How To Care For Your Mattress
Like a vehicle, your mattress needs regular maintenance.
You wouldn’t drive your car 10,000 miles without changing the oil. That investment is too valuable, and you want to make sure you get the full life out of your purchase.
So, too, a mattress requires routine attention to provide long term comfort and support. With a few pointers and practices for how to properly care for your investment, you’ll be sleeping soundly long after you bring your mattress home.
Use a Mattress Pad or Mattress Protector
While both offer protection from wear and tear, the mattress protector takes it a step further by keeping moisture from getting to the surface of the mattress. While this clearly helps prevent stains, there is more to it than that: dealing with moisture from perspiration. Protecting your bed from these incremental amounts of moisture over time is just as important as protecting it from larger spills. When the high-density polyurethane foam inside your mattress gets damp, it loses its ability to rebound, which is a contributing factor in early compression of foam. By keeping the foam dry, it retains its resilience and helps your mattress last longer.
Spend a little extra for a higher quality version of a mattress protector. Today’s better mattress protectors are not only waterproof, but breathable as well so that they don’t build up heat.
Pair Your New Mattress with a New Foundation
We recommend that you purchase a new foundation when you buy your new mattress. It may seem like using the old box spring is an easy place to realize some savings, but that’s not the case in the long run.
A mattress and box spring age together. An old foundation has developed flaws right along with its original mattress. These flaws can transfer through to any new mattress placed upon it, causing the new mattress to break down faster. Investing in a complete set up front saves you the trouble of having to buy another mattress prematurely.
Flip and Rotate
The question on everyone’s mind: how often do I flip or rotate my mattress? The easiest way to remember is to do it every spring and fall (and at the same time, check your smoke detector). We’ve outlined the specific care schedule for each type of mattress below.
All Sewn Up Mattresses
Double-Sided Mattresses (Quilting on both sides)
- In Spring: Flip mattress over.
- In Fall: Flip mattress over and rotate head to foot.
Single Sided Mattresses (Quilting on one side only)
- Spring and Fall Rotate mattress from head to foot.
Zipper Top Mattresses
- In Spring: Flip layer(s) of latex, memory foam or high-density foam individually. If the firmness’s of the layers vary, it’s important to keep the top layer on top.
- In Fall: Flip both layer(s) of latex, memory foam or high-density foam individually, but also rotate each layer from head to foot.
Air Out Your Mattress
This is an easy one! Any time you launder your bedding, let the mattress sit without bedding for an hour or two. This allows the mattress to “breathe”, releasing any moisture that has accumulated in the mattress.
While it’s probably not true that half the weight of an older mattress is made up of dust mite debris and sloughed-off skin cells, it’s still a good idea to vacuum your mattress regularly. Aim for every 6 months and use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to gently clean the surface, sides and edges to remove dust and hair.
Trampolines Are For Jumping
But your mattress isn’t! As much fun as your kids have bouncing on the bed, you won’t have much fun sleeping on it after. Need to change the bulbs in the light above the bed? Avoid standing on or walking across your mattress, which can damage the coils or prematurely compress the bed’s support and comfort layers.