Our mattresses do a lot for us. From providing the support we need to wake up feeling refreshed, while also providing comfort to help us get a good night’s sleep. And while they do it, they’re going through a lot: accidental spills, sticky fingers from the kids, and simply just providing optimal support night after night.
We spend so much time considering the furnishings, like sheets, bedding, pillows and quilts, we forget about that all-important mattress. So it makes sense they deserve a little TLC to help them help us for years to come. Here are some ways you can help keep your mattress in great condition for nights to come.
Protect it with a mattress protector
A mattress protector is a thin layer of fabric that goes on top of your mattress and underneath your sheets. It provides a snug barrier to protect your mattress from spills, dust, dirt and other nasties, which can go a long way in keeping your mattress in great condition.
When it comes to choosing your mattress protector, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Do you want a waterproof protector? This kind of mattress protector can be great for keeping your mattress clear of moisture – from sweat to accidents or even spills. With a plastic coating and soft fabric top, your mattress is well and truly covered.
- How will it fit to your bed? Like a fitted sheet, a fitted mattress protector has an elastic edge and is designed to fit snug to your mattress.
- What kind of material do you want? There are a range of materials for mattress protectors from cotton, Tencel or bamboo cotton. There are also quilted cotton mattress protectors that can add a layer of comfort and protection, without the waterproofing.
Spills can happen
Although mattress protectors do a great job in protecting your mattress and extending its life, spills can happen at any time.
Cleaning up a spill as quickly as possible is crucial in protecting your mattress not only from stains, but from damage and odour. When spills happen; strip your bed, wash your bedding, and spot clean the spill with a small amount of detergent and water on a cloth, blotting the spill until it has completely disappeared. Avoid putting too much moisture onto the mattress and make sure the mattress is completely dried before you remake your bed.
H2: Support your mattress
Our mattresses do a great job of supporting our bodies throughout the night, but they can also do with a little support as well. The right bed base and frame can act as a foundation for your mattress and can help it maintain shape. The right base can also help you feel like you’re rolling inward or outward throughout the night. Whether you prefer a warm wooden base or love the look of an upholstered bed frame, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- If you opt for a bed frame with timber slats, make sure they’re evenly spaced. This will help your mattress get even support throughout the night.
- Make sure the timber slats are thick enough to avoid flexing from teh weight of the mattress.
- Ensure that your base is in good condition by checking that all the legs are screwed in.
Know when it’s time to replace your mattress
Even if you treat your mattress like royalty by cleaning it, and protecting it from spills, dust, germs, and mold, you’ll have to replace it eventually. If you’re wondering when it’s time to replace your mattress, here are the signs to look out for:
- It’s beginning to lose its shape. This can result in your mattress being saggy or lumpy.
- It’s uncomfortable to sleep on. Are you waking up after a restless sleep? Over time your mattress may begin to not offer as much support as when you first bought it.
- Noise when you move. Does your mattress make noise whenever you roll over or adjust to get comfortable? This can be a sign that the springs are wearing.
- It’s over 7 years old. Mattresses generally last between 7 – 10 years, however this can vary depending on how you care for it and also the type of mattress.
No matter what it is put through, now that you know all of the different ways you can look after your mattress, you can get as much life out of it and keep it in tip-top condition for as long as possible—until it’s undoubtedly time for a new one, and you can start the process again!