Can Mattress Protectors Be Washed? All You Need To Know

by Tony Gonzalez

Are you eager to clean your mattress protector but are unsure about whether it should be washed or not? You have come to the right place. This post contains answers to your queries about washing mattress protectors. Keep reading!

Yes, you CAN wash your mattress protector. As you probably know that it acts as a barrier between you and your mattress. It takes the spills, the leakages, and keeps the mattress secure. It is very important to clean it. Very very important. You don't want bacteria, molds, or nasty pests to enjoy life in your bed. Keep every layer on your bed clean.

Can a mattress protector be washed?

Let's get you relieved. Yes, it can be washed. I was pretty happy myself when I found this out. I hope you are too. Now that you have taken a sigh of relief, it's time we discuss the details.

Let's get into the details

Your mattress protector absorbs spills, sweat, children and pet "accidents", etc. You know the list is long. However, it takes all the beating to keep your mattress clean and neat.

It is significant to look after this amazing protector. If it lacks regular cleaning, it will become unhygienic, dirty, and a residence for bacteria and germs. Oh, and not to mention that its life will be cut short considerably.

Ruined mattress protector

Wash your mattress protector to avoid any of this. Give it the regular and proper cleaning it deserves for doing such a good job at preserving your mattress.

When should a mattress protector be washed?

The one-word answer to this question is, "regularly". You are probably thinking, "How regular?". Well, let me tell you a little in detail. There are a few different scenarios that we all come across. The washing frequency of the mattress protector depends on those. Let's take a look at each of them separately.

1. In normal circumstances

It's ideal to wash your mattress protector once a month. It will provide the ultimate protection to the one that is a protector itself.

Once a month

However, there are a few exceptions that override this rule of thumb. Let's see what those are.

2. If you are allergic

You need to wash your mattress protector more often if you are allergic to dust mites, pet dander, or pollen. Often in this scenario means once a week. I know it sounds like a task, but it is essential for your health and sleep.

3. If there has been a spill

You can probably recall some time when you were having a slumber party with your friends, and someone spilled a glass of coke on the bed. You might have changed the sheets, but the mattress protector absorbed the soft drink.

Spill on the mattress

At such times, you should wash it right away despite your normal mattress protector washing schedule.

4. If it is rarely used

If a mattress in your house is not used very often, probably the one in the guestroom, you don't need to wash it every month. It is rarely used and hence, is not very often exposed to human sweat, any spills, etc.

Remember to wash it every few months because dust can still attract dust mites.

Dust on mattress

How to wash a mattress protector?

There are a few simple guidelines to follow when washing your mattress protector. If you do so, you will not only clean it but also help in prolonging its life.

-1. Take the mattress protector off:

The first step is to take the mattress protector off your mattress.


Use a mild, bleach-free detergent while washing. Any harsh product will damage the membrane of the mattress protector. The waterproofing materials will be weakened.

-2. Wash the mattress protector:

Toss the protector into your washing machine. Make sure the water is lukewarm. You shouldn't use extremely high temperatures as that will just damage the protector. It will rob the waterproof property from the mattress protector by damaging the vinyl.

Washing mattress protector


Utilize Your Time

While the mattress protector is in the washing machine, you can clean your mattress.

Are you thinking, "Nah, leave it! Why should I buy a mattress cleaner?". No, no, you don't need any cleaning solution from the market. It's the era of DIY. So, just clean it yourself. Take a look at the following post that explains 2 DIY methods of cleaning your mattress.

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-3. Dry the mattress protector:

You can use a tumble dry for this purpose. However, I suggest that you rely on conventional methods. Spread the washed mattress protector out in the sun. You can also hang it on strong wires if that doesn't pose a threat to the material of the mattress protector. Make sure you don't use any sharp pegs that can puncture the protector's waterproof binding.

Mattress drying


This is very important. Never dry clean your mattress protector. It won't be able to take extreme heat and will be ruined.
It will just be an expense for you to buy a new one. You can avoid that.


That's a wrap. Feel free to wash your mattress protector. Make a schedule for that. It will help you to keep your mattress protector clean, hygienic, and germ-free. That will result in a clean bed.

If you are worried about removing tough stains from your mattress, take a look at some of the best mattress stain cleaners. I am sure these will prove to be helpful for you.

Enjoy sleeping in a clean and healthy mattress.

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By Tony Gonzalez

Carpet Cleaning and Installation

I'm Tony and I consider myself a carpet cleaning expert! I've tried the 5 most common professional cleaning methods myself, and I've reviewed thousands of carpet cleaning & installation companies. I'm currently exploring the DIY Cleaning and Installation world. It's not that hard and it's a lot of fun!

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