Make sure your mattress is properly supported.
While you may not always need to purchase the matching box spring or foundation with a new mattress, it is essential to make sure your mattress does have the right kind of support. This helps preserve the integrity of materials and prevent early wear.
Use a mattress protector from the beginning.
This helps protect the materials inside your bed from damage, keeps skin oils and sweat off the bed and reduces build up of allergens like mould and dust mites. A protector also makes cleanups a snap when accidents do happen, and many newer types feel just as comfortable as a fitted sheet.
Wash bed linens regularly.
When you sleep, you shed sweat, oils, hair and skin cells. Eating in bed also leaves behind crumbs, and pets can track in all sorts of things. In addition to getting yucky, all of this can get into mattress layers, breeding bacteria and encouraging dust mites.
Rotate the mattress regularly.
Every type of mattress benefits from being rotated regularly, no matter the material or the size. Some manufacturers say it is not necessary, but rotating helps promote more even wear, while not rotating makes depressions and softening more likely.
Every two to six months rotate the mattress 180 degrees from head to foot. This is particularly important the first couple of years as you are breaking in the mattress.
Take care when moving your mattress.
When you move, protect your mattress from damage by encasing it in plastic and avoiding bending or folding. Try and find heavy boxes to prevent scuffs and scratches when moving. Generally when moving a mattress, it’s also best to keep them upright on their sides so they don’t crease or sag in transit.
No jumping on the bed!
Your mother always told you not to jump on the bed, and she wasn’t wrong. Spring, water and air beds may be most prone to damage with rough wear, but foundations, frames and even foams can all wear down more quickly if you are hard on the mattress.
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