7 Bed Mattress Care Tips And Tricks

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It’s commonly said that people spend a third of their entire life in bed. If this is the case, then it’s important to make sure that the mattress you’re sleeping on is as comfortable as it can be.

Unfortunately, a lot of people take their mattresses for granted. They don’t take the necessary measures to take care of them properly. Because of this, the mattresses become worn out, uncomfortable, and don’t last their intended lifespan.

This is sad because mattresses can be expensive and getting one is an investment. Not giving it the proper care it deserves seems like throwing money away.


Mattress Care Tips and Tricks

To help you better take good care of your investment, here’s a list of seven helpful mattress care tips and tricks that will help ensure that your mattress will help you achieve a good night’s sleep.

1. Use proper rotation techniques.

If your mattress doesn’t have a “no rotate feature,” it’s advised to rotate or flip your mattress every now and again. A lot of people tend to sleep on the same side of the bed every night. This may cause the mattress to become uneven as the springs begin to give out from continued usage.

Rotating the mattress every now and again will ensure that the usage will be even all throughout. This will also help lengthen its lifespan since a single side of it isn’t getting used excessively.

Manufacturers recommend turning newly purchased mattresses every two weeks at least for the first three months. After that, they recommend that mattresses be turned once every two months. Mattresses can be flipped from head to toe and they can even be flipped over to ensure evenness all throughout.

2. No jumping on the bed.

Perhaps most obvious is to not let anyone, children or adults, to jump on the mattress. While this may prove to be fun, doing this for long periods of time can actually easily wear your mattress out.

This is somewhat similar to the way that sleeping on the same side of the bed, night after night, can damage your mattress. Allowing people to jump on it would make it uneven which would make it extremely uncomfortable to sleep on.

If this happens, you may end up spending more of your hard-earned money having to replace it before you really need to do so. We recommend that the bed be off-limits for rough play, as its primary purpose is for rest.

3. Regular cleaning.

The next tip is to regularly clean your mattress. For most, if not all, it’s unavoidable to get stains on a mattress. Not only are these stains unsightly but they may even lead to unwanted odors.

Cleaning your mattress regularly will help you get a good night’s sleep. Doing so will assure you that you’re sleeping on a clean, germ-free, and odor-free mattress each and every night. Luckily, there are machine washable mattress pads and protectors available at a fairly reasonable price from different manufacturers.

If you start to notice your mattress getting an unpleasant smell, laying it down under the heat of the sun could help remove foul odors. This acts as a natural disinfectant. Sprinkling a bit of baking soda on the mattress would also help remove unwanted odors from it. Just make sure that the baking soda is removed before use.

4.Make use of mild cleaning agents.

If stains ever do get on your mattress, the next tip we recommend is that you only use a mild soap to clean it. While a mattress with a foul smell is definitely unwanted, one that smells of strong soap would be equally uncomfortable to lay on, especially on a nightly basis.

Stain removers made from chemicals are also not recommended as these can damage the fabric of the mattress and possibly even the foam and other materials. Lighter stains on the mattress can be removed using a soft damp cloth.

We strongly discourage soaking or wetting your mattress as this further promotes the development of mildew. If you must clean it, do so with a vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming the mattress will also help get rid of dust and crumbs, which attract insects and dust mites.

5. Get a bed frame.

While it could be tempting for some to simply plop down the mattress on the floor and go to bed, a more practical and stylish investment is to use a bed frame. Every mattress should have a support, especially at its central part. This is especially needed for bigger mattresses such as king-sized or queen-sized ones. This would help prevent sagging, which would again make it uncomfortable to sleep on.

If you already have a bed frame, check that the slats, foundation, and the base are even and strong. Even if you get the most expensive mattress, you’ll only end up damaging it when you place it on an uneven, weak, and unstable base.

Remember that your mattress is only as good as its foundation. So subject your bed frame to regular check-ups too. Check the castors and the legs at least twice a year so you know if something comes loose and needs to be tightened.

6. Use a mattress cover.

It’s important to cover your sheets with a mattress cover. This will protect it from stains and make dust and crumbs easier to remove. As an added bonus, a mattress cover is much easier to wash and clean than an entire mattress.

However, one should never forget to change the sheets regularly to keep dirt from collecting. It’s recommended to change your sheets at least once a week to keep dust mites and foul odors at bay.

7. Know when to let go.

It’s inevitable there will come a time when you have to let go of your old mattress and get a new one. Yes, mattresses wear out despite you giving them the best care. The usual lifespan is eight to ten years, but there are others that last a little longer than the typical life span.

If you start to notice you’ve been waking up with a painful back or if you’re not feeling as comfortable as you used to, start considering getting a new mattress – it’s time to go mattress shopping.

Should you decide to get yourself a new mattress, make sure that you properly dispose the old one. There are companies that offer mattress disposal services – they even have a pickup service for a fee.

Bonus Tip

If you need to move your mattress to a different spot, dragging it is never a good idea. Get help because you won’t be able to do it by yourself. You would need to lift the mattress up completely from underneath. This would need several strong people. If you’re moving houses, avoid throwing your mattress on the roof of the van. It needs proper support.

Following these seven simple tips and tricks will help keep your mattress as comfortable as possible, for as long as possible. Adopting good mattress care will help you feel energized and refreshed when you wake up in the morning. Getting a refreshing, good night’s sleep has never been easier.

     Bibo Chen     

Bibo Chen is an entrepreneur by profession and writer by heart. He started 2bear, a latex pillow company, aiming to aid people in achieving quality sleep. He eventually launched a blog focusing on sleep-related tips, ideas, and advice.