The fact that you have invested a lot of time, effort, and money into buying a new mattress should suffice to convince you to use the best mattress care tips that would expand its life for many years to come. Our rich experience in the mattress cleaning and care industry has helped us establish what are the best mattress care practices and which steps to take for optimum results.
Luckily mattress care and maintenance is not a complicated process. Start by having a clear understanding of what you should do using the following mattress care tips.
Mattress Maintenance Tips
The more thought you will put into maintaining your mattress, the more you will expand the lifespan of your important investment. Knowing how to clean a mattress, when is the right time to flip or rotate a mattress or remove allergens is mandatory. Mattress protectors and regular sheet changing will help maintain the surface of the bed clean and free of damage for longer.
Rotate Your Mattress Frequently
If you have started noticing your old mattress has started to sag in those places where you usually sleep or if you would like to prevent sagging in a new mattress, regularly rotate it from head to foot. This will help the mattress break evenly across the entire sleep surface and stop certain parts of the bed from growing softer than the rest.
If you own a mattress made from latex, foam, or innerspring, it is best to have the mattress rotated once or twice a year. Mattresses with older models of innerspring should be rotated more often, preferably once every two to six 6 months.
There are also types of mattresses that should never be rotated. For instance, mattresses that feature zoned designs could feel less comfortable when rotated.
Use Mattress Protectors
These will perfectly fit the mattress underneath the fitted sheets. They will keep dust mites, dirt, sweat, and away from the interior layers of the mattresses. Wash the protectors together with the bedsheets, provided the label indicates it is safe to do so. Most mattress protectors are machine-washable and also water-resistant and waterproof, which means they will effectively repel spills and natural fluids from the mattress. Mattress protectors will prevent the mildew and mold from growing growth on the surface of the mattress. If possible, also opt for a mattress encasement that is usually sold together with the mattress. These encasements will create a powerful seal around the sides and prevent bed bugs from getting in.
While the main role of a mattress protector is to maintain the mattress clean, a mattress pad will add an extra layer of cushioning layer. A mattress topper, on the other hand, will adjust the firmness of the mattress. Mattress pads and toppers should not be used for protective purposes. However, they can help prevent regular wear.
Keep in mind that any mattress warranty contains a special clause that will void the warranty in case the mattress is dirty. Therefore, mattress protectors are not only necessary to keep stains and spills at bay, but they will also help expand the lifespan of the mattress by prolonging the coverage offered by the warranty.
Change the Bedsheets to Better Protect the Mattress
Washing your bedding, blankets, pillowcases, and bedsheets is not only essential for good hygiene, but it is also something that will help you provide your mattress with better protection against premature damage. Bedsheets tend to accumulate large amounts of natural oils, sweat, and dirt that will eventually set deep into the layers. Bedding is also a powerful magnet for a variety of allergens including dust mites. Wash the pillowcases and sheets at least once a week and more often than that if you also allow pets onto the bed. If you suffer from seasonal allergies or you live in an area with a warm climate, remember to wash your bedding more often during certain times of the year.
Use the Right Support for the Mattress
A good mattress should be paired with a good foundation in order to stop the uneven distribution of weight, which could cause incorrect spinal alignment, while also damaging the mattress in the long run.
Innerspring mattresses were mostly used with box springs that added bounce and support. Modern innerspring mattresses now have either slatted bed frames or solid foundations for the foam or hybrid materials in them.
Clearly follow the instructions provided by the manufacturers to know which foundation to use for your mattress. A large or heavy mattress will require a bed frame that has additional legs in the center. A foam mattress needs slats spaced close to one another. Using the wrong mattress support will usually void the warranty.
If you need additional assistance with cleaning or maintaining your mattress, get in touch with the Sunlight Mattress Cleaning NYC team today!