Caring for Your Mattress

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Your mattress is a critical part of getting a good night's sleep. Properly caring for your mattress will keep it comfortable and help it last longer. This is a page about caring for your mattress.
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There are so many mattress ads on TV now and they are telling us how long we should keep our mattresses. I thought you could use a mattress for 20 years, but they are telling us 7-8. But then, I turn my mattress in the old-fashioned way - upside down and top to bottom - to rotate the wear. I let my mattresses air out the morning after we use it before we make the bed. All of this goes toward giving us more years on our mattress.

By pam munro from L.A., CA

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Each month, we do a deep clean and vacuum in our bedroom which includes taking the mattress out of the room. The mattress has handles around the edges, but they're not easy to grip.

Instead, an easy method that works for us is simply using any towel, or sweater and putting it underneath the edge of the bed.

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One on each side, then each of us will hold the towel - allowing us to move the bed easier and not straining our back.

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September 6, 2004

Anyone who has purchased a mattress lately knows how much they cost. You can save money by getting more life out of the mattress you have. Here are some mattress tips.

Musty Mattress

To help refresh a musty mattress sprinkle baking soda on it. Let it sit for a day and then vacuum up the baking soda.

Protect It

Put a protective cover over your mattresses. If you have kids that are prone to accidents, a vinyl cover works the best.

Flip It

Get into the habit of flipping and rotating your mattress once a month. This will prevent one side from being worn down more than another.

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October 17, 2005

Buying a Mattress

When buying a mattress, make your sure to lay down on it. Just sitting on a mattress won't tell you what it's like to sleep on it. Take it for a test drive in the store.

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Protect Your Mattress

Put a protective cover over your mattresses. If you have kids that are prone to accidents, a vinyl cover works the best. Anyone's mattress can benefit from a mattress pad, it keeps dirt and sweat from getting into the mattress and prevents you from having to wash your mattress. It's much easier to clean a mattress pad than it is a mattress.

Flip Your Mattress

Get into the habit of flipping and rotating your mattress once a month. This will prevent one side from being worn down more than another. Futon mattresses should also be folded, flipped and rotated regularly. Note, some mattresses aren't designed to be flipped, but can still be rotated. Other ones are clearly marked that they shouldn't be flipped or rotated.

Mattresses Have Fragile Handles

Don't move a mattress by picking it up by the handles on either side. They are made to shift the mattress from side to side and tend to break when used to move the whole mattress.

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No Jumping on The Mattress

While it's a lot of fun, don't let kids or adults jump on mattresses. It can permanently damage the supports inside the mattress and cause it to wear out faster. A small trampoline is much cheaper than buying a new mattress.

No More Musty Mattress

To help refresh a musty mattress sprinkle baking soda on it. Let it sit for a day and then vacuum up the baking soda.

Washing a Mattress

If you need to wash you mattress, it is best to use as little liquid as possible to get the job done. If too much water soaks into your mattress you could develop a mildew problem. Mix 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent with 1 quart of water and use it to scrub the mattress. Let the mattress dry thoroughly before putting the sheets back on the mattress.

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January 29, 2005

If you want to avoid lumps in your mattress just turn your mattress once a week. No more lump problems!

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March 31, 2019

When a useful mattress sags you can add a few things between the mattress and box springs to level it out. This is a page about fixing a sagging mattress.

Placing towels under the foam topper to fill in depressions.

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March 19, 2019

If you have a non-pillow top mattress or a two sided pillow top one, you can often extend the life and comfort of the mattress by periodically flipping it over and rotating it head to foot. This is a page about remembering to flip or rotate your mattress.

A bare bed mattress.

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May 21, 2018

There is a good chance of mold or mildew if a mattress is not dried thoroughly. This is a page about drying out a wet mattress.

Close up of a mattress.

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