Just like everything else around your home, your mattress needs a bit of maintenance and care in order to keep it in good shape for many years to come.
If you have spend money on the best mattress for your bedroom, you definitely want it to provide you with comfortable night’s rest for many years to follow. Most average mattresses are designed to last between five to ten years, but the way you maintain your mattress can significantly shorten or lengthen its lifespan.
Being aware of factors that can damage your mattress as well as how to take care for your bed can help keep your mattress clean and in good shape for longer.
Use Mattress Protector
Using a mattress protector from the beginning is one of the simplest and best ways to protect your mattress’s durability.
A high quality mattress protector will offer waterproof protection against any accidents or spills, while also reducing the amount of dust and dirt that makes it into your bedding.
This can protect the inside of your mattress from damage, keep sweat off the bed and reduce the build-up of mould and dust mites that can flare up allergies. Mattress protectors also make cleaning up a lot easier when accidents do happen and newer types don’t compromise in terms of comfort.
Rotate Your Mattress Regularly
Regardless of material or size, every mattress should be rotated regularly. Although, some mattress makers deem it not necessary, rotating helps in preventing your mattress from sagging by promoting more even wear.
You should rotate your mattress at 180 degrees, from head to feet every two to six months. This is especially valid for the first couple years after buying your mattress as you break in your bed.
Make Sure Your Mattress is Supported
It may not always be necessary to purchase matching foundation when getting a new mattress, however, it’s essential to make sure your new mattress does have the correct support as it helps prevent early wear and preserve the stability of materials.
With spring mattresses you’d generally use box springs as a support, while memory foam or other types of mattresses usually need firmer, solid support. It is always good to check with the manufacturer for recommendations.
Bigger sized beds like double or king beds, require centre support bars to help distribute weight more evenly, platform beds with a wide base might need some extra support as well depending on the type of mattress.
You should check on your bed’s integrity at least once a year to make sure there are no loose bolts, broken slats or springs poking out that can damage your mattress.
Be Careful When Moving Your Mattress
If you’re planning on moving your mattress you have to be careful doing so. Always protect your mattress from getting damaged by wrapping it in plastic foil and avoid bending it. Most home improvement stores carry heavy-duty plastic mattress bags which can be closed with a zipper or secured with some tape to prevent scratches and keep off dirt and water damage.
Generally it’s best to keep your mattress upright on the side when in transit to stop it from sagging or creasing. Manufacturers also suggest to not use mattress bags with handles to carry or drag the mattress as they can break easily.
Wash Your Bedsheets Regularly
During sleeping we tend to shed sweat, dead skin cells, oils and hair. If you usually snack in bed you can get crumbs all over your bedding as well. Additionally, if you have pets they can also leave behind fur, dirt and all sorts of other things. All of those can get into the layers of your mattress, promoting the grown of bacteria and dust mites, which is why it is important to change your bed sheets regularly.
Normally bed linen should be washed every week or every couple weeks. Even if you use a mattress protector or bed topper, it’s essential to keep your bed sheets clean. Your mattress protector itself should also be cleaned every so often according to the cleaning instructions that came with it.
No Pets in The Bed
Like already mentioned, pets can get all sorts of dirt in your bed, which is why you shouldn’t let your furry friends cuddle up on your mattress and get them their own separate pet beds.
Even well maintained pets run outside, drool and shed hairs which ends up in your bed sheets. Pets also have occasional accidents that can totally ruin your mattress.
Don’t Jump on Your Bed!
Your parents probably always told you off for jumping on the bed, and they were right. Spring beds are most prone to damage due to harsh wear, but bed frames and foundations can also wear down significantly quicker if you’re rough on your mattress.
Don’t Bring Unwanted Guests
One of the fastest ways to ruin a good mattress is bedbugs. Once they infiltrate, it can be rather hard to get rid of them.
When staying at a hotel always inspect the bed carefully for any signs of bedbugs and try to keep your luggage in the appropriate storage rather than on the floor. If you live in an apartment complex or in an area where these insects are common, consider investing in a bedbug-proof mattress sleeve. It differs from the regular mattress protector as it covers the bed from all sides and is closed with a zipper to prevent any bugs from getting into your mattress.
Follow Manufacturer Instructions When Cleaning
Most manufacturers include instructions for cleaning and stain removal, but there’re also a number of general rules you can follow to remove dirt from your mattress.
You should vacuum surface dust every one to three months using the hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner.
Stains can be treated with a water and soap solution, and left to dry completely before making the bed. For foam mattresses you should avoid using harsh chemical based cleaners as they can damage the integrity of your mattress.
Let in Natural Sunlight
Due to its UV properties sunlight is great at killing all sorts of bacteria that form mould, which is why it’s good practice to strip your bed when its sunny and dry and let the natural light air it out for a few hours.
You should do this every couple of months if possible.
Different brands of mattresses can vary to some extent in terms of care and maintenance, but the basics are similar enough for all of them. It can be narrowed down to keep your bed clean, make sure it’s got proper support, protect it from damage and occasionally rotate it for balanced wear.
Following those few easy tips can help you enjoy moany years of undisturbed sleep on your mattress.