Did you know that the average mattress is designed to last a decade or more? Though, it is how you maintain it that can lengthen or shorten your bed’s lifespan. In order to get the most use out of your investment, it is essential to take good care of your mattress just like any other part of your home.
So how can you ensure that your mattress will give you the proper sleep and support you need for many years to follow? Take a look at a few tips and reminders we have provided to help make sure your mattress is in good shape for years to come.
- Protect your mattress from the start: Waterproof fitted sheets over your mattress helps guard against spills or accidents. Dust mites, as well as oils from the skin, can accumulate inside your mattress without the proper protection. With the help of waterproof fitted sheets, you will increase not only the lifespan but health of your bed.
- Ensure your mattress is properly supported: Making sure your mattress has the right kind of support, helps preserve the integrity of materials and prevents early wear. Make sure that yours is equipped with the right kind of setup necessary to support both the size and weight of your bed. It is a smart idea to check on your bed's support every year to ensure there are no broken springs or slats that could negatively affect your mattress.
- Wash sheets regularly: Did you know around three-quarters of Americans say that fresh sheets give them a more comfortable night's rest? When you sleep, you shed oils, sweat, hair and skin cells. Bed sheets should be washed every week to every two weeks according to cleaning experts. Even when using an old-school mattress protector or something more advanced such as a waterproof fitted sheet, it is still important to keep your linens clean.
- Rotate your mattress: No matter the material or size, every type of mattress benefits from being rotated regularly. Every two to six months rotate your mattress both top-to-bottom and 180 degrees from head to toe. This is particularly important the first couple of years as you are breaking in the mattress.
- Let the light in occasionally: Every month or so, when you have a dry and sunny day, strip your mattress and let the sunshine in to air out your bed for several hours. (if there are possible bedbugs, leave the cover on). This will help prevent excess moisture from both sleepers and humidity, and can also help keep the dust mite population in check.
Remember, any type of mattress can be made more durable with some regular care and maintenance. Pair your sleep surface with protective waterproof fitted sheets and quality linens to help ensure that you enjoy years of healthy sleep and that your investment lasts as long as possible!