5 Tips For Taking Care of Your Mattress and Extending its Life
Some housekeeping to consider during the two minutes between Netflix episodes.
By: Ortho Dream Team | August 23, 2018
In the mysterious moments following the Last Supper, the Holy Grail was seemingly lost—although assuredly hidden—spurring a search that has spanned centuries. Since then, a dearth of ecclesiastical work has speculated about the Grail’s current resting place. Others have tried to find it. Monty Python and his valiant compatriots attempted a search during the Medieval ages. Archaeologist Indiana Jones claimed to have used its contents on his own father in the 1930s. And yet, its location still eludes modern academia. Nonetheless, the Grail’s promise of immortality continues to pique the interests of historians, modern scientists and the aging wealthy alike.
Since we cannot permanently prolong your life, we can only offer tips to augment the lifespan of your current resting place—the mattress. While the various mattress types—innerspring, memory foam, hybrid and latex—are constructed with distinct materials, proper care is consistent between them. We have packed together the five most integral care tips to keep in mind after purchasing your new bed.
1. ENSURE PROPER SUPPORT
A proper foundation will reduce the chances that your mattress will sag over time. While often misunderstood and under appreciated, the box spring is the unsung hero of mattress longevity. The box spring, adjustable base or two-inch Bunkie board, provide level foundational support, even as body weight shifts on the mattress. Be wary of slat-based support as the mattress will contort and sag between the foundation’s divisions, and produce an uneven sleep surface.
Liquid resistant mattress protectors are an absolutely essential accessory for mattress maintenance. The average person exudes roughly 54 oz of sweat (and sometimes other stuff) each evening. While most of that near half-gallon of sweat evaporates into the air, much of it gets absorbed by the mattress. The mattress protector, easily washed and placed like a fitted sheet, protects your bed from all perspiration, spills, and accidents. However, an even better alternative is to lock it up! A mattress encasement zips and fully envelops the mattress—preventing entry from all bed bugs, dust mites and those pesky liquids mentioned early. These protection options will provide a nightly liquid blockade and help to keep your new bed in pristine condition.
The modern mattress flips no longer. From the mud sleep mats of 77,000 years ago to Egyptian wood slabs to 20th century Murphy Beds, mattresses have come a long way. Quit your bellyaching and embrace evolution. Mattress companies specifically design beds to provide optimal sleeping on only one side. Instead of flipping, rotate the bed from head to foot seasonally, so your mattress wears in evenly—helping prevent lumps and scattered sagging.
4. NO JUMPING, RUMPUS, BALLYHOO OR FOOFARAW
Or at least try to limit it. While designed for durability, even state-of-the-art steel deteriorates from weight and wear. But everyone still likes to sit on the edge of their bed. With this in mind, most manufacturers have built beds to resist deterioration with dense foam encasements lining the edge of the beds between the coil and memory foam layers. For instance, these coil mattresses have a 4½” high-density foam encasement that guarantees a wider sleep surface and reinforces the entire 360-degree border to provide stability while getting in and out of bed.
However, heavy jumping or overt uneven pressure can still erode the coil elasticity across the mattress. Memory foam, while more resilient, can still deteriorate or be torn. This effect can be mitigated with less hooliganism, bed dance routines and, our greatest nemesis, those pesky five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
5. KEEP IT CLEAN
Beds that are well-maintained and clean last longer. An encasement will do most the heavy lifting here, but make sure to still keep a mindful eye on the tidiness around your sleeping area. Keep the late-night snacking in the kitchen, the laundry in the bin, the duvet familiar with the washing machine, and take an occasional pre-bed shower!