MATTRESSES are an investment in your health because a good mattress promotes comfort and quality sleep.

But investing in a good mattress isn’t always cheap and therefore, we need to look after this item that we spend nearly one-third of our lives sleeping on!

So, how do you care for your mattress?

Here are five easy steps…

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1. Clean

Start by using a vacuum with an upholstery attachment to clean the mattress on both sides, removing dust from the bed’s surface.

If you have allergies, this is a must-do, since over time dust mites can accumulate in your mattress. Vacuuming every three months is advised but if you have severe allergies, you should vacuum more regularly.

Next, removing dirt and stains from a mattress is a very straightforward process.

You can prepare a cleaning solution using dish soap and water to use on minor stains. A somewhat stronger solution may be necessary for tougher stains.

Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water to produce a simple at-home mattress cleaner. A soap-and-water solution can be used to clean body fluids from a mattress but don’t use hot water as this can set them deeper into the mattress.

Before spot cleaning your mattress, double-check the manufacturer’s directions. Some types, particularly those with memory foam, can be damaged easily and require professional cleaning.

Gently blot the stain with a clean cloth dipped in the cleaning solution, removing any leftover liquid. Always blot instead of rubbing. You may do this as many times as necessary until you’ve eliminated as much stain as you can.

It is easier to erase a stain if you clean it as soon as possible.

2. Remove odours

Strong odours in your mattress can be neutralised by sprinkling baking soda over it.

Apply a thin coat of baking soda to the whole top layer of the mattress for optimal results. Allow the baking soda to absorb smells for two hours or up to a whole day after applying it.

Take the baking soda off using a vacuum and check to see whether your mattress is already clean enough or if any of the procedures need to be repeated.

Open windows and doors to let the air out of the space and eliminate any residual odours.

You may also hire a professional to have your mattress cleaned. Technicians use professional equipment with a hot water extraction to clean deep and dry the material of your mattress in the same way that professional carpet cleaning does. Within a few hours, you’ll feel like your mattress is brand new.

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3. Rotate

To level out wear and tear, innerspring mattresses were traditionally turned every few months. Most mattresses these days are designed for you to use the same side up all of the time, so flipping isn’t necessary.

To avoid sagging and persistent body imprints, rotating it from head to foot every six to 12 months should help. This will enable your mattress to last longer.

When you rotate your mattress, the sleep surface wears evenly. For the first three months after purchasing a new mattress, it is recommended to rotate it once every two weeks. After that, three to four times a year.

Don’t try to raise or rotate your mattress on your own. When rotating anything bigger than a double bed, always use two persons.

4. Protect

A mattress cover should always be used to protect your mattress against dampness, germs, dust mites, and unintentional soiling. They can also aid with odour control and mould prevention.

Mattress covers often compromise of thin, impermeable fabrics that are meant to keep spills and stains at bay. Mattress covers are placed underneath the fitted sheet.

Your mattress is protected against oils, sweat, humidity, food and drink with a waterproof mattress protector. These substances can soak through the foam and degrade the material, causing it to droop prematurely.

Keeping your mattress safe and dry can help preserve its top comfort layer. This will also help your mattress retain its form and guarantee that your warranty is valid.

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5. Replace

Most mattresses are useable for six to eight years on average before it needs to be changed. However, this varies depending on its design, materials, mattress type and degree of use.

Damage or severe sagging that limits the mattress’s capacity to offer the essential pressure relief and support are clear signals that it needs to be replaced. If you need to buy a new mattress, keep in mind to choose the best type of mattress that suit your needs to get the most of its benefits.