Your quest for the perfect bed doesn’t end when you find the best mattress to meet your needs and preferences. You have to continue working to protect your investment. Here’s what you can do to ensure your mattress lasts as long as possible.
- Get the Right Setup
An appropriate setup and foundation are extremely important for the life of your mattress, even if you purchased a high-quality mattress brand. Check to see you need a box spring to go with your mattress and if your bed frame has enough center support. There should be at least two points of support in the center of the bed.
It’s also a good idea to let your mattress air out for several hours in a well-ventilated area before adding sheets and blankets.
- Turn, Turn, Turn
Unless the manufacturer’s recommendations say otherwise, you should turn your mattress from side to side and flip it from end to end four times a year. Make one turn or flip every three months to ensure even wear. Mattresses can wear unevenly if you always sleep in the same spot or you and your partner have varying weights and sleeping positions. The head of the bed also consistently bears more weight than the foot if you don’t rotate the mattress.
- Safeguard the Surface
Consider purchasing a mattress pad to protect your new mattress from stains, spills and dust. Mattress pads can be water resistant and hypoallergenic depending on your needs.
- Just Don’t
Don’t jump on the bed. Don’t put a board between the box spring and mattress. Don’t modify the mattress in anyway. Don’t remove the tags. You may need information on the tags and cutting them off could void the warranty.
- Clean Your Bed
Set up a schedule to vacuum your mattress on a regular basis to remove dust and dead skin cells.
If you see any spots, treat them with a mild cleaner and a damp cloth. Don’t pour any liquids on the spot. You want to avoid introducing any more moisture than necessary because it can cause mold and mildew. After cleaning, let the mattress air for several hours before remaking the bed.
Each time you clean, inspect your mattress for signs of wear or damage. Keeping a close eye on your mattress can help you quickly spot and correct any potential problems to ensure that your mattress reaches its 10- to 20-year lifespan.