Caring for a Mattress
How to Have a Good Relationship with Your Mattress
- Get started on the right foot. Making sure your new mattress and foundation are properly installed in your bedroom is the first step in caring for your new bed. Improper installation can damage your new sleep set. If you choose to transport and install it yourself, ask store personnel for advice to help you avoid problems.
- Rotate it. Unless your mattress care instructions indicate otherwise, you may want to periodically rotate your mattress from end-to-end and flip it over, if applicable.
- Cover it up. A good-quality, washable mattress cover (and one for the foundation or box spring, too, if you like) is a must to keep your set fresh and free from stains. It also protects your mattress from dust mites and allergens.
- Deep breaths. If you detect a slight new product odor when you first get your new set, leave the mattress and foundation uncovered and well ventilated overnight. A breath of fresh air should do the trick.
- Provide good support. Be sure to use a sturdy, high-quality bed frame. For a queen- or king-size set, make sure your frame has a strong center support that will prevent the mattress from bowing or breaking.
- Playing mattress tag. Contrary to popular belief (and many comedy routines), it’s not illegal to remove the tag on a mattress, but the information on the label will serve as a means of identification should you have a warranty claim, so you should leave it for future reference.
- No little monkeys on your bed. Don’t let the kids jump on your sleep set. Their rough-housing could damage the interior construction of your bed, and more importantly, they could get hurt.
- Don’t get board. Never put a board between the mattress and foundation. It may enhance the sense of support for a while, but it will only make the problem worse over time. If you feel like your bed needs a board for extra support, it means it’s time to get rid of it and get a new mattress.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to follow any specific guidelines from your manufacturer about the best method of mattress care.
- Out with the old. Now that you’ve treated yourself to a new sleep set, arrange to have your old bed removed and disposed of. Don’t give it to kids, relatives, guests or neighbors or try to donate it to a charitable organization. If it wasn’t good enough for you, it isn’t good enough for anyone else. Throw it out!
Pro Tip: The best way to care for your mattress is simply to vacuum it.
Keeping Your Mattress Squeaky Clean
Worried about stains on your mattress? Whatever you do, don’t apply harsh chemicals like dry cleaning products or spot removers. These products can harm the fabric or underlying materials in your mattress and do more damage than good. If your mattress is damp in any spot, sprinkle baking soda on it to absorb the moisture, then vacuum. If there is a stain you want to work on, lightly apply mild soap and cold water, blotting as you go. Avoid soaking your mattress or foundation with any liquid. Remember that a mattress cover is the best way to avoid stains.