Once you've purchased one of our mattresses, one question you might be asking yourself is, "How do I make my mattress last longer?".
Generally mattresses are expected to last anywhere from 8 to 10 years, though how it is maintained can shorten or lengthen this time period. You're of course going to be expecting it to last a good few years before you need to get a new one. A little care and maintenance can go a long way towards keeping your mattress comfortable and hygienic for years to come.
Below, we've put together ten of the best ways to keep your mattress well looked after.
Use a mattress protector.
Mattress protectors are one of the best and simplest way to keep your mattress protected. The better quality ones offer waterproof protection to defend the mattress from spills and accidents. They should also help reduce the build up of dust, debris and dirt, which would otherwise make their way onto the surface of your mattress.
Some mattress protectors even offer a guarantee extension to your mattress providing they are bought at the same time, others can add an extra layer of comfort if that's what you require.
Rotate (& flip if required) your mattress regularly.
All styles of mattresses benefit from being rotated on a regular basis, this promotes a more even ware across the whole surface of your mattress. If you don't bother rotating then you might find certain areas where pressure may be exerted the most will begin to sag or soften.
Some mattresses also require flipping, but this will be mentioned before you purchase it so you're aware it needs doing. As a rule I always make sure I rotate my mattress from head to foot every 3 months. This is especially important when the mattress is new as you are breaking in your mattress.
No jumping on your bed!
You've always been told by your parents to not jump on your bed, and just because you're getting older and wiser doesn't mean you can start doing it now! Foundations, frames and even foam can wear down a lot faster if you use your beloved mattress as a bouncy castle.
Make sure your mattress is properly supported.
You don't always purchase a mattress with the base it was sat on in the showroom, or if it's an online purchase it's likely you just bought the mattress without a base in mind. To help preserve the materials inside your mattress and prevent early wear, its important to make sure you are using a suitable base.
Most divan bases these days come with a solid top, which are suitable for all types of mattresses, however if you're using a bed frame with slats or sprung slats you need to make sure the bed frame is designed to support the weight of the sleepers and the mattress combined. A lot of mattresses these days can be quite heavy with all the fillings inside them, so you might be damaging your frame and your mattress by using it.
It's a good idea to check whatever your mattress is sat on every 6 months, just to make sure there isn't anything untoward which could be causing your mattress (and your sleep!) harm.
Wash bed linens regularly.
This is something you're probably doing already, but it's still worth a mention!
When you're tucked up in bed havign a snooze, you shed sweat, oil, hair and skin cells. (Painting a perfect picture yet?). Eating in bed also leaves crumbs, pets leave hair the list goes on! Most of this is mostly left on your bed linen, however it can also make it's way into your mattress, breeding bacteria and attracting dust mites.
Get pets separate beds!
This one might be hard to do, so I give you full permission to leave off of this list if you don't like the sound of it! Even well groomed pets can potentially cause your new mattress problems, they shed hair and skin cells like their owners, they might drool (like their owners?!), they can also have the occasional accident, which can all but ruin your otherwise perfect mattress.
Be careful when moving/storing your mattress.
If you need to move house, make sure you protect your mattress whilst it's on the move or in storage. Use a large plastic wrap for it and avoid bending or folding it to get it out of the room. Most removal/storage companies provide heavy-duty bags for the sole use of mattresses, to keep water and dirt at bay. When it comes to storage it's always best to make sure your mattress is sat the way it would be on your bed, resting it on its side can cause damage to it's internal make-up.
Follow manufacturers cleaning instructions.
All types of mattresses should be cleaned regularly and it's actually a lot easier than it sounds! Simply use the hose attachment for your vacuum and every few months just go over your mattress just to collect the surface dust which builds up over time.
If you've discovered a stain, have a go at cleaning it out with just warm soapy water, avoid using hard cleaning chemicals as these can not only damage the surface of your mattress, they can also damage the foam if your mattress has it as part of it's make-up.
Let light in.
When you've got a sunny day, just strip your mattress and let the sunlight in to allow your bed to catch some rays. This airs out the mattress and helps prevent excess moisture building up from your body and the humidity. This only needs doing every other month and is not detrimental as we all know how unpredictable weather can be!
Be aware of bedbugs!
If you sleep away from home a lot, always inspect the mattresses for signs of bed bugs, as if you sleep on a bedbug infested mattress you may well take some of them home with you to start a new family in your bed. You could consider using a bedbug-proof mattress protector, these differ from standard mattress protectors as they have a zip on them and cover the mattress on all sides, preventing bedbugs from entering.