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Buying a new latex mattress is an exciting investment for many people. Not only are you investing in your comfort, for a better night’s sleep, but also for your health. Whether you are purchasing your new latex mattress for yourself, a child or a parent, the following Latex Mattress Do’s and Don’ts, will help you get the most from your mattress and your investment.
Do Rearrange Layers, as Needed, to Adjust Firmness
One of the beautiful things about a natural latex mattress is that the layers aren’t glued together. Even better, there are multiple layers of varying firmness levels that make up your latex mattress. This means you can remove, or swap, a soft layer if the mattress is too soft, or a firm layer if the mattress is too firm, to customize your mattress to meet your needs.
If you buy your mattress from PlushBeds, you can even order additional layers to make one half of your mattress softer or firmer to meet the needs of couples with different sleeping needs.
Plus, the 100-night comfort exchange program gives you 100 nights to exchange layers and customize your comfort, for your best night’s sleep.
Do Give Yourself Time to Adjust to Your Mattress
Any new mattress is an adjustment. Give your body at least 30 days to adjust to your new mattress, before deciding if it will work for you. At PlushBeds, we want you to be certain you’ve made the right choice, so we offer a 100-night comfort exchange, so you have plenty of time to decide if this is the best mattress for your needs.
Do Use a Heating Pad or an Electric Blanket
Heating pads can help to soothe aching knees and joints in need of comfort and relief. It is safe to use a heating pad with your latex mattress, as the need arises.
Remember to keep safety in mind when using any kind of heated objects in bed, and consider investing in electric heating pads that shut off automatically after so many minutes of use. This prevents overheating, if you fall asleep while using your heating pad in bed. A heating pad with a cover is best as well.
Also, avoid using your heating pad, an electric blanket, or other heating device on exposed latex. Make sure your latex is covered, for an added layer of safety, and to protect the material that makes your mattress so comfortable.
Do Allow Your Mattress to Decompress
While natural latex mattresses do not require airing out to prevent off-gassing (since they are made without chemicals), you do need to allow it to decompress from packaging, once you open it up. A good rule of thumb is to open your mattress early in the day, and allow it to decompress for an hour or two, before sleeping on it.
Do Use a Variety of Foundations
Latex mattresses are versatile, and can be used with a wide range of foundations, including slatted bases, adjustable bases, platforms, and others. The key is to make sure there isn’t more than 2.5 inches between each slat. This helps to extend the life of your mattress.
Also, once you get your mattress onto its base, it is not necessary to flip your mattress. Natural latex is very resilient and durable. It is resistant to things like lumps, bumps, indentations, and uncomfortable bulges.
Do Invest in a Mattress Protector
Not only does the mattress protector provide a layer of protection between your mattress and exposure to moisture, it also provides an added layer of material between your mattress and stains, spills, and heated items, that might otherwise damage your mattress.
Latex mattresses are highly durable and resilient, but they are not impervious to the damage of direct exposure to heat, sunlight, and liquid items (such as wine or juice) that can stain or discolor the latex.
Don’t Machine Wash Your Mattress Cover
Spot washing is best for your mattress cover. However, if deeper cleaning is needed, you should not place your mattress cover in a washing machine. You should use a washcloth and mild detergent to gently scrub away stains and discolorations on your mattress cover, and then allow it to air dry.
Also, you should not use a drying machine or hair dryer to dry your organic cotton mattress cover. Air drying is best to extend the life and comfort of your organic cotton mattress cover.
If you purchase a separate waterproof mattress protector, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for washing. Many of them are machine washable.
Don’t Expose Latex Layers to Sunlight
Direct exposure to sunlight is very damaging for latex mattresses. It’s not only the heat, which is damaging in its own right, it is also the ultraviolet rays that cause tremendous amounts of damage to your latex mattress.
These simple dos and don’ts can help you enjoy your latex mattress for many years to come. Use them wisely to extend the life and comfort of your new latex mattress.
If you have any other questions about the do’s and don’ts for your new latex mattress, reach out to us here at PlushBeds at 1-888-282-1348.
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