Extend the life of a mattress

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How to extend the life of your mattress is a valid concern, particularly when you consider the value of the investment. A mattress set can cost anywhere from about $300 to more than $1,500, depending on the type and brand you choose. However, money is not the only factor when it comes to taking proper care of your bed set. Your comfort and sleep quality are other reasons to look for ways to help your mattress last longer. A mattress with dips or bumps can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep and affect your health. Fortunately, there are numerous things you can do to maximize your mattress’s performance and extend its lifespan.

Tip #1 - Do not sit on the edge of your mattress. Sitting on the edge of your bed frequently could cause the wire to bend and cause the mattress would lose its form. Consider placing a bench or a stool at the foot of the bed. A chest or a chair will also work. If you need to sit down while getting dressed or putting on your shoes, you’ll have a place to sit other than the bed. 

Tip #2 - Use a zippered cover on your mattress. There are many advantages to using a zippered cover. Most covers are made of vinyl or plastic. If you like to eat in bed, a cover would keep your mattress clean despite any spills. A cover also provides protection from dust mites. 

If you are concerned about chemicals or allergies, you can find hypoallergenic covers. Other covers are made of cotton but are waterproofed to keep your mattress clean. 

A mattress pad provides some level protection, but if it’s not waterproof, your mattress  would still sustain damage from beverage spills.

Tip #3 - Rotate your mattress regularly. Rotating the mattress will prevent dips and unevenness. It will also help the mattress keep its shape and extend its lifespan. If you have a new bed set, the recommendation is that you rotate it twice a month for the first three months. After the initial 90 days, rotate it only once a month.

If you have a double-sided mattress (it looks the same on both sides) you can flip it on its opposite side.  

Tip #4 - Choose a bed frame with center support. Twin and full-size frames generally don’t need center support. However, queen and king-size mattresses will likely sag without center support. Lack of center support could also cause the spokes in the foundation to break.

Tip #5 - Don’t allow children to jump on the bed set. It could damage the set’s interior construction. 

Tip #6 - Vacuum your mattress. This is the only recommended cleaning method, according to The Better Sleep Council. Cleaning chemicals and spot removers could damage the fabric as well as the underlying materials. However, if you just have to tackle a stain, mild soap with cold water is your best option. Apply the solution lightly to avoid soaking the mattress.

Extending the life of your mattress is not complicated. There are multiple things you can do to help your new bed set last longer and maximize its performance. Simple things such as rotating the mattress, using a zippered cover and using a bench instead of sitting on your bed set can go a long way in extending the life of your mattress while saving you money. 

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