Mattresses can be quite expensive, so it’s natural to want to make sure that they last for as long as possible. If you want to ensure that your mattress survives for a long time, then try these simple tips:
1. Get a new box spring and frame
The box spring and the bed frame account for around 20% of the total value of a mattress set, but many people are reluctant to replace them. Really, when you buy a new mattress it’s worth replacing these, because if the box spring or bed frame do not properly support the mattress then it will break more quickly. Spending a little extra money now will save you a lot of money in the future.
2. Make Sure You Keep The Mattress Clean
Use a mattress protector to keep the mattress as clean as possible – this will make your sleeping area a lot healthier, and protect you from a mold, fungi, and other things that could be posing as a serious potential health risk. Use a mattress protector to reduce the presence of microorganisms and to make sure that you are as safe as possible at all times. We recommend fitting a mattress protector as soon as you get a new mattress.
3. Rotate the Mattress Every Few Months
Some mattresses (but not all) are designed to be flipped over periodically to distribute the wear. Others can be rotated to achieve a similar result. If your mattress is designed that way, the rotate it periodically and make sure that it will last as long as possible.
4. Air the Mattress Regularly
Make sure that you air the mattress as soon as you get it, to get rid of the ‘new product’ scent. Do this before you put on any coverings or sheets. If it’s not too cold outside, open the bedroom windows to help hasten the process.
5. Check the Warranty
Your mattress should have a warranty card that explains what the manufacturer guarantees in terms of wear and longevity. I do know the nectar mattress has the longest guarantee in the industry, so that may be worth looking into. If you feel that the mattress is not living up to that standard, then you should make sure that you make use of that warranty. Contact the manufacturer as soon as you notice there are problems. If you feel like you can’t get a good response from the manufacturer, talk to the retailer, and see if they can help you to raise a complaint. Remember that you do have rights as a consumer.
6. Keep the Tags
It is important that you do not remove the tags that are sewn on to the mattress – these tags provide information about the mattress, and include safety information too. Removing the tags is not ‘illegal’ but it could void the warranty on the mattress.
7. Use a Mattress Protector
It is important to keep your mattress clean not only for the reasons discussed earlier, but because if your mattress does become too dirty or soiled; then you could find that it voids your warranty, and that you will end up unable to claim for other defects – even manufacturing ones.
8. Do Not Use Dry-Cleaning Chemicals on the Mattress
Do not use harsh detergents or dry-cleaning chemicals on your mattress, because these could cause unreasonable wear and tear. All you need to keep the mattress clean enough to sleep on safely is to vacuum clean it, and use a mild detergent if there are any minor stains.
9. Try Not to Bend the Mattress
If you bend or fold the mattress, such as when trying to move it from room to room, then this could void the warranty. Sometimes, it is unavoidable for this to happen, but try to do it as rarely as possible.
10. Do Not Stand on or Jump on a Mattress
Jumping on a mattress can put undue stress on the internal components, and could void the warranty. It is not a good idea to do this, even though it can be fun.
11. Do Not Lift the Mattress by Its Handles
Some mattresses have sewn-on handles. These are designed to rotate the mattress while it is lying flat. The handles are not designed to support the full weight of the mattress. If you damage them by trying to do this; then you will void the warranty.