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Place a tennis ball into the dryer while drying a cover to "fluff" it up. Remove a cover, and hang it outside to allow it to air out if the cover needs to be freshened but is not soiled.
Do not place a memory foam cover in a washing machine.
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.
Remove the pad from the bed every two to three months for general cleaning.
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.
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.
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.
Dry a washed cover on a line outdoors, or place it in a large dryer such as you would find at a laundromat.
Flip a cover made of memory foam before replacing it on the bed to ensure even wear.
Gail Logan is a magazine editor and freelance writer based in Atlanta, AL. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Patrick Henry College. For the past four years, she has written home design, travel and food features for national magazines, including "Coastal Living," "Texas Home and Living," "Log Home Design," and "Country's Best Log Homes." When not writing, she mentors inner-city children.