Even if you have purchased a high-quality and expensive mattress, it will still need maintenance. Its service life is influenced not only by the design and composition of materials, but also by the regular mattress cleaning procedures, performed by the owners or by a professional mattress cleaning company. Our tips will help you learn how to properly flip, clean, and transport the mattress so that you would be able to enjoy it for years to come.
High cost is not a guarantee of a long service mattress life. Caring for your mattress is just as important as its innovative design and premium fillings. Taking care for the condition of the bed is an ordeal in and of itself, including both changing the position of the mattress and its regular cleaning and protection.
What are the basic rules for mattress use?
If you are wondering what you should do in order to protect your mattress for a long time, here is our advice - follow the rules for its use. Today, manufacturers write detailed instructions for using a mattress, which should not be neglected. As a rule, they contain the following recommendations:
- Store the mattress only in dry, well-ventilated areas. If you have to keep it for some time in high humidity conditions, take care of a protective cover so as not to create a favourable environment for the growth of bacteria.
- Place the mattress only on a flat, specially prepared surface. It's a good idea to avoid placing it on its side, so it doesn't deform. Protect your mattress from anything that may alter its shape, as that directly affects its comfort.
- Be sure to match the size exactly. The product should not be larger or smaller than the bed frame - this can lead to deformations and cause inconvenience. For beds larger than 160 cm wide, you can choose two single mattresses or install a fifth leg under the base - this will distribute the load more evenly.
- Choose the model according to the load. Manufacturers always indicate how long the mattress can withstand. Exceeding the permissible load threatens rapid deformation and the end of the model's service life.
- Take care of the distance from sources of fire and heating appliances. In this case, it is just compliance with fire safety rules, which are also important.
These mattress usage rules are easy to follow - so try to stick to them to keep your mattress comfortable for as long as possible. However, you should be mindful of what is sometimes hard to avoid. We're speaking of stains caused by bodily fluids, especially sweat and blood stains. To shield the bedding, you need to buy a mattress protector.
Do I need to buy a mattress topper or protector?
To prevent dirt and dust from getting on the mattress, manufacturing companies offer to buy protective hygienic covers. There are mattress toppers impregnated with an antistatic agent, which does not allow the accumulation of static electricity, or an antibacterial agent - to protect the product from bacteria, pathogens, and just from dirt.
Moisture-repellent properties are characteristic of covers with appropriate moisture-proof impregnation. Such products are often purchased by families with small children, pets, owners of flats, houses in which there is high humidity. Such mattress covers are also widely used for medical purposes.
Buying an additional mattress topper will allow you to seamlessly change and wash the covers.
Protective covers will help you extend service life of the mattress - even products at an affordable price can perform the most important functions:
- protect the surface of the mattress from dust and liquids;
- give an aesthetic and neat look to the sleeping place;
- create an additional layer that provides comfort and orthopaedic properties.
Today manufacturers offer many options for mattress toppers - thick toppers and thin cotton models, knitted and waterproof for children's mattresses, with elastic bands and zippers. All of them are easily washed in conventional washing machines with powder and other detergents. A huge selection of materials and a wide range of sizes will allow you to find a model specifically for your mattress - if you want it to last as long as possible, do not neglect such a purchase.
Can I use anything to clean my mattress?
Most people do not really consider the mattress as something that needs deep cleaning. However, an average bed which is not kept well can contain thousands or millions of dust mites. The mites are not dangerous to you, but their droppings are hazardous. About 12 million UK residents suffer from allergies to dust mites.
And besides that, regular wear and tear will happen, and even the best topper can't save your mattress. So let's look at some basic mattress care tips:
- once every 2 weeks – vacuum the mattress on all sides with a normal vacuum cleaner;
- open the windows to air the room several times a day, every day;
- once a year, clean your mattress at home using a product for upholstered furniture or with the help of professional mattress cleaning services.
A professional mattress cleaning company will also come to the rescue if you need to get rid of stubborn dirt. Hundreds of companies offer such services, including home visits. Don't put off caring for your mattress; fresh stains are much easier to remove than stubborn ones.
What you should not do when it comes to mattress maintenance
If you want to enjoy the best properties of your mattress, avoid the following:
- Do not roll up or squeeze the spring mattress - this is only permissible for polyurethane or latex.
- Do not sit on the same edge of the orthopaedic mattress and do not let children jump on it, otherwise it will quickly deform.
- Do not place foreign objects under the mattress - this will lead to incorrect distribution of loads and the failure of the springs.
- Do not use any bleaching products, such as hydrogen peroxide or Vanish, as they are not safe to inhale and for skin contact.
The maximum service life of springless mattresses is 12-15 years, and of spring mattresses - 10-12 years. Proper mattress care of any model will allow it to withstand a given period of operation without losing its properties - and will help to avoid earlier replacement.
How to deal with the formation of mould in the mattress
Most mattresses absorb moisture easily and do not dry out for a long time, creating an environment conductive to mould growth. People living in cool, humid climates or poorly ventilated areas often face the problem of rotten smell in the bedroom.
It should be noted that the formation of mould in the mattress poses a serious threat to your health, so the most reliable way to solve the gaps is to replace the mattress with a new one.
How to get the smell of cigarette smoke out of the mattress
Mattresses quickly become saturated with odours, which are sometimes almost impossible to get rid of. If your bed is soaked in the smell of cigarette smoke, try removing the cover, sprinkling generously with baking soda on the mattress and leaving it on for at least 24 hours, then vacuuming off any remaining soda. Essential oils can also help with smell removal by neutralising the bad odours with their own.
Use professional mattress cleaning services regularly
Even if you pay great attention to keeping your mattress clean and fresh, a hoover can't remove everything. That is why you should preferably use mattress cleaning services at least once a year. Professional cleaning allows you to get rid of dust mites, dust accumulating in the mattress, stains and unpleasant odours. Moreover, experts carry out a comprehensive antibacterial treatment and by doing this they extend the life of your mattress.
Hot water extraction cleaning is the most commonly used professional mattress cleaning method. The upholstery attachment, also known as the hand tool, is used to clean mattresses. For mattresses with blood stains, professionals use warm or cold water instead of hot. Appropriate stain removers are always present in a professional's cleaning armoury, ready to deal with issues of any kind.