How To Clean A Pillow Top Mattress

The idea of how to clean a pillow top mattress is a pretty sensitive one because of how sensitive pillow top mattresses are.

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For one, a pillow top mattress has a very absorbent top which means that spills could get real deep real quick. However, while pillow top mattresses let in the moisture pretty easily, they do not give them up that easily.

These two elements combine to make pillow top mattresses not some of the easiest mattresses to clean. Which is why you’ll have to take particular care in cleaning them. That said, you’ve come to the right place to find out how.


The first step to cleaning anything is to get off the top layer of dust and dirt and that is the same with this kind of mattress.

A good number of vacuum cleaners come with a tool specially designed for cleaning mattresses and that is the one you want to go for.

However, if you do not have that, you could use any small suction tool that you have but use a low suction.

Furthermore, for the edges of your bed, consider introducing that your crevice tool to effectively get out all the stuff hiding in there.

It makes sense to have some sort of routine for vacuuming your mattress instead of waiting till it starts to feel uncomfortable.

And the reason is that there is always, at least, a layer of dust and dead skin cells on your bed. A weekly vacuuming routine could do the trick.

Getting Rid Of Stains

With pillow top mattresses that tend to absorb moisture quickly, having breakfast in bed or a child who isn’t potty trained yet could be quite tricky.

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You might have to do away with the former and get a non-absorbent material for your bed in case of the latter.

In any case, if you ever happen to get a stain on your mattress, the key to cleaning it is doing it immediately it happens; remember that this kind of mattress absorbs moisture quickly.

So, get you a clean cloth and some laundry detergent (if it isn’t liquid, mix it in some water) and get to dabbing.

But wait, do not pour anything directly on your mattress; what you want to do is dampen the clean cloth with the laundry detergent and then dab at the stain.

Be careful not to press into the mattress in order not to push the stain further in, instead, lightly dab at it. Also, try to contain the stain by not swiping farther than the stained area.

When you are sure you’ve got the stain out, dab the spot clean with a damp cloth. You want to make sure that you use as little water as possible, bearing in mind that getting the mattress dry could be quite a fit.

If the smell has not been rid by the detergent, consider spreading some baking soda over the spot. Leave the baking soda on for about five hours and this should suck up both the moisture and the smell.

After the five hours, vacuum up the baking soda and you should be good.

Cleaning Up The Entire Mattress

It is pretty much the same as cleaning up a stained spot. No pouring of any form of liquid on the mattress; you’ll have to take your time to scrub the entire mattress with a damp rag and also clean with a damp rag.

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When you are done cleaning (spot cleaning or the entire mattress), you could take your mattress outside to soak up some sun and dry out.

On the other hand, you could leave your mattress where it is and just open up your windows. Just bear in mind that this will take some time.

It makes sense to do your cleaning early in the morning so that you can have your mattress back before bed time; well, that is unless you have somewhere else to sleep.

Finally, you do not only want to be bothered about getting your mattress clean; your bed covers, duvets and pillow cases should also be periodically washed.

And we want to take for granted that you won’t put your dirty bed covers on a freshly washed mattress.

Check out this video for a visual representation of how to clean your mattress:

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