There is a general rule when it comes to beds; it’s better to buy a cheap bed and an expensive mattress than vice versa. It’s the mattress that makes all the difference, and the mattress that will give you the perfect night’s sleep… or not. So once you’ve invested your hard earned cash into a mattress, it’s important to look after it so that it lasts as long as possible. Mattresses are not disposable items, so they need to be cared for. Here are some ways to do just that.

Protection
It doesn’t matter who you are, what you weigh, or what you do, the fact is that everyone sweats when they’re asleep. It’s a good thing; it’s healthy. This is the body’s way of getting rid of any nasty toxins that had found their way in, so that you wake feeling refreshed. Unfortunately, although it’s good for you, it’s not so great for your mattress, which soaks up all that sweat (sometimes as much as 250g per person, per night). Over the course of just a few months, not to mention years, your mattress will have soaked up many litres of sweat – and that will create dust mites. To protect your mattress from this plight, you can put a mattress protector on it. What’s great about these mattress protectors is that they can be washed, and they’ll stop the sweat (most of it at least) from entering the mattress in the first place.

Rotation
Rotating your mattress is a fantastic way to keep it in tip top condition. How often you need to do this job will depend somewhat on the manufacturer, so check the label on your mattress, or search online if you’re not sure. Ideally, you should be rotating your mattress from end to end every three months or so. This allows for even wear on the mattress, and will prevent it from sagging in one spot. Remember, the handles on a mattress are not supposed to be used to lift it, but only to position it once it’s back on the bedframe. If your mattress is large, then make sure you have someone there to help you move it, to prevent damage being done to your back.

Your Bed Frame
Now, although we did say that you could buy cheap when it came to your bed (assuming you spent a lot on the mattress) we don’t mean buy nasty. You still need to be able to trust that your bedframe isn’t going to fall apart! A broken down, old bed frame can do a lot of damage to your mattress too, in some cases ripping it, or breaking the springs. If your bedframe is broken, definitely buy a new one – it will be much better for you and your mattress.

Cleaning
If you use a mattress protector as mentioned above, that will help to keep your mattress pretty clean, but spills and stains can still seep through on occasion. If and when that happens, treat the stain as quickly as possible. Use a small amount of warm soapy water (too much will do more damage to the mattress, and could even encourage mould growth) to soak up as much of the stain as you can. The mattress should be totally dry before you put the protector back on, or cover it over with a sheet, and if you need to speed things up, a hairdryer can do wonders.