Our beds are where we let go of everything we were worrying about during the day and put our heads down for sleep. If you want your bedding to really take care of you, then you need to take care of it.
For most of us that means regularly changing the sheets, fluffing the pillows, and rotating the mattress from time to time. If you want to have the most long-lasting, firm mattress, here are five mattress longevity tips to leverage.
Tip #1: Invest In a Quality Mattress Topper
If you want your mattress to live a long life, then one of the best things you can do is get an organic latex mattress topper. These handy coverlets go under your sheets, providing an extra layer of cushion between you and the mattress.
They add to your comfort level, but just as importantly they can protect your mattress from stains, extra wear, and other undesirable experiences. While you might have to replace your topper when it wears out, they are far less expensive than replacing a worn-out mattress, and you definitely get your money’s worth with these accessories.
Consider our Plush Latex Mattress Topper, which provides additional plushness and support and takes the immediate pressure off of your mattress, too. Check out all of our sleeping accessories here.
Tip #2: Wait As Long As You Can to Wash Your Sheets
When your sheets need washing–like after an accident or it’s been multiple weeks–you shouldn’t hesitate. However, the more you wash your sheets, the shorter their lifespan will be.
An easy way to extend the longevity of your sheets is to put the fitted sheet on a bed, then to put the flat sheet over that, tucking it in at the edges the same way you would a normal sheet. Then, if the flat sheet starts feeling less-than-fresh, you can either replace it with a cleaner one or just remove it and sleep right on the fitted sheet instead.
This spreads out the wear, and makes it so that you aren’t always washing the same, fitted sheet until it gets ragged. Use this technique for a long-lasting firm mattress every time.
Tip #3: Clean Your Mattress Regularly
All of us wash our sheets, our blankets, and our pillowcases… but do you clean your actual mattress? Mattress Inquirer says you should clean your mattress at least once a month (which is also an ideal time to rotate it to ensure even wear).
You should vacuum it to get rid of dust, dirt, and accumulated debris, and if you want to suck up extra moisture at the same time you can sprinkle it with baking soda first, then vacuum it away. If you have any issues with stains, check out our blog post discussing various mattress cleaning tips.
Tip #4: Wash Your Bedding Together
When it comes time to wash all your bedding, put it in a separate load just for sheets, blankets, and pillow cases. While they’ll get just as clean washing them as part of a general load of laundry, everything from being put into the machine with harsher fabrics–to catching on zippers and buttons–does damage to your bedding.
You’ll get better results and help your bedding last longer if you wash them on their own on laundry day. It also helps to use the appropriate washer and dryer settings for fabric softness.
Tip #5: Fluff Your Pillows With Dryer Balls
If your pillows could use a good fluffing to get them back to ideal softness and comfort, throw them in the dryer with four or five dryer balls. This is an alternative to the traditional method of using tennis balls or dryer sheets.
Make sure the pillows are already dry (this can have disastrous results if they’re wet, or even damp), and let a gentle cycle run. The dryer balls will rearrange all the stuffing, and get your pillows back to how they were when you first started using them. Don’t over-stuff the dryer for this one, either. Both the pillows and the dryer balls need plenty of room to move around in order to get to fluffing.
Keep using these tips whenever you need them to ensure your bedroom has a long-lasting firm mattress.