Top tips for mattress care
Phyllis, April 2016
A good mattress can mean the difference between a good sleep or a restless, uncomfortable night, so we tend to invest as much money as we can afford when buying them. The trouble is that they disappear under the sheets, blankets and doonas and don't cross our minds again until the next sleepless night. Caring for your mattress properly will not only extend its life span but help ensure you stay healthy. Here's how to make sure you and your mattress live happily ever after together. Use a protective cover: A good quality, washable mattress protector is a must to keep it fresh and free from stains. Let it breathe: If you detect a slight “new product” odor, leave the mattress uncovered and well ventilated for a few hours. A breath of fresh air should do the trick! Give it good support: Be sure to use a sturdy, high-quality bed frame. If it’s a queen or king size set, make sure your frame has the strong center support that will prevent the mattress from bowing or breaking. Don’t dry clean: The chemicals in dry cleaning agents/spot removers may be harmful to the fabric or underlying materials. Vacuuming is the only recommended cleaning method. But if you’re determined to tackle a stain, use mild soap with cold water and dab the spot lightly. Never soak a mattress. It’s not a trampoline: Don’t let the kids jump the bed. Not only is it dangerous, it could also damage the interior construction of the mattress.While we're at Iit, never sit on the very edge of the mattress or you'll weaken the structure. No boards: Never put a board between the mattress and base of the bed. It may make yhe bed feel firmer for a while, but it will only make the problem worse over time. Go natural: Remove odours by sprinkling on some bicarb soda then vacuuming it off. Use some elbow grease: Vacuum to remove dust and use the crevice tool to get into the quilting and the crease between the edge and the piping. Rotate it: Unless your mattress care instructions indicate otherwise, you may want to periodically rotate your mattress from end-to-end and from top-to-bottom. Work with one person on each long side of the bed, grab onto the handles and turn the mattress 90 degrees. Then slide the mattress partially off one side, bringing the end that was at the foot of the bed up, and let the other end fall to the floor so the mattress is standing on one end. Then simply let if fall back on to the bed and turn it back into place, with the end that was the foot now at the head. Play it straight: Never bend your mattress under any circumstances. You can flex rather than bend the mattress when going through doorways etc. Also, try not to bend the corners when putting on fitted sheets.