It is a simple fact that people take their bed for granted, using it and abusing it in the belief that it is this indestructible thing that will last forever. It gets stood on to change light bulbs, jumped on and never maintained because let’s face it, it’s too much trouble.
Mattress care is very important for 2 main reasons.
1. Life span.
2. Consistent support for you.
So let’s look at ‘life span’ first.
How long do you think a bed/mattress should last?
5 years? 8 years? 10 years? Or a lot longer? On average beds/mattress last around 7 to 10 years this is based on average price, quality, care and type of use.
What about consistent support?
What does this mean? Put simply it is how balanced the whole sleeping area remains. In other words the level of dipping, sagging and general loss of support over time.
So what can you do to help?
Firstly start treating your bed/mattress the same way you would other pieces of furniture you own and remember you use it more than anything else you own.
Get a mattress protector this will help to keep it dry and stain free, brown staining on mattresses and pillows is mostly caused by sweat. Moisture in the mattress while not feeling wet can encourage dust mites who live off the dead skin and moisture you leave behind. Moisture will also have a rotting effect on the fillings and corrosive effect on springs.
Turning the mattress is not important, it is essential! Depending on the type of mattress you have it will be either double sided fully turnable or single sided rotational. How often? When you change the sheets so typically 7 to 10 days, this will ensure even wear, a more consistent sleeping surface and an overall longer life span.
DO NOT vacuum naturally filled mattresses this can result in filling migration. Todays vacuum cleaners are much more powerful than years ago. A light run around button tufts and maybe the side border is ok.
Turn back the covers in the morning to air your bed, any moisture should dry away through the day ready for you when it's time for bed again.
The points made are not particularly demanding or time consuming but can add several years to the life to your bed not to mention a better more comfortable night’s sleep for you.