How to Clean a Memory Foam Pillow

How to Clean a Memory Foam Pillow

As we know, the memory foam pillow is a kind of pillow made of slow rebound material, generally made of polyurethane material with viscoelastic properties. When the position of your head and neck changes, it will automatically deform and keep the position closely combined with the neck at any time, so that your head won’t slip or cause a stiff neck.

The memory foam pillow works very well. It is soft but it has good support, and can also relieve cervical pain. Many people are using it now. But the pillows that have been used for a long time will accumulate a lot of dirt. In addition to cleaning the pillowcase, the pillow core also needs to be cleaned. So can you wash a memory foam pillow? And how to clean or wash the memory foam pillow? You can follow this tutorial to make your smelly memory foam pillow fresh and clean.

Part 1. Can you wash the memory foam pillow?

First of all, memory foam pillows are washable, you can wash them occasionally, but remember not to wash them too often. Due to its special material, washing the memory foam pillows will have certain damage to the service life and quality. Memory foam pillows usually have a pillowcase on the outside. This pillowcase can be removed and washed frequently. It can be washed with hand or machine. But you need to be careful when cleaning the inner core inside. Generally speaking, the inner core of the memory foam pillow does not need to be cleaned frequently. If you really need to clean it, you need to use correct cleaning method. For how to wash and clean the memory foam pillow correctly, please refer to the second part of the article.

Part 2. How to wash or clean the memory foam pillow?

Before we started, here are what we need:

  • Cloth or paper towels
  • Mild, alcohol-free dish soap
  • Baking soda or borax
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Enzymatic cleaner

Step 1. Remove the pillow cover

Firstly, remove the pillow cover on the surface of the pillow, just open the zipper above, you can remove the pillow cover, wash the pillow and the pillow cover separately, which can ensure that the pillow is washed more cleanly.

Step 2. Spot cleaning

If your pillow isn't too dirty and doesn't require a full wash, you can opt for a spot cleaning.

1). Add 1 tablespoon of mild laundry detergent to a bowl of warm water.

2). Stir the water with a clean cloth until foam comes out, then wring out the cloth.

3). If your pillow smells bad when turned over, which may result from the oils on the skin or hair, makeup or hair dye. Dirty areas can be wiped with a damp cloth. Dab the stain lightly until the stain is gone.

4). Put the pillow in a cool indoor place, avoid direct sunlight, and let it air dry for 24 hours.

Tips: The memory foam pillow is breathable and hygroscopic, so it is necessary to keep the product dry at all times and ventilate it regularly. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the dust from the pillow core or gently tap the pillow core with your hands every month. If it gets wet accidentally, please immediately use a towel to absorb the moisture and place it in a ventilated place to dry in the shade.

Step 3. Complete cleaning

The washing machine is too rough for memory foam pillows, so the pillows must be hand washed. Fill a bucket or sink with warm water. You only need to pack enough water to cover the pillow.

Add one tablespoon of mild detergent to the water for each pillow. Gently stir the water by hand to bubble and mix.

Put the pillow in the water and turn it slightly to help the detergent seep into the pillow. Rub and squeeze the pillow with your hands to help remove dirt, allowing the dirt to pass through the outer layer to keep the pillow clean.

High heat can destroy memory foam and cause it to shatter, so don't put memory foam pillows in the dryer. Instead, lay out a clean white towel in a dry area and put your pillow on it. Blot and air dry the pillow completely.


Basically, the memory foam pillows do not need to be washed. If your memory foam pillow that is clearly marked and cannot be cleaned, you shouldn’t wash it to prevent damage to the material characteristics of the memory pillow. You just need to spot clean the pillow with a damp cloth.

A good memory foam pillow brings you a good sleep. Moreover, a cervical memory foam pillow can relieve your neck pain. For example, Zamat Cervical Pillow, specially shaped by in-house ergonomists, optimally aligns your neck and body, alleviating all strains & pain. If you need to select a new memory foam pillow, you can have a try on it.