A Healthy Relationship with Your Mattress

Maintaining and cleaning your mattress is crucial for the longevity of your mattress, but also for your health. Get a jump on spring cleaning with showing your mattress some love with these mattress maintenance tips.

Solid foundations. A mattress will last longer when it is on a sturdy foundation, no matter what the mattress is made of. We have a foundation for every mattress we carry. Our store associates can assist you while shopping in-store or our Concierge Team can assist while shopping online with our chat function to choose the best foundation for your mattress.

Center supports. Larger mattresses need center support. Think of a long bridge span. It couldn’t hold its weight without supports in the middle. Queen and king-sized mattresses need the same support. Make sure your bed frame includes center support braces or extra wide slats to support the wider mattresses.

Rotate your mattress. All mattresses should be rotated at least twice a year. This prevents mattress breakdown by redistributing your weight to other parts of the mattress. Some manufacturers recommend rotating more frequently than twice a year, so check with them first.

Keep the bounce house outside. Kids (of all ages) love bouncing on beds. Unfortunately, as accommodating as your mattress seems to this kind of fun, it is terrible for the health of your mattress, box spring, and bed frame. You can give your mattress the best chance of a long life if you send bouncing children outside to the trampoline instead.

Wash or change your sheets regularly. This means once a week for most people. Clean sheets prevent dead skin from building up and settling in your mattress. Dust mites love dead skin, so changing your sheets frequently also keeps dust mites to a minimum.

Keep your mattress dry. Your mattress will last longer if it is kept dry to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Protect it from moisture by covering it with a mattress cover before putting the sheets on. A mattress cover will also help to protect your mattress from stains. Make sure to wash the mattress pad every few weeks.

Remove stains. Accidents can still happen, and a mattress cover won’t prevent stains in all situations. Think breakfast in bed, stomach flu, nosebleed, etc. Blood, urine, and other bodily fluids can saturate the mattress cover and seep into the mattress. And since you’re often sleeping when these types of spills happen, you may not have a chance to clean them thoroughly before they set in.

Suck it up. If you’re changing your sheets once a week, why would you need to vacuum the mattress? Two words: dust mites. These microscopic vermin love the warm, moist environment of your mattress, especially since it comes with a built-in buffet bar provided by you. The average adult sheds up to 1.5 grams of skin a day — enough to feed one million dust mites. That’s a lot of bugs sharing your bed. And whether you’re allergic or not, they’re just gross.

But you can help keep their populations down by taking away their food supply — your dead skin. Vacuum the entire surface of your mattress using the upholstery attachment. Don’t overlook the cracks and crevices around the seams. Those are the favorite hangouts for dust mites and their equally gross buddies, bed bugs. Use your vacuum’s crevice tool to clean these tight spots.

Follow these tips and you’ll have your mattress in your life for years to come. But don’t forget, if it’s been almost 10 years since you first purchased your mattress, it’s time to replace it.

Lauren Smalley