Caring for your Bed Mattress

December 5, 2010

Choosing and buying the right mattress is the first step to getting a comfortable night’s rest. However, once we start using our mattress, we also need to take good care of it. Many are not aware that by attentively preserving its proper form and by practicing regular cleaning, it will help prolong the lifespan of the mattress and will guard us from potential airborne allergens. After all, we do spend at least eight hours of each day lying down and sleeping on our beds.

Clean your mattress regularly

The cleanliness and freshness of our bed mattress depends on several factors. First, choose high-quality 100% cotton bed sheets and protective sheets.  Opt for a mattress cover for additional protection. Fitted sheets are also recommended because it leaves less room for dust and dirt to cluster. Second, even with protective sheets, bed sheets and a mattress cover, bed mattresses are still not completely protected. You must clean and change all your sheets weekly and thoroughly vacuum your mattress at least once a month. Vacuum cleaners suck out sloughed-off skin, dust mites, dirt mites and bed bugs that escaped through the pores of bed sheets.

If your mattress becomes soiled, take note of the following tips

–          Treat the stain immediately, and if possible, do not allow the stain to dry on the mattress

–          Use a mild shampoo, mild fabric detergent mixed with water, or upholstery cleaner to treat more heavily soiled areas.  Do not use hot water as this will set the stain further.

–          Do not apply heavy pressure when cleaning out the stain as this will cause the stain to seep further into the mattress

–          Do not soak the mattress in liquid but gently rub the stain with a separate cloth and allow the mattress to dry completely before fitting in clean sheets.  If the mattress is not completely dry, it may cause mildew to grow.

Maintain your mattress’ natural form

Protecting the natural form of your mattress is also essential in extending its lifespan and ensuring a proper sleep.  Depending on the type and quality of your mattress, some mattresses will begin to conform to the contour of your body when you sleep on the same side or area for a long period of time. It is advisable that you flip or turn your mattress periodically to even out the wear and tear. It would also be best to minimize – no matter how tempting – jumping up and down on the bed as this will damage the springs inside and affect the mattress form.

Taking the time and extra care to preserve the quality of the foam in your mattress will benefit not only your health and sleep regimen, but it will also certainly make your purchase a worthwhile investment!