Mattresses - Maintenance
CARE AND USE
You can extend the lifespan of your mattress through proper care.
- Don't bend (as in around corners, etc.) your innerspring mattress because its innards can be permanently damaged
- Rotate and flip your mattress according to the manufacturers specifications.
- Use a foundation designed for your mattress.
- Do not exert great force on the mattress handles. This may not seem logical, but those handles are not there to tie rope to and haul to the second floor…
- You can use a mattress pad to keep the mattress free of stains. If stained, use mild soap and cold water - rub lightly. Never soak a mattress or a foundation.
- Use a vacuum cleaners hose attachments for regular cleaning.
Many of today's top-quality mattresses use technologically advanced foams and fibers that are designed to be softer and more comfortable while ensuring your body has the support you need for good health. By cradling your body, these materials relieve pressure and are so comfortable that you'll probably toss and turn less in the night. For that reason, in the first few weeks you sleep on a new mattress that offers these extra comfort layers, you will likely notice some body impressions on the mattress surface. These impressions are normal and shouldn't be considered a sign that something is wrong with your new mattress. Unless your mattress care instructions indicate otherwise, you may want to rotate your mattress from end-to-end and from top-to-bottom. After a few weeks, the impressions will begin to smooth out and, over time, disappear.
Most manufacturers offer suggestions for care. If not adhered to, the mattress may fail prematurely. Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions to stay within warranty requirements. Recently, manufacturers have produced one-sided mattresses that do not need to be flipped and in some cases, do not need to be turned.
HOW TO TELL WHEN YOU NEED A NEW MATTRESS
Contrary to popular belief, your mattress is the most important piece of furniture in your home. No, that Hi-Def TV or that Front Loading Washing Machine are not the most important. For most people, no item in your home will get more hours of use—since we spend approximately one-third of our lives on them. No other piece of furniture contributes so directly to your health and well being. If your mattress is more than 10 years old, if it has formed annoying peaks, valleys or lumps, or if you wake up stiff and sore, it's probably time for a new one.
The short of it is that your body needs a restful night's sleep in order to be fresh for the day ahead. The effects of poor sleep can have negative effects on memory, cognitive skills, digestion and potentially many other functions. A mattress that is worn out or poorly suited to your needs can cause you to lose valuable sleep. To the contrary, sleeping on the right mattress can help you sleep better.
Obvious signs that your old mattress has seen better days:
- A valley has developed in the section of the mattress where you sleep,
- Sagging across the middle third of the mattress or along the sides makes you roll toward your partner,
- The mattress makes creaking noises,
- Soft, non-supportive edges are a sign of edge breakdown,
- You’re waking up sore or stiff in the morning,
- You’ve developed reoccurring back pain.
How tired are you?
Signs that you are not getting enough sleep:
- You are always tired in the morning,
- You are having constant difficulty getting out of bed,
- You are in need of a nap during the day,
- You are irritable,
- You are unable to concentrate,
- You sleep better in beds that are not your own,
- You are not sleeping well.
Poor sleeping habits and the effects of sleep deprivation is usually the first sign that you need a new mattress.
YOU ARE THE BEST TEST OF A MATTRESS
Obviously a good night's sleep is crucial. Sleep helps replenish the vital energy you expend during the day. If you’re not getting refreshing, deep sleep, it is probably time to shop for a new mattress.
Consider your new mattress and foundation as "sleep equipment" that needs to be cared for in order to assure the best hygiene and performance. It's important to follow mattress care instructions from the maker of your mattress as products vary greatly. However in general it's important to know about the following:
- Proper installation Make sure your new mattress and foundation are properly installed in your home. Improper installation can damage your new sleep set. If you choose to transport and install on your own, ask one of our Service Reps to give you some tips to help you avoid problems.
- Use a protective pad. A good quality, washable mattress pad (and one for the foundation, too, if you like) is a must to keep your set fresh and free from stains.
- Let it breathe. If you detect a slight "new product" odor, leave the mattress and foundation uncovered and well ventilated for a few hours. A breath of fresh air should do the trick!
- Give it good support. Use a sturdy bed frame. If it's a queen or king size set, make sure your frame has the adequate center support that will prevent bowing or breakage.
- Don't dry clean. The chemicals in dry cleaning agents/spot removers may be harmful to the fabric or underlying materials. Vacuuming is the only recommended cleaning method. But if you're determined to tackle a stain, use mild soap with cold water and apply lightly. Do not ever soak a mattress or foundation.
- Don't remove the tag. Contrary to popular belief, it's not illegal to remove the law tag, but the information on the label will serve as a means of identification should you have a warranty claim.
- It's not a trampoline. Don't let the kids jump on your sleep set. Their rough-housing could do damage to the interior construction, as well as to themselves!
- No boards, please. Never put a board between the mattress and foundation. It may enhance the sense of support for a while, but it will only make the problem worse over time. When any bed in your home has reached the "board stage", get rid of it.
- Out with the old. Now that you've treated yourself to a new sleep set, arrange to have your old bed removed and disposed of. Don't give it to the kids, relatives, guests or neighbors. If it wasn't good enough for you, it isn't good enough for anyone else. Throw it out!