Sleep Soundly: Mattress Care 101

It's hard enough to get a good night's sleep nowadays what with kids, work, stress, and other things we do to ourselves (food, drink, television). Our mattresses shouldn't be one of these culprits! Here are a few tips to keep your mattress in tip-top shape. 1. Dust mites. A typical mattress can contain tens of thousands of dust mites. For most people, dust mites are not harmful, but for some, allergies and asthma can be worsened by the presence. The best way to control dust mites is by vacuuming: vacuuming your mattress (with a high-powered vacuum), your pillows and your furniture. Also, if you continue to have problems, invest in dust mite covers for your mattress, box springs and pillows.

2. Flip or rotate your mattress. Flipping and rotating your mattress can lengthen it's life by distrubuting wear patterns. Try to do this at least every 2 months. If you have a no-flip pillow top mattress, rotating is sufficient.

3. Change your bedding weekly. Wash and dry your bedding at at least 130° F and change weekly, to help control dust mites. This is the lowest temperature that will kill a dust mite.

4. No monkeys jumping on the bed! Child rough-housing and jumping on the bed can damage the integrity of the mattress springs and ruin it. Let the rough-housing jokes begin..

5. Clean any stains with a mild detergent, and a damp cloth. Keeping a high-quality mattress pad can help to avoid stains, as well.

6. Use a bed frame or a box spring. A single mattress resting on the floor will lose it's structural density.

Got tips of your own? We want to hear them!

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