How to Clean & Care for Your Mattress
Purchasing a mattress can be a sizable investment, but since most people spend about a third of their lives in bed, it’s important to acquire a quality mattress that will ensure restful and well-supported slumber. And after you find and purchase the perfect mattress, it’s important to take a few steps to ensure that your investment will offer sweet dreams for years to come.
No matter what size and type of mattress you purchase, it is important to ensure that your mattress is supported correctly. Some mattresses require platform bases and others may be used with a box spring foundation. Be sure to note the foundation required for your particular mattress carefully and plan accordingly. Never combine a new mattress with a used foundation piece. Although box springs and support bases may not seem worn, it is important to provide a new and proper support under your new mattress to prevent sagging, uneven wear and premature mattress deterioration.
Keep dust and allergens a bay by encasing your mattress in a protective mattress cover. Some mattresses may require special covers if they are an unusual size or configuration, but don’t skip this important layer of protection. Mattress covers may be laundered and help to keep soil, stains and contaminants away from you mattress surface, ensuring a fresh and clean slumber surface.
Although it may seem an unusual practice, periodic vacuuming of your mattress can help remove dust, allergens, odors and even dust mites from your mattress surface. When laundering your bed linens and mattress cover, take the opportunity to use the brush attachment and crevice tool of your vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the exterior of your mattress. Sprinkle baking soda lightly over the surface before vacuuming to help remove soil and odors. Vacuuming will remove dust, mites, soil, pet hair and other items that can leave your mattress feeling less than fresh. If you spill something on your mattress, clean sparingly with warm soapy water, but avoid saturating the mattress.
Depending on the type of mattress you purchase, “flipping” your mattress may no longer be the best practice to ensure even wear. Many of today’s mattresses feature specialty topper material that is only on one side of the mattress, so mattresses much be “rotated” instead of “flipped”. Frequent rotation ensures even wear and will extend the life of your mattress.
Follow the instructions
Mattresses available today are made from a variety of materials and offer a wealth of features to those who slumber. With all of the wonderful and innovative mattress choices available today, it’s important to remember to carefully read and follow the instructions included with your mattress at the time of purchase. Some mattresses require an out-of-the-ordinary care method or suggest a different-than-the-norm rotation schedule. When in doubt, read the directions to ensure you’ll be enjoying blissful sleep for years to come.
While a mattress is a big investment, it’s something that’s meant to be used and enjoyed for years and years after purchase. Make the time to take care of your mattress. With a regular maintenance schedule, your mattress should offer sweet dreams and serene rest night after night.
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