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How to Wash and Care For a Mattress Cover and Pad

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You are keeping your mattress clean by using a protective cover, but how often do you need to wash a mattress cover? This guide will help you learn how to wash a mattress cover and show you how often you need to clean it for the best results.

​Can You Wash a Mattress Cover?

Yes, you absolutely can wash a mattress cover. It is recommended you regularly launder it due to the buildup of skin cells, liquids and other allergens.

​Things to Consider Before Washing a Mattress Cover

Before you toss it into the wash there are a few things you should know before you wash a mattress cover.

​Temperature

​Consider the temperature you wash your bed cover at… do not wash it on high heat. ​Just like washing a mattress protector​, you can clean a cover in the washing machine. However, you should only do it on lukewarm or cold temperatures.

Most people are aware that hot water can kill bacteria. But, you do not want to use any hot water on your mattress cover and pad.

The materials that compile your mattress cover can be damaged or weaken the waterproofing when you use water that is too hot. Even the best made mattress covers will break down from really hot water. This is the same for when washing new sheets.

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Detergent

​​​You also should only use a mild detergent or a natural cleaner you can make at home when cleaning your mattress cover.

It may be considered really dirty when you think about everything the mattress houses over the time between washes. Using a harsh chemical cleaner such as bleach will end up ruining your mattress ​cover instead of cleaning it.

If you would like to add a little more oomph to your machine wash, add in a half a cup of white vinegar. Vinegar is a naturally acidic choice and gentle in the wash.

The high acidity levels in vinegar are able to kill and remove various odors, bacteria, and even some stains. It’s even good for cleaning carpet and flooring.

​Timing

​​​Finally, create a schedule for washing your mattress cover. Since you use sheets on top of it, you don’t need to wash the mattress cover as regularly as you do your sheets.

Instead, opting to wash your mattress cover once every two months is a more practical approach. You will want to wash it to clean any residue which has soaked into it and also to deter your mattress ​cover from yellowing due to sweating or potential bacteria growth. ​

Now that you know the basics of washing a mattress cover you can clean your mattress pad without worry. If you ever have a question about laundering your mattress ​cover, let it tell you what it needs by reading the fabric care tag.

How to Clean ​a Mattress Cover

Not all mattress ​covers are made with the same material. While most of them can be easily washed, there are a few that might not make the washing machine cut. That doesn’t mean you can’t still wash them. It just means you will have to wash them another way.

​Materials that Can Be Washed

​​Cotton, vinyl, and down mattress covers are almost always able to be cleaned in the washing machine. Always make sure to read the fabric care label to make sure your ​bed pad is okay to machine wash. Follow all the required settings, such as cold water only and low heat to dry.

Foam Based Covers

​​More complex mattress covers are those made from foam (the egg-crate variety). You don’t want to wash foam based mattress covers in a washing machine.

This is because a washing machine can agitate them and cause the foam to tear. All is not lost though. There is still a way to keep these more comfortable and cushioned mattress covers clean.

​Steps for Cleaning Your Mattress Cover

  • First, remove any dust and dander by vacuuming the foam pad. It is easier to use a vacuum attachment or a handheld smaller vacuum, so you can better control and direct it.

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  • Next, if there are any stains, spot clean them. Use a mild detergent or an enzyme based cleaner to penetrate any stains and clear them. Another great option is to make your own cleaner with vinegar. Spot cleaning is an essential step prior to cleaning to make sure you don’t go to hard on the entire cover for a small problematic spot. This goes the same for cleaning all other materials, including carpet.
  • Let the solution sit for about ten to twenty minutes and rinse it by blotting up the cleaner with a sponge filled with clean water. You don’t want to squeeze and soak the foam. Instead, lightly apply a blotting with the sponge so a little water is worked into the stained area.
  • Finally, get up as much water as you can by blotting the area with a clean and lightly colored towel. Using a dark towel can sometimes cause dye bleeding into your foam mattress cover.

Make sure the spot is fully dry before you place it back on your bed and cover it up with a sheet. If left wet or damp, it can grow mold or bacteria.

How to Wash a Mattress Topper

​​​If you are trying to find out if you can wash a memory foam mattress topper, you will be pleased to know you can. Since it is memory foam, it may not be able to be traditionally washed in a machine as easily as a cotton-based mattress topper.

Make sure you read the care label to see if there are any special instructions or guidelines before you begin the next step.

The best way to wash a memory foam mattress topper is to do it by hand. You can use a mild detergent or use baking soda.

​Using Baking Soda

​​​This cleaning method takes the least amount of time since you do not need to get the mattress topper wet. The baking soda will penetrate into the fibers and cling to any dirt or dander and help pull it up when you vacuum up the baking soda.

Baking soda will also neutralize any lingering odors. Just make sure you leave the baking soda sitting on the mattress topper for at least fifteen minutes to make sure it is able to work.

​For a powerful one-two punch, spray vinegar onto the mattress cover before applying the baking soda.

Baking soda can also clean a whole multitude of things, that includes cleaning showers, drains, and also materials like wool.

Using a Detergent to Clean

​​​Similar to the spot cleaning, if you need to wash your entire mattress topper, you will want to follow the instructions for spot cleaning. The easiest way to accomplish this task is to put your cleaning solution into a spray bottle and lightly spray the mattress.

You do not want to soak the mattress topper, because then it will take longer to rinse and dry.

Also, to make it a less daunting task, split your mattress into sections such as quarters and work on cleaning each section before moving onto the next.

Since you now have the entire foam mattress wet or damp, you will need to allow it to dry for a few days. Using forced air such as a blow dryer can ruin its shape and damage the foam. It is best to put it in a well-ventilated area to dry.

Flip it onto the other side multiple times a day if it is soaked all the way through.

​Conclusion

Now that you know the ins and outs of washing a mattress cover, you can keep your bed clean and your mattress protected for many years of good night sleeps.

How to Wash and Dry a Waterproof Mattress Cover

How to Wash and Dry a Waterproof Mattress Cover

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Waterproof mattress covers keep spills and leaks away from your bed, but they’re not impervious to getting dirty. Regularly wash your mattress cover to get rid of dirt and odor. Most waterproof covers have a cloth top and vinyl backing, so they’re typically safe to clean in the washing machine.

Waterproof Mattress Cover Care

Launder your waterproof mattress cover in the washing machine in cold or warm water, on a gentle or delicate setting. Use a bleach-free laundry detergent — bleach can damage the waterproof backing of some covers. After washing, tumble-dry the cover on a low-heat setting. It’s safe to dry the cover with other items, such as sheets or clothing. Don’t use high heat; doing so damages the vinyl. Do not iron the cover or have it dry cleaned. If your waterproof mattress cover is new, wash it before using it for the first time. Laundering helps remove packaging odors and softens the cover.

Product Care

All of our products are easy to care for and virtually maintenance-free.

If you have questions about your Tempur-Pedic product not covered here, please contact us.

Electric blankets or heating pads

We do not recommend using an electric blanket or heating pad with your mattress. Due to the temperature-sensitivity of the TEMPUR material, adding high heat can hinder its ability to react to your body temperature and conform to your body shape.

If you ever do use an electric blanket or heating pad, we recommend limiting its use to 30 minutes, and only on low or medium heat.

Mattress pads and covers

We do not recommend using a conventional mattress pad or mattress cover with your mattress. These items add another “layer” between you and the TEMPUR material, reducing its ability to conform to your body.

If you use a mattress protector, we offer the MattressProtector by Tempur-Pedic™, which was designed to protect your mattress without impacting the feel or performance.

Cleaning the cover

The covers on most of our mattresses can be removed and washed. If you’re not sure if your mattress cover is removable, please refer to the tags sewn into the cover or contact our Customer Service department.

About washing the cover

We recommend a cold temperature setting for machine washing and a cool setting for machine drying. Air-drying is best. Do not “over-dry” the cover and do not use chlorine products or harsh stain removers of any kind.

Cleaning spills

If you spill liquid on your mattress, please take the following steps. Because the mattress should never become wet, we can’t promise that these steps will completely remove the stain or odor.

If your mattress has a cover, remove it, wash it in cold water with mild detergent, and hang dry for best results. Never use bleach or bleaching products with the cover.

After the cover has been removed, soak up as much of the liquid using towels as possible. This may require pressing down on the material with the towel(s) to release the moisture.

Once excess moisture is removed, let the mattress air dry. To speed up the drying process, place a fan so that it blows on the mattress.

Never wash the TEMPUR® material.

TEMPUR® material should never become wet. We offer a special wet-safe cover to provide extra protection against liquid spills.

Do NOT wash or Dry Clean the TEMPUR-Topper Supreme. The cover can be removed and washed in cold water, dried on a cool setting or air drying which is recommended. Do not use chlorine products or harsh stain removers.

Flipping and rotating

Each of our mattresses use our patented, one-sided design that means you’ll never have to flip, rotate, or turn it. The TEMPUR material will return to its original shape time after time, year after year.

Transporting or storing

When transporting or storing your mattress, lay the mattress flat—not on its side or folded.

Folding during moving

Only if absolutely needed, you can fold your Tempur-Pedic mattress to make it easier to move. Fold it with the TEMPUR® side (top) in. We do not recommend to leave it in this position for long periods of time.

About folding and cold weather

If the mattress sits in cold weather (below 50°F) folded, do not try to force it to lay flat. It may take a few hours, depending on the temperature of the room, but the mattress will naturally unfold as it warms up.

Using the mattress handles

The handles included on some Tempur-Pedic mattresses are for positioning purposes only—not for carrying.

Electric blankets or heating pads

We do not recommend using an electric blanket or heating pad with your pillow or cushion. Due to the temperature-sensitivity of the TEMPUR material, adding high heat can hinder its ability to react to your body temperature and conform to your body shape.

If you ever do use an electric blanket or heating pad, we recommend limiting its use to 30 minutes, and only on low or medium heat.

Keeping pillows fresh

You should never wash TEMPUR material, but you can follow this simple process to allow the material to breathe and absorb fresh air:

Remove the pillowcase and cover and roll the pillow (like a sleeping bag) then unroll

Repeat this procedure, rolling in the opposite direction

Cleaning the cover

The covers on most of our pillows and cushions can be removed and washed. If you’re not sure if your pillow or cushion cover is removable, please refer to the tags sewn into the cover or contact our Customer Service department.

About washing the cover

We recommend a cold temperature setting for machine washing and a cool setting for machine drying. Air-drying is best. Do not “over-dry” the cover and do not use chlorine products or harsh stain removers of any kind.

About the GrandPillow

The cover for The GrandPillow is dry clean only.

Electric blankets or heating pads

We do not recommend using an electric blanket or heating pad with your mattress topper. Due to the temperature-sensitivity of the TEMPUR material, adding high heat can hinder its ability to react to your body temperature and conform to your body shape.

If you ever do use an electric blanket or heating pad, we recommend limiting its use to 30 minutes, and only on low or medium heat.

Cleaning the cover

The covers on most of our mattress toppers can be removed and washed. If you’re not sure if your mattress topper cover is removable, please refer to the tags sewn into the cover or contact our Customer Service department.

About washing the cover

We recommend a cold temperature setting for machine washing and a cool setting for machine drying. Air-drying is best. Do not “over-dry” the cover and do not use chlorine products or harsh stain removers of any kind.

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‘ > 1 The Tempur-Pedic credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Special terms for 12 months apply to qualifying purchase of $1,000 or more charged with approved credit. Special terms for 24 months apply to qualifying purchase of $1,500 or more charged with approved credit. Special terms for 36 months apply to qualifying purchase of $2,000 or more charged with approved credit. Special terms for 60 months apply to qualifying purchase of $8,000 or more charged with approved credit. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the card for other transactions. For new accounts, the APR for Purchases is 28.99%. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. The information is accurate as of 04/01/2020 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 1-800-431-5921 Offer expires 12/31/2020.

2 Monthly payment is based on purchase price alone excluding taxes and shipping. Credit purchases subject to credit approval. Other transactions may affect the monthly payment.

3 The Tempur-Pedic credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Special terms apply to qualifying mattress and Tempur-Ergo adjustable base purchases. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the card for other transactions. For new accounts, the APR for Purchases is 28.99%. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. This information is accurate as of 04/01/2020 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 1-800-431-5921. Offer expires 12/31/2020.

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Tempur-Pedic Product Care

All of our products are easy to care for and virtually maintenance-free.

If you have questions about your Tempur-Pedic product not covered here, please contact us.

Mattresses

Electric blankets or heating pads

We do not recommend using an electric blanket or heating pad with your mattress. Due to the temperature-sensitivity of the TEMPUR material, adding high heat can hinder its ability to react to your body temperature and conform to your body shape.

If you ever do use an electric blanket or heating pad, we recommend limiting its use to 30 minutes, and only on low or medium heat.

Mattress pads and covers

We do not recommend using a conventional mattress pad or mattress cover with your mattress. These items add another "layer" between you and the TEMPUR material, reducing its ability to conform to your body.

If you use a mattress protector, we offer the MattressProtectorbyTempur-Pedic™, which was designed to protect your mattress without impacting the feel or performance.

Cleaning the cover

The covers on most of our mattresses can be removed and washed. If you’re not sure if your mattress cover is removable, please refer to the tags sewn into the cover or contact our Customer Service department.

About washing the cover

We recommend a cold temperature setting for machine washing and a cool setting for machine drying. Air-drying is best. Do not "over-dry" the cover and do not use chlorine products or harsh stain removers of any kind.

Cleaning spills

If you spill liquid on your mattress, please take the following steps. Because the mattress should never become wet, we can’t promise that these steps will completely remove the stain or odor.

  • If your mattress has a cover, remove it, wash it in cold water with mild detergent, and hang dry for best results. Never use bleach or bleaching products with the cover.
  • After the cover has been removed, soak up as much of the liquid using towels as possible. This may require pressing down on the material with the towel(s) to release the moisture.
  • Once excess moisture is removed, let the mattress air dry. To speed up the drying process, place a fan so that it blows on the mattress.
  • Never wash the TEMPUR® material.
  • TEMPUR material should never become wet. We offer a special wet-safe cover to provide extra protection against liquid spills.

Flipping and rotating

Each of our mattresses use our patented, one-sided design that means you’ll never have to flip, rotate, or turn it. The TEMPUR material will return to its original shape time after time, year after year.

Folding during moving

If needed, you can fold your Tempur-Pedic mattress to make it easier to move. Fold it with the TEMPUR® side (top) in.

About folding and cold weather

If the mattress sits in cold weather (below 50°F) folded, do not try to force it to lay flat. It may take a few hours, depending on the temperature of the room, but the mattress will naturally unfold as it warms up.

Transporting or storing

When transporting or storing your mattress, lay the mattress flat—not on its side or folded.

Using the mattress handles

The handles included on some Tempur-Pedic mattresses are for positioning purposes only—not for carrying.

Pillows/Cushions

Electric blankets or heating pads

We do not recommend using an electric blanket or heating pad with your pillow or cushion. Due to the temperature-sensitivity of the TEMPUR material, adding high heat can hinder its ability to react to your body temperature and conform to your body shape.

If you ever do use an electric blanket or heating pad, we recommend limiting its use to 30 minutes, and only on low or medium heat.

Keeping pillows fresh

You should never wash TEMPUR material, but you can follow this simple process to allow the material to breathe and absorb fresh air:

  • Remove the pillowcase and cover and roll the pillow (like a sleeping bag) then unroll
  • Repeat this procedure, rolling in the opposite direction

Cleaning the cover

The covers on most of our pillows and cushions can be removed and washed. If you’re not sure if your pillow or cushion cover is removable, please refer to the tags sewn into the cover or contact our Customer Service department.

About washing the cover

We recommend a cold temperature setting for machine washing and a cool setting for machine drying. Air-drying is best. Do not "over-dry" the cover and do not use chlorine products or harsh stain removers of any kind.

Mattress Toppers

Electric blankets or heating pads

We do not recommend using an electric blanket or heating pad with your mattress topper. Due to the temperature-sensitivity of the TEMPUR material, adding high heat can hinder its ability to react to your body temperature and conform to your body shape.

If you ever do use an electric blanket or heating pad, we recommend limiting its use to 30 minutes, and only on low or medium heat.

Cleaning the cover

The covers on most of our mattress toppers can be removed and washed. If you’re not sure if your mattress topper cover is removable, please refer to the tags sewn into the cover or contact our Customer Service department.

About washing the cover

We recommend a cold temperature setting for machine washing and a cool setting for machine drying. Air-drying is best. Do not "over-dry" the cover and do not use chlorine products or harsh stain removers of any kind.

How to Clean a Tempur Pedic Mattress

Updated: September 6, 2019

This article was co-authored by Michelle Driscoll, MPH. Michelle Driscoll is the Owner of Mulberry Maids based in northern Colorado. Driscoll received her Masters in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2016.

There are 10 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.

Cleaning your Tempur Pedic mattress is easy. If you spill something on the mattress, you simply soak up the liquid with towels and allow the mattress to dry completely. If you want to clean or freshen up your entire mattress, you can do so by sprinkling the surface with baking soda and then vacuuming it up. Avoid getting your mattress wet, though, or using any cleaning chemicals on it. Make sure you always use a mattress cover to protect your Tempur Pedic mattress from spills and excess moisture.

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