Everyone has slept on a mattress at some point in their life, and most people prefer to sleep on a mattress. Just like any other item you own, your mattress needs to be cared for to insure it lasts for years to come. Mattresses also need to be taken care of to get the most life out of them. Below you will find some helpful tips on how to care for your mattress.
Benefits of Mattress Protectors
Protecting Your Mattress and Your Health
Mattress protectors are important for two major reasons:
- Mattress protectors keep your mattress free of stains
- Mattress protectors prevent exposure to dust mites, microbes, and other potential allergens
While mattress protectors are beneficial for other reasons, these are the two most important.
Keeping Your Mattress Free of Stains
Did you know that even the smallest stain on your mattress will void your mattress warranty? A mark from a pen, a smudge of makeup, or a spilled soda stain will erase your valuable warranty, meaning that the manufacturer will not honor any claim on your stained mattress. Since mattresses are not cheap, a warranty can be very valuable. It is in every sleeper's interest to protect the mattress warranty as best as possible.
It's important to make sure your mattress protector is waterproof. Spills can cause stains, so if you purchase a protector that isn't waterproof, your mattress won't receive full protection. Since the mattress protector keeps your bed clean, it can get pretty dirty itself, so make sure it's machine washable. Washing a mattress protector is significantly easier than cleaning a mattress.
Mattresses can quickly become a breeding ground for dust mites, microbes, and other allergens. If you suffer from allergies of any kind, it's very important that you protect yourself from potential allergens, especially if you frequently wake up with a runny nose, itchy eyes, or have difficulty breathing. Limiting your exposure to microscopic dust mites and other allergens will go a long way in helping you get healthier nights of sleep. Since sleep plays such an important role in your overall health, it is in your best interest to make your resting hours as healthy as possible. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, and mattress protectors can help to ensure that time is well spent.
Prorated and Non-Prorated Warranties
With a non-prorated warranty, should your mattress fail during the warranty period, it will be replaced or refunded at 100%. With a prorated warranty, should your mattress fail during the warranty period, you will be reimbursed for the remaining portion of the warranty. For example, a prorated mattress with a 10-year warranty that fails after 5 years will be reimbursed 50%.
A Protected Investment
When you purchase something expensive, like a mattress, you certainly want to make sure that your investment is protected. You want to know that you can count on what you purchased to last you as long as it should, and if not, you want to know that you're backed by a trusted manufacturer. Mattress warranties can be a little confusing, especially the terms prorated and non-prorated. It can also seem backwards, because the term "prorated" sounds more positive than "non-prorated," but a non-prorated warranty is actually the better of the two.
Prorated vs. Non-prorated
A non-prorated warranty protects all aspects of the mattress replacement or repair for the duration of the term. With a non-prorated warranty, you get full protection and will not to have to cover any costs for replacement or repair. With a prorated warranty, you may incur some of the costs of repair or replacement. It essentially means that the manufacturer will pay for the part or aspect of the mattress that failed. Unfortunately, you can't get inside a mattress and fix individual components like you can with a car.
A prorated mattress warranty could end up costing you a lot of money. Often, manufacturers will divide a warranty into a non-prorated and prorated term. For instance, a manufacturer may offer a 20-year warranty with the first ten years non-prorated and the last ten years prorated. These are common warranties, and they can be trusted. However, if you come across a mattress with a fully prorated warranty, you should know what that covers. Remember, mattresses aren't cheap, so it's important to purchase one that will accommodate your needs for years to come.
Dust Mites and Mattresses
Dust mites and other microbes may find your mattress a cozy place to live. Dead skin cells can provide enough organic material for these microscopic beings to sustain themselves, multiplying in your mattress over the years. While dust mites aren't usually much of a problem, roughly 10% of the population has sensitivities to dust mites that can induce allergic reactions and asthma. For this reason, it is important to keep your mattress and bedding clean and protected.
Eliminating Dust Mites
While it's nearly impossible to completely eliminate dust mites from your home, there are some steps you can take to diminish their presence and protect yourself from potential allergic reactions:
- Purchase a mattress pad or protector that is designed to prevent the growth of dust mites and other potentially harmful microbes.
- Wash your bedding linens frequently in water at 130 ℉.
- Thoroughly vacuum your mattress frequently.
Dust mites can sustain themselves on the dead skin cells we all shed in bed at night. In order to reduce the amount of dust mites, reduce their food source by keeping your mattress clean.
Preventing With Proper Care
Properly caring for your mattress can help it last longer and also improve your health. Typically, your mattress warranty will provide guidelines on proper mattress care. Taking steps to ensure your mattress is clean will greatly diminish the growth and spread of dust mites and other microbes, but unfortunately, many people neglect their mattress and only focus on cleaning the bedding. While it is vitally important to clean and rotate your bedding linens, it is equally important to keep up the condition of the mattress itself.
If you are concerned about the buildup of dust mites in your mattress over time, a good rule to practice is to replace your mattress when the warranty runs out. By that time, the comfort materials of the mattress will likely have worn considerably, so you will probably feel like you need to replace your mattress anyway. Even if you purchase a mattress and mattress protector that resist and prevent dust mites, the best defense against those pesky critters is a clean, well-maintained mattress.
How to Clean Your Mattress
Mattresses aren't cheap, so naturally you want yours to last as long as possible. Caring for your mattress by cleaning it every so often will help to ensure that it provides you with clean, healthy sleep for many years. You should clean your mattress about every six months. If you're not removing stains, then this is a relatively quick process that will help your mattress perform well for its entire lifespan.
How to Clean Your Mattress
Dust, dander, and dust mites can accumulate in your mattress, so it's a good idea to start the cleaning process by vacuuming. Use an upholstery attachment on your vacuum to remove particles that can contribute to, and worsen, allergies and asthma. If there are soiled regions on your mattress that require more than vacuuming, you can mix a mild detergent with water and work the suds into the soiled area. Allow time for the suds to penetrate the stain, and then wipe the area clean with a warm sponge. Allow the area to dry completely before trying additional cleaning techniques. Be sure that you don't saturate the stain too much, as you do not want liquid to penetrate through to the mattress core. For tougher stains, try using an enzyme-based cleaner, as they can be effective in breaking down the structure of a stain. Most organic pet cleaners are enzymatic cleaners, so you can likely find a good one in your local pet store. If you'd like to try additional organic methods, consider trying:
- Baking soda and vinegar
- Citrus-based cleaner
- Natural soap and water
When you purchase a new mattress, you should also purchase a mattress protector, as it will prevent damaging stains from penetrating your mattress. If your mattress frequently gets dirty, then you should also consider a washable mattress pad as an additional protective layer. This will also reduce the time you spend cleaning your mattress.
Best Ways to Protect Your Mattress
Protecting Your Investment
A mattress is not a cheap investment, so you want to make sure you take the necessary steps to ensure that your mattress lasts as long as possible. The best way to protect your mattress is with a waterproof mattress protector. Spills can cause stains, so if you purchase a protector that isn't waterproof, your mattress won't receive full protection. Since the mattress protector keeps your bed clean, it can get pretty dirty itself, so make sure it's machine washable. Washing a mattress protector is significantly easier than cleaning a mattress..
Fighting Against Stains and Dust Mites
Did you know that even the smallest stain on your mattress will void your mattress warranty? A mark from a pen, a smudge of makeup, or a spilled soda stain will erase your valuable warranty, meaning that the manufacturer will not honor any claim on your stained mattress. It is in every sleeper's interest to protect the mattress warranty as best as possible.
Mattresses can quickly become a breeding ground for dust mites, microbes, and other allergens. If you suffer from allergies of any kind, it's very important that you protect yourself from potential allergens, especially if you frequently wake up with a runny nose, itchy eyes, or have difficulty breathing. Limiting your exposure to microscopic dust mites and other allergens will go a long way in helping you get healthier nights of sleep. Since sleep plays such an important role in your overall health, it is in your best interest to make you resting hours as healthy as possible. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, and mattress protectors can help to ensure that time is well spent.
What to Look for in a Good Mattress Warranty
When you shop for a new mattress, it's important to consider the protection offered under each mattress warranty. You never know what will happen to your mattress, and a strong warranty will give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that, should anything happen to your mattress, the manufacturer will protect your purchase. Before you buy your mattress, make sure you understand the warranty and what you can do to ensure you retain the maximum amount of protection on your investment.
Before you decide on a mattress to purchase, make sure you compare the warranty to that of comparable models. Take a look at the following example:
Mattress X offers a 10-year non-prorated warranty. This means that you have the security of the full warranty for the entire 10-year period. Mattress Y offers a 10-year warranty where the first five years are covered in full, and the last five years are prorated. After five years, you are responsible for paying some of the cost of a replacement mattress. The closer you get to the 10-year mark, the more out-of-pocket expenses you will incur. So, spending $77.00 more for Mattress X could end up saving you money when you consider the cost you may have to contribute to a prorated warranty claim.
Protecting Your Mattress and Warranty
Almost all manufacturers will void a warranty on a stained mattress. No matter the stain, no matter the source, if there is a spot on your mattress, then you are likely out of luck. Mattress protectors will ensure that any liquid that spills on your bed will not seep onto the outer layer of the mattress.
When you shop with US-Mattress, our highly trained mattress experts will guide you along every step of the way to make sure you're buying the right mattress with the right warranty for you. While we hope you never have to use your warranty, our customer service representatives will gladly guide you through the process should something happen to your mattress.
Type of Box Spring you Should Use
Standard vs. Low Profile
When you're purchasing a mattress set, the comfort and support of the mattress isn't the only thing you need to consider. You also need to determine which type of box spring (foundation) is the best choice for your bed. In the past, there was only one type of box spring, and it stood at about 9 inches tall. However, today's rising mattress heights have created a need for a box spring that doesn't stand quite as high. While today's standard box springs still measure at about 9 inches, a low profile box spring typically measures between 5 and 6 inches. Low profile box springs are valuable to those who do not like to sleep too high off the ground. Many of today's mattresses, when placed on a bed that already provides substantial lift off of the floor, can create a sleep surface that is too high for many sleepers to get in and out of comfortably. A low profile box spring can take up to 4 inches off the height of a bed, which can make a world of difference to those who have trouble managing today's rising bed heights.
Determine Your Preference
Low profile box springs are also beneficial for those who like the looks of a low profile bed. A lot of today's beds are made to sit lower to the ground, and a standard box spring can take away from the aesthetic of a low profile bed. Whether you purchase a standard or low profile mattress box spring, your mattress will receive the same amount of support, so there is no structural difference between the two. If you're not sure which type of box spring will best suit your needs, or if you have questions about a particular box spring you saw on our site, you can call 1-800-455-1052 to speak to a friendly mattress expert who can help you make the right decision.
Make Your Mattress Softer
The best way to alter the comfort of your mattress, short of buying a new mattress, is to add a mattress topper. Mattress toppers, pads, and even some mattress protectors will usually add a layer of comfort padding that can have a significant impact on the feel of your mattress.
The Lifespan of a Mattress
Over time, the comfort materials of any mattress will wear down. If you've had a mattress for 10+ years, or longer than it is warrantied for, then it might just be time to replace it. But if your mattress is only a few years old, or you are finding that its comfort isn't as good as you originally thought, then there are a few ways you can adjust its comfort.
Mattress Toppers, Pads, and Protectors
The best way to change the comfort of a mattress, particularly make it softer, is with a mattress topper. Mattress toppers are usually designed to add a few inches of padding, commonly memory foam, on top of your mattress. This can have a drastic impact on how much pressure relief your mattress provides, and make the sleeping surface significantly softer. Mattress pads are generally thinner, often just a quilted layer of cotton or another more mundane material, but this can still have a noticeable impact on the softness and pressure relief of your mattress. Mattress pads also commonly including temperature regulating pads, whether that be a heated mattress pad or a pad with cooling gel. Lastly, mattress protectors' primary function is to protect your mattress from spills and dirt, but these products often use soft fabrics or padding that can also help your mattress feel softer. Depending how much of an effect you want, and if you are interested in any other features, any one of these options has the potential to breathe new life into your mattress.
- Mattress Toppers – often a thick layer of memory foam, can make your mattress much softer
- Mattress Pads – often thinner, quilted cotton is common, can also have temperature regulating features
- Mattress Protectors – primarily to protect from spills and dirt, can also have thin padding
Memory Foam and Latex Toppers
The most popular mattress toppers are made from memory foam and latex foam, and they can substantially change the feel of your mattress. Memory foam mattress toppers are a great choice for sleepers who enjoy body-hugging comfort and conforming support that memory foam is known for. Latex foam mattress toppers are ideal for sleepers who like the feeling of sleeping "on" a mattress, rather than "in" it. Latex foam is more responsive than memory foam, so it doesn't produce the same sinking feeling that some sleepers dislike. If you're not sure which type of mattress topper will give you the comfort you desire, or if you have questions about a mattress topper you saw on our site, you can call 1-800-455-1052 to speak to a friendly mattress expert who can give you all of the information you need to make a confident purchase and improve your sleep.
When to Buy a New Mattress
Delivering Quality Rest
As we all know, our mattress plays a large role in our quality of sleep. Since sleep is so important to our overall health, and since we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, it makes sense that we should have a mattress that delivers the perfect amount of comfort and support to facilitate the kind of deep, restful sleep that our bodies and minds need in order to thrive. But how do you know when your mattress isn't cutting it anymore? How can you tell when it's time to purchase a new mattress?
Trust Your Body
A mattress warranty is one way to track when you should purchase a new mattress. If you've run out the warranty on your mattress, then it's likely that the materials in your mattress will begin to break down and diminish its ability to properly support your body. However, not every mattress warranty dictates how long your mattress will last, so you shouldn't base your decision to purchase a new mattress solely on an expired warranty. The best way to know if it's time for a new mattress is to ask your body. Do you wake up with aches and pains? Do you toss and turn a lot throughout the night? Can you see excessive body indentations and deep cavities? These are the best ways to determine whether or not your mattress is still capable of properly supporting your body. If your mattress isn't delivering the amount of comfort and support your body requires for healthy sleep, then it's time to purchase a new one. Remember, we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, so it's important that we spend that time well. If your mattress isn't providing you with quality rest, then it's time for a change.