How to take care of your mattress
Your decorative choices will make your bedroom beautiful to look at, but the true hero of the bedroom is a good mattress. A good mattress truly determines the quality of your sleep, so it is very important that you protect your mattress as much as possible. Here are our ten tips to make sure that your mattress stays great for years to come.
Tip 1. Flip Your Mattress
Rotating and flipping your mattress will help prolong the life of your bed, by reducing the depth of the sags and body impressions, or at least spread them out over a larger area. When you first buy a mattress, flip it every time you change the sheets to allow the whole mattress to get worn in. After three months or so, you can flip less frequently, but make sure that you do it at least every three months.
Tip 2. Get a Mattress Protector
Given the amount of sweating you do at night, estimated at up to a litre per night on those warm summer nights, to prolong the life of your mattress and to keep it as clean as possible, invest in a good mattress protector. A mattress protector can be cleaned and replaced much easier and more cheaply than a new mattress. We recommend the Quilted Cotton Mattress Protector by Logan & Mason.
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Tip 3. Get The Right Support For Your Mattress
It’s important to choose the right bed frame for your mattress. This means getting a frame that actively supports the entirety of your mattress and helps to prevent sagging. Also, make sure that the frame is the right size for your mattress. If you have a queen mattress, for instance, make sure that the base you buy is queen-sized, holds it in place, and doesn’t allow it to slip around.
Tip 4. Air Out Your Mattress
Leave your mattress uncovered for a few hours when you are changing your sheets, to allow it to air out. One of the reasons you change your sheets regularly is to remove the sweat that soaks in, over time. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to put your mattress in the washing machine. Airing the mattress will allow the sweat to evaporate. Try to allow as much sunlight into the room while you’re airing, as well, as this helps to kill any bacteria that may be in your mattress. Putting a mattress in the sun can naturally deodorize it and remove all smells
Tip 5. Don't Let The Monkeys Jump On Your Bed!
Don’t let the kids (or adults) jump on the bed! Not only does it have the potential to ruin your inner springs, but it could also lead to some pretty nasty accidents. If the bed is a regular jumping site, it may mean that you have a budding trampolinist on your hands, in which case, it might pay to invest in a trampoline.
Tip 6. Don't Use The Handles On Your Mattress
It may seem convenient to have handles on your mattress when you are moving, but it is inadvisable to use the mattress handles to carry it. These handles are for positioning your mattress when it is already on the frame, and carrying the mattress with them will increase the risk of your mattress tearing and pulling out of shape.
Tip 7. Vacuum Your Mattress!
The best way to keep your mattress clean is to regularly vacuum it. This will remove any of the dust mites that love to live there. Vacuum your bed every time you change your sheet. If there are any odours that you need to remove, sprinkle baking soda over the surface of the mattress, wait for 20 minutes, and then vacuum normally. If you do need to remove any stains, use a warm soapy solution, and a damp (not wet) cloth. It is important to keep your bed as dry as possible to reduce the likelihood of mould growing.
Tip 8. Try Not To Sit On The Edge of Your Mattress
Edge support is an integral part of your mattress, as it’s one of the main reasons you don’t fall out of bed anymore. Sitting on the edge of the bed can compromise the strength and integrity of these edges. If you regularly sit on the edge of the bed, it might pay to bring a chair into your bedroom, as it will allow somewhere appropriate to sit, without reducing the life of your mattress.
Tip 9. Get The Right People To Clean Your Mattress
If you need to seriously clean your mattress, and vacuuming and light sponges aren’t enough, make sure you get the right people to do it. There are dedicated services that specialise in mattress cleaning. They use methods that don’t introduce unwanted moisture into your bed like washing or steam cleaning would.
10. Say Goodbye To Some Furry Friends...
Rethink who gets to sleep in the bed. That means your pets! I know that’s a controversial thing to say, but there are a bunch of reasons that your pets shouldn’t sleep with you. Your animals regularly carry germs that you don’t particularly want to have. Having them drool on the bed, not to mention any other accidents that may pass by unnoticed, they are filling your bed with bacteria that can, over time, breed in the mattress and be harmful to you. They also don’t have the benefit of a nightly shower before jumping into bed, so are bringing dirt and other unsightly things straight from outside into your bed.
And there we go!
That's our ten tips on how to make sure your mattress has a long and happy life! If you need any help understanding anything mentioned in this blog or would like to know more, we have a team of experts ready to help! Simply reach out to us via email or you can call us! You can grab our details on this page here.