When to Fluff a Pillow Top Mattress

When to Fluff a Pillow Top Mattress

We spend a quarter to a third of our lives in bed, so taking care of the investment you’ve made in a good night’s sleep in the form of your mattress is just good sense. Regular cleaning and care of your pillow-top mattress helps ensure a long life for your mattress and a good night’s sleep for you.

Anatomy of a Pillow Top Mattress

A pillow-top mattress, sometimes referred to as a Euro-top mattress, is basically similar to a

When to Fluff a Pillow Top Mattress
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traditional spring mattress, but with the addition of an extra layer of padding on the top. The extra padding means that the mattress has a proper “top” and “bottom,” making flipping it over impractical. The pillow top offers an added layer of comfort and luxury that makes the mattress style very popular. Over time, however, the padding can compress, creating depressions in the sleeping surface. Regular care can help prevent these depressions from forming, extending your mattress’ life.

Flip the Mattress

Every three months or so, flip the mattress from end to end, so that the foot of the bed becomes the head, and vice versa. This helps ensure wear is even, and prevents depressions from forming where you most typically sleep. Flipping the mattress helps move the places in which you sleep. While you’re at it, stand the mattress up on one end and give it a thorough beating with a broom handle. This will help fluff and lift the pillow top. If the pillow top is removable, take it off and hang it up over a clothesline or fence to air out.


Deodorize the pillow top by sprinkling the entire surface with baking soda and letting it sit for one to twenty-four hours. Once the baking soda has had a chance to do its work, absorbing odors and lingering moisture, vacuum it up using your vacuum’s hose attachment and a bristle brush. Pay special attention to the seams and any nooks and crannies where debris may collect. Finally, replace the clean sheets and bedding.