There are a few things in your house that you will probably want to keep as new for as long as possible. The dishwasher, your fridge and freezer, and your mattress. Those items cost a lot initially, and when they break or become a bit too old – are a sizable expense.
If you want your mattress to feel like new for longer, then maintenance is what you are going to need.
Mattresses are a prime location of dust, dead skin, bed bugs, and other little nasties. While you can wash your bed linens at a high temperature – you can’t do the same for your mattress.
Unfortunately, the mattress is also the prime space for bed wetting, and other liquids. Even the off coffee or tea spill will cause havoc.
- Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in 8oz of hydrogen peroxide. Add a couple of drops of dish soap too.
- Apply the mixture to the stain, but be careful not to saturate the mattress.
- Let it dry. If you find the stain is still there then…
- Create a foam with your powder laundry detergent. 3 tablespoons of soap and 1 tablespoon of water. Nothing with oxygenated bleach is advised.
- Spread the paste evenly over the stains.
- Leave for 30 minutes
- Scrape the paste off gently
- Vacuum up the leftovers
You should be vacuuming your mattress weekly to prevent dust mites. This will give you a perfect chance to wash the sheets too.
Your mattress is probably a full or larger. Doubles and bogger will all need a center support beam to prevent sagging. So make sure that your bed base has one.
Flipping the mattress every few months, 3 is best, will stop you leaving body imprints – which you can’t fix. After you flip the mattress, unless there are designated head and foot markers, you can turn it too. This means that over the course of the years, no one area of the mattress will end up carrying all the weight.
Ban the bounce. Although kids do love to bounce on their bed and roll around on it, it really isn’t suitable for the mattress. It can permanently damage the springs. Although almost all parents set that rule in place, children will still do it. So, a gentle reminder once in a while about not doing it might be perfect.
The base of your bed should be the highest quality that you can afford. A high-quality bed base will support the mattress in all of the right areas, as we are all supporting you while you are on the mattress. If you are in doubt, then try to get a mattress and a base from the same company. Usually, their products will work together perfectly.
Just remember that keeping your mattress clean, and flipping it often will mean that you are less likely to get backache from your bed and much more likely to get a good night’s sleep too. Follow the tips above, and you can keep your mattress in excellent condition for years to come.