How to Clean an Air Mattress

Whether you will have guests over night or go camping, air mattresses are great alternative to traditional beds.

They are light and can be easily carried around and inflated whenever it is necessary, but because they are mostly kept on floors and used for camping, they can also get very dirty.

Due to their delicate structure and special materials used in their construction, they can’t be cleaned like other regular mattresses.

Here is how you can clean your air mattress properly without damaging it.Last updated Apr 29, 2020 @ 7:33 pm

How to Clean Your Air Mattress

If you use your air mattress regularly, you should clean it at least every other month, but if you use it for camping, you should give it a deep clean after each use.

Here is what you need to do:

Take Safety Precautions

Before you can even think about cleaning your air mattress, you should take some safety precautions first.

Check whether your mattress comes with a built-in pump or it has to be attached to a power source to be inflated.

If it doesn’t have a built-in pump and needs to be attached to a power source, you should take it out and make sure you remove all connections and disconnect all the wires before you start cleaning the mattress.

Also, leave your air bed inflated while cleaning it. Most people think that it’s best to clean air beds while they are deflated, but this is not the right way to do it. If the air bed is deflated, you won’t be able to clean thoroughly all the creases and wrinkles that form on the mattress when the air gets out.

Remove Covers

Also, before you start cleaning your air mattress, you should remove all cover, sheets, blankets, etc. so you can easily access all surfaces of your bed.

If you use your air mattress on a regular basis, you should change the sheets at least every week or two.

Once you take off the sheets and other covers, put them in a washing machine, wash them and make sure they are completely dry before you place them back on your air bed.

Vacuum Your Air Bed

Also, before any other cleaning process, you should vacuum your air bed. If you use on a floor or in a tent, it will certainly be full of dust, dirt and other debris.

Like we have already mentioned, you should leave your mattress inflated or inflate it if it is not already inflated so that all surfaces are evened and so that all of them can be reached.

Use a powerful vacuum with an upholstery attachment attached to it so you can vacuum away any loose debris, dog hair and trapped dust.

Clean the Pump

If your air mattress comes with a pump, you should clean it too and for this you should use a damp cloth and mild detergent. Wipe it down and let it to air dry.

To be extra cautious when cleaning the pump, you can put some painter’s tape over the pump face to make sure no water can get into it. Don’t forget to remove the tape once you are done with cleaning before you plug the pump back in.

Clean the Air Mattress

Air beds are usually made of different textiles and plastics. Most of them use a combination of materials such as polyvinyl chloride, polyurethane plastics and certain rubber compounds. Some more expensive air beds can even use antimicrobial velour or velvet tops.

This is why you should use gentle or mild cleaning solutions when cleaning air mattresses. This will protect their delicate structure and prevent deterioration of surfaces and the appearance of holes and perforations.

To create a mild solution that won’t damage your air mattress, you can use some of the widely available household items such as mild soap, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, etc.

If you decide to use soap, you should pour a few drops into a bowl of warm water and then damp a soft and white cloth into it and gently scrub every area of the mattress, paying special attention to stains if there are any.

The same goes for rubbing alcohol and vinegar. Dilute alcohol or vinegar in warm water, damp a clean white cloth into the solution and clean the entire surface of the mattress. These solutions are great for mold and mildew too.

You can even purchase some of the branded disinfectants to clean your air mattress, but before you do this, check your user manual or contact your air mattresses’ manufacturer.

Avoid soaking the cleaning cloth too much to prevent the build-up of moisture and formation of mold and mildew on your mattress or inside it if the water gets inside.

Also, you should clean your air mattress in a warm, well-lit and dry area. This will speed up the process of drying and also help prevent the growth of mildew and mold.

Dry Your Air Mattress

Once you clean your air mattress, make sure it is completely dry before you use it again or deflate it and put it away.

The easiest way to dry it is to bring it outside and leave it to dry in the sun. It shouldn’t take more than 5-6 hours to dry out completely.

This will also kill any remaining bacteria and make your mattress smell fresh. Just avoid leaving it exposed for too long as the UV rays can potentially be damaging to the materials used in the construction of your air mattress.

If you can’t take it outside, you can clean it in a warm, well-lit and dry room and leave it near a dehumidifier. This will speed up the process of drying.

How to Remove Odors from Your Air Mattress

To remove odors from your mattress, you can use baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda across the entire surface of your mattress and let it sit for a few minutes before you vacuum it up.

This will remove all odors from your air mattress and make it smell fresh and look new.


Air mattresses can be very useful, but they can easily get dirty. Due to their delicate structure and materials used in their construction, you should be very careful when cleaning them.

In this article we explained the best ways to do this without damaging them. We hope it will be helpful to you. If you have any questions feel free to let us know.

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