How Do You Clean and Disinfect a Memory Foam Mattress?

Memory foam mattresses have been integrated with a special kind of foam. This foam absorbs your body’s heat and it will thereby conform and adhere to the contours of your body.

There are a lot of tips on how not to clean a memory foam mattress. Before we get down to the business of cleaning and disinfecting the mattress, we will find out first what not to do with this type of foam.

What NOT To Do

  • The first thing you need to consider is not to use anything harsh on the mattress such as bleach, borax or hydrogen peroxide. It might work with other mattresses but it is a definite no-no with a memory foam. Unless you don’t mind splotches of mattress discoloration, that is.
  • Also do not soak the foam through. I will bet my dollar that if you do, you will have a hard time getting rid of the moisture inside the mattress. Moisture will surely lead to mold and mildew propagation.
  • Do not subject the mattress to intensive heat just in case you have a difficult time drying it. If you want to dry the surface of the mattress, use a hair dryer in its lowest settings or just leave it in a well-ventilated room.

What To Do

  • To clean the mattress, you can sprinkle baking soda on it. It deodorizes the mattress first and unseats stains. For better stain-removing powers, mix baking soda with vinegar and add a bit of water. Spray it on the stains only and leave it there to dry for an hour. Once the stains have come off, vacuum the mattress.
  • You can also use a mild detergent with antibacterial properties so it can disinfect the mattress. Just dissolve detergent powder in water and use the suds to clean the mattress surface. In this way, you will not soak the mattress through.
  • Spraying on rubbing alcohol on the mattress surface also helps to disinfect it. Rubbing alcohol also dries up pretty quickly so there shouldn’t be a problem with this.

Now that you know what to do and what not to do with your memory foam mattress, it is time to do some serious cleaning. This mattress costs a lot when you buy it new so you have to keep it in top shape for a long time. Allot a time of the month in cleaning this mattress and you can save a lot of money in buying a new one.

The wonderful world of the memory foam mattress

What is a Memory Foam Mattress?

Memory Foam is a foam made from polyurethane. The mattress gets its name from the molding that occurs when the foam reacts to a person’s body heat.

History of Memory Foam

In 1966, NASA’s Ames Research Center was looking to improve the comfort and safety of aircraft cushions. It created the foam by feeding a gas into a polymer matrix. When conducting tests, researchers noticed that the foam sprung back to original form after something had been pressed against it. This was a success, and after its use in aircraft applications, NASA worked with Dynamic Systems, Inc. to sell the form commercially. Initially, the product was sold in things such as medical equipment, table pads, and sports equipment to ensure safety.

Memory foam was too expensive initially for the public. The product had a hard time going more mainstream, as many companies did not want to take a risk on its promises. One company did, however, Fagerdala World Foams, and which eventually went onto create its leading product, what we know today as Tempur-Pedic.

Innovations over time such as gel memory foam products that control heat as needed were created. To control odor, things like charcoal, aloe vera, and green tea were added to the gel memory foam, as well as bamboo to control moisture levels in the mattress. Today, we are open to more and more options with the memory foam mattress, as it continues to grow in its innovation.

Memory Foam Today

Today, memory foam is used for many commercial and non-commercial uses, aside from it’s popularity as strictly a mattress product.

In the medical world, memory foam is commonly used with patients who must remain in bed for long periods of time, so that pressure is relieved, as it normally wouldn’t with an everyday mattress. Things like sores, and body aches are reduced with this mattress. It is also used for things such as wheelchair cushions and pillows to help with neck and back problems in patients.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Memory Foam

Today, we are able to use the material for our own at home comfort. Memory foam is often associated with a more restful sleep, less pain and increased relaxation in its customers. A great advantage of the foam is its versatility in many products. In addition to mattresses, it is used in pillows, blankets, pads, and chairs for everyday use. In addition, for your satisfaction, many mattress companies allow you to test and send back things such as mattresses and mattress products, if you are not completely satisfied with their quality. This will save you both time and money in the mattress world.

Though memory foam does have its advantages, there a select few disadvantages of the product in general. Many may not know that emissions given off by the mattress can cause irritation in different body systems. Things such as headaches, dizziness and respiratory irritation are possible and do occur. Also, if you are a caretaker, it is important to take heed when leaving children or small babies on memory foam unattended, as they may suffocate. They may find hard to move around as needed on the material. In addition, memory foam in general can also lose its elasticity over time, if it is not adjusted properly to body weight and shape. This can be a disadvantage for any mattress buyer.

Evolving the way we sleep with elastic foam technology

One of the best mattress technologies today is the viscos elastic foam technology. This can be seen in memory foam mattresses. They are touted as the best mattresses that can prevent back pain and pressure sores. But despite the numerous benefits of memory foam, they can be quite expensive. You would want to prevent it from deteriorating fast. Let me tell you a couple of ideas on how to prolong the life of your memory foam mattress:


1. Try using a sturdy platform for your mattress. If your bed frame does not have a box spring, you might want to purchase one. Box springs can add height to the mattress. This can also protect your bed from sagging and dipping.

2. If you are using a platform, make sure the slats have about half an inch of space in between them. Memory foams tend to absorb heat easily from around the room and from your body. That being said, these mattresses can turn hot and uncomfortable. Moreover, they might encourage the appearance of molds inside. The spaces in between the slats can allow better air circulation. This will keep the mattress cool and fresh.

3. Clean your bed regularly. One of the reasons why memory beds are popular is because they are not prone to the accumulation of dust mites. However, it is still advisable to regularly vacuum the whole bed set. Dust mites can still accumulate in the wooden slats.

4. Try sprinkling baking soda on the mattress. This can help diffuse unwanted odor. Let the baking soda work in removing odor for about an hour. After an hour, vacuum the mattress.

5. Use comfortable bed covers to protect your memory bed from spills. If you frequently eat or drink while sitting on the bed, you need a bed cover to avoid staining the mattress.
Choose those bed covers made from comfortable materials. The plastic ones can get too stifling.

6. You might want to invest in a thin mattress topper. Mattress toppers help improve the comfort level of your primary bed. In addition to that, they also help prevent mattress sagging and dipping.

7. Try rotating or flipping your mattress at least twice a year. This will even out wear and tear. King-sized mattresses tend to sag easily on its center. This is why you have to flip it to the other side to prevent this from happening.