If you are tossing and turning more at night instead of enjoying a deep slumber or waking up sore after sleeping, there might be a problem with your current mattress. The quality of your mattress can greatly affect the quality of your sleep. But, you can’t let your mattress rob you of a restful slumber or ruin your beauty rest.
To help you achieve better sleep by keeping your bed worth sleeping in, here are mattress care tips you must practice as soon as possible:
#1 Let your mattress breathe.
New mattresses often come with a “new product” scent left from the production and packaging process. To rid of a new mattress’s residual odor, it’s better to let it breathe in a well-ventilated area for a few hours before covering with linens or a mattress protector. If the weather permits, you can just open your bedroom windows and let the fresh air do the magic.
Regarding old mattresses, putting a mattress out in the sunshine can help it breathe, freshen it up, and remove unpleasant odor and bacteria – without the use of chemicals.
#2 Use a mattress protector.
Shield your mattress from stains and bugs by keeping it covered with a protective pad. Mattress protectors can help your mattress last longer by keeping it fresh, easier to maintain, and free from moisture, dust mites, spills, and stains. Stains void warranty. With a mattress protector, you won’t only protect the quality of your mattress, you can also protect its warranty.
A mattress without a protector is like a phone without a protective case – it won’t last long. So, to save your health, your mattress, and your pocket, invest in a quality mattress protector.
#3 Use a high-quality bed frame.
Lack of proper support from the bed’s box spring and frame can damage your mattress. If your box spring is too old for your mattress, don’t hesitate to replace it. It will save you a lot of money in the long run. Old box springs may not be structurally safe for your new mattress. Make sure your bed frame is as good as your mattress to make it last longer.
Invest in a strong and high-quality bed frame that will go well with your mattress to prevent it from bowing, sagging, and breaking. It will also keep you and your back safe as you sleep.
#4 Rotate your mattress monthly.
Leaving your mattress in the same position as you did the first time you installed it may not be good for your mattress. Rotating or turning your mattress from head-to-toe can help it wear evenly. To extend your mattress’s life, rotate it from end-to-end twice a year or every six months to even out the distribution of padding and foam throughout your mattress.
Standard mattresses can be rotated from end-to-end and even flipped over. However, if you have a pillow top type of mattress, you can only rotate it 180 degrees. This type of mattress can’t be flipped over.
#5 Regularly change your beddings.
Beddings and pillow cases need to be changed and washed weekly. In washing your beddings, it’s recommended to wash them in water with a temperature of 130 °F to kill bacteria and dust mites. Mites aren’t killed by cold water washing. And, while the beddings are removed, it’s best to vacuum and dust off your mattress to remove loose dust and dirt.
For pillows, blankets, and comforters, it’s recommended to send them a trip to the washer every four to six weeks. Mattress protectors need to be washed every two to four weeks.
#6 Kiss your stuffed toys goodbye.
Stuffed toys can make a bedroom look cozier, but they can also attract dust mites and infest your mattress. Like mattresses, stuffed toys are prone to collect moisture, sweat, and dust that helps breed dust mites. It’s either you keep them away from your bed, or you replace them with toys that are much easier to clean – plastic model teddy bears for example.
But, if you really want to keep your stuffed toys, make sure to regularly vacuum and dust them. Do not give dust mites an opportunity to take over your mattress and your bedroom.
#7 Don’t jump on your mattress.
Never allow anyone to jump on your mattress. Although that may sound and look fun, it can do great damage to your mattress and bed. Your bed is designed specifically for sleeping, not for jumping on it like you would on a trampoline. Mattresses have fragile layers and steel coil springs that can be broken. Do not jump on your mattress to lengthen its life.
Like jumping, it is also best to avoid standing and sitting on one edge of your mattress for a long time. Doing these can produce the same damages as jumping on your mattress.
You can’t buy sleep, but you can purchase a high-quality mattress to help you sleep well. Your mattress is one of your tickets to a great and restful sleep. Follow the mattress care tips listed above and make your bed worth sleeping in. Wishing you a restful sleep!