Mattress Care Tips
It takes a certain amount of handling to properly care for a mattress. You can’t buy a mattress, not take care of it and expect it to last throughout your lifetime. First of all, remember that you will go through several mattresses throughout your life. Mattresses do wear out over time and can’t provide as good of support as it once did.
If you want to get the most use out of your mattress, here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Flip and/or rotate it. Every six months, you should flip and/or rotate your mattress. This will prevent one section of your mattress from wearing down faster than the other parts. Depending on how your mattress is constructed you may need to flip it one or both of two different ways. 1) Six months after you get your mattress, flip it so that the top is now on the bottom and the bottom is now on the top. 2) Six months after that, rotate it so that the foot of the mattress is at the end and that the head of the mattress is at the foot. If you have a mattress (such as a pillowtop) that cannot be flipped, make sure you at least rotate it religiously.
2. Cover it. Don’t let the bed bugs bite…or dust mites, or other allergens. Cover your mattress. Mattress covers are cheap and can lengthen the life of your mattress. Many mattress covers are machine washable so you can really make sure that your mattress is well protected.
3. Remove the dust. Even if you are using the best sheet you possibly can, dust is going to get on top of your mattress. Obviously, you need to remove the dust. But, it isn’t just dust you are going to be removing. Dander and dust mites can also build up. Your vacuum is a great thing to use to get rid of dust, dander and dust mites. Simply use the upholstery attachment to vacuum away all of these things.
4. When in doubt, shampoo. Mattress that aren’t protected with a mattress cover can really get disgustingly dirty. If this is the case with your mattress, use an upholstery shampoo. Be sure to follow the instructions exactly. The shampoo can get rid of dirt and soil from the surface of your mattress. Make sure to allow the surface to dry completely. Also, make sure you put a mattress cover on after cleaning it so that you won’t have to go through that again.
If you want something to last, you need to take care of it. Taking care of your mattress is extremely easy to do and isn’t very time consuming. Extend the life of your mattress by 3-5 years by taking care of it.