How to Wash Egg Crates for Your Bed

While comparatively affordable, egg crates for your bed don’t need to be thrown away when stained or soiled, and cleanings never must cost more than a replacement could. It’s possible to efficiently wash a egg crate mattress topper with comparative ease. Based on the degree of cleaning you are after — from routine tidying to a more thorough sterilization — you’ll quickly learn that regaining a comfortable, sanitary sleep can be achieved in a number of ways.

Discarding the Dirt

If you have occasionally given in to the temptation of having a late night snack in bed, then crumbs become an unavoidable annoyance. But parts of a cookie, textile pills, dirt or any other debris accumulation on an egg crate can be banished in a few straightforward actions. Start by removing any feces from the egg crate and giving it a fantastic shake to loosen any unwanted dirt. Then, with one of these small attachments fitted to a vacuum cleaner, carefully vacuum the egg crate to pick up any of the remaining particles. Vacuum both sides before putting the egg crate back to the bed.

Stains, Stains Go Away

Dependent on the magnitude of the egg crate, its thickness and the sturdiness of this material, you may have the ability to wash it from your washing machine. With a standard machine, however, you face the chance of the foam ripping due to the agitation. You may have better luck working with a commercial-size or oversize load machine as an alternative. Set the washing machine to the gentlest cycle and use a small number of mild detergent. If you are not keen on running the chance of damaging the mat, a combination of a spot-cleaning treatment and thorough rinsing may be an ideal compromise. For an at-home remedy free of poisons, prepare a cloth cleaner from a mixture of water, white distilled vinegar and lemon juice. Spray the cleaner on the soiled areas and allow it to soak in for approximately 20 minutes. Afterward, completely rinse off both sides from the shower. Remove excess water by wringing from the egg crate or folding it over and pressing the water out.

Drying Time

Irrespective of the method you use to wash the egg crate, you must allow it to properly dry before putting it back on the bed. Surplus moisture could cause smells or, in some instances, mold or mildew to form. A tumble dryer may cause the foam to melt down when exposed to direct heat. If you decide to use a dryer, use a low, gentle atmosphere — an “air only” setting — and check on the egg crate often. A successful substitute for machine drying is simply laying the egg crate on a flat, dry surface and allowing it to air dry. For any areas that are especially oversaturated, a wet/dry vac can be used to hasten the drying procedure.

Maintaining the Clean

Take measures to maintain your egg crate clean and maintain its quality. Given the fact that foam can frequently be a magnet for dust and dirt, consider a protective cover of vinyl or cotton that can be fitted over the egg crate or even both your mattress as well as the mat. Some covers also supply the perk of being hypoallergenic, even if that satisfies your needs. Light scrubbing and spot cleaning as needed will maintain your egg crate looking, feeling and smelling fresh, leaving you with lots of time to catch some zzz’s.

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