How to Unzip Tempurpedic Mattress Cover

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How to Unzip Tempurpedic Mattress Cover
Tom Greenspan
December 21, 2022

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It happens to us all at some point, you relax in bed with a drink, and the next thing you know, you have dropped off to sleep, and the drink is all over the mattress. But if you have a Tempurpedic mattress, it's not so much of a drama. The mattress cover is washable, but removing it can be a challenge. How can unzipping a mattress cover be complicated? It's a zip. Even Tempurpedic recognizes that unzipping the mattress cover can be tricky, but with a bit of patience, you can master the technique within a minute or two.

In this article, we find out if the Tempurpedic mattress cover can be removed easily. Tempura says it can be tricky, so are you in for a hard time with something that should be easy? We answer many frequently asked questions, providing insight into how to best unzip the mattress cover.

Let's jump in.

Is unzipping a Tempurpedic mattress cover difficult?

According to Tempurpedic, it's tricky, but how hard can it be to unzip a mattress cover? Well, if you have a new Tempurpedic mattress, it is straightforward, but with older mattresses, there is a common complaint: how do you find the zip? So, let's assume the worst has happened, and you spilled a cup of coffee in bed. First, you will need to mop up the excess liquid pronto.

Then you will need to find the elusive zipper!

How to remove the mattress cover on a Tempurpedic mattress.

It's not something you should be concerned about, but some tips will help you through the process. Assuming the mattress is relatively new.

Step 1

Remove the bedding and have a clear space around the mattress. The zipper will have a material toggle attached to the zipper, it is not hard to find and may be in a corner or at the right-hand base of the mattress.

Step 2

Once you have the zipper toggle, simply unzip the mattress cover, and the base of the cover will remain in place. It's the top section that you will be removing.

Step 3

Once you have completed unzipping the mattress cover, you will need to pull down on the zipper toggle to break the zipper connections, just as you would with any other zipper, but this time apply force towards the floor.

Step 4

Remove the mattress cover.

Step 5

Place the mattress cover in the washing machine with regular detergent and wash on a 60℉ wash cycle.

Step 6 

Tumble dry the mattress cover.

Replacing the Tempurpedic mattress cover

Step 1

Once the mattress cover is perfectly dry, run the zipper around to the starting point or the place the zipper was detached from the mattress. This will likely be the bottom right corner of the mattress cover.

Step 2

Stretch the mattress cover over the mattress, ensuring there are no bulges or wrinkles. This step is critical to zipping the cover back seamlessly.

Step 3

Reattaching the zip is a simple process. It is like zipping a jacket from the start.

Step 4

Run the zipper smoothly around the mattress cover, Don't force the zip at any time. It could cause damage to the zipper mechanism. If you do struggle with the zip being stiff, try rubbing a little soap on it or vaseline. This will make the zip run freely. Voila, the mattress cover is reconnected to the bed, and you have a clean mattress cover.

Is it hard to unzip the mattress cover on older Tempurpedic mattresses?

Some of you say it's hard to find the zip. If you find the zip track that runs around the mattress and floor it until you find the zipper, it is the same process as above. If your zipper does not have a toggle, you can improvise to make your life easier. Thread a cable tie through the zipper hole and use this to pull the zip. There may be no need to tie it on as the locking mechanism is chunky. Replacing the cover is just the opposite of removing it.

Fitting a new Tempurpedic mattress cover. 

Sometimes the mattress cover looks worse for wear, so consider replacing it. The good news is that they are readily available and will make your mattress feel rejuvenated. Start by measuring your mattress before searching for a replacement cover. To locate a cover that fits the mattress adequately, you will need to know its length, width, and height.

Once you have the dimensions, you can start looking for a replacement cover. Finding a replacement Tempurpedic mattress cover from a few different sources is possible. One choice is to buy one directly from Tempura.

Frequently asked questions

How frequently should the mattress cover be washed?

It depends on usage. If the mattress is the main bed, it should be washed every three to six months to keep it fresh. If you have allergies, it should be washed more frequently.

How do you get a cover off a memory foam mattress?

The majority of covers may be unzipped and removed for separate washing. To make sure your cover can be removed, verify your warranty agreement. Then, find the cover's zipper and pull it down; it may be on the side or base of the mattress. Certain covers are more challenging to take off than others.

Can you machine wash a Tempurpedic mattress cover?

Yes. The mattress cover can be washed on a regular cycle, depending on the stains, with normal washing detergent. The Mattress cover can be washed on a 60℉ wash cycle. Because manufacturers change materials regularly, you should always check the washing instructions on the material care label.


Removing and replacing the Tempurpedic mattress cover is not a difficult job. You will need to have patience and work smoothly, so you don't snag the zipper. Replacing the mattress cover is also a simple procedure which is the reverse of removing the cover; in most cases, the zipper start will be at the right-hand base of the mattress. If the zipper has moved, the mattress will be visible. You do not need special tools to remove the mattress cover from a Tempurpedic mattress.