Your new mattress is an investment. A good one should last you anywhere from seven to 10 years. To help you extend its life and keep it in a condition where it can keep you comfortable, here are some tips to keeping a mattress in peak condition.
Protect it: Buy a mattress protector to reduce the accumulation of dust, prevent stains and protect it from other harmful elements. Most types of mattress protectors are washable and are more convenient to clean than the mattress itself.
Vacuum it: Dust mites, dust and dander, especially if you have pets, can build up in your mattress, potentially causing health issues and increasing the effects of normal wear and tear. The best protection against this unwanted accumulation is to vacuum your mattress regularly with the upholstery attachment, preferably once a week, but at least once a month.
Air it: Periodically strip the mattress or pull the sheets back to air the mattress. At least once a year, if possible, air it outside on a sunny day or in the bedroom with the windows open. In addition to vacuuming regularly, this will help eliminate odors and keep it fresh.
Flip and/or Rotate it: Most current types of mattresses made by major manufacturers like Simmons, Serta and Sealy are designed to provide continuous support without having to use the reverse side. However, if you do not have this style of mattress, you should flip and rotate it on a regular basis. A regular flipping/rotating routine will help prevent the mattress from wearing unevenly. No-flip types of mattresses still need to be rotated.
Prevention is the best medicine:
To spot clean your mattress:
Keep in mind that the fabric of many types of mattresses is already treated with either stain or fire resistant chemicals. When cleaning your mattress, you don’t want to do anything that might destroy or compromise the fabric. In the event that an accident does happen and you need to spot clean the mattress, here are some useful tips.