Mattress companies are always telling us our mattress will only last eight years, but is that true? If you’re hoping to make yours go the distance – and beyond – here are some top tips for ensuring it stays in good condition.
Buy a quality mattress
It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying a king-sized mattress for your bedroom or a mattress for a daybed in your guest room – choosing a high quality mattress is an investment that will prove worthwhile. That doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of pounds – there are lots of great options available for less. It’s just a case of finding the right supplier and choosing a style that will last.
Use a mattress protector
An inexpensive, simple way to help your mattress last longer is to buy a mattress protector and pop it on as soon as possible. Not only are the best ones waterproof to guard against spills, they also prevent as much dust and dirt working its way into the mattress. This in turn reduces the build up of allergens like dust mites and pet hair in the mattress fibres, causing the condition to deteriorate.
It’s an instruction that comes with every new mattress, but which many of us fail to heed. But turning and rotating your mattress promotes even wear across it, ensuring one side doesn’t wear while the other side remains robust. This is especially important if you sleep alone or the weight difference between you and your partner is more than a few kilos.
This one is, of course, more relevant to kids than adults, but bouncing on the bed – or other heavy movement – can cause premature wear, especially on spring mattresses. If you’ve got a large dog, try to prevent it from leaping onto the bed too, as this can cause damage over time.
Dry and sunny days are less frequent than we’d like in the UK, but once a month or so, on a bright day, strip the bed linen away and let the mattress air out a little. Doing so prevents excess moisture build up as well as potentially helping to keep the dust mite population down.
Clean the stains
If you aren’t using a mattress protector and have an accidental spillage, mattresses on daybeds with storage and fixed doubles alike can be cleaned fairly easily with household products. Clean up a stain as soon as possible after it’s made for the best results.
Beware the bugs
A sure-fire way of ruining a mattress is by allowing bed bugs to take up residence. If your travels or lifestyle means you’re at risk (serial backpackers, we’re looking at you), you may want to invest in a bedbug-proof mattress case, which zips up to stop these nasty critters getting in. You can also ensure that each time you sleep away from home, you check for bedbugs by checking for black spots on the linen or mattress, or white eggs lodged in mattress creases – use a bright torch for this.
If you’re looking for a new mattress that will last, whether it’s for a day bed, a fold-up bed or a fixed bed, we at Bed Kings can provide a range of options.