A mattress is an expensive addition to any bedroom, and to ensure it lasts, it’s essential that it is looked after correctly. We have put together the essential do’s and don’ts of mattress care, so it can reach its typical lifespan of eight to ten years.
- If caring for a new mattress, air thoroughly it when it is brand new
- Throw back bed coverings daily, and leave to air for 20 minutes to ensure body moisture evaporates
- Flip your mattress four times a year to distribute wear evenly, ensuring it is turned side to side and top to toe (Note: not all mattresses require flipping, some have just one ‘right side up’ – check with your manufacturer)
- Vacuum mattress and box springs every three months with the upholstery attachment, each time you do the turning
- Protect your mattress with covers, to prevent stains
- Strip your bed when you are away on holiday to fully air it out
- Leave any plastic wrappings on a new mattress, as this can lead to rot
- Don’t let children bounce on your mattress
- Be sure not to wet your mattress
- Do not use dry-cleaning fluid of any type to clean
Even with the best care, your mattress will eventually wear out, typically after eight to ten years. It may show significant wear, like sagging edges, or it may appear sound. But if you’re waking up with a painful back, or simply not feeling as comfortable, it may be time for a new mattress!