How Can I Protect My Mattress?

September 10, 2020 11:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Once you’ve found the perfect mattress, you want to keep it clean and in great shape for years to come. That’s why one of the top questions our customers have when checking out mattress sales in Manhattan, KS is how they can protect their new investment.

Here’s how to get the longest life out of your bed:

  • Use a mattress protector: The most important thing you can do for your mattress is pick up a waterproof mattress protector. Not only will it keep your mattress from getting stained (a distinct possibility if you enjoy coffee in bed), but it also helps keep out dust, dust mites and other allergens. Mattress protectors form a protective barrier that prevent sweat and skin oils from soaking into your new bed—and best of all, the modern ones are as cool and comfortable as a fitted sheet. Opt for a machine-washable version.
  • Rotate your mattress: Rotating your mattress is important to make sure it wears evenly—this is particularly important in the first few years. Flip the mattress 180 degrees from head to foot about once every two to six months. It’ll help avoid depressions and early softening.
  • Wash your sheets regularly: A mattress protector can help, but to really keep sweat, oil, dead skin cells, pet hair and dander, dust and allergens from penetrating your mattress, you need to wash your sheets often—about once every week or two. (Keep several sets of sheets on hand to make this chore even easier.) Make sure to wash your mattress protector every few months, too.
  • Try a bedbug-proof mattress cover: If your area is prone to bedbugs, you may wish to invest in a bedbug-proof mattress cover. This helps prevent bedbugs—which are notoriously hard to get rid of—from nesting in your brand-new mattress and biting you while you sleep. These encase the mattress completely, as opposed to mattress protectors, which simply go over the top.
  • Air it out once per month: On laundry day, strip your bed of the linens and mattress protector to let it air out for a few hours (unless you have bedbugs). It’ll allow your mattress to dry out from excess humidity.
  • Clean according to manufacturer recommendations: All mattresses come with cleaning instructions, from spot removal to general maintenance. Usually soap and water can get rid of most stains—just allow to dry completely before you put the mattress protector and linens back on. You should also vacuum your mattress about once per month to get rid of any dust and dander that have settled on it—do this at the same time you air it out.
  • Keep pets off: Yes, Fluffy is adorable, but your pets also track in germs and dirt from outside, have accidents and drool. It’s better to get them their own pet bed and keep it near yours.

Got questions about protecting your new mattress? The friendly staff at Beds For Less can help you. Stop by today to check out our mattress sales in Manhattan, KS.

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