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Friday, November 23, 2012

How to care for your mattress

We all know that getting a good night sleep is essential for health and general wellbeing. Far from being a waste of time, sleep enables the body and mind to rejuvenate, re-energise and restore. As a person sleeps, the brain performs vital housekeeping tasks, such as organising long-term memory, integrating new information and repairing and renewing tissue. This period of rest and restoration is severely impaired if you are tossing and turning due to an uncomfortable, poorly cared for mattress.
A good quality mattress should last for at least ten years, so it’s a really serious investment. You should buy the best mattress you can afford, as you will be spending a great deal of time on it. However, you will need to carry out a little regular housekeeping to keep it in prime condition and get maximum value for money.
The human body eliminates about 40cl of water per night, therefore aeration of the bedroom and bedding is essential to eliminate moisture. Here is our guide for helping you to maximise the lifespan of your mattress, keeping it in top condition, clean and hygienic for as long as possible.
Turn your mattress regularly
You should turn your mattress over at least four times a year to avoid harmful body impressions. Memory foam mattresses should be rotated once a month, but not flipped over.

Cover the mattress
Stains, spills and moisture wont only spoil the look and feel of your mattress; it could void your warranty. Consider purchasing a washable mattress cover to protect the surface of your mattress that’s easy to remove and replace on your mattress. Some covers are even designed to repel dust mites and will reduce the need for vacuuming.

Remove dust from the mattress surface
Vacuum your mattress as often as possible, using the upholstery attachment, to remove any dust particles.
Don’t allow your mattress to get wet
If you spill something on your mattress and it becomes necessary to wet it, then do so sparingly! Use a small amount of soapy water and run the stain with a clean cloth. Moisture is the primary cause of mold growth, so make sure the mattress is completely dry before you replace the sheets.
Reduce Odours
Sprinkle a little baking powder over the surface of the mattress and leave for a few minutes, before thoroughly vacuuming off.

Strip the bed before vacations
A vacation is the ideal opportunity to allow your bed to aerate. Strip all the sheets and remove from the mattress. Not only will this leave your mattress fresh upon your return, it will prompt you to put clean, sweet smelling sheets on when you return from your vacation, making you fall in love with your bed all over again!

Don’t let children jump on the bed
I know, I know, we’re spoilsports! But if you’re serious about helping your mattress to achieve its maximum life span, then you need to limit your little darlings jumping activities to the trampoline.
If you’re mattress is looking and feeling a little worse for wear, there is a huge range and variety of mattresses available online, and stores like Mattress1 have an enormous choice of mattress from a range of top manufacturers. Shop your way to a great nights sleep!
This article was written by Kathryn Thompson, a UK based freelance writer and mom to three young daughters. Kathryn understands the importance of getting a good nights sleep whenever possible!


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Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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