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Taking care of your mattress – my advice

The good quality of a new mattress isn’t enough to protect it from fast wear, the key rather being a commitment to taking care of it throughout its lifespan. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your mattress in a good state.

The most common cause for mattress damage are the spills and splatters of all sorts. The easiest and most effective way to keep them under control is to protect your mattress with a waterproof cover, that’s going to need periodic cleaning, but will preserve your investment. Having a cover won’t just keep food and drinks away, but will also help fight the premature sagging that appears because of perspiration, oils, and environment humidity. However, you must keep in mind that the mattress also needs proper ventilation, so a cover must not be considered an everlasting accessory, but should be removed once in awhile.

If the accident already occurred, dry-cleaning the mattress is totally prohibited. The chemicals used in this process could permanently damage the cover fabric and even the filling.

Some baking soda spread right on top of the mattress will absorb humidity and expel odors. You can give it around half an hour to work its magic and then use the vacuum cleaner to collect it.

Another problem that occurs after some time is the appearance of bumps and depressions within the mattress after sitting too often on just certain points. This can be ameliorated by flipping over the mattress, and rotating it head-to-toe. This will even out the pressure inflicted upon it over time and will prolong its life.

Frequent vacuuming is another secret to maintain the mattress clean and less prone to damage, even if it doesn’t seems to be important. Dust and dirt are a continuous threat to its life and the often you evacuate them, the better.

A good quality mattress won’t last long if it’s not well supported. I recommend you to make sure the shape and size of the mattress is consistent with the box spring or bed frame you own, so that no unnecessary pressure or bending damages it.

Finally, a small memento for those of you with too much energy. The mattress has a certain purpose and shouldn’t be used outside of it. Allowing your kids to use it as a trampoline is likely to have you replace it much sooner than you should.