How long have you had your mattress? Come on, be honest! If you’ve been sleeping on the same double mattress for more than seven years, then the advice from The Sleep Council (www.thesleepcouncil.org) is that it’s time for a change.
Over the years, your mattress will have collected a scary amount of dead skin, attracting dust mites, which can make life a misery for those prone to allergies. Even if you choose a hypoallergenic memory foam mattress or a dust mite-resistant latex mattress, every mattress will eventually lose the level of support it offered when you first bought it. The trouble is, this tends to happen gradually over time, so you don’t always notice how saggy your double mattress has become until you and your partner find yourself rolling into the middle every night.
To preserve the life of your mattress as long as possible and make it last that little bit longer follow these top tips to get the most out of your mattress.
There are several ways to get the most out of your mattress and ensure that it gives you maximum support throughout its life.
1. Don’t skimp on price. Invest in the best mattress you can afford and it will last you a lot longer.
2. If you sleep alone on a double mattress or with a heavier partner, try not to sleep on the same side all the time, or make sure you turn or rotate your mattress every few months.
3. Keep your mattress clean by vacuuming it regularly and occasionally giving it a deeper clean with a steam cleaner.
4. Change your bedding once a week and when you do, leave your mattress uncovered so that it can air and any excess moisture can evaporate. Don’t leave wet towels or washing on your mattress and ensure that all bedding is completely dry before making up your bed.
5. Invest in a mattress topper, which will provide an additional layer of padding and protection. If you’re keeping an eye on the purse springs, a mattress cover is an inexpensive alternative.