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A mattress pad helps give you a good night’s sleep. However, it needs to be kept clean so that it may be able to carry out its role. Yes, even though you don’t sleep directly on your mattress pad it can still get dirty.

There’s no single way to properly clean a mattress pad. That’s because they are made out of different materials. It’s important to know what your mattress pad is made of for you to be able to clean it properly. Failure to get rid of dirt and grime in the right way based on the type could ruin your mattress pad!

Well, guess what? We have the best way to clean your mattress pad according to the material it’s out of! So if right now you can’t figure out how to turn your mattress pad from grimy to tidy, read on.

Foam Mattress Pad

Foam Mattress PadOne of the nicest things about a foam mattress pad is that it can instantly turn a firm mattress into one that’s soft and comfortable. Sadly, it can be quite challenging to clean because you cannot use the washing machine for this job.

So, what’s the best way to keep your foam mattress pad spotless? By spot cleaning it!

Begin by vacuuming your foam mattress pad using a soft brush attachment. Remember to vacuum both sides. It’s important to vacuum your foam mattress pad beforehand to keep dirt and small debris from burying themselves into the foam the moment that you begin to spot clean it.

Using a clean cloth, apply an enzyme-based cleaner around the stain and work your way toward the center in a circular fashion. This is done to prevent the stain from spreading. Let the cleaner stay there for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a sponge soaked in cool water to remove cleaner, and then blot excess water with a towel.

Does your foam mattress pad need to be cleaned entirely? Spray it with a solution out of equal parts of white vinegar, lemon juice and water. You may also opt for gentle low-sud detergent mixed with 2 parts water. After 20 to 30 minutes, rinse gently in the tub. Squeeze out excess water and allow it to air dry completely.

Egg Crate Mattress Pad

Cleaning an egg crate mattress pad is just like cleaning a foam mattress pad. Simply follow the procedures above for cleaning a mattress pad out of foam.

Take note that some egg crate mattress pads can be cleaned in the washing machine. This does not mean, however, that you should not treat it with care. Your egg crate mattress pad should be cleaned using a massive commercial washing machine as a small agitator-type counterpart can damage the mattress pad. Also, opt for mild detergent.

Remember two things when it comes to washing an egg crate mattress pad: vacuum both sides beforehand and allow it to air dry completely afterward.

Cotton Mattress Pad

Cotton Mattress PadWhat’s so nice about a cotton mattress pad is that it can be cleaned in the washing machine — even the kind with an agitator. This only means that it is so much easier to clean compared to a mattress pad out of foam or egg crate!

That’s great news because cleaning a cotton mattress pad should be done every 2 to 3 months.

In order to prolong the life of your cotton mattress pad, wash it on a gentle cycle using cool water and mild detergent, too. Check the label when it comes to drying. Remember to tumble dry a cotton mattress pad using the lowest temperature allowed. Throw a few wool dryer balls or tennis balls into the dryer to keep the cotton mattress pad fluffy. If machine drying isn’t recommended, air dry your cotton mattress pad.

Vinyl-Backed Mattress Pad

Cleaning a vinyl-backed mattress pad is similar to cleaning a cotton mattress pad — simply use the steps mentioned above. By the way, never be tempted to use bleach on a mattress pad with a vinyl backing!