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How to: Care for Your Mattress

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

When we think of our beds, we think about comfort and coziness. But there’s something else to consider: the cleanliness—which creates feelings that are anything but cozy. We’re only human and that means that when we lie down in bed, our bodies leave behind dead skin cells and sweat, not to mention the added bacteria our pets drag in and dust that sets in over time. Read below to see what you can do to keep your bed in the best possible condition.

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Maintenance Tips

1. Keep your mattress protected with a mattress pad or washable cover. If you’re allergic to dust mites or concerned about spills or bedbugs, you can get a specially-designed case or cover.

2. Rotate the mattress every three months to even out wear, unless the manufacturer states otherwise.

3. Freshen up the mattress by sprinkling it with baking soda, let it sit and then vacuum.

 

To Flip or Not to Flip?

Yes. But only if the top and bottom layers are the same. This will extend the life of the mattress. However, most of today’s mattresses have one designated comfort layer, so it’s best to check what the manufacturer recommends.

 

It’s Time for a New Bed If:

• It’s more than 10 years old and sports lumps, dips, or trenches.
• Your hips sink too low, so you wake up with a sore lower back. Sagging means the springs are worn, the batting has flattened, or the mattress or box spring was poorly made.
• You wake up stiff or with shoulder or neck pain.
• You’ve changed: You’ve gotten much lighter or heavier, which can affect the body—mattress fit.

 

(This idea was originally featured on ThisOldHouse.com. Author // Deborah Baldwin.)

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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