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!
courtesy of Bedding Plus -