How to Protect Memory Foam

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Memory foam, a polyurethane foam with chemicals added to increase its elasticity and viscosity, is a product that is designed to conform to your body's shape and reduce the pressure points. Consumers have the option of purchasing memory foam mattresses or toppers to experience these benefits. Proper care of memory foam is essential to product life. While unpacking your new mattress or topper or administering periodic maintenance, you should be aware of how to best care for your product.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • Mild detergent
  • Exercise caution when unpacking your new memory foam mattress or mattress pad. It will likely be wrapped in plastic. Take care not to puncture the product with scissors or any other sharp object you may choose to use to cut open the packaging.

  • Allow at least 24 hours for your memory foam product to acclimate to the temperature in its new environment.

  • Unroll the mattress or mattress pad gently. If you feel resistance, you will need to wait longer before unrolling, until there is no resistance. Once unrolled, allow the pad to take shape before making the bed.

  • Rotate your mattress or mattress pad, every three months, from head to foot to avoid body impressions and to preserve the life of the product. Mattress pads can be rotated and turned over, but mattresses do not need to be turned over.

  • Spot clean the memory foam product with warm water and a mild detergent, in case of stains. Rinse the area; allow it to air dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Unpack your mattress or topper in the same room where it will be used. This will save you the trouble of having to move it once it takes shape.
  • Consider using a thin, stain proof cover on top of your memory foam mattress or mattress pad. This will prevent your product from permanently staining.
  • Air out your topper pad for a couple of days to get rid of the odor that may accompany the new product. If you choose to air it outside, be careful not to expose it to moisture or dirt.
  • It may take up to 72 hours for your memory foam mattress to acclimate to its new environment.
  • Be prepared for an distinct smell during the first few days or weeks of use of your memory foam product. The odor should fade within a short amount of time.
  • Keep all memory foam products away from sources of heat or flame.

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