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Care for mattress to increase its lifespan

Maintaining a mattress is the key to longevity, here’s how it can be done!

K Madhavan


A mattress is a crucial investment that needs to be made in order to achieve better sleep and improved physical and mental health. According to an independent study, India is the second most sleep-deprived country on the planet. Getting a good night’s sleep depends a lot on the mattress — mainly its quality and how well it is maintained. The average mattress is designed to last from five to ten years, however how it is maintained can shorten or increase its lifespan. Being aware of the environmental conditions and knowing the best ways to take care of a mattress can help in keeping it clean, healthy and provide adequate sleep as long as possible.


While the majority of us must have probably deep cleaned our house in the wake of Covid-19, it is equally important to clean and maintain the mattress. Care and maintenance is the key to longevity and can go a long way in keeping the mattress in good shape for years to come.


Support the mattress
While we may not always need to purchase a box spring or foundation with a new mattress, it is essential to make sure that the mattress does have the right kind of support. This helps preserve the quality of materials and prevent early wear and tear. It’s ideal to check on the bed’s support every year or so to make sure there are no broken slats or springs that could affect the mattress.


Using a mattress protector
A good quality mattress protector offers waterproof protection and guards against spills and accidents. It also reduces the amount of dust, debris and dirt that make way into the bed. It also acts as a hygienic divider between us and our mattress. If the mattress comes with a removable cover, it can be put in the washing machine at 40 degrees, then put back on the mattress once totally dry. It’s important not to soak the mattress and only use a damp cloth.


Changing and washing bed linens regularly
The consensus is that bedding should be changed every two weeks, though that depends on the type of sheets being used, the climate, and the overall health and hygiene. Along with a mattress protector, it is essential to keep linens clean.


Keep it clean and dry
It is ideal to give the mattress a quick vacuum every six months so that the mattress remains intact and clean. Regularly giving it a clean and quick sweep helps to keep dust from settling into it. According to the National Bed Federation, stains such as food stains can be removed using a sponge dampened with a warm solution of mild detergent or upholstery shampoo. The mattress should be then wiped with cold water and a few drops of an antiseptic. It is advisable to avoid getting it too wet since moisture creates a breeding ground for mold. It should be allowed to dry completely before making the bed.


Flip and rotate
Flipping the mattress is key to prolonging the life and comfort of it, but how often should it be flipped depends on the material it is made of. Every type of mattress benefits from being rotated occasionally.


Trade it when it’s time
The general rule is after seven to eight years of use, one should look into buying a new one if the current mattress is sagging, squeaking, or looks unsightly while changing the sheets. It’s also a matter of hygiene, and if the mattress is nearing its shelf life. Amidst the coronavirus outbreak when keeping clean is more important than ever, it’s important to take it into account when considering getting a new one.


(The writer is MD & founder, Peps Industries,
a prominent spring mattress company in India)


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