Did you know?
Over 8 years, a mattress can soak up enough liquid from our bodies to fill 2 bath tubs. It can also contain as much as 5 kg of skin cells, causing unsightly stains and discolouration on the mattress.
Getting a good quality mattress is the most important step in improving your sleep. However the effort doesn’t stop there! You should take regular care of your mattress to ensure it remains in optimum condition for years to come. What are the best ways to do that?
Use a mattress protector
A mattress protector is arguably the best way to increase the longevity of your mattress. It absorbs stains before they do further damage. It also absorbs sweat, which can accelerate the breakdown of the foam layer in your mattress.
Washing the protector regularly is a great way to minimise dust mites and allergens, and doing so is a whole lot easier than trying to wash your mattress!
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Keep it clean
A good cover will shield your mattress from most stains, but big spills should be cleaned up as soon as they occur. Use warm, soapy water (sparingly, as too much moisture can lead to mould growth) and let the mattress air dry completely before putting the sheets back on. If your mattress smells a little funky, sprinkle it with good old fashioned baking soda, leave it for 30 minutes, and then vacuum it up.
Support your mattress with a sturdy frame
A good mattress will support your spine, but adding a good frame will elevate your sleep quality even further! Without a sturdy base, even the best mattress is susceptible to caving in.
Make sure the frame has a central support bar. Not only will your mattress live longer, but it will feel more comfortable. If you're concerned about the sturdiness of your base, placing a layer of thick cardboard on the slats can help temporarily.
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Don’t jump on the bed
We all need to revisit our childhood sometimes, but don’t sacrifice your mattress for the sake of doing so! Even top quality mattresses can suffer coil and fibre damage from bed jumping. Avoid too much standing or kneeling on the mattress as well.
There’s no need to flip most modern mattresses, but rotating head-to-toe is a good way to ensure even wear and tear. Then you will get to enjoy your mattress for longer.