The Essential Mattress Care Guide

Keeping a mattress in good condition will save you money, keep your sleep environment hygienic and generally aid a better night's sleep. Whether you need to know exactly how to clean a mattress, how often you should change a mattress, or how to dispose of a mattress, we have the answers you're looking for.

In this guide, we identify key points to follow to ensure your mattress lifespan is long and always comfortable.

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General Mattress Care

For general upkeep of your mattress, follow these simple steps to prolong the life of your mattress:

  • Change your bed sheets regularly.
  • Use a mattress protector: We suggest you change your mattress protector every one or two years.
  • Air out your mattress: Once a month, we recommend stripping your bed and letting your mattress air out for several hours. This will allow any unwanted moisture to evaporate and prolong a mattress lifespan.
  • Flip and rotate your mattress.
  • Use an anti-bacterial spray for fabrics in between washes: this will keep your sheet smelling fresher for longer.
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How Often Should You Flip or Rotate a Mattress?

Only flip a double-sided mattress. Many mattresses, like memory foam and hybrid, are one-sided. And these cannot be flipped as they will result in mattress dipping. However, they can be rotated. We suggest:

  • Mattresses that can be flipped should be flipped every 6 or 12 months.
  • Rotating a mattress regularly is important to distribute weight evenly to prevent dipping; therefore, we recommend you rotate your mattress 2 to 5 times a year.

How to Clean a Mattress

How to clean a mattress depends on the type of stain you need to remove. It will also depend on what material your mattress is made of. The best way of cleaning a mattress when a spill or stain arises is to act quickly. The longer a stain sits, the more likely it is to stay. Grab a clean cloth and dab the cloth on the area of concern to absorb any excess liquid. For more information, read our 7 Step Guide to Cleaning a Mattress.

How to Prevent Mattress Dipping

Also known as mattress sagging, this is one of the most common issues with mattresses. But why do mattresses sag? Mattress sagging is an unfortunate result of poor mattress care or not replacing your mattress at the correct time. Follow these tips to prevent mattress dipping:

  • Have a strong foundation for your mattress – such as a sturdy divan base or add plywood beneath your mattress for extra support.
  • Regularly check your mattress' supportive base.
  • Ensure you opt for a mattress topper – toppers add extra layers to your mattress, reducing the likelihood of dipping.
  • Rotate your mattress to distribute weight evenly.

How Often Should You Change a Mattress?

A mattress will naturally dip and feel much less comfortable over long periods of time. The Sleep Council and mattress industry recommend replacing your mattress every 6 or 8 years.

If you are unsure if you need to replace your mattress, look out for these signs, which mean it may be time for a new one:

  • You regularly wake up with aches and pains during the night.
  • There is noticeably sagging.
  • Allergies and/or asthma is worse than your normal.

Do Electric Blankets Damage Mattresses?

Electric blankets are suitable for most mattresses. But, this will depend on which mattress and electric blanket you have. Not all electric blankets are suitable for memory foam mattresses. We suggest when purchasing both your new mattress and an electric blanket, read the manuals for both to ensure they are compatible with each other.

Mattress Care Tips: What to Avoid

For a longer mattress lifespan, avoid the following:

  • No jumping on the bed, sorry kids!
  • Avoid eating in bed
  • No pets in the bed. We know, this one is hard. Although our furry friends are very cute, their paws and sleeping habits may bring unwanted bacteria to your bed.

How to Dispose of a Mattress

Despite what you may think, disposing of a mattress is very simple. We have a wonderful recycling service available at Sleep and Snooze. We will collect and recycle your old mattress with the excellent Dreams Delivery Network. All the recyclable mattress materials will be turned into green energy.

Summary

To get the most out of your mattress, follow the tips we have laid out for you above. These will ensure your mattress lifespan is the longest it can be, and you will feel all the benefits.

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