Your mattress is an investment that you make for better sleep, better physical and mental health. Therefore, you want to make it last. No matter the type of mattress, taking good care of it, will maximise your bed’s life. From cleaning to prevention a little care and maintenance, could go a long way in keeping your mattress in good shape for years to come. Being aware of environmental factors and knowing the best ways to care for a bed can help you keep your mattress clean and healthy!
It may not always be necessary to purchase a matching box spring or foundation with a new mattress. However, is essential to make sure your mattress does have the right kind of support. Use a sturdy bed frame with adequate centre support. This helps preserve the integrity of materials and prevent bowing or breakage. Beds that use a frame should be designed to support the weight of sleepers and the mattress, and queen and king beds should have centre support bars. Platform beds with wide slats may need extra support depending on mattress type and weight. We recommend checking on your bed’s support every year or so to make sure there are no broken slats or springs that could affect your mattress.
Buy a good mattress, that allows you to rotate and flip regularly to extend its lifespan. If your bed has only “one right side up”, rotate end to end every two weeks for the first four months. After that, keep this routine every three months to avoid lumps and bumps. This process will ensure that a person sleeps on different parts of the mattress to even out the pressure. And don’t forget your box spring! That should also be rotated, but not flipped, every six months.
Don’t monkey around!
Jumping on the bed might sound like fun, but whatever your age, that’s not the best thing to do! Not only is dangerous, but it could damage the coils and the fibres of your mattress. Spring, water and air beds may be most prone to damage with rough wear, but foundations, frames and even foams can all wear down more quickly if you are hard on the mattress. Do you remember when your mother was telling you not to jump on the bed? Well, she wasn’t wrong!
Use a mattress cover
While a fitted sheet can help to protect the mattress, using a waterproof mattress cover, will keep it even safer from stains and dirt. More than that, some mattress protectors provide extra padding for comfort, as well as protection from allergens and bedbugs. Will also protect the materials inside your bed from damage and will keep skin oils and sweat away from your mattress. Have you dealt with accidents before? If not, you will most probably do, at some point! Either a toddler, a pet or yourself, accidents do happen. A mattress protector makes your life easier and the clean-ups a snap! One of the best and simplest thing you could do to take care of your mattress and protect your bed’s longevity, is to use a quality mattress cover.
Wash bed linens regularly
The truth is, bed sheets can rack up a serious collection of sweat, body oils, saliva, dirt from outside and other body fluids. Bed sheets and blankets should ideally be washed every week to every two weeks according to most cleaning experts. Even if you use a mattress protector, it’s still important to keep linens clean. Also, the mattress cover should be washed occasionally according to a manufacturer’s directions. When comes to pillows, things get really nasty.
According to Mail Online, doctors have found that up to a third of a pillow’s weight can be made up of bugs, dead skin, mites and their faeces! Chuck them in the washing machine once every three months and use a high temperature cycle to help reduce the germs. Also, you could run a hot iron over pillowcases on the cotton setting (200°C) to kill any leftover bacteria.
Let the sunlight in!
We all love a sunny and dry day. You might believe it or not, but the this is available for your mattress to. UV light is very effective in killing micro-organisms. So, strip your mattress and let the sunlight and fresh air in. Also, whenever possible, dry your sheets and pillowcases in direct sunlight! According to Kingston University study, airing out your bed regularly helps prevent excess moisture both from sleepers and humidity.
Take care when moving your mattress
When you need to move, protect your mattress from damage by encasing it in plastic and avoiding bending or folding. Heavy-duty mattress bags that can be secured with tape to keep dirt and water off the bed, and these also prevent scuffs and scratches.
Some mattresses are meant to be bent. For example, some foam mattresses like Leesa, come compressed in a box. Those can be bent as far as needed for you to move it. Other mattresses can be flexed a little bit. Many with individually pocketed coils fall into this category. Other mattresses, especially a lot of the cheaper coil mattresses, are not meant to be bent. If you’re picking up such a mattress from a store, don’t try to cram it into your car if it’s not going to fit without bending. This could seriously damage the coils. Generally when moving a mattress, it’s also best to keep them upright on their sides so they don’t crease or sag in transit. For covers with handles, manufacturers typically suggest not using them to move or drag the mattress.
Follow manufacturer cleaning directions!
Depending on the type or brand of your mattress, you might have different care and maintenance instructions. However, the basics are the same. Many manufacturers will include directions for stain removal and general cleaning, but most beds should be vacuumed with a hose attachment to remove surface dust. Depending on allergies, personal preference, or dust levels, vacuuming should be done every 1 to 3 months and stains spot-treated as necessary.
Get it cleaned by professionals!
Mattress lifespan depends on many factors, but following these best practices can help ensure that you enjoy years of healthy sleep and that your investment lasts as long as possible. There are many things you could do yourself at home! However, when comes to sanitize your mattress and get rid of a nasty stain, is better to get it cleaned by professionals. Let them do the hard work for you!
Trade it when is time!
Even with the best care, your mattress will eventually wear out, usually after eight to 10 years. It may show wear, like coils poking through or saggy edges, or it may not. But if you find that you’re waking up with an achy back or it’s simply not feeling as comfortable, it may be time to go shopping. Don’t give it to kids, relatives, guests or neighbours or try to donate it to a charitable organization. If it wasn’t good enough for you, it isn’t good enough for anyone else.