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How do you clean a memory foam mattress?

Asked by usaloveorleaveit (163points) March 19th, 2010

We have a MFM for a queen size bed and recently our dog peed on it. Is there a way to clean it without ruining it? Will it get moldy if a spray it with water? Will it be able to air out?

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TheBot's avatar

Cleaning a mattress is a hassle, but it can be done, the exact same thing happened to me a few years back. You would need to use a sponge and a detergent (like a carpet cleaner for example), and clean the stain as deep as possible that way. Don’t use too much water, the last thing you want to do is gorge it with water because the next step…is drying the mattress! Ideally, you would simply put it outside on a sunny day with a breeze and wait (which is what we did). Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer, or better yet a vacuum that doesn’t mind water.

Hope this helps! :-)

Ltryptophan's avatar

Since I rudely suggested gasoline, here is a serious suggestion: How much did you pay for this mattress? Alot, then be very careful with things you pay lots of money for. If you only paid a little then replace it!

If you want to keep it and just have it disinfected then put a dab of lysol on the trouble spot. TheBot has suggested a dab of water. Try that.

I think you should replace it and be sure to cover the next one with something that is easily cleaned.

Judi's avatar

There are enzyme products that may help, but you may be out of luck. The Tempurpedic people have a mattress protector that they guarantee against biological stains I have one of those and when my elderly mother in law came to visit it proved very handy.
It’s to late now, but for future reference…...

Pandora's avatar

Call a professional carpet/furniture cleaner. They should be able to tell you if there is something they can do. Once you do get it cleaned, get that mattress protector Judi spoke of. Once a dog pees on something they are likely to repeat.

lillycoyote's avatar

I think @Pandora and @Judi are right. My tendency would be to clean it myself using and enzyme cleaner and lots of water and then suck the water out with my wet-dry shop vac but if I had spent that kind of money on Tempurpedic I would go for the professional clean. I bought a new mattress about 6 months ago and balked at buying the 80$ protects-against-pretty-much-anything mattress pad but I’m really glad I did. So once it’s clean, follow @Judi‘s advice and shell out for the protective mattress pad. I think you will be glad you did.

Pandora's avatar

@lillycoyote I hope you read all the fine print. When I bought my mattress we were going to pay extra and the salesman was actually nice enough to explain some of the stuff that was vague and explained that essentially things like sweating on your mattress voids the insurance. He said with the regular warranty and the mattress protector that it would be all we needed. Many mattresses cover manufacturer default but people buy insurance for damages from spills. If you get the cover your ok on both fronts. They always make sure to word things in a way that consumers think they are covered when they are not.

faye's avatar

Try Prosolve. It is truly miraculous. put a colander or laundry basket or something with holes in so air can get under you mattress. Prosolve it, sponge it in, wipe it off well with watery cloth. sprinkle with baking soda, let dry, vaccuum. put towels under if wet and on top if wet. You may have to wait 24 hours to use it but don’t give up.

lillycoyote's avatar

@pandora well, no, I didn’t read the fine print. Oops! I usually do. I guess it’s kind to too late now. But I have been pretty happy with the mattress and the mattress pad so far. I spilled some Merlot on the bed and it went through the sheets and onto the mattress pad but not onto the mattress itself. I was pretty happy about that.

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