Mattress protectors are essential for those who are allergic to dust mites or who suffer from asthma and want to safeguard against other allergens jumping off the bed. They’re also a good idea for people with wetting issues or kids in diapers who might otherwise soil their mattress.
These protectors are also highly recommended if an older mattress needs replacing or if you have any pets, such as a dog or cat, at home. In this guide, you’ll learn how to wash the mattress protector with no fuss, what temperature you need to wash it, and other tips and tricks to do work effectively.
How Often Should You Wash Your Mattress Protector
Mattress protectors should be cleaned every three to six months or more frequently, depending on the type of protectors and the manufacturer’s advice. For example, water-proof mattress protectors should be washed in a washing machine every month, while washable ones can be cleaned with soap and water after about six months (and can go longer depending on how often you wash them).
What Temperature To Wash Mattress Protector
Always wash your mattress protector in cold water on a gentle cycle, no matter what machine you use. If you use a hot cycle or a high temperature, your mattress protector can become misshapen and/or shrink.
Once the mattress protector is placed in the washing machine, add a small amount (equal size to the mattress protector) of laundry detergent but no bleach. Then add it to the machine and process it according to instructions on the label.
How To Wash Mattress Protector
There’s no special treatment needed when washing your mattress protector – just follow these steps:
Check The Label
Before you wash your mattress protector, check the label to see what it recommends. You might need to wash your protector at a lower temperature if it has a dry cleaning cycle or if the instructions say otherwise (such as for air-drying).
Don’t just read it once and throw it in without checking what type of washing machine you have and how often you should use fabric softener, bleach, etc., because that might not be appropriate for your protectors.
Wash It Up
Wash your mattress protector in cold water on a gentle cycle, without any additives or fabric softeners. A cold water wash could be a regular washing machine setting (e.g., cold water, no bleach), but putting the mattress protector in the washing machine is more recommended.
This ensures that you get the full cleaning effect from your protector by running it through a regular cycle in your washing machine. The temperature for the washing machine shouldn’t exceed 30°C (86°F), and it must be gentle.
Dry The Mattress Protector
Dry your mattress protector with the dryer on low heat or air-dry it and remove it immediately from the drying rack when completely dry. Don’t put any protectors in the dryer because it can shrink the material and cause it to lose its shape.
Should You Wash Mattress Protector?
Yes! You do need to wash your mattress protector. Your body is constantly shedding skin cells and sweat around your bed that can accumulate on the surface of the protector and potentially lead to odor. You’ll also want to make sure you’re vacuuming around the bed regularly as well.
What Temperature Should I Wash My Mattress Protector?
We recommend washing your mattress protector in warm or lukewarm (not hot) water at a temperature that isn’t scalding to avoid damaging it or irritating sensitive skin. The temperature should be near 30°C (86°F).
Can I Put My Mattress Protector In The Dryer?
The best answer to this is no. A mattress protector is not a type of clothing and should not be dried in a dryer. Using a dryer will damage it and cause it to rip sooner than it would have without putting it through the drying cycle. The company that makes them may also void any warranty if you were unlucky enough for the item to tear on its own before you put it through a drying cycle.