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4 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Mattress

When you buy a mattress, you’re investing in more than a place to snooze. You’re making a financial commitment to pleasant and uninterrupted sleep and good health. If you drop a large chunk of change on a mattress, you want to ensure it lasts 10 years or more. Here are four tips for extending the life of your mattress.

Protect It!

Mattress protectors, pads, and toppers are all excellent ways to add a layer of comfort and, well, protection to a mattress. Mattresses regularly deal with spills, sweat, dust mites, and other icky things. A protector or similar cover provides a barrier and is often easily removable and washable. This helps fight allergies on top of keeping things clean. Many protectors also offer quilting and padding that up your mattress’s comfort level.

Rotate It Regularly

Three to six months after you purchase and install your mattress, flip it! A mattress is subject to wear and tear. You may think sleeping on a mattress doesn’t affect it at all, but between your weight and movements, the foam, springs, or other interior materials must work hard to support you. Give one side a break every few months and flip the mattress over. Also, don’t let anyone jump on the bed! It’s fun, but it’ll take years off its life and might even damage the support system below.

Keep It Clean

Making your bed every morning is part of protecting the mattress, but when was the last time you cleaned your bed? Strip the sheets and blankets and launder them, but also take the time to vacuum the bed when it’s bare. Once again, this removes dust, dust mites, and things that can cause allergic reactions. The manufacturer may suggest ways to further clean the mattress. However, generally, a light dusting of baking soda and gentler fabric cleaners can take care of stains and give the whole thing a fresher scent. Let the mattress air out a bit afterward. If you can open a nearby window, let it bathe in fresh air.

Use It Carefully

While there are certainly different activities a bed can handle besides sleeping, give your mattress a break. Specifically, if it’s for guests’ use, don’t use it as a storage surface until the next visit. Heavy objects can put undue and uneven pressure on a mattress, bending it out of shape. Don’t use a bed as an extra chair or workspace for that same reason. Sitting on the edge for too long can ruin the supports. Make sure sheets and blankets fit it as well, especially fitted sheets. An overly small one can cause constant pressure in the corners and edges.

These are just four tips for extending the life of your mattress. If you have questions, call us for a consultation. We offer a fine selection of affordable buy now, pay later mattresses and other fine pieces of bedroom furniture!