How To Correctly Store A Memory Foam Topper

folded memory foam toppers

Are you worried that storage might damage your memory foam topper? We show you how to safely tuck that topper away until you need it!

The best way to store a memory foam topper is inside a vacuum-sealed bag. It protects the topper and saves space.

Learn more about how you can safely store your memory foam topper until the time comes when you need it again.

The Right Way To Store A Memory Foam Topper

Mattress toppers are a luxury for some and a necessity for others. But whether you bought your topper as an extra layer of plushness or it helps to soothe your sensitive pressure points, there might come a time when you need to store the item. When done incorrectly, the topper could be irreparably damaged. 

Proper storage can lengthen the lifespan of the topper and keep it clean as well as protected for a long time until you need it again. The best way to store a memory foam topper is to enclose it in a vacuum-sealed bag. 

The Importance Of Cleaning Your Memory Foam Topper Beforehand

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The only thing that can basically ruin your vacuum-sealed topper is when the topper itself is not clean. Blemishes like stains, mites, moisture or odours can cause things like mould, permanent marks, and a musty smell that never goes away. Needless to say, this can prevent a good night’s sleep! When you decide to store your topper, the first steps are centred around a good spring cleaning (thankfully only limited to the topper and not your entire home).

Vacuum The Memory Foam Topper

After you have removed the bedding, give the topper a good vacuuming session. You can even use the upholstery nozzle to get the dirt out of all the seams and crevices. Take your time and make sure that all hair, dirt, and other particles are entirely removed from the item. 

Get Rid Of The Stains

There are plenty of options for removing stains from a mattress topper. One of the most effective ways is to make a paste with baking soda. Gently rub the area and wipe the excess baking soda away with a damp cloth. Dab the area with paper towels to dry the fabric. Repeat until the stain is gone. 

Get Rid Of All The Odours

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Grab that trusty box of baking soda again! Sprinkle the baking soda all over the topper and allow it to remain for about two hours. Remove the baking soda with a vacuum nozzle and then turn the topper over, sprinkle the other side with baking soda and go do something else for an hour or two. After which, you guessed it, suck that powder away with a vacuum cleaner! Baking soda is a fantastic product that can reduce or eliminate odours that are caused by things like urine, sweat, and staleness.

Make Sure The Memory Foam Topper Is Dry

After your memory foam topper is clean and fresh, the final step is the most important one in the cleaning process. While we clean bedding – mattress toppers included – some water is necessary. In this case, if you treated stains with baking soda paste then there will be damp areas on the topper. It is essential to air dry the topper until you are 100 percent certain that the item is dry. Should any moisture remain, your topper can develop a devastating case of mould while being kept in storage. You can air-dry the topper or hasten the process by placing a fan nearby.

You can also grab all our best tips in our free guide that explains everything on how to clean a mattress.

How To Position Your Memory Foam Topper

Resist the urge to fold it in half. This will damage the foam along the seam of the fold. The correct way to position a memory foam topper before you seal it away is to roll it up. A rolled topper is also easier to store, move and transport. 

How To Vacuum-Seal Your Memory Foam Topper

Some vacuum cleaners have a vacuum seal function. Otherwise, you can also use a vacuum-pack machine for the job. 

The bag you will be storing the topper in should also be tough enough to withstand the rigours of storage and handling but not so rigid that the sealer struggles to work. If you still have the original bag that came with the topper, it should work fine. Otherwise, you can use any other bag that is specifically designed for mattress storage. 

But I Do Not Want To Vaccum Seal My Topper. What Can I Do?

The good news is that vacuum-sealing is not absolutely necessary – it is just the most preferred way to store a memory foam topper. But if you do not have a sealer and do not wish to purchase one, then no problem. Simply place the rolled-up topper inside a strong plastic cover or bag and squeeze out all the extra air by hand. The last step is to secure the bag with tape to prevent it from opening and also to keep out dust and moisture. 

Where Do I Keep My Memory Foam Topper?

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You always have the option to keep it at a storage facility but why pay extra when you can store it safely at home? Should you choose to store your foam topper at home, all you have to do is to find a place that you know is dry and relatively temperature stable. But if you live in a region with constant high humidity, the moisture in the air could be a problem. A well-sealed bag should offer adequate protection but there is always a chance that humidity can affect the topper somehow. You can control humidity with a dehumidifier or by encouraging airflow in the room where you store your memory foam topper. 

Do Regular Checks On Your Stored Topper

A weekly check can save you a lot of trouble. Should something go wrong and you catch it early, the memory foam topper can avoid damage that might ruin it otherwise. The check need not be complicated either. Just make sure that there are no signs of bag bloating, moisture, or tears in the plastic. 

A Quick Summary On How To Store A Memory Foam Topper

  • A memory foam topper might need to be stored before you move house or because your kid went off to college and left it behind.
  • Storage is the best way to add years to an unused topper’s lifespan.
  • One of the most effective ways is to vacuum-seal a topper.
  • You can use a vacuum cleaner’s sealing option or a vacuum-sealer machine.
  • A topper can also be stored without being vacuum sealed, providing that the bag is properly sealed with tape.
  • Regular checks on your stored topper should be done to catch