When you buy a mattress, it’s rarely a casual decision. The final purchase involves thorough research to ensure the quality of your sleep remains high for the next decade.
But, have you noticed that the attention you pay to your mattress typically reduces once it’s purchased? Neglecting it can be costly; proper mattress maintenance ensures a lifespan of up to ten years, but a carelessly kept one may require replacement in five.
Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to make sure your mattress lives a long and healthy life, protecting your wallet and your sleep quality.
A Simple Guide to Maintaining Your Mattress
Clean Your Mattress Regularly
Vacuum or dust your mattress at least twice a month to get rid of accumulated dust, dirt, and debris. Vacuuming also ensures that fallen skin cells, which may attract dust mites, are removed.
Use a Mattress Protector
If you’re in the habit of eating or drinking on your bed, using a mattress protector is a must. It is a preventative measure against every ‘human’ accident that leads to a stain. A waterproof and breathable protector preserves the hygiene and freshness of your mattress.
Dealing With Spills and Stains
As soon as you spot a stain on your mattress, it’s crucial to act promptly.
- For food and wine stains, use a mixture of mild dish-washing soap and water.
- For sweat stains, use a solution of white vinegar and water.
- For cleaning urine stains, create a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.
Always use a blotting motion and make sure the surface is dry before you cover it with a fresh bed sheet.
Rotate Your Mattress
As creatures of habit, people tend to pick a side of the mattress they sleep on consistently. Even innocent actions like this one can result in sagging and damage if you don’t rotate or flip the mattress within the recommended time frame, considering its make.
- 6-12 months for foam, latex, and newer innerspring mattresses.
- 2-6 months for older innerspring models.
- Note that mattresses with a zoned design should not undergo rotation, so be sure to consult the manufacturer’s recommendations for alternative solutions.
Change Sheets and Bedding Frequently
Sweat and body oils accumulate on your sheets over time. When left unchanged, they become breeding grounds for mold, dirt, and allergens. To protect yourself and the cleanliness of your mattress, wash your bed linen, sheets, and pillowcases weekly. You can wash blankets, comforters, and pillows every 2-3 months.
Avoid Jumping on Your Mattress
While it might seem harmless, jumping can damage the spring or foam layers. The impact leads to sagging and uneven support.
These are just the basic guide to maintain your mattress and ensure it longevity. Always refer to the product leaflet or refer to the manufacturer website to know about the specific care for your your particular mattress. Care for your bed, and it will care for you, night after night.