Has your memory foam mattress seen better days? When these beds get older, they start to lose their ability to support your frame. They can also begin to feel quite grimy and dirty, as well.
But what if you’re not ready to part ways with your cloud-like mattress? Steam cleaning can help breathe new life back into your favorite memory foam mattress. Keep on reading to see how to steam clean a memory foam mattress, and save yourself from the hassle of buying a new one.
Step 1: Get Your Mattress Bare
First, you’ll want to take all your bedding off. If you have any waterproof bed liners on top of or underneath the mattress, now’s the time to remove them as well. We’d also recommend plugging in your steam cleaner now. This will give it the appropriate time to heat up and build steam while you get the mattress ready.
Step 2: Bring out the Vacuum Cleaner
Using the upholstery attachments on either your handheld or full-sized vacuum, give your mattress a good once over. Here’s how to successfully vacuum your memory foam mattress:
- With a soft bristled brush, go over the entire mattress.
- Loosen any embedded debris so that they can be vacuumed.
- Remove any large debris that may get stuck in the vacuum.
- Make sure to vacuum the seams, corners, and sides of the bed.
Afterward, double check to make sure you haven’t missed any dirt. Once done, consider changing the vacuum bag or emptying in the bagless compartment.
Step 3: Spot Treat Stubborn Stains
After you’ve vacuumed the mattress, you can spot treat any stubborn stains. However, make sure to use a gentile upholstery detergent to address them. Memory foam mattresses are more delicate than other beds. Heavy-duty detergents can damage them. Follow the directions for the specific gentle cleanser, and apply like so:
- Dab on a rag and place the solution on the stain.
- Rub the solution into the stain to help lift the stain.
- Let the solution sit for five to ten minutes.
- Completely dry before moving forward.
Remember to take your time when stain removing. Over applying the stain removing liquid can leave wwatermarks if not done correctly.
Step 4: Let the Steaming Start
Once you’ve stripped, vacuumed, and removed the various stains from your memory foam mattress, you can finally start steaming.
If you’re using a “steam mop,” use it to travel up and down the entire mattress. Make sure to steam the sides, as well. Pay attention to the mop head while steaming, as it can become dirty quickly and might need changing.
For regular steaming systems, place the nozzle about six inches from the mattress. Using circular motions, stream the entire bed. If going in a circle is hard on your wrist, consider going left-to-right or up-and-down.
But regardless of what you use to steam, don’t spend more than ten seconds on any one spot . If saturated with too much steam, moisture can build up in the mattress and create mold. Also, if your bed is made from any plastic-derived fibers, over steaming can melt them.
When you’re done steaming, travel over the mattress with a dry towel to absorb any moisture and lifted grime.
The Benefits of Steaming Your Memory Foam Mattress
At this point, you might be wondering why steaming your memory foam mattress is a good idea. Here are a few key benefits of giving your memory foam bed a regular steaming:
- Steaming will help keep the memory foam elastic and able to support your body.
- Steaming can help kill odor-causing bacteria and keep the mattress smelling fresh.
- Steaming will kill dust mites, bed bugs, and other insects that may be living in the mattress.
- Steaming can help keep your mattress clean and stain-free.
- Steaming will sanitize the mattress, as well as kill any mold spores.
If you want to keep your memory foam mattress around longer and looking like new, consider steam cleaning it on a regular basis.