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Caring for Your Mattress

 By Benni Jenyfari

 Finding the perfect mattress is a trying, and oftentimes expensive experience. So ensuring your mattress lasts a long time is important. Luckily, a good mattress that is properly treated can easily last you a decade.  Here are some tips on caring for your mattress, and how to keep it fresh and comfortable for the longest time possible.

 1. Rotate Your Mattress Regularly

Sleeping in the exact same spot night after night can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your bedding, hastening its demise.  Flip your mattress over and rotate it top to bottom regularly to spread wear over its entire surface.  This should be done at least once a month.

 2. Never Wash a Mattress

Getting your mattress wet can seriously damage its internal materials.  Instead of washing your mattress, keep it fresh by exposing it to the air for a few hours when you change the bedding.  Use a soft brush or a vacuum cleaner to clean it.  If it becomes stained or dirty, spot clean it immediately with a small amount of water on a rag or sponge.  Using a mattress cover can help to keep your bedding fresh and clean.

 3. Donít Carry it By the Handles

Many mattresses are torn by people who assume that the handles on the edges are intended to bear its full weight.  These handles are actually supposed to help you position the mattress on the frame, and should never be used for lifting or carrying.

 4. Be Careful about Sitting on the Edge

Mattresses are intended to support a personís weight when spread over a large portion of the bed.  Sitting on the edge of the bed causes much more pressure than the mattress was designed to handle.  If you frequently sit on the side of your mattress, be sure to vary the area where you sit in order to keep any specific part from being damaged.

 5. If Your Mattress Sags or Slumps, Replace It

Many people hang on to their mattresses far beyond their useful lifetimes.  If your mattress becomes uncomfortable, begins to sag in the middle, has springs poking through it, or becomes lumpy, replace it with a new one.  Your back and your alertness levels will thank you for it!
Article provided courtesy of Bedding Plus -


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