How to Clean Your Airbed

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Airbeds are one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to sleep, especially when camping. They are also often used as temporary beds for guests staying over. They are easy to inflate and deflate and can be stored away in a small space when not in use. 

Though airbeds are designed to be self-contained, they can get dirty from dust or mold if not cleaned regularly. Cleaning your airbed is relatively simple. You will need a solution of warm water and detergent, a sponge, an absorbent towel or cloth, plus some time to let the bed dry completely after you have finished cleaning it.

In this article, you’ll learn a simple and easy way to clean your airbeds.

Let’s begin.

What You’ll Need:

To clean an air mattress effectively, you’ll need access to the following items.

  • Detergent
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Brush (optional)
  • A vacuum cleaner with a long hose attachment (optional)
  • Cloth


  1. Use a vacuum cleaner or soft brush to remove dust and dirt from the top and bottom of the air bed. Make sure to brush gently to avoid scratching the surface of the airbed.
  2. Use a mild detergent and warm water to clean the air bed.
  3. Rinse with warm water. Make sure to remove any traces of detergent.
  4. Use a clean cloth to wipe off excess water, then let the airbed dry in a well-ventilated location away from direct sunlight. Sunlight can damage the surface of your airbed.

Why Clean the Airbed?

It’s important to keep your air bed clean and sanitary, not only to protect you from germs and bacteria but also to ensure it remains comfortable, pliable, and leak-free. 

An unclean mattress can be uncomfortable or even dangerous depending on the type of chemicals or dirt on the surface. A dirty mattress that is not cleaned properly will eventually deteriorate its surface, causing it to lose some of its elasticity and firmness. 

Frequent cleaning helps maintain hygiene and it also extends the life of your airbed by preventing damage caused by moisture, dust mites, and mildew that are often found in dirty mattresses.

How Often Should You Clean Your Air Bed?

You should clean your air bed once a month, or more if you use it frequently. If you use it only occasionally, then you can clean it less frequently.

Clean the air bed before and after long-term storage. If you plan to store your air bed for an extended period of time (3 months or more), be sure to give it a thorough cleaning first.


Your airbed is a unique piece of furniture: it’s flexible, comfortable, and doesn’t take up too much room. Keeping it clean is essential to prolonging the life of your airbed and ensuring that it stays pleasant to sleep on for years to come. Dust, dirt, and mold can wreak havoc on its structure and make it less durable. 

These simple cleaning technic will help you keep your airbed fresh so that you can continue using it for a long time!

If you want to learn more DIY cleaning tips, see my article on the Different Types of Sofa Fabrics and Tips On How to Clean Them.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy