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How To Clean a Mattress Topper: 6 Methods

Are you tired of waking up feeling groggy despite having a mattress topper that's supposed to enhance your sleep? The secret might be simpler than you think: a clean mattress topper. Just like your sheets, your mattress topper needs regular cleaning to stay fresh and comfortable. 

Much like the rest of your bedding, mattress toppers can accumulate sweat, dust, allergens, and even bacteria over time. All of these things can negatively impact your sleep quality. Ignoring this can lead to a build-up of unpleasant odors and even potential health issues.

By incorporating regular cleaning into your routine, you can ensure that your mattress topper remains a supportive, hygienic surface that enhances your sleep rather than detracting from it. Let’s dive into why a mattress topper is a great addition to your bed and explore five effective methods to keep it clean.

Why Should You Use a Mattress Topper?

A mattress topper adds an extra layer of plushness or firmness, depending on your preference, transforming an ordinary mattress into a luxurious sleep haven. It acts as a protective shield for your mattress, absorbing much of the wear and tear, spills, and stains, which in turn prolongs the life of your mattress. 

Additionally, a mattress topper can help you sleep more soundly and wake up without aches and pains by providing better pressure relief and support. This can be especially beneficial for people with chronic pain or those who suffer from pressure points. There’s also some evidence that mattress toppers can help to support an ideal body temperature while you sleep!

Furthermore, mattress toppers are often easier to clean than a full mattress, making them a practical choice for maintaining a cleaner, healthier sleeping environment. They can be removed and cleaned more thoroughly, ensuring you’re sleeping on a fresh surface. With the right topper, your bed can feel brand new without the cost of a new mattress.

Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty of how to keep your mattress topper in tip-top shape.

1. Vacuuming

To vacuum your mattress topper, start by removing it from the bed and stripping off any sheets or covers first. This initial step ensures you have full access to the entire surface. 

Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to gently vacuum the entire surface of the topper. Pay special attention to seams and crevices, as these areas can trap dust, debris, and even dust mites that contribute to allergies. 

Aim to vacuum your mattress topper once a month to keep it free from dust mites and allergens. If you have pets or live in a particularly dusty environment, you might consider vacuuming more frequently. 

Vacuuming is a quick and easy way to remove surface dust and dirt, making your topper feel fresh and new. Additionally, regular vacuuming can prolong the life of your topper by preventing the buildup of particles that can wear down the materials over time.

2. Spot Cleaning

When spot cleaning, first identify the stains or spots on your topper. It’s essential to tackle these promptly to prevent them from setting in. Mix a small amount of mild detergent with water to create a cleaning solution. Make sure the detergent is gentle enough to avoid damaging the fabric. 

If you're looking for a laundry detergent that's both effective and eco-friendly, Miracle Made® Laundry Detergent Sheets are the perfect solution. These sheets are toxic-free, making them gentle on your skin and kind to the planet. 

With zero waste or plastic packaging, they're a sustainable choice. These ultra-concentrated sheets pack powerful cleaning capabilities into a small, clutter-free package, leaving your clothes spotless and your conscience clear.

Use a cloth or sponge to apply the solution to the stains, dabbing gently to lift the stain without spreading it. Be careful not to oversaturate the topper, as excessive moisture can lead to mold and mildew. 

Allow the topper to air dry completely before placing it back on the bed to prevent mold growth. You can speed up the drying process by placing the topper in a well-ventilated area or using a fan. 

3. Deodorizing With Baking Soda

To deodorize your mattress topper with baking soda, generously sprinkle it over the entire surface, covering all areas evenly. Let the baking soda sit for a few hours to absorb odors; this allows it to work its magic on even the most stubborn smells. Afterward, vacuum up all the baking soda, ensuring you remove it from all nooks and crannies. 

Baking soda is a natural deodorizer, leaving your mattress topper smelling fresh and clean without the use of harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances. This method is simple, effective, and safe for all types of mattress toppers.

4. Deep Cleaning in the Bathtub

For a deep clean, start by filling your bathtub with lukewarm water and adding a small amount of mild detergent. Submerge the topper in the water and gently agitate it to clean, making sure the detergent reaches all parts of the fabric. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residues, which is crucial to avoid any remaining detergent causing irritation or damage. 

After rinsing, press out as much water as possible without wringing or twisting to maintain the topper's shape. Lay the topper flat to dry in a sunny spot, or use a fan to speed up the drying process. Deep cleaning is ideal for removing deep-seated dirt and grime, but make sure your topper is completely dry before using it again to prevent mold and mildew growth.

5. Using Enzyme Cleaners

To use enzyme cleaners, spray the cleaner on areas with organic spills like sweat or blood, ensuring you cover the stains thoroughly. Let the cleaner sit for the recommended time to break down the stains effectively. Gently blot the area with a clean cloth to lift the stain and cleaner, repeating the process if necessary for stubborn spots. 

Then, let the topper air dry completely before using it again to ensure no moisture remains. Enzyme cleaners are effective for tough stains, breaking down proteins, and leaving your topper spotless, making them a great choice for maintaining a clean and hygienic sleep surface.

6. Protect Your Mattress and Topper in Advance

While cleaning your mattress topper is essential, you can extend its life and cleanliness with a good mattress protector. The Miracle Made® Mattress Protector is an excellent choice. This protector helps regulate temperature, keeping you cool and comfortable all night. 

Thanks to silver-infused fabrics, it prevents up to 99.7% of bacteria growth, keeping your mattress fresher for longer. It also protects your mattress and topper from spills, stains, and general wear and tear. Available in various sizes, the Miracle Made® Mattress Protector is a game-changer for maintaining a clean, hygienic, and comfortable sleep environment.

The Bottom Line

Keeping your mattress topper clean is crucial for a good night's sleep and maintaining a healthy bed. Whether you choose to vacuum, spot clean, deodorize with baking soda, deep clean in the bathtub, or use enzyme cleaners, regular maintenance will ensure your topper stays fresh and functional. 

For an added layer of protection and cleanliness, consider the Miracle Made® Mattress Protector. It’s an investment in your sleep quality and overall well-being. Take the time to clean your mattress topper using these methods and enjoy a cleaner, more comfortable sleep space. Sweet dreams!

Sources:

High Rebound Mattress Toppers Facilitate Core Body Temperature Drop And Enhance Deep Sleep In The Initial Phase Of Nocturnal Sleep | National Library of Medicine

Poor Sleep Is Highly Associated With House Dust Mite Allergic Rhinitis In Adults And Children | National Library of Medicine

Preliminary Observation On The Effect Of Baking Soda Volume On Controlling Odour From Discarded Organic Waste | National Library of Medicine

Good Sleep for Good Health | News in Health

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