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.
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:
If possible, pull back the covers every morning and allow your mattress to breathe for a few minutes
before you make the bed.
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.
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:
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.