Your mattress is a big-ticket purchase and should last you at least 7-10 years. Maintaining and caring for it will ensure durability and longevity. In this guide, we look at 8 tips to help you get the most out of your mattress.
- Be sure to install your mattress and foundation properly. If the retailer does not offer this
service, ask them for instructions on proper installation or read the manufacturer’s instructions for help.
- Some mattresses, especially if they’re dual-sided, require flipping and rotating regularly. Ask the
manufacturer or your retailer for information on the best course of action. A good rule of thumb is to flip and rotate your mattress every 3 months for the first year, then every 6 months thereafter.
- If your mattress consists of handles on either side, use them only to position and adjust the
mattress on the foundation. The handles are not intended to support the full weight of the mattress and doing so may tear them.
- Use a moisture-resistant mattress protector (also called a mattress cover) to keep the surface of your mattress clean and free of stains. The mattress protector is placed atop the mattress and below the fitted sheet. Soaking a mattress with water in an attempt to clean it is never recommended -- vacuuming is the optimal way. If you feel you must clean a stain with water, use a mild detergent and rub lightly. Never dry clean your mattress!
- Never place a board between your mattress and the foundation in an attempt to improve the support. If you a required to do so, it’s a good sign that it’s time for you to consider purchasing a new mattress.
- Don’t permit your kids to use your mattress as a trampoline, doing so can damage the interior construction of your bed, not to mention themselves.
- Dispose of your old mattress. Do not give it away to anyone or pass it down to your kids. Throw it out! If the mattress wasn’t good enough for you, it’s not good enough for anyone else.
- Keep your mattress tag attached. Contrary to popular belief, removing the tag is not illegal. The label has information that could help identify your mattress should you submit a warranty claim.