How To Care For Your Mattress
Like a car, your mattress needs regular maintenance.
You wouldn’t drive your car for 10,000 miles without changing the oil (hopefully)! Your investment is too valuable, and you want to make sure you get the full life out of your purchase.
So, too, a mattress requires routine attention to perform its best. Here are a few pointers and practices for how to properly care for your investment – so that you’ll be sleeping soundly long after you bring your mattress home.
Use a Mattress Pad
Invest in a good mattress pad and a quality mattress protector. Look for a protector that is breathable but also waterproof. While you’re not likely to go tipping large cups of water on your bed, people do perspire at night. Protecting your bed from incremental amounts of moisture over time is just as important as protecting it from large spills. Liquid causes the high-density polyurethane foams inside your mattress to compress and degrade, which means your mattress can develop impressions or lose its shape more rapidly.
Trampolines Are For Jumping
But your mattress isn’t! Avoid standing on or walking across your mattress, which can damage the coils or prematurely compress the bed’s support and comfort layers. As much fun as your kids have bouncing on the bed, you won’t have much fun sleeping on it after.
Pair Your New Mattress With a New Foundation
Though it may seem your old box spring is still in great working order, replacing the foundation when you replace your mattress is one of the best ways to get a longer life out of your new mattress. The coils and supports of a foundation also develop indentations and impressions over time, and when a new mattress sits on a flawed foundation, those imperfections pass right on through to the mattress.
Air Out Your Mattress
This is an easy one! Any time you launder your bed sheets, let the bed sit unmade for an hour or two. This allows the mattress to “breathe” for a while, releasing some of the accumulated humidity from body moisture.
While it’s probably not true that half the weight of an older mattress is made up of dust mite debris and sloughed-off skin cells, it’s still a good idea to vacuum your mattress regularly. Aim for every 6 months and use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to gently clean the surface, sides and edges to remove dust and hair.
Flip and Rotate
The question on everyone’s minds: how often do I flip or rotate my mattress? Here’s an easy way to remember: Along with checking the batteries on your smoke detector and changing your clocks forward or back, daylights savings time is a great semi-annual reminder to flip or rotate your mattress. We’ve outlined the specific care schedule for each type of mattress in detail below. Visit our Mattress Help Videos section for more information.
Double-Sided Mattresses (Quilting on both sides)
- In Spring: Flip mattress over.
- In Fall: Flip mattress over and rotate head to foot.
Single Sided Mattresses (Quilting on one side only)
- Spring and Fall Rotate mattress from head to foot.
Zippered Top, Single Comfort Layer
Any time you need to access the materials beneath any of our zippered top designs, begin by unzipping the mattress cover. Fold the border down so the flap can be pulled up, then remove the zippered quilted panel. Then you can adjust the latex or foam comfort layers. To close everything back up, set the top panel back on, pull the flap down, pull the border back up, then zip shut.
- In Spring: Flip the top layer of latex, memory foam or high-density foam, then place back into position.
- In Fall: Flip the latex or foam layers again, but also rotate the layers from head to foot.
Zippered Top, Double Comfort Layer
- In Spring: Flip both layers individually. Because the cushion firmness may vary for each layer, it’s important to keep the top layer on top.
- In Fall: Flip both layers individually, but also rotate each layer from head to foot.