Your mattress will have been a significant investment and you may have spent many hours researching your options to help you make the right choice. Your mattress will ensure that you get the sleep that you need to remain happy and healthy so it makes sense to look after it. With the proper care, your mattress will serve you well for as long as 10 years.
Airing Your Mattress
When your mattress is delivered, remove any packaging and allow the mattress to air for at least four hours before you attempt to use it. Airing will remove any unpleasant aromas caused by the plastic packaging or which have developed during storage.
You should continue to air your mattress regularly. The best time to do this is when you are changing your bedding and there are a few simple steps to follow:
- Remove all covers including the mattress protector
- Open any windows in the room
- Vacuum the mattress to remove any lingering dust
- Leave the mattress to air for a few hours
- Make your bed using clean linen
If possible, pull back the covers every morning and allow your mattress to breath for a few minutes before you make the bed.
Flipping Your Mattress
Body weight compresses a mattress over time. You probably sleep in the same position every night and so dips will eventually develop. These could impact your comfort and reduce the quality of your sleep. You can minimize the effect of compression by flipping your mattress regularly. Not all mattresses require turning but if yours does, flip it over and rotate it end-to-end every six weeks.
Protecting Your Mattress
A mattress protector will help to keep your mattress clean and fresh. The protector should be fitted over your mattress and under your bed sheet. It will shield the mattress from spills and stains and should be washed every time you clean your bed linen. Mattress protectors are made from breathable fabric and both hypo-allergenic and waterproof styles are available. Don’t use plastic sheeting on or under your mattress and this restricts air circulation and may cause condensation to develop.
There are other ways that you can protect your mattress from damage and so prolong its useful life:
- Don’t sit on the edge of the bed regularly
- Don’t allow children to use the mattress as a trampoline
- If you store your mattress for any length of time, store it lying flat
- When carrying or flipping your mattress, try not to bend or twist it
- Don’t lift your mattress using the handles on the side. These are designed to help you adjust the mattress’s position and may tear if utilised to carry it.
Cleaning Your Mattress
If you fit a protector, you should be able to shield your mattress from the majority of spills and stains. But accidents do happen! Address spills immediately to prevent the moisture from soaking into the mattress. Mop up any excess liquid with a clean cloth or paper towel. Stains should be tackled with a clean cloth and a little soapy water. Do not soak your mattress! If the stain persists, allow the mattress to dry completely and then use an upholstery cleaner. Always refer to the manufacturer’s care instructions before applying any cleaning products.