How to care for your mattress
Your mattress doesn't have any moving parts and doesn't actually 'do' anything, so it's easy to lie back and ignore it.
But there are a few things you can do to keep it at its best for longest. We give you the low down before you lie down.
- Make your bed, or at least pull the doona up so it looks like you have. It won't do a lot for your mattress but it will make your bedroom look and feel better.
- Use a mattress protector or mattress topper to protect your mattress from sweat stains. (This can pay dividends if you need to make a warranty claim, as excessive staining could see claims refused.) Likewise pillow protectors can help keep your pillows at their best.
- Wash your sheets and pillow cases.
- Flip or rotate your mattress (alternate the two), so you don't get 'grooves' forming from lying in the same place every night (though don't flip it if you have a pillowtop mattress, which has additional padding at the surface). This is a two-person job.
- Vacuum your mattress using the upholstery attachment to get rid of dust mites.
- Wash your mattress protector and/or mattress topper.
- Check legs, casters or supports and fasteners, and adjust or tighten as necessary.
- Assess if the mattress is still providing the necessary support and, if not, replace it.
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