If you are in the market for a new mattress, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed at the number of choices and price points. While your parents only had to choose between a double and queen, you are facing dozens of styles, sizes and features.
Once you go through all the work and expense of selecting a new mattress, you’ll want to take good care of it. Not only does this lengthen the life of your expensive investment but it also boosts your health. Below are four tips to extend the life of your mattress.
Make Sure It Is Properly Supported
While you might understandably think that you can plop your new mattress onto your existing box spring, you most likely need to buy a new support system. Read your warranty to see what the mattress company suggests or ask the manager at the store where you bought it. In general, spring mattresses do well on a classic box spring, but memory foam and other specialty mattresses need a firmer and more solid support underneath.
Check for Bed Bugs
To keep your new mattress as clean and healthy as possible, inspect your home regularly for bed bugs. Orkin released its 2016 list of the top 50 cities for bed bug infestations, with Chicago being the No. 1 bed bug city. If your area is on the list, you might want to call in a professional exterminator to check your home for the pesky critters.
If you find evidence of bed bugs, don’t feel badly about your housecleaning skills. Orkin explains that bed bugs have been found in all 50 states and in plenty of luxurious mansions. Know where bed bugs like to hide, such as mattress seams, bed sheets and behind baseboards. Keep your bedroom as clutter-free as possible as this gives the nasty bugs fewer places to hide and makes the inspection a bit easier.
Learn More About Saatva Mattresses
Saatva Classic Innerspring
Our flagship luxury mattress is expertly engineered with coil-on-coil construction for durability, a layer of memory foam for enhanced back support, and a cushiony Euro pillow top for extra comfort.
Loom & Leaf Memory Foam
Premium memory foam, handcrafted in the U.S., with eco-friendly materials. Breathable organic cotton, cooling spinal gel, and layers of high-density support foam assure a cool, comfortable night’s sleep.
Zenhaven Latex Mattress
100% Talalay latex responds to every curve for pressure-free support and responsive comfort. Talalay latex is supple, resilient, and durable, for the ultimate in elevated sleep. (It’s naturally hypoallergenic too.)
Invest in a Mattress Protector
A mattress protector is a great way to maintain the health and cleanliness of your mattress. In addition to keeping your mattress safe from pet stains and coffee and water spills, it is a barrier between you and dust mites. As you shop for a mattress protector, look for one that is waterproof and quilted as these are filled with extra hypoallergenic filling that is very comfy. Instead of buying the cheapest one at the big box store, invest in one that will last longer. Wash the mattress protector whenever you wash your sheets, and while it is in the laundry, run the vacuum across the mattress to keep it extra clean.
No Jumping Allowed
Your kids might think your new mattress is their own personal trampoline. No matter how little they are, make it a rule from day one that mattresses are for sleeping and not jumping. Jumping on a spring mattress weakens and breaks the springs, and it also messes up sensor systems inside some beds. Jumping is also a safety issue — you don’t want your little gymnasts flying off and banging their heads on your nightstand.