Good mattresses don’t come cheap and I should know!

If you are investing a sizeable amount of money to ensure a good night’s sleep, you will want to keep your mattress in top condition for as long as possible. Here are some valuable tips to help you achieve that longevity:

1. Air your bed daily. Every night we lose around half a pint of water on average. While some of this is water vapour we breathe out, much of it is sweat straight into our bedding. If you make your bed the instant you get up, you will be trapping that moisture which attracts dust mites and can lead to staining. Far better to throw back the duvet and let the mattress and bedding air.

2. Wash your bedding weekly. This will also deter dust mites. Aim to wash your sheets and duvet cover at least once a week at a minimum temperature of 60°.

3. Regularly vacuum your mattress. Incredibly we shed half a kg of dead skin cells every year, some of which will accumulate on our mattresses. Using a low suction you should aim to vacuum your mattress once a month.

4. Check if you need to turn your mattress. These days many mattresses are designed with one specific side for sleeping on, such as those with an upper layer of memory foam. A sprung mattress should be rotated through 180° and flipped over weekly for the three months immediately after you have bought it and then once every three months thereafter. If in doubt check with the manufacturer.

5. Deal with stains quickly. As with most stains, the longer you leave stains on a mattress the harder they are to shift. To remove a stain, first stand your mattress upright. Sponge the stained area with a damp cloth but be careful not to make too wet. Blot dry with a dry cloth and apply a suitable stain remover designed for upholstery. Rinse with clean cold water and blot dry.

If you are considering purchasing a new mattress and are in the Gloucestershire area why not call in and see how we can help you choose the best one for you.