Caring For A Memory Foam Mattress
Caring for a memory foam mattress is pretty simple, but there a few tips and tricks that can help you keep your bed in good shape longer. From setup to cleaning, read this guide to learn how to protect your investment.
How to Care for a Memory Foam Mattress
There are many brands and types of memory foam mattresses on the market, but all have a few things in common. Unlike spring mattresses, most of these beds contain only foam (both memory foam and polyurethane foam) and require different types of support and cleaning methods. This information can be helpful to have on hand, as proper care can help your bed last longer.
The first step is to make sure your bed has the right kind of support. A memory foam mattress requires a firm, solid foundation. A little breathability can also be helpful for air circulation. A box foundation with a firm or slatted surface or a slatted platform bed base (slats no more than 3″ apart) are both good options. You do not want to use a box spring or slats that are too thin or far-spaced, and the base should be able to support the weight of the mattress and sleepers. Also, check the warranty terms to ensure that the manufacturer doesn’t require the matching foundation.
Keep It Clean
Regular cleanings reduce allergens and keep your sleep environment comfortable. We spend hours each day on our mattresses, shedding skin cells and sweat. Dust mites feed on skin cells and multiply, and other allergens like pet dander can also accumulate. To keep your bed the cleanest, use a dust and water-resistant mattress cover at all times. Every 2-3 weeks or more, strip and wash all bedding and covers. Using a vacuum hose attachment, vacuum the surface of bed and any ticking to pick up dust and dirt.
Although memory foam mattresses aren’t meant to be flipped, they can still benefit from occasional rotation. Turning the mattress 180 degrees helps it wear more evenly and reduces impressions, especially for couples. Usually, rotating a memory foam mattress every 6 months is enough, but if you are using an adjustable bed or have a lower-density mattress try every 3 months.
Stains & Spills
If you have an accident, it’s important to know how to clean your memory foam mattress to prevent damage. First, immediately remove bedding and mattress covers if possible. Second, use an absorbent towel or paper towels to soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Next, add a couple drops of dish soap to a bucket of warm water. Using a light moistened washcloth, work from the outside of the stain inward, dabbing it away while applying as little soapy water as possible. Once the stain is out, again thoroughly dry the area and leave it uncovered to air dry (this may take a few hours to a couple days depending on how wet the bed is). If there is an odor, sprinkle baking soda over the area after cleaning, and vacuum it up after the stain has dried. Do not use cleaners with solvents or have memory foam dry cleaned, as the chemicals can break down the foam.
Getting The Most From Your Memory Foam Mattress
Chances are you paid a good amount of money for your mattress, and that you want it to last as long possible. Things like using a mattress cover and turning the bed from time to time make a difference over time and are fairly easy to do. A little maintenance can go a long way towards keeping your memory foam mattress cozy and healthy for years to come.