From cleaning your mattress to preventing stains and spoils, a little care can go a very long way in keeping it in very good shape for years.
Once you’ve spent your hard-earned money in a good mattress, chances are you expect it to provide comfort for years. The average mattress is manufactured to last for about five to ten years or more, though how you maintain it can shorten or increase its lifespan.
Knowing the best way to care for a mattress and being aware of environmental factors can keep your mattress clean and healthy and make it last longer.
How to care for a mattress.
Use a mattress protector from the beginning.
We’ve written about the benefits of mattress protectors before, and using them is one of the best and simplest ways to protect your bed’s durability.
A good, quality mattress protector offers your mattress waterproof protection to protect against spills and accidents, and they also help to reduce the amount of dust, dirt, and debris that make it into your bed.
Using a mattress protector helps keep the materials inside your bed from damage, wards off skin oils and sweat from the bed and decreases the buildup of allergens such as mold and dust mites. A protector also makes cleanups very easy when accidents do happen. A good protector helps you care for your mattress.
Keep your mattress supported appropriately
It is important that you make sure your mattress is properly supported. You don’t have to go out and buy a box spring or a foundation, but a solid platform will make sure that your mattress wears evenly and the way they were designed to.
This is one thing you will want to check with the manufacturer or retailer on, especially because warranties can be voided if the bed doesn’t have support. Innerspring mattresses usually need a box spring, while foam bed would require a solid platform. If you have a slatted base to your bed, ensure that it can support the mattress’ weight and those sleeping on it.
Rotate or flip your mattress on a regular basis.
There was once a time when flipping and rotating your mattress was the key to take care of the mattress. Sleeping in the same spot on the mattress can leave specific deterioration in one part of the mattress and cause it to become old more quickly.
Although there is a new generation of mattresses that are manufactured with specific and customized layers, and they may not require flipping or rotating, some still need you to flip them at least once.
Ensure that you check with the manufacturer of the mattress you are buying. They should be able to give you instructions on whether you should flip and rotate your bed or not. This will likely depend on the type of mattress you have.
These tips to care for your mattress will help keep your mattress in good shape. If you don’t take care of your mattress, you will end up changing the mattress every year, and this isn’t a good way to save your money.