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Mattress Care: 10 Useful Tips!

Updated on September 12, 2017
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Reginald has been a sleep specialist for the past 20 years, training new and veteran associates in the retail mattress industry.

Protect Your Investment In Sleep!

Your mattress or in most cases - mattresses, are probably the most important items in your home today. We sleep on them day after day, year after year and expect them to give us the support and comfort each and every time. If you add up the dollars spent on each mattress set in all the rooms throughout your house, you might be surprised at the figure. By following the 10 useful tips in this guide you will easily protect your investment in sleep with the proper mattress care.

Proof Of Purchase
Let's say you just purchased a mattress set and spent $900 plus. The store gives you a receipt for your purchase and because of the technology out there today you may think that you don't need to hang on to that receipt. I definitely recommend that you take the receipt from the store put it in an envelope and stick it between the mattress and the box spring. If in the event that you need to exercise your warranty on that mattress your receipt or proof of purchase will be right there for easy access. You'll never lose it. You should do this with every mattress set in your house.

Installation If you are having your new mattress set delivered you will want to watch as the guys set up your new purchase. Observe how they take it off the truck and bring it in your home. If they are installing a new frame, watch how they do it and don't hesitate to ask questions. If you have your own frame have them check it for sturdiness and tighten all clamps before setting the new set on it. Always ask for the warranty card that is in the bag. You may want to hang onto those bags by the way. They are heavy plastic and could come in handy someday if you decide to move.

Mattress Protector One of the keys to successful and many years of mattress care is the use of a Mattress Protector. This very important item is a linen product that fits over the mattress like a fitted sheet. It is different from a mattress pad in that it serves to protect the mattress from stains and spills, dirt and dust mites. Most are made of cotton fabric with a special breathable membrane on the bottom side making it waterproof. Another type is designed for people with sensitive skin and are made of a eucalyptus fiber which breathe better. One of the great features is the 10 year warranty that they have with this product.

The Mattress Police!

No Jumping!

As hard as it is (and I went through this myself for years) you want to monitor whether or not your children are using the beds as trampolines. Nothing can destroy or ruin a mattress and box spring faster than having someone jump on it over a period of time. Let's face it, you spent the money on a mattress and box spring for your child or children and if it's ruined you may have to purchase another one. There goes your budget!
On a lighter note you may just want to explain to the children that the bedding police come around once a week to check if anybody's jumping on the bed. It worked when we told them about Santa or the tooth fairy - Right!

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We Are Half WayThere!

Mattress Warranty
As an educated consumer, you should always investigate the warranty that comes with your new mattress set or sets. Have the salesperson explain to you what your warranty covers and for how many years. A warranty card should come with the set when delivered and again, this document should be kept with the bill of sale and stored in between the mattress and box spring.

Flipping and Turning Your Mattress If you own a 'flippable' or 'two-sided' mattress you should design a schedule to turn and flip the mattress on regular basis. By flipping the first time and then turning it the next time will give you even wear on the sleep surface and you will find that the mattress will last for years. Any time I am asked the question: "when should I flip my mattress?", I reply with - "Every 3000 miles!" Now, if you think about it and after you stop laughing, it makes sense. I bet you won't forget it!

Law Tags
You've heard the stories about people being told not to take the law tags off the products or they could be arrested and sent to jail. As ridiculous as that stuff sounds in all reality it is very important that you do not take the tags off the mattress and the box spring simply because it is an identification tag for you if you should need to exercise your warranty. The information on the tag tells you and the store that sold it to you four important facts:
✔️where it was made
✔️the date it was made
✔️the name of the bed
✔️ the serial number

Cleaning Your Mattress
Cleaning a mattress today is such a touchy subject because of a few areas. First of all, if you have a regular innerspring mattress that gets a stain on it you might be able to get away with touching it up with a light solution of detergent and water, being very careful that you do not saturate the mattress as it may lead to the possibility of developing a mold problem. Please remember that if your mattress develops stains then the warranty will be voided by the manufacturer.
Many memory foam mattresses today are made with a zippered removable cover that you can simply throw into the washing machine using cold water only and no heat when drying it or just air dry it.
If you do not have a mattress protector on your mattress it is highly recommended that you vacuum the mattress frequently reducing the dust mite populations that will develop over time.

If you're planning to move to a new house it is also recommended that you put your mattress and box springs into protective plastic bags to keep them from getting damaged or soiled. You may be able to purchase these type of plastic bags from the big box store if you know the dimensions, but if you don't, a good tip here would be to make a phone call to a bedding store and ask if they have spare bags for the size mattress you're looking to put into it. Most stores will be very accommodating and you just need to go down and pick them up. Make sure you have plenty of packing tape to seal the open ends. More in this case is better!
If you're not moving but need to store the mattresses and box springs this practice is very good for The storage of your mattress and box springs also.

Bed Frames
When you buy a new mattress set that you're hoping will last for years and years one area that many people forget about is the frame. There are three types of frames (or bases) for a bed today. They are:
1. Metal/Steel Frame
2. Wooden Bed
3. Adjustable Frame or Base

The metal frame should be heavy duty angle iron steel and in most cases have a center support going from head - to - toe. There are many metal frames made of aluminum very weak steal that will not last and your bed will suffer the consequences.

The wooden bed usually comes with a bedroom set. Most times they come with three wooden slats going left to right that hopefully will support the mattress and the box spring. In most cases these wooden slats provided with the bed are not enough support and should be augmented with an additional three slats.

The adjustable base is a very popular and useful item today and many homes all over the world featuring head left, leg lift, for people having health issues or just pure luxury comfort. Some people refer to this as the bedroom recliner. As they come in a variety of styles, an adjustable base is a very sturdy support system for your mattress.

Mattress Care and these 10 Useful Tips will help you down the road. If you need more info or questions, please feel free to comment below. Sleep Well!

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