Washing toppers – A simple guide

As a mattress topper, the topper has the purpose of increasing the quality of your sleep. It consists of a soft foam, which relieves your back and promotes sleep.

Accordingly, the topper is exposed to greater stress due to the intensive body contact You probably spend around 8 hours in bed every night. On warmer nights you tend to sweat more and even without the additional warmth you lose skin flakes and sweat.

So that you can use the topper for many years without any problems, you should attach importance to optimal cleaning . You can find out how to wash the topper and what is important in this guide.

The topper is available in several variants . With the different material, the individual needs of the sleeper are met. Gel toppers , cold foam toppers and visco toppers are particularly popular .

What they have in common is that they are made of foam . The foam adapts flexibly to the load and reliably yields. The toppers are relatively flat and usually consist of a single core. This is a difference compared to more complex mattress structures made from cold foam , which have an orthopedic effect .

The foam core is surrounded by a cover . It is important that the foam cannot be washed. Treatment in the washing machine would lose its unique properties. It would then no longer be deformable, but rather solid and useless as a comfortable sleeping pad.

So only the cover is washable. This can be practically removed using the zipper and machine washed.

You should ventilate the core at the same time. In this way, it loses any moisture it may have absorbed, as well as odors.


You are not allowed to put the topper as a whole in the machine. The cover can be washed there without any problems. You should pay attention to how hot the cover can be washed.

This depends on the material . More susceptible covers, such as those made from aloe vera , are often machine washable at 40 ° C. However, temperatures of 60 ° C are common. This refers to toppers that use a cotton or polyester cover. Pure cotton covers can sometimes also be machine washed at 90 ° C.

Of course, make sure that the manufacturer’s specified temperature is maintained . You can find this on the care label, which tells you how to wash the cover. Otherwise you run the risk of the cover shrinking or being damaged.


Whether the cover of the topper can also be put in the dryer depends on the material. The most fees will in the dryer and keep this application through unscathed.

It is important that you only put the cover back on the core when it is completely dry . If you are too impatient, the moisture will damage the core. The foam then loses its comfortable properties and mites could spread in the core.

The care label also shows you whether treatment in the dryer is permissible. Otherwise you hang the cover on the clothesline and have to wait a longer time.


So washing the topper is not that difficult. First, check the manufacturer’s care instructions to see how you can proceed in detail. The rough process is then as follows.

Detach the topper from the mattress. Then remove the cover over the zipper.
Wash the cover in the machine at the usual 60 ° C.
Ventilate the foam core and let it dry.
Put the cover in the dryer or on the clothesline.

If you follow this procedure, you will find yourself in a bed that feels fresh and offers a high level of hygiene .


In order for you to feel comfortable in bed, it should be as clean as possible. Only then will you have a clear conscience and can relax.

For allergy sufferers , a clean bed is also important from a health point of view. Because mites and their legacies trigger the symptoms of house dust allergy. Those affected suffer from breathing problems and the mucous membranes are irritated. A restful sleep is hardly possible any more. Therefore, special treatment of the topper is necessary for allergy sufferers .

First of all, mites are very resilient animals . They are at home in pretty much every bed and are difficult to remove completely. Therefore, a regular routine is necessary to at least reduce the stress.

The washing temperature of the topper is a prerequisite. The cover should be machine washable at at least 60 ° C. Only at these high temperatures do the mites give in and are reliably washed out.

You can take other steps to reduce the stress. This includes regular treatment with a mite spray or a mite vacuum . However, it is easier to attach an encasing . With this you literally cover the mattress and prevent the debilitating excretions from getting out of the mattress.

The moisture plays an important role. Because mites feel at home especially in dark and damp beds. Leave the humidity in the bedroom at around 50% and the temperature between 16 and 20 degrees. If you tend to sweat more, then use a special pillow that cools you and gets you through the warm nights better.


With these tips , washing the topper will be much easier and you can relax and long for the night. Allergy sufferers must also consider other properties so that the topper does not impair sleep.

If you observe the procedure presented here, you will enjoy the topper for a long time and it will appear like on the first day.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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