Taking proper care of a mattress as well as proper cleaning can help you get the most bang for your buck out of it and extend the life for additional years before needing to purchase a new one. A mattress is a sizable investment and you want to protect it as such with proper care from the time of purchase.
Proper Bedding Setup
When you purchase a new high quality mattress, you don’t want to install it on a rickety old frame. This can cause the mattress to sag in the center and it won’t be as comfortable. It also greatly reduces the life of your mattress. Make sure that the bed frame is set up properly. The frame should be secured properly to itself as well as to a headboard, footboard, or both so the box spring and mattress fits in it correctly. If you have a queen or king size bed, it is best to use a frame that has center supports to keep the center of your mattress from sagging and extend its life.
Routine Mattress Cleaning
Most people don’t realize it, but every time you vacuum the carpet in your bedroom, you should also remove all your bedding and vacuum your mattress. This removes dust particles that can eventually weigh your mattress down and break down the integrity of it.
Cleaning Mattress Stains
If you ever eat or drink anything in bed, you will most probably eventually get a stain on your mattress from accidental spills. This is very normal for children’s mattresses too in the event they have an “accident.” To clean a stain, use a small spray bottle of dish soap and water and spritz the area sparingly. Blot at the stain with a towel while you moisten it with the spray bottle. Do not actually use enough water to wet the mattress. You can use a hair dryer afterwards to remove all moisture from the mattress before you make the bed. Moisture translates into mold on a mattress which can be extremely hard to remove and can cause illness in some people who are allergic to mold spores. If there are odors on the mattress, sprinkle baking soda on the area and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then vacuum the baking soda up for a fresh deodorized scent.
Add a Mattress Cover
When you add a mattress cover to your set, you will keep the mattress from harboring odors, protect it from spills and keep dust off of it. This type of protection can extend the life of your mattress and make it more user friendly without the need to clean spills. You simply wash the mattress cover whenever you wash your sheets. Newer mattress covers are also available with padding in them to add to your comfort while sleeping on them at night.
A major part of the mattress structure is the edge support system. This is the area around the entire mattress between the top and bottom sides. The support helps your mattress resist sagging on the edges when you sit on it. Many people sit on the edge of a bed to put their shoes on or may sit there a few moments when just waking in the morning. If you do this, sit in different areas of the mattress and not in the same spot. It will give the edge support more life in your mattress.
Mattress Flipping and Rotating
Flipping and rotating your mattress helps to extend its life and comfort. Most people sleep in the same position each night and the mattress begins to break down in those areas. When your mattress is new, rotate the head to the foot and flip it over about every three months to prevent break down and sagging. You can also rotate your box spring about once every six months, though you never want to flip a box spring. Purchasing a premium two-sided mattress from a well-known bed store, such as STL Beds, can extend the life even longer as it is the longest lasting mattresses you can purchase and some, such as the Medicoil line, come with an amazing 20-year warranty.
Mattresses are No Jumping Zones
Most every child at one time will want to be “a monkey jumping on the bed.” However, this can damage the materials in your mattress that is the support system and the kids could get hurt in the process. It’s best to never let a child jump on a bed.
Years ago, before the evolution of the innovative mattresses of today, people would tend to place a board between the mattress and the box spring for added support in their bedding. You may think it enhances your support immediately, but in reality, it makes the sagging problem much worse over time. If you feel the need to do this, then you should go mattress shopping.
These tips for setup, care and maintenance of your mattress can help you to ensure your purchase lasts as long as possible so you can sleep easily at night for many years to come.