It sounds like an exaggeration, but those who have one will know: a high-quality mattress can change your life. Not only do they help you get a better night’s rest, they offer the right amount of support to keep your spine aligned and healthy.
Once you’ve found the perfect mattress, follow these simple tips to protect and care for your mattress so you can enjoy satisfying sleep for years to come!
Invest in the right bed frame
Don’t ruin a great mattress with a mediocre bed frame, as it could affect the quality of your mattress – and your overall comfort! Make sure your bed frame has sturdy centre supports to prevent the mattress from sagging or bowing, whether you prefer a divan base or a bedstead with a slatted base like our Vernon Elephant collection (pictured).
Use a mattress protector
It’s important to invest in a good mattress protector: they provide extra insulation, minimise the effect of soiling or spillage, and protect the mattress from dust mites. These are especially beneficial for those with allergies, but they’re a good idea even if you’re not allergic.
Turn up the snuggle factor with a mattress topper
Different than a mattress protector, a mattress topper provides a bit of extra cushioning and support, like our Hotel Clusterfill Topper. This is an affordable, easy way to prolong the life of your mattress and ensure a comfy night’s sleep.
We recommend you turn your mattress weekly for the first eight weeks, then once a month after that. Always turn top to bottom and rotate end to end: this will help a new mattress conform to your body and ensure that it wears evenly.
Air your mattress out regularly
In addition to washing your sheets every two weeks for a healthy sleep, strip all bedding and protectors for a few hours and let the mattress breathe. This will help rid it of collected moisture, and can keep from smelling. Then you can sleep soundly on a clean mattress in sheets as soft as our Brushed Cotton White linen set (pictured).
Tip: if your mattress is starting to smell a bit, here’s a super easy DIY trick you can try. Sprinkle a light layer of bicarbonate of soda on the top of your mattress and let it stand for about 20 minutes. Then, hoover up anything remaining and get ready for a fresh rest.
No bouncing (sorry kids)
This is a pretty obvious one, but jumping on the bed is a no-no. This is not only dangerous for your little ones (as a low-hanging light or little slip could end in tears); this damages the coils or fibres of your mattress.
Sit on your sofa, not your mattress
In addition to no bouncing, avoid sitting on your bed, especially the edge. Your mattress is designed to support the weight of your body lying down, not the collected weight of your sitting position. This can put strain on the mattress and cause uneven wear.
Don’t put off investing in a new one
If your mattress is over seven years old, it’s probably time to buy new. If you’ve noticed that you’re waking up feeling achy or unrested in general, your mattress could be the culprit. Take the time to find the right one for you and your budget – if you’re going to be spending around eight hours there for the next seven years or so, you deserve to find something comfy and supportive.
Daunted at the task of buying a new mattress? Check out our handy buying guide, and of course don’t hesitate to visit our Sleep Centre for expert advice.