Can Mattress Toppers Be Washed?

Can Mattress Toppers Be WashedEven if you don’t sleep directly on mattress pads, they might get dirty. Same is the case with mattress toppers. Depending on the amount of exposure to weather conditions, the dust, and dead skin cells, it might be necessary to clean your mattress toppers frequently. Now, you might be thinking ‘can mattress toppers be washed?’ and if so, how? So, let’s move on to the nitty gritty of things.

Types of Materials Used for Mattress Toppers

Mattress toppers are made out of different types of materials. It can be made of foam, cotton, or vinyl backed. So the exact way of cleaning your toppers vary depending on your choice.

Mattress toppers help you to sleep comfortably at night. Depending on the material of your mattress topper, you might need to clean it once a year, or more frequently. Here’s a list of some of the most common materials for mattress toppers, and how you can clean them.


Cotton mattress toppers, although not common, requires most maintenance and care. Depending on your usage, you would need to clean or wash them once every two or three months. While you are washing, follow the instructions on the care label. Additionally, as a precautionary measure, use a mild detergent and machine wash.

Once it is washed, tumble-dry it on the lowest recommended temperature. You can also use woolen or rubber dryer balls, to keep it fluffy.  You can also air dry the topper, especially if machine drying is not recommended.

Vinyl Backed

In case you’ve been asking people around on how to wash a mattress topper, you need simply to read the care labels properly. The care labels provide you with detailed information on what you can and cannot do with your mattress toppers. For example, for vinyl backed mattress toppers, you can machine wash it in mild warm or cold water in gentle cycles. However, avoid using bleach on them. Also, make sure that you add in adequate water, add in the detergent, allow it to mix by swishing, and then add the topper.

Depending on the instructions on the labels, you can machine dry, tumble dry, or air dry it. To avoid mold, mildew, or odor, make sure that the topper is completely dried before you start using it.


This is, by far the trickiest type of mattress toppers to clean. You cannot soak them in water for a longer period of time, nor can you machine wash it. Washing it in machines might tear it up. The safest way is to spot clean them.

So, let’s have a look at how can you spot clean your foam mattress toppers.

Step 1: Prepare

Follow the steps below to get ready for cleaning:

  • Remove the mattress topper and place it on the floor
  • Check for any stains or odors. This is because if you need to remove the stains, it should be moved to the washroom
  • Make sure the room is ventilated
  • If you’re cleaning it on an wooden floor, place a tarp below your mattress topper
  • Collect all the materials you need, i.e., a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush, a mild fabric cleaner,  spray bottle, and water

Step 2: Cleaning/Vacuuming

Follow the steps below to vacuum your mattress effectively:

  • Use a handheld vacuum with soft bristles for cleaning
  • Use circular motions to pick up all the particles. In case you have an egg shell styled mattress topper, make sure to clean inside the shells
  • Now, if the topper is free from stains you can spray it with detergent
  • Make sure you use a mild detergent like those used as hand wash
  • Mix one part of detergent with two parts of water
  • Using a spray bottle spray on the mattress topper lightly, but don’t soak the foam
  • Blot the whole area with a sponge or soft cloth
  • Once done, let it air dry

Step 3: Removing Stains

If your mattress topper has stains follow the steps given below:

  • Blot the stain with water and sprinkle boric acid on it. Repeat the process until the stain is gone
  • In case of urine stains of pets, use a pet stain cleaner containing enzymes
  • Apply the pet stain cleaner, let it sit for 10–15 minutes and blot the area with a wet sponge
  • The last option is using hydrogen peroxide for persistent stains. Be careful while using as it might discolor the area
  • Apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the affected area
  • After the stain has been cleaned, blot the area with a sponge to dry it
  • Once dry, vacuum it properly

Step 4: Removing Odors

If your mattress topper stinks, then follow the steps given below:

  • After you have vacuumed and spray cleaned your mattress, sprinkle baking soda on the affected parts
  • Let it sit for a night or for at least 8 hours and vacuum the baking soda
  • You can also try citrusy cleaning products to get rid of the smell

Once you have completed cleaning the top, make sure you flip the mattress topper and repeat the process. Also, use it only when it is completely dry to avoid mold or mildew accumulation. It is safe to use it after 24 hours, generally.

Final Thoughts

Depending on the material of the mattress topper, they can be washable. However, you should take some precautions while washing. The safest way would be to dry clean or vacuum them at frequent intervals. Don’t let them get so dirty that it would need washing.

Now that you know the answer to the question ‘can mattress toppers be washed?’ and which material can be washed in which way, it is time to clean your mattress toppers. Do you have any questions or know of a better way? Feel free to drop a comment!