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How to Care for Your Mattress

Buying a new mattress can be exciting. After scouring through dozens of mattress stores and searching for the perfect mattress, you’ve finally found it, the mattress you simply cannot live without. Hopefully, you’ve found a comfortable all natural latex mattress to build dreams upon. When you bring your mattress home, you of course want to dress it up with fancy bedding and care for it so it lasts for many years to come but do you really know how to do that? Below are some great tips and pointers that every mattress owner should know, on how to care for your mattress, courtesy of Raymour & Flanigan.

Let Your Mattress Breathe

Like a lot of other new items, mattresses emit that “new mattress smell” (similar to new car smell), and while this smell is completely normal, it will dissipate over time. To speed up the process, try leaving your mattress and box spring uncovered for several hours when you first get it home. If you have an old mattress, sleep on that for a night or two so that your new mattress’ odor is completely dissolved before you sleep in it.

Let the Air in

When you buy a new mattress, moisture is easily trapped within the covers. To prevent moisture and mildew, fold back your covers and air out your mattress each morning while you’re getting ready for the day. This will prevent moisture buildup.

Give Your Mattress Support

Half the battle on getting a good night of sleep is the bed frame your mattress is laid upon. Make sure to use a sturdy bed frame so that your new mattress has the proper support. An insufficient bed frame will cause the mattress to bow or sag.

Soap it Up

If you have the unfortunate luck of staining your new mattress, clean it gently with mild soap and water. NEVER dry clean a mattress. The chemicals in dry cleaning and spot removers can be harmful to the fabric. Check out this video below to learn more on cleaning a mattress, courtesy of About.com.

Vroom, Vacuum

Vacuuming your mattress is the best way to clean it. It’s not too harsh and will help to remove dust and debris and reduce allergens. Try to vacuum your mattress once a week if you can. Check out the UV mattress vacuum below, it’s the latest craze.

Rotate Your Sitting Spot

Try to avoid sitting on the same edge of your mattress everyday when you’re getting ready in the morning. If you continually sit in the same spot, it can lead to mattress sagging in the corners of your mattress.

Skip the Bed and Breakfast

While eating in bed sounds romantic and whimsical, cleaning up the OJ you spill all over your new mattress isn’t. Avoid spills buy not consuming food and drinks while in bed. If, however your mattress does get wet, dry it quickly with a hair dryer. If you’re a smoker, don’t smoke in bed. Besides being extremely dangerous, it can also reduce the life of your mattress significantly.

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    Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

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