Tips to Care for Aging Mattresses
- Aug 19, 2015
Your mattress is one of the biggest purchases you will make, next to a car, a house, and an upgraded television. So why not ensure it's lasting health with these easy upkeep solutions?
A mattress does not last forever, and experts recommend you replace it after the eight-year mark. This ensures you are sleeping on a mattress that gives you adequate support, is hygienic and will provide you with the sleep you need.
As well as airing the mattress for around four hours when you first purchase it, you should regularly allow air to it throughout its lifetime. Airing the mattress allows body moisture to evaporate from it and prevents the ill-effects of damp. Taking the opportunity to remove bed covers and ventilating for 20 minutes a day and longer periods when you go away on holiday will preserve a freshness within your mattress.
To ensure certain areas of the mattress do not succumb to excesses of being weighed down, regularly rotate it to vary the areas of prolonged impact where you sleep. This is only really necessary for open spring and pocket spring mattresses which can suffer from dips and compression after long term use. You can check to see if your mattress should be turned by seeing if it has handles on both sides.
Consider a Mattress Topper
Mattress toppers and protectors not only add a level of comfort to your bed, but they also preserve the condition of your mattress. Check out our selection of mattress protectors.
This is something that many people don’t do and it can impact the hygiene of your mattress. As dead skin and, on occasion, dust mites can gather in your mattress, it is recommended that you vacuum it every two to three months.
Avoid Sitting on the Edge
We all do it from time to time, but try finding a stool or chair rather than sitting on the edge of the bed as this can also have detrimental effects on the mattress. A US study showed that a new mattress that was free from compression helped 63% of back pain sufferers.
There should be instructions on how to clean your mattress amongst the care guide supplied by the manufacturer. However, very mild detergent usually works a treat in getting rid of spills and stains.
Don’t Walk or Jump On It
Never walk, stand or jump on your mattress, or let your children use it as a trampoline, as this will damage the springs or contents of the mattress.
Showing your mattress a bit of love for the many comfy nights it gives you will ensure you maintain a great relationship for years to come. A happy mattress equals a happy, well-rested mattress owner.