How to Fix a Pillowtop Mattress

Pillowtop mattresses add an extra layer of comfort without the need for a removable mattress pad. They look similar to a traditional mattress, with the exception of a flap-like top with extra padding. Although care for a pillowtop mattress is similar to regular mattress care, you may need to make minor fixes to the pillowtop to extend the life of your mattress.

Blot away any liquid spills as soon as possible. Use an absorbent towel, and apply pressure to remove the liquid. Fold the towel to get another dry surface, and apply more pressure to remove the liquid.

Spray a stain remover following the manufacturer's instructions. This helps remove odours and prevents discolourations. Avoid saturating the area with more liquid since it may make take longer to dry. Check the tag on your mattress for types of cleaners, such as bleach, that should not be used.

Sprinkle baking soda over the area to help remove residual odours. Allow it to sit for several hours, then brush off or vacuum the baking soda.

Dry the area thoroughly before replacing bedding.

Remove all the bedding from your mattress, and set aside or wash linens.

Flip the mattress over so the portion of the mattress that was at the head of the top is now on the bottom of the mattress.

Flip the mattress around so the portion of the mattress that was at the head of the bed is now at the bottom of the bed. Rotating the mattress creates even wear and tear.

Apply an anti-fraying solution to the tear to keep the mattress from ripping and fraying further. Follow manufacturer's instructions for the suggested dry time and amount of solution you should use. Not only does this keep the fabric from fraying or unravelling, it also slightly hardens the fabric, making it easier to sew.

Thread the hooked needle and loose thread ends.

Fold the open edges under so you have a straight surface to sew together, and then pinch them together.

Hook the curved needle through the fabric, starting a little bit to the side of where the rip started and going a little bit past the rip. Sewing past the rip on both sides strengthens the overall sewing job. You may notice a slight pucker in the mattress fabric; this is normal and due to the folding and pinching to sew the fabric together.


Check for adequate support for your mattress. If the box springs or the supportive board on your bed is damaged, it might limit the quality of your sleep and the performance of your mattress. Once the pillowtop mattress has started to sag, it is beyond repair. So keep it adequately supported, and flip it regularly to prevent sagging and indentations. Not all pillowtop mattresses need to be flipped. Check the care instructions, or contact the manufacturer if you have further questions about your specific pillowtop mattress.

Things You'll Need

  • Absorbent towels
  • Spray cleaner
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Anti-fraying solution
  • Curved needle
  • Nylon thread
  • Scissors
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Daniella Lauren has worked with eHow and various new media sites as a freelance writer since 2009. Her work covers topics in education, business, and home and garden. Daniella holds a Master of Science in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Pensacola Christian College.