
  4. Use a dry cloth to remove residual moisture.

Enzyme Cleaner

Enzyme cleaners are very effective in getting out stains from a mattress topper. Especially organic pigments like those caused by blood, urine, sweat, etc. Just follow these easy steps.

  1. Apply enzyme cleaner to a clean towel
  2. Use the towel to dab at the stain

Make sure you read the instructions on the enzyme cleaner as some are not designed for use on fabric.

Air Drying

Mattress toppers should be air-dried as often as possible. Air drying with occasional sun exposure (especially in the morning) can help remove residual stains and bad odors.

How Often Should I Wash My Mattress Topper?

How often can you wash a mattress topper?” is a valid question considering the practicality of cleaning it. Different mattress toppers require different frequencies of cleaning and method of cleaning. It is necessary to always do general cleaning for our mattress toppers. General cleaning can come once a week or two weeks.,the 

Spot/deep cleaning usually requires more attention. Spot cleaning can be done on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis, depending on how often general cleaning is done on the mattress topper.

Washing machines are only to be used for wool, fiber, and feather mattress toppers. The use of a washing machine should not encourage frequent washing as the quality of the mattress topper will reduce drastically.

Memory Foam and Latex mattress toppers should only be dry cleaned by hand using general cleaning or spot cleaning methods.

FAQ

Can I take my mattress topper to the laundry?

The constituent of your mattress topper will determine whether to take it to the laundry or not. On no occasion should you take a memory foam mattress topper or a latex mattress topper to the Laundromat.

Which mattress topper is the best?

Every mattress topper can be the best mattress topper because they are designed to meet different needs, but they are geared towards maximizing comfort in bed.

Conclusion 

Knowing how to wash a mattress topper is essential to enjoying the topper for a reasonable period. This knowledge will also help avoid health hazards that can arise from unsanitary mattress toppers.

If you don’t mind sharing your experience with cleaning your mattress topper, tell us in the comments to learn from your experience.

References:

  1. Mike Szydlowski. (May 2019). Every night is a microscopic sleepover. Retrieved from https://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20190521/every-night-is-microscopic-sleepover

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