So you’ve done your research, shopped around, and now you’re the proud owner of the perfect mattress. A lot of people forget their mattress once it’s installed on their bed base until it begins to go bad and this is a fatal flaw as just like any other piece of furniture, a mattress needs to be cared for and maintained. Taking proper care of your mattress pays off in the long term as it extends the life of the product and keeps insects such as bed bugs or mites from infesting your bedding. Below are five simple things you can do to help your mattress last longer.
Rotating your mattress helps to ensure it wears evenly and doesn’t develop soft spots or indentations. All mattresses can benefit from a 180 degree rotation from head to foot every six months.
A good quality mattress protector is one of the best ways to extend the life of your mattress as it keeps dirt, sweat, oils, skin cells, hair and other debris from making their way into the mattress layers.
Keeping both your bedding clean helps keep dust and debris from getting into the layers of your mattress and encouraging bacteria growth or mites. Keep your bed linens clean by washing them every week or two and washing your mattress protector according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Vacuuming your mattress every 1-3 months will also keep allergy causing dust to a minimum.
Bed bugs are a common pest in Australia which you can easily bring home after a few nights away. These insects can quickly cause enormous damage to your mattress so it’s important to ensure sure you inspect your bedding wherever you stay and keep your luggage off the floor. If you suspect you’ve slept in a bed with these insects, there are several things you can do to ensure they don’t make the pilgrimage back to your own home.
Beds are made for sleeping, and as tempting as it can be to stay warm and eat your meals in bed when winter rolls around, it’s probably doing your mattress quite a bit of damage. Eating in bed means that crumbs make their way into the bedding and attract bugs whilst spilt liquids do damage to the fibres.