How to Clean a Mattress -
Save Your Memory Foam Bed or Topper

How to clean a mattress of urine or vomit and get that bad smell out? Don't toss your memory foam bed or pad. Learn how to clean that soiled mattress.

If you're reading this you are probably facing an emergency spill. If its an old stain and you're looking for one last thing to try before you throw out a stinky, soiled memory foam bed or topper link over to "How to Clean a Mattress - Part 2".

Your child just peed on your memory foam mattress...and the cat. Your feline was so scared that it projectile vomited before running off to hide under the bed. What do you do first?

If you've got a good mattress cover, you've got nothing to worry about. But you're in a panic so...

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(Update)Buy TWO if this is for a child's bed I've been told by several parents that once a child starts vomiting you have to assume that they'll be doing it all night. So have a spare that you can quickly throw on and get the soiled one quickly washed and dried. It might be a long night, but at least your child's mattress won't be ruined.

Do not scream or yell. The most important thing you need to know about how to clean a mattress is to work quickly. So save your breath and run to the kitchen and grab:

    Cleaning Kit
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 box of baking soda. It doesn't have to be a new box. The one that's been keeping the freezer fresh for the past couple of months will work just fine. Just take a sniff to make sure that it smells better than what's on the bed now.
  • 1 bottle of white vinegar
  • 1 large bowl
  • A vacuum with an upholstry attachment

Fill half the bowl with vinegar and fill the other half with water. Get back to the mattress without spilling the vinegar/water mix or dropping the other items.

Gently dab up the liquid mess with the paper towel. Carefully remove any sheets and mattress covers for later laundering. Press firmly with fresh towels to absorb more liquid. Do not squeeze or twist the foam.

Wet a paper towel with the vinegar/water solution and dab it where the urine and vomit were. Press in gently, then immediately use a fresh towel to dry it up. Keep this up until you've covered the entire stained area.

Then open the box of baking soda and pour it on top of the stain. Yes, the whole box. Spread it out so that you get a generous layer that extends a couple of inches beyond the stain(s).

Let the baking soda sit there for a couple of hours. Then vacuum it up.

With any luck you'll have caught the spill in time and you won't have to do anything else. And your bed will smell clean and fresh.

If this didn't work, go to "How to Clean a Mattress - Part 2" for the last thing you should try before throwing your memory foam mattress or topper away and buying a new one.

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