Let’s be honest: Your bed is probably one of your favorite places. You sleep, relax, read, and maybe even watch some TV there. But that daily use takes a toll on your mattress over time. Sarah Flowers, author of CLEANING HACKS, offers 9 easy ways you can make your mattress last.
#1. Let fresh air in.
Be sure to open those light-blocking window treatments once in a while. When you wash your linens, open your windows, and let sunlight and fresh air come in. Doing this will air out the mattress and chase dust mites and bedbugs away.
#2. Use a mattress cover.
Mattresses aren’t cheap. To protect your investment, use a mattress cover to keep dead skin cells, sweat, pet stains, dust mites, and more from penetrating your mattress. Plus, mattress covers are much easier to clean than a big, absorbent mattress, so they help allergies and asthma problems immensely.
#3. Don’t jump on the bed.
Jumping on the bed may be fun, but it can cause damage to your mattress that can reduce its support and shorten its life span.
#4. Store it correctly.
If you need to store your mattress, cover it with a breathable cover made for storage, and store it flat in a climate-controlled storage unit. Also, be sure not to lay any heavy objects on top of your mattress. Basements are too damp for mattress storage, and garages are prone to humidity and temperature changes that may harm your mattress with prolonged exposure.
#5. Wash your bed linens often enough.
Wash your sheets every week to clean pet hair and dander, sweat, bacteria, and other yucky messes that, if left unchecked, can penetrate into your mattress
#6. Be sure to support your mattress properly.
Traditional mattresses need box springs, while the newer foam mattresses work best on foundations. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for the support of your mattress since incorrect support can make the bed uncomfortable for you and shorten the life span of the mattress.
#7. Rotate your mattress.
You should rotate your mattress from top to bottom about every 3 months to avoid sagging spots and other issues.
#8. Clean the mattress.
Vacuum your mattress at least every 3 months when you rotate it to control dust mites and other allergens.
#9. Don’t allow your dog to sleep under the bed.
Letting your dog sleep under the bed may seem harmless enough, but the hair and dander left behind can aggravate allergies and asthma, and your pup can accidentally tear the lining of your mattress or box spring. Give your dog his own bed to sleep on instead.
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