How To Clean Your Mattress Topper

Most bed and mattress companies recommend that you buy a mattress topper when you purchase your new mattress. Or you may have bought a mattress topper as you couldn’t quite afford the new mattress that you have set your heart on. But what is a mattress topper and why do you need one?

Benefits of a Mattress Topper.

There are many benefits to buying a mattress topper. The main ones are that they add comfort to your bed, and increase the life of your mattress. When buying a mattress topper there are so many choices. Do you want latex or foam, wool or fleece? Will it still work on the mattress you already have? If you are looking for guidance on choosing a mattress topper. They will give you the advice and guidance you need. But why do you need a topper?

    • Protect your mattress. A topper protects your mattress from your sweat and dead skin that comes from you when you sleep. Also, from the dents, you leave in the mattress.
    • Comfort. A topper will make a good mattress even more comfortable. It can also make a bad mattress better.
    • Life of your mattress. Having a topper will make your mattress last longer. We all know how expensive mattresses are so this can only be a good thing.
    • Back pain. If you suffer from back pain, the support from a mattress topper can reduce pain allowing you to sleep better.


But now that you have bought a mattress topper, how do you clean it?

Check the Label.

As with anything you buy, the first thing you need to do is check the label. You might have no intention of putting it in the washing machine, it might not even fit, but you need to know if you could. You need to know if you can wet it, bleach it, dry clean it even tumble dry it.


Pulling back the covers on your bed every day is a good habit to get into. This will air your topper and mattress and allow any sweat to evaporate.

Shake and Rotate.

If your topper is filled with feathers or down, shaking it once a week and rotating it around the bed will redistribute the contents and prevent your topper becoming out of shape.

Vacuum and Clean.

Toppers like memory foam need a bit of extra care as they can’t be machine washed. You can vacuum the topper to remove any dust and dirt. A hand-held vacuum or one with an extension, and brush attachment works best. Now spray it lightly with a diluted hand wash detergent. Some people like to use a mix of water, lemon juice and white vinegar. Try to remove any stains with care. Ensure you blot the area dry. Once, your mattress is dry, vacuum it again.

Remember to do both sides and ensure it is fully dry before making the bed again. The last thing you want to be doing is sleeping on a damp mattress topper.


Rather than a heavy session of vacuuming and washing your topper, try and get in the habit of regular vacuuming. If you vacuum your topper once a week, when you change your sheets, it will be generally easier to clean.


If you have one of those hand held steamers, these work well on both your mattress topper and your actual mattress. Vacuum the topper first. Then steam clean it but ensure it doesn’t get too wet. Then blot it dry with a clean towel. Once it is dry, vacuum again.

Machine Wash.

Many mattress toppers can be washed in a washing machine on a warm wash. They can even be tumble dried. Again, check the label. If your machine at home is not big enough, consider taking your mattress topper to your local laundrette.

Hand Wash.

If your mattress topper is a memory foam one, or wool or feather, it will need to be hand washed with care. You can not machine wash this type of topper.

Dry Clean.

Depending on the care label it is a good idea to have your topper professionally cleaned occasionally. At least once a year but every six months would be better.

Mattress Topper Cover.

You can reduce the amount you need to clean your mattress topper, by buying a mattress topper cover. This can then be easily washed in your washing machine.

As you can see, having a mattress topper is beneficial for both you and your mattress. Although a topper does require additional care, they are not that difficult to clean and maintain. Clean it regularly then have an annual deep clean. If you clean your topper properly, it will last longer and stay cleaner. I am sure you will sleep better too! Just remember to check the care label. Enjoy your lovely clean mattress topper.