Most of us don’t put much thought to the topic of mattress care. After all, a mattress is usually something we buy every few years whenever we see a sale well (triggering something in our subconscious that reminds us maybe it’s the right time to “renew”).
But if you’ve recently been considering that upgrading to a luxury mattress is a smarter idea, this time, around, then you should also be prepared to learn a few things about caring for your new bed before it’s too late. Since luxury beds can easily cost two or three times that of a discount bed, you probably want to make that investment last two to three times as long as a discount bed too.
Accordingly, we’ve put together the following list of tried and true mattress care tips. Just a few minutes a month is all it takes to protect your new investment, and the added years of enjoyment will no doubt prove worth the time:
Tip #1: Don’t Dry Clean
Dry cleaning solutions contain harmful chemicals and other agents that can harm both the surface fabric and other natural materials deep within the comfort layers of your new bed. Mild soap in combination with tepid water is the best way to approach a stain without harming your investment. If you need more potency than that in order to get the stain out, try an upholstery cleaner that’s specifically formulated to be non-toxic.
Tip #2: Be Careful with Fragrances
Many people like to apply fragrance sprays to their mattress, but often these contain agents that can rot or produce mold over time. If you encounter any unpleasant odor coming from your mattress, try sprinkling a little baking soda on it occasionally.
Tip #3: Vacuum Your Mattress
Over the course of time, sleeping on a bed leads to millions of microbes, dust mites, dead skin cells, hair, and other unpleasant waste seeping through your sheets and onto/into your mattress. In fact, it’s estimated that humans shed an average 28g of skin cells each and every month. To help prevent that refuse from building up in the comfort layers of your mattress, make sure you vacuum the surface of your mattress at least once per month. While any vacuum with a hand attachment will do, some manufacturers (like Dyson) even make specific models dedicated solely to the task of vacuuming your mattress.
Tip #4: Protect Your Investment (Literally)
It’s estimated that 50 percent of the weight of a 10-year-old mattress is caused by dust mites and their leavings. Pretty gross, right? If you’re wondering how that seemingly inevitable situation can be avoided, you’ll be delighted to learn that it can. While mattress protectors can be an excellent way to ensure spills, dead skin, sweat, and other bodily contaminants won’t slowly turn your precious new mattress into a giant gauze pad, there’s another type of product that’s even better. Mattress encasements go one step further than mattress protectors by completely encapsulating a mattress (on all six sizes) with a full zip liner. They can help keep dust mites, bed bugs, fluids, skin cells, and sweat out of your mattress to significantly improve its lifespan, and often these encasements can be found online for less than $50.
The mattress market has changed a lot in the past several years. Just like new automobiles that are capable of lasting 2 to 3 times longer than cars of old, new mattress design approaches (and higher quality materials) are resulting in beds that can get a lot more mileage too. All it takes is a little knowledge of the common culprits likely to shorten your mattress’ lifespan, and you’ll be well prepared to take action in protecting your investment from day one. Explore why luxury is the investestment you should consider for quality sleep.