How to Disinfect and Sanitize Your Memory Foam Mattress

by Marc Werner, Founder - Ghostbed

Last Updated on October 2nd, 2019

Beyond cleaning you can keep your mattress fresh by disinfecting and sanitizing as well. Find out how by reading these tips from

Dust and particles will land on your mattress usually without you even seeing or detecting them. With so many people suffering from asthma and allergies it is imperative to assure that your mattress will not cause more harm to your health. These common allergens of dust mites pet dander, pollen and mold are irritants for sensitive eyes, noses and skin causing the health issues preventing you from having a comfortable sleep. Beyond your normal cleaning and removing of stains it is also important to keep your memory foam mattress investment fresh by disinfecting and sanitizing to ensure the best and most healthy sleep.

METHOD 1: Steam Cleaning
METHOD 2: Antibacterial Spray
METHOD 3: Vodka
METHOD 4: Ultraviolet Light
METHOD 1: Steam Cleaning

Dust Mites are little critters not seen by the naked eye but certainly can be felt in itchy eyes and runny noses. To combat this nasty allergen as well as other mattress enemies you will want to attack with heat. You may need someone to help with lifting and moving the mattress as you clean.

  1. Remove as much topical dust and dander as possible by vacuuming well using the crevice tools to get into every nook and cranny of the mattress top and sides.
  2. Use a garment or hand-held steamer, or rent a commercial steamer, and run the steam cleaner across the mattress surfaces making sure to get every inch or surface evenly using short bursts of steam. You do not want to use constant bursts of steam as this will result in soaking the mattress.
  3. It is a must to allow the mattress to dry completely before making it up and sleeping on it. Ventilate the room and turn on a fan to speed up the drying process
METHOD 2: Antibacterial Spray

Antibacterial cleaners are exactly what they imply – they are designed to remove and prevent harmful bacteria. When choosing a spray or solution make sure that it is not bleach as this will harm the mattress fibers and covering. If using a liquid cleaner, then follow instructions mixing it with the proper amount of water advised. Place liquid solution into spray bottle.

  1. Be sure to vacuum bed surfaces thoroughly to remove as much topical dust and allergens as possible.
  2. Spray your disinfectant solution or antibacterial spray lightly across all surfaces of your mattress including top, bottom and sides. Dip a clean rag in warm water and ring it out as much as possible to wipe down all surfaces after they have been sprayed totally.
  3. Make sure that mattress has time to dry completely before setting it up to be made for sleep.
METHOD 3: Vodka

Yes, your common vodka is actually a great disinfectant not only for your mattress but for skin as well. You don’t need to spend top bucks on the most expensive since all vodkas will work the same when used for sanitizing.

  1. Make sure that all of the mattress surfaces have been completely vacuumed to clean off lose dirt and particles.
  2. Simply pour the vodka into a spray bottle and then lightly spray to cover all surfaces of the mattress with the vodka without soaking.
  3. Once finished spraying, make sure to allow mattress to dry completely before using it.
METHOD 4: Ultraviolet Light

If you are suffering from intense allergies and need extra deep sanitizing, then you can go to an expert in cleaning mattresses. These businesses have special commercial grade machines and equipment made to attack specific allergens. In addition to steam cleaning, a mattress cleaning company should have the ability to use ultraviolet radiation that is harmful to microorganisms. The UV light breaks apart the DNA of the germ causing it to stop reproducing and die.

Once you have your fresh newly sanitized mattress be sure to keep it as clean as possible. Always lift the mattress off the floor placed on a platform or frame with foundation to keep germs, mold and dirt from accumulating under the mattress surface. Be sure to remake your bed weekly with sheets and bedding washed in hot water.


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