Do you know how much time Americans spend on sleeping? An average of 8.8 hours per day, according to the US Bureau of Labor. If you do the math, that’s roughly 260 hours of snoozing each month and more than 3,000 hours of slumber per year. Now, that’s a lot of ZZZs!
But let me ask you? How often do you clean your gel memory foam mattress? No need to respond if you’re too embarrassed to answer that question. The quality of your sleep depends a lot on your bed. That’s why it’s important to know how to care for your mattress properly.
Also, cleaning your mattress frequently is an excellent way to protect your investment. After all, you’ll enjoy many years of restful sleep if you know how to maintain the good condition of your mattress.
I know that keeping your furniture spick and span can be a real pain, but it’s easy once you follow these mattress care tips recommended by experts.
1. Check the warranty. Read it first and know what you can and cannot do. Manufacturers would usually give specific guidelines on how to clean and care for your mattress. Reading the warranty will also spare you from future problems.
2. Install your mattress properly. Be sure you know how to install your brand new mattress and foundation correctly. Ask the staff to give you tips and instructions on how to do it. Also, find out if you still need to rotate your mattress or not.
3. Use protection. You can buy a cover or any type of encasement that can protect your mattress from dust and stains. This is also good if you have allergies. Choose one that is washable and made of quality materials.
4. Handle spills. If you or someone else accidentally spills a drink or something else on your mattress, use a damp cloth and warm water. Avoid saturating your mattress with liquid. Same goes for steam cleaning it. For urine or blood, use a cloth damped with a mix of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
5. Clean regularly. If you do this often, you’ll prevent any dust mites or allergens from accumulating. Clean your mattress at least once a month. Vacuuming will keep it fresh and clean. Use the upholstery brush to remove all the dirt and dust on the surface and sides of your mattress.
6. Air it out. Once in a while, you need to let your mattress breathe. Leave it uncovered. Also, if you just bought it, you may notice a slight odor. So airing it out will help get rid of that smell, too.
7. Don’t let kids jump on it. Your little rug rats may enjoy using your mattress as a trampoline, but this is a sure way to damage it. This rule also applies to your beloved furry pets. Pet hairs encourage more dust mites to populate your bed.
8. Keep the tag on. In case you have a warranty claim, the information on the label will serve as a means to identify your mattress.
OVER TO YOU
How do you take care of your mattress? Do you have a special way of maintaining the condition of your bed? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
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