Congratulations! You’ve just bought yourself a brand new mattress. You’re sure to notice the quality of your sleep improving immediately, which will lead to happier mornings, more productivity, and an overall better quality of life. To extend the life of your mattress and reap the benefits for as long as possible, be sure to follow these tips for proper mattress care.
Take Care when Moving
The first step of mattress care takes place when you bring it home for the very first time. You should never bend your mattress to force it through a doorway or past a tight space. This degrades its internal structure and sets you up for a less-than-perfect night’s sleep before the mattress is even on your bed. Be sure to clear the area that you’ll be bringing it through so that it can fit without bending.
Don’t Forget the Support
A new mattress should always be bought along with its matching box spring. The pair is designed to work together to ensure that the mattress doesn’t sag over time. If you don’t have the box spring, you should make sure that your bed frame has several slats to provide enough support for the mattress.
Keep Stains Away
Stains happen. This is true whether you’ve got kids, pets, or just a poorly placed glass of wine. Since you can’t wash a mattress, it can be hard to remove stains once they’ve set. Certain stains can even wear away the mattress foam, causing you real discomfort. To prevent this from happening, you should invest in a mattress cover. These removable layers will protect the mattress from moisture and other stain-causing agents. If there is a spill or other mess, you can just remove the cover, throw it in the wash, and pull it out good as new.
Rotate, Rotate, Rotate
You knew this one was coming! It’s the number one mattress maintenance tip for a reason. We all have our own unique sleep patterns, and we’re creatures of habit. Over time, as we sleep in the same positions night after night, even the best mattresses will develop indentations from our body weight. This can become a real problem if it goes on for months or longer because it wears away the supportive foam of your mattress. Rotate the mattress regularly to keep this from happening. Do this at least every three months, but no more often than once a month.
Following these four easy tips will help you to make sure that your mattress lasts for years to come.