How to Remove Smells From Foam

Whether you're dealing with bad smells in memory foam or foul odor from couch cushions, getting a bad smell out of foam is much harder than practicing a few preventative techniques. But fortunately, when changing sheets or cushions and keeping them clean has failed to keep smells out, or when your expensive foam mattress topper has a close encounter with bodily functions or ends up smelling like cigarette smoke, there are a few things you can try.

Step 1

Allow your foam mattress, mattress topper, pillow or cushions to air out in a well-ventilated area for at least 24 hours. This will help to dissipate any remaining chemical odors.

Step 2

Treat any remaining odor by sprinkling baking soda liberally over the foam and letting it sit overnight in a well-ventilated area.

Step 3

Vacuum the foam thoroughly with a hand vac or the soft brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner.

Step 4

Turn the foam over and sprinkle the other side with baking soda, too. Let sit overnight, in a well-ventilated area, once more.

Step 5

Vacuum the foam again. You can repeat the sprinkling and vacuum process with baking soda if necessary. You can also spritz the foam with either vinegar or a citrus-based cleanser, let dry, and then vacuum thoroughly.