How to clean a foam mattress topper

Mattress pads add extra comfort and extend the life of your mattress. But because they’re on top of the bed, they’re in the firing line to attract dust, dirt, skin cells, and other debris. They can also become soiled with sweat, splashes, and residue from creams and other beauty products. Therefore, it is important to clean them regularly, otherwise they will have to be replaced prematurely.

If you have a memory foam mattress topper, you need to be extra careful. This is because the structure of memory foam is very delicate and cannot be put in the washing machine. It will be damaged by soaking in water, and the centrifugal force of the machine and the heat of the drum are likely to contribute to further destruction. Some of the best mattress pads have removable covers that you can put in the washing machine (the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Mattress Pad (opens in new tab) is an example). But if your topper doesn’t have any of these, it requires a different approach.

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