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How to Care for Your Mattress

June 19, 2012

Your mattress plays a large role in how well you sleep at night.  If a mattress is too soft and lumpy or too hard and stiff, you can end up tossing and turning all night and not getting enough sleep.

That’s why it’s important to take care of your mattress.  By keeping it in good condition, not only will you be able to get a good night’s sleep, but your mattress will also last much longer.  Normally, the life span of a mattress is around ten years, but for a well-cared-for mattress, it can last another two or three years, so you get even more for the money you invest in it. In addition, when you regularly maintain your mattress, you will also get rid of any dust mites and odors.

Below are some tips for taking good care of your mattress:

  • Follow the cleaning instructions of the mattress company. A mattress usually comes with a cleaning guide, and there are sometimes specific cleaning instructions for certain types of mattresses.  So, it is important to read through the information, so you can care for your mattress in a way that will best prolong its life.
  • Flip and rotate your mattress every six months. For pillow top mattress, simply rotate.
  • Use a mattress pad to protect your mattress. This will also make it easier to clean because you will only need to clean the pad instead of the entire mattress.  You may even want to keep an extra pad on hand, so you’re not left without one during cleaning.
  • Make it a habit to change your linens every week. When you remove your linens, let your mattress air out for an hour or two before putting on fresh ones.
  • Every month, vacuum your mattress to reduce dirt and dust buildup. If you have a mattress protector, dust the mattress protector, as that is where the dust will collect.
  • Avoid wetting the inside of your mattress because, if it is not dried properly, it can lead to mildew and mold growth.  Mold growth can be hazardous to your health and sleeping on it every night would only make conditions worse.  If you need to wet your mattress, dry it under the sun for at least a day.
  • Deal with stains immediately. Fresh stains are easier to remove and will not damage your mattress, whereas old ones are more difficult to remove and will warrant deep cleaning.
  • Avoid sitting on the edge of the mattress or sleeping in the exact same spot every night because it leads to sagging.

Chris George
Oklahoma City Realtor

One Comment
  1. Clarissa permalink

    Thanks for these great suggestions I’ll definitely keep these things in mind. I just want to add one things that is to use good quality water proof mattress protectors which can resolve various issues up to large extent.

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