Take Care of your Mattress! It is a big investment.
With beds and bedding prices steadily becoming stratospheric and bed construction more complex, it is more important than ever to care properly for your new bed. More and more frequently consumers submit reviews that start out something like this. Our new bed arrived and it was wonderful for the first six months and then it turned into a torture chamber.
We noticed deep indentations and when we called the manufacturer…. Before you start your decade long relationship with your bed, understand that even the finest beds require regular maintenance and care if you want to stay in love. And, that maintenance and mattress care should begin before the bedding gets thrown on the mattress. Below are some important tips to get the longest satisfaction out of your mattress purchase.
Ensure a proper Box Foundation for support
Often, for a warranty to remain valid several conditions are required. These conditions are to insure maximum performance of the mattress and starts with a good quality box foundation. Consider buying a new one with your new mattress, as it can make the world of a difference in support and sleep.
Ensure a proper Bed Frame for support
The frame is next. Particularly with queen-size and larger beds a manufacturer may specify the minimum number of floor contact points (number of legs). Make sure that on larger mattresses you have the right number. A minimum of six contact points are usually required to give proper center support over time.
Protect against mattress stains
Does the warranty mention stains and their effect on your warranty? Most do. A stained mattress most often cannot be returned or exchanged. So, before you throw the bedding on the mattress, make sure you have a waterproof/stain resistant mattress cover in place.
Rotate your mattress
Modern mattresses (particularly inner-spring mattresses) increasingly employ ever thicker layers of upholstery materials to provide comfort and the feeling of plushness. Over time (even a short time) these layers will compress to form to your body. This is quite natural and often the source of complaints about body indentations. Rotating your mattress extends the life of it and gives you a new side to sleep on!
Flip your mattress
For the first three months it is recommended to rotate your mattress every two weeks. After this period three to four times a year is all that’s usually required. While most modern mattresses are being manufactured to be “flip-free”, some still require periodic flipping. Again, during the first three months flipping the mattress every two weeks will produce the best long-term comfort and results. After the first three months flip it at least two to three times a year.
Use caution when lifting your mattress.
Flipping your mattress is a two person task as mattresses can be very heavy. When flipping it, having at least two people will prevent you from folding or bending the mattress and damaging the coil construction. It may also prevent you from hurting yourself. If your mattress has handles on its side, don’t use them. They are not strong enough for most purposes and are there only to help you adjust a mattress once it is roughly in place on top of the box spring.
Do not remove the law tag
Do you see the tag on your mattress? The one that says do not remove under penalty of law. Don’t remove it. By leaving it on, you will have an easier time dealing with the mattress manufacturers in case of a warranty issue.
No more monkeys jumping on the bed.
A mattress does not make a suitable substitute for a trampoline! The concentrated force of even children jumping up and down, on a very small footprint, in your bed can wreak havoc with the coil system. This fun can easily cause the coils to become detached to some degree from one another and really turn your mattress into a torture chamber. This will also void any warranty chances or exchange possibilities and could even cause springs to pop out from the side or top of the mattress.
Use your mattress as a bed, not a couch
Your bed is used for sleeping, and it is important to keep it that way. When you begin to use your bed for ways that it was not intended you may run into problems, not to mention your warranty can be voided. You should not sit on the side of your bed for extended periods of time as you can bend the framing wire (even if your mattress has Edge Guard support).
Clean your mattress regularly, those dust-mites add up quick
Much of the dust and dander in the typical home is the accumulation of shed skin cells and most of those cells get shed while we sleep. The best way to keep your mattress Dust Mite free is to prevent them in the first place. Ask about our dust mite proof/bed bug proof mattress protectors! It’ll not only help your mattress warranty, but it’ll protect your mattress to keep it new longer!
Place your sheets properly
Finding sheets thick enough, with mattresses getting bigger and thicker, is becoming a big chore. Make sure you are using sheets with pockets deep enough to accommodate the thickness of your new mattress. Pull the sides of the sheets down until the entire mattress is properly covered and make sure you don’t have to bend any of the mattress to “get that last corner in”.