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How to Clean Foam – Effective Methods For Cleaning Foam

How to Clean Foam

With so many types available to buy, learning how to clean foam can sometimes feel confusing. To help you get the best out of your foam, we’ve put together some tips and advice on how to care for various types.

How to Clean Memory Foam

Did you know that memory foam has antimicrobial properties? It’s also hypoallergenic. This means that it’s naturally resistant to many allergens, spores, mould, bacteria and dust mites.

Memory foam is much less likely to harbour nasty microorganisms. It’s another reason it’s used in the production of memory foam mattresses (aside from being comfortable to rest on). Being antimicrobial, however, doesn’t mean you can’t clean your memory foam from time to time. If you’re looking to clean memory foam, you’ll need a couple of things.

The cleaning products you’ll need include a sponge, some warm soapy water, a vacuum cleaner, baking soda and some white vinegar. The white vinegar is optional, you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to or don’t have any to hand.

It’s important to note that this method of cleaning memory foam is only suitable for general cleaning. If you have a heavily stained piece, you may need to replace it instead. If you need memory foam cut to size, we can help.

How to Clean Foam – Memory Foam Guide

If your foam is covered, start by removing the covers so that only the bare foam remains. Begin by sprinkling baking soda over the surface of your foam. Using baking soda is an effective and natural way to help eliminate odours and absorb any excess moisture.

Once you’re happy that the memory foam is suitably covered with baking soda, allow it to settle for approximately 10 minutes. After this, you can use your vacuum cleaner to remove the baking soda from the surface.

After vacuuming, use warm soapy water and a sponge to spot clean. It’s important not to completely soak the foam. Instead, focus on cleaning areas that you can see need attention.

If you notice that your memory foam has a strong odour, you can apply white vinegar to help combat this. You can generally buy white vinegar in spray bottles, but if you can’t find one like this, try repurposing an old spray bottle. At first, you’ll notice that the vinegar has a particularly strong smell, however, this will dissipate over time along with any other odours that may have been present.

Once you’ve finished cleaning, you can use hand or paper towels to help soak up any extra moisture left on your foam. Press these down onto wetter areas and leave them to help dry the memory foam overnight.

How to Clean Foam – Closed Cell Foam Guide

Closed cell foams like our Plastazote LD33 are really simple to clean. They have a high chemical resilience and low fluid ingress. This means you can use most cleaning products on it and simply wipe your closed cell foam clean.

This is why closed cell foams like Plastazote are particularly popular for use in sports and medical equipment, where regular cleaning and good hygiene are essential.

If you’re in need of new closed cell foam, head over to our dedicated page.

Cleaning Reticulated Foam Outdoor Cushions

Reticulated foam is another type that’s simple to keep clean. This foam is popular for outdoor cushions and due to its unique open cell structure, water can drain freely through it. This means that you can use a lot more water than you usually would with regular foam.

Providing you have the conditions to allow for draining and the correct cover material, you can simply use a hose and spray straight over your reticulated outdoor cushions. A suitable fabric cleaner and some scrubbing can also help to refresh your covers.

Speak to The Team

If you’re interested in buying new foam, our experts are here to assist you. They can offer recommendations on the best foam to suit your needs and advice on how to properly care for it. Call us on 01494 441177 or head over to our contact page to send us a message.

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