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Caring For Your Bed and Mattress

Jonathan Warren

05.07.2010

Sleep Well

Jonathan Warren
 If you care for any type of item then they will last longer and beds are no exception. The thing is when most of us buy a bed we take it out of  the wrapping when it’s delivered and then do little else to maintain it.  It’s the same for a mattress, it needs to be looked after if you are to get the best use and wear from it. There are a few simnple things you can do to care for your bed   Here are a few tips that can help you-
  • When buying a new bed or mattress make sure you air it after removing the packaging before fitting any bedding.
 
  • Read the care labels on mattresses. They are there to help you. Follow the guidelines for cleaning and care.
 
  • Check regularly for any screws or bolts that may have come loose and tighten accordingly
 
  • Use a mattress protector to help prevent stains and lower the dust accumulated. Hypo Allergenic protective covers are available and can assist in easing the dust problems that cause allergies.
 
  • Every morning roll back the covers and let your bed air for around 20 minutes or more, to let body moisture that has collected during the night evaporate.
 
  • Never cover your mattress with a plastic sheet or polythene cover, these will create moisture and could damage the mattress or make it damp.
 
  • If your bed doesn’t have a no-turn mattress, then you should turn your mattress once every two weeks for the first six months.
 
  • Beds with upholstered headboards or footboards can be cleaned with a dry foam shampoo if they become excessively dirty.
 
  • Wiping your bed frame occasionally with a damp cloth helps keep it clean and dust free.
 
  • If you have a Divan bed don’t fill the drawers  with items that are too heavy. They are designed to hold bedding and clothes, too much weight will damage the base of the drawers
 
  • Don’t vacuum your mattress or bed. It’s better to use a soft brush to remove fluff and dust as it is less likely to cause any damage.
 
  • Wipe up any spills immediately using paper kitchen towels or a dry cloth.
 
  • If buying a new bed frame make sure your current mattress will fit the new frame. A mattress that is too large or too small can be damaged or even damage the bed frame and won’t provide you with a decent night’s sleep.

About the author

Jonathan Warren

Jonathan Warren

Time4Sleep owner