How to Prolong the Life of Your Mattress

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No matter how great your mattress is when you purchase it, you have to maintain it if you want it to continue being that comfortable for years to come. All of our mattresses are designed to last you for at least a decade, but you can prolong the life of your mattress by taking the proper care of it. Here are some tips to help you elongate your mattress’s life.

1. Rotate your mattress.

How often you do this is up to you, but it should be at least every six months. In addition to turning your mattress, flip it over, if it is a two sided mattress and designed to be flipped over. Why bother doing this? Because it will help your mattress wear more evenly. Instead of wearing down just one side, which can cause your mattress to sag and make it impossible to use the other sides of the mattress, you’ll wear each of the sides the same amount, so the comfort level of your mattress is maintained for a much longer time.

2. Protect your mattress from moisture.

Whether the mattress is on a child’s bed, where you could potentially deal with bed wetting, or you might accidentally spill a glass of water on your bed, you should take care to protect that mattress from moisture. Nothing can ruin a mattress as quickly as moisture can. Moisture gets trapped in the padding, and while it will eventually dry, if it is not given the opportunity to dry entirely before it is used, it could soak deeper into the mattress, creating a more serious issue. In spring mattresses, this will lead to rusting. In foam mattresses, it will lead to long-term wetness, which brings mold and breeds bacteria. One of the best ways to protect your mattress is with a protector, purchased from the store.

3. Move the mattress carefully.

If you are moving the mattress just into another room or across the country, take care of that mattress. Wrap it up so that the hard components and frame are not damaged during the move. Keep in mind that your mattress is designed to be flat, not to stand on its end. While this might not be as big of a deal for foam mattresses, standing your mattress on its end for a very long period of time (such as in the back of a truck while you are driving across the country), could cause it significant damage. Wrapping the mattress and lying it flat is safer for the mattress and is also probably safer for the other items that you are trying to move.

4. Do not bend your mattress.

A mattress that is purely foam can stand to be bent a little bit, in order to get it through a doorway. A mattress that is made with coils or springs, however, cannot afford to be bent. Bending it at all will cause the springs to become deformed, which not only means that they will not depress and support you properly, but also means that they could break through the padding and destroy the mattress entirely.

5. Don’t jump on the bed.

It can be very tempting, even for adults, to jump on the bed. While this might be fun, it wreaks havoc on your mattress and is actually pretty dangerous. Not only could you fall off and hurt yourself, you are straining the padding and the coils in the mattress. While the coils might be what makes it fun to jump on the bed, putting this kind of directed, repeated pressure on the bed will make it less likely that the coils will rebound in the future. Your mattress can only take so much jumping before it simply does not have anything more in it. You are almost guaranteed that your bed will be less comfortable the next time you lay down in it if you jump on the bed.

6. Use the right box or bed frame.

Picking a bed frame or box spring that adequately supports the weight of your mattress is important. If the box spring is too small, for example, the sides of the mattress might hang off, putting more pressure on them than you want to put on this area. This makes it more likely that they will break in the future, because they are not properly supported. If your bed frame is not study enough, you could find yourself crashing to the ground in the middle of the night, which is not just likely to hurt you, but the mattress, too. A high quality box spring and/or bed frame is just as important as a high quality mattress for a safe night’s sleep and a long-lasting mattress.

7. Use sheets.

If you are wondering whether or not you can sleep on your mattress without sheets, the answer is that you should not. We use sheets on top of a mattress because those sheets absorb the oils, sweat, and skin cells that we naturally shed and keep them away from the mattress. Your sheets can then be removed and washed. You cannot, however, wash a mattress as often as you can wash your sheets. Using the right bedclothes for your mattress will ensure that the bacteria that comes along with sweat, oil, and dead skin cells do not dwell in your mattress, which is much more difficult to clean properly than your sheets.

Mattresses are an investment. You want them to last as long as they possibly can. Following these tips will ensure that your investment is as long lasting as it can be.

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