How to Care for Pillow Top Mattress Cover

Pillow top mattresses have a soft layer stitched on top of the mattress. These beds offer prime comfort, but they can be costly. A pillow top mattress cover will mimic the softness of a pillow top mattress at a much lower cost and will also serve to protect the mattress from wear. Like bed sheets, you should clean a pillow top mattress cover regularly as it can be prone to collecting sweat and dust mites.

Step 1

Remove the pad from the bed every two to three months for general cleaning.

Step 2

Wash a pillow top mattress cover made of down feathers or wool in warm water. Use a large washing machine to prevent the cover from tearing. If necessary, take the cover to a laundromat to secure a large enough machine.

Step 3

Take a pillow top mattress cover made of memory foam outside, and shake it to remove dust. Place a protective covering on the floor, such as a sheet, and lay the cover on top of it. Use the handheld attachment of a vacuum cleaner to deep clean.

Step 4

Spot clean a cover made of memory foam using a white cloth and a small amount of liquid detergent. Wet the spot with clean water. Pour the detergent onto the cloth, and rub onto the pad until the spot is removed. Pre-treat with stain treatment if necessary. Rinse out the cloth, and blot the spot to remove the soap. Allow it to dry.

Step 5

Dry a washed cover on a line outdoors, or place it in a large dryer such as you would find at a laundromat.

Step 6

Flip a cover made of memory foam before replacing it on the bed to ensure even wear.