Buying a mattress is a long-term investment. There are some steps you can take to protect that investment.
- A Good Foundation
One of the top reasons that mattresses fail is inadequate support. Your mattress may need a box spring and it definitely needs proper center support from your bed frame.
- That New Bed Smell
New mattresses can have an unpleasant odor that may cause an allergic reaction in some people. Before adding sheets and blankets, remove the sealed plastic and let the mattress air out for at least a couple hours in a well-ventilated area.
- The Adjustment Period
It may take a couple weeks for your body to adjust to a new mattress. Like new clothes, the mattress may also need time to lose its stiffness. Depending on the company’s policy, sleep on the mattress for as long as possible before deciding if it is right for you.
- Make an Impression
Upholstery layers may settle as you sleep on them and leave an impression where you were sleeping. These impressions will happen less frequently as the mattress wears and settles. Turning and flipping your mattress four times a year can reduce these impressions and ensure even wear.
- Check the Warranty
Be sure to carefully read your mattress warranty and keep your receipt. Watch for details that may void your mattress, such as removing the tags or not using it with the box spring the company recommends.
- Protect and Clean
You may want to purchase a mattress pad to help protect your mattress and keep it clean because a stain or spill could void your warranty.
If a spill does happen, avoid using harsh chemicals. Vacuuming and using a mild soap with a damp cloth are all you need to clean up stains and remove dust.