Therese asked: How do I clean a memory foam topped mattress? It is urine stained and non-turnable.
The tricky part about cleaning memory foam is that it holds water and, as a result, is very difficult to dry. When you use this cleaning method, for best results, take care not to wet the mattress any more than necessary. You’ll have to do a little extra work to get it dry again, but for the combination of stain and odor removal it will be well worth the effort.
For mattresses that are not stained, just need to be lightly cleaned or freshened, it is best to avoid water and instead use other methods of cleaning.
- Sunlight is a natural disinfectant that can freshen and deodorize the mattress. If you can bring the mattress outside for a couple hours, the sun will do the rest of the work for you.
- For a quick and easy cleaning, mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and lightly mist the surface. The vinegar will kill most bacteria (about 98%) on the surface and deodorize the foam as well. Mist the mattress first thing in the morning and allow it to air dry uncovered for the rest of the day. Only a light mist should be used.
- Another option is baking soda. Sprinkle a light layer of baking soda over the mattress and let it sit for a couple hours. The baking soda will absorb any dirt and oils in foam and also act as a deodorizer. Vacuum up the baking soda afterwards.
- Steam cleaning using the upholstery attachment on a steamer is another low-moisture option. Be sure to help the foam dry as much as possible afterward by pressing it with a towel to absorb excess moisture and pointing a fan on the area.
Removing Stains and Urine
You Will Need:
- A homemade solution:
- 1 quart hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing soap
- Bucket or bowl
- Clean spray bottle
- An enzyme cleaner, such as:
- Nature’s Miracle
- Kids ‘N’ Pets
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- To use a homemade solution, combine peroxide, baking soda and dishwashing liquid using the measurements listed above. Mix it together in the bucket or bowl, agitating only lightly to avoid making too many suds.
- Pour the solution into the spray bottle.
- Spray the stain with the solution. You’ll need to apply more of the solution to heavier stains, particularly if you’re dealing with urine stains which have soaked into the foam. Only wet as much of the surface as necessary.
- For a thorough, deep clean, press down on the foam on the wet spot to help distribute the cleaning solution into the mattress where the urine or stain has soaked through.
- Allow to air dry, uncovered. You will need several hours up to several days for the spot to dry fully. For help in speeding the drying process, see the Additional Tips section below.
- If any residue remains from the baking soda in the solution, use the upholstery attachment on a vacuum hose to vacuum the mattress.
- To use a store-bought cleaner, a pet enzyme cleaner is the best choice. If you have a pet that is repeatedly ‘marking’ on the mattress, this will help remedy the problem. These cleaners are available in the pet aisle of most supermarkets. To use one, pour as much of the cleaner onto the area as there was urine so that it can soak in equally as deep.
- Let it work for 5-10 minutes (the enzymes will eat up all the organic matter), then press the area with a towel repeatedly to absorb as much moisture as possible.
- To speed drying time, see the Additional Tips section below.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Peroxide is a bleaching agent and may discolor the foam surface. If slight discoloration will bother you, spot test first.
- There are several ways you can help the mattress dry more quickly. The easiest is to set up a fan to blow over the wet area. Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer to apply air and heat. Do not leave the hair dryer on unattended, you’ll have to hold it over the wet spot while using it. Another option that can be used in conjunction with the fan or hair dryer is to press a clean, absorbent towel over the spot. This will soak up some of the moisture, but wait at least an hour after you initially apply the solution to give it time to work.
- If you need to use the mattress before the spot is fully dry, lay a folded thick towel over the wet area, under the mattress sheet. As soon as you get out of the bed, strip the bedding back so the mattress is once again exposed to the air. Do not use a mattress protector until the spot is fully dry.
- The homemade solution for stains can be used as a general cleaning mist as well. Spray the solution lightly over the mattress first thing in the morning, then allow it to air dry uncovered the rest of the day.
- If your mattress topper is removable and does need to be washed, use the guide How to Wash Memory Foam.